City football squads loaded with talent
We're on the cusp of another high school football season, and like most years, the city schools aren't short on talent.
With that in mind we'll take a look at 10 city athletes you can look forward to watching next season.
1. Jalin Barnett, OT, Lawton High
Two of the most prestigious football programs in the country, Alabama and OU, want him, what else do you need to know? Barnett's a mountain of a man and he's not even 18 yet. The soft spoken Barnett dropped some weight in the offseason and looks like a million bucks. Before long, he might be worth it, too. He'll probably shift to guard in college, and don't be shocked if four or five years down the road, Barnett is playing on Sundays. That's reason enough to have him atop this list, isn't it?
Barnett says he's down to the Sooners and Hogs, but that he'll take official visits to Tennessee and Oregon State, too.
2. Darreyl Patterson, CB/RB, Lawton High
Like his teammate, Barnett, Patterson is already in high demand prior to taking a snap in his senior season. Arizona State, Kansas State and Tulsa have offered, among others, with more likely to come. The LHS coaching staff has a tough choice with Patterson. Do they play him on defense, offense or both? Either way he has speed, agility and lots of raw athleticism to work with. Athletes like this don't come around often.
3. Will Collins, QB, MacArthur
Fellow Constitution staffer Kyle Vrksa covered the Highlanders last season and heaped praise on Collins after each game. Now, as a senior Collins seems primed to become a true star. Last year Collins leaned on his legs early and his arm later in the season. If he puts them both to work at the same time as a senior, look out.
Rice and Louisiana-Monroe have offered Collins.