Recruiting: Flanders Celebrates Track Title

Oklahoma State head coach Mike Gundy is a Midwest City alumnus, and proud Bomber from the Class of '86. It shouldn't be a surprise that Gundy pays close attention to the exploits of the Bombers and personally recruits the school himself. Gundy has seen Midwest City speedster John Flanders and likes what he sees, and why not, as this past weekend Flanders helped the Bombers to a state championship.

"We finished first overall," said Flanders of the Class 6A state track meet completed this weekend. "I was part of the 4x100 meter relay, we won that. It was great to win the track, but now it's on to spring football and we started that today."

The OSSAA, governing body of high school athletics in Oklahoma, relaxed the rules in spring and is allowing schools two weeks of football workouts in full pads and the opportunity to scrimmage and get in some solid work toward next season.

"I'm playing running back on offense and cornerback on defense," said the 5-10, 18- pound Flanders, who can run sub-4.5 in the 40-yard dash. "I prefer corner, and I think that is where most of the schools recruiting me are looking at me."

Flanders is a great all-purpose prospect as he can not only play both ways but also contributes significantly on special teams, primarily as a kick returner and that earned him second team All-City honors in The Oklahoman last season.

'I like special teams and I love returning punts and kickoffs," added Flanders.

Gundy isn't the only coach that likes what he sees in the Midwest City flyer. According to Flanders he is hearing a lot from Kansas State, Texas Tech and Arkansas along with all three D-1 schools in state -- OSU, OU and Tulsa.

"I'm not locked in on staying in state," said Flanders. "I'm looking at schools in and out of state. I'm going to try to go to the Nike Camp at Missouri this summer and I've already been on campus at Oklahoma State, Oklahoma and Tulsa. All of them are good, especially Oklahoma State with they way they are building new facilities and re-doing their stadium. I'm probably going to take my recruiting beyond the summer and into the season because I want to take my visits."

Flanders said that he is looking to major in criminal justice or business management.

"Criminal justice because I like helping people, and business management because I'd like to open my own business someday."

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