First Ever Oklahoma Top Gun QB Challenge

EDMOND - I'm not certain anything concrete was determined Saturday night but 15 of Oklahoma's top high school quarterbacks accepted the challenge of the Allen brothers (Josh, former Arkansas QB, Jared, former Florida Atlantic QB, and Jason, current offensive coordinator at Edmond Memorial) to compete in six different categories in the Top Gun QB Challenge.

The event was held before a crowd of more than 500 spectators in the on campus stadium at Edmond (Okla.) Memorial High School.

In the end it was Heritage Hall senior-to-be Garrett Valdez that came away as the top gun. Valdez did not win any single event but placed high enough in all of them to garner 402 points, 36 more than runner-up Dillon Wagnon of Lincoln Christian in Broken Arrow.

Shawnee quarterback Tucker Brown, who will get a bonus semester to compete this season after tearing up his knee early in his senior season last fall, finished third with 354 points, 48 points behind Valdez.

Valdez is not on any Division I recruiting lists, but he should make the lists of Division I-AA schools and below. Last season he completed 60-of-107 passes for 839 yards with 9 touchdowns and only 6 interceptions despite missing nearly half the season with an injury. He has a good physical presence at 6-0, 180 pounds, and really looked good in the stationary accuracy drill throwing at stationary targets of varying distance. He finished third in that event.

From a recruiting standpoint, Norman North junior Tyler Tettleton was the best prospect there. Tettleton, who continues to improve his throwing, is an outstanding athlete that won two categories in front of the crowd and under the lights.

He started the evening on the speed and motion drill which had the players navigate a prescribed course and finish with a throw straight forward on the run. Tettleton, who is the son of former Oklahoma State and major league baseball standout Mickey Tettleton, finished a full second faster than any of his competition with a time of 9.41 seconds. Wagnon, who also won the physical competition, was second with a time of 10.95 seconds while Brown was third clocking 11.08 seconds.

Tettleton looks to be around 6-1 1/2 to 6-2 and weighing about 190 pounds. Last season he completed 137-of-260 passes for 1,852 yards with 10 touchdowns and 10 interceptions. That ratio can be expected to go down in his second full season as a starter after seeing his throws on the moving target drill.

The targets were towed by Gators, and Tettleton hit every target on both his preliminary round and the final round for the top three after the preliminaries. He had 52 points the first time and 50 in the finals. Like his dad, who was a catcher for Gary Ward and with the A's, Tigers, and Rangers, Tettleton has a strong arm. Afterwards, he told me he is already getting plenty of recruiting attention, but Oklahoma State is one of his favorites.

Valdez, the overall winner, was second in the moving target drill with 40 points in the final, and senior-to-be and Division I prospect Nathan Stanley of Tahlequah Sequoyah was third with 34 points. Stanley was solid, but not apectacular in his performance. He told me he has just finished up the summer camp circuit and is now looking to take official visits before coming to a decision. He had an early offer from Oklahoma State and an offer from Kansas State among several others.

Missing from the competition were two Tulsa area quarterbacks -- Brandon Rogers of Tulsa Union and Mark Ginther of Jenks, both of whom have made various recruiting lists.

Below is a list of the top three in each of the individual categories that were part of the competition in front of the crowd on Saturday night.
Speed and Motion
1. Tyler Tettleton, Norman North (junior) 9.41 seconds
2. Dillon Wagnon, Lincoln Christian 10.95 seconds
3. Tucker Brown, Shawnee 11.08 seconds

Distance
1. Mitchell Gale, Alva 61 1/2 yards
2. Dakota Harris, Prague 61 yards
3. Tucker Brown, Shawnee 60yards

Stationary Target Accuracy
1. J.P. Grasmick, Bethany 44 points (42-preliminary)
2. Matt Veazey, P.C. North 28 points (43-preliminary)
3. Garrett Valdez, Heritage Hall 24 points (44-preliminary)

Moving Target Accuracy
1. Tyler Tettleton, Norman North 50 points (52-preliminary)
2. Garrett Valdez, Heritage Hall 40 points (62-preliminary)
3. Nathan Stanley, Tahlequah-Seq 34 points (60-preliminary)

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