Recruiting: Midwest City Is Loaded

I had a chance to broadcast the Midwest City HIgh School game Friday night as the Bombers routed Southmoore 59-21 in the contest. The Bombers, once the dominant school in the highest class in Oklahoma, are now challenging Norman North for that honor on the west side of the state.

The Bombers are showing signs of being able to perhaps compete in the talent area (nobody can compete in the overall numbers with Union, Jenks, and Broken Arrow) with the eastern powers.

Tim Flanders is electric as he scored on runs of 72 and 63 yards on his first two carries. Flanders has straight on speed, moves and escapability in open spaces, and decent power for a 5-10, 190-pounder. He finished an early evening with 10 carries for 210 yards and four touchdowns. You can compare Flanders easily with Oklahoma State's running back commitment Jeremy Smith of Tulsa Union. I would say those are the two best backs I've seen in the state.

On defense, Kameron Stewart returns for another year of eligibility and the 6-2, 220-pound Stewart delivers a big blow and has really good speed. He has help as Richard Reed is an undersized linebacker that is a tremendous player at 5-9, 190 pounds.

Kaleb Glover is a 6-0, 220-pounder that can play, but recruiting fans should keep an eye on junior Emanuel Maxwell. The 6-0, 197-pound linebacker has great speed and makes plays sideline to sideline. He has great bloodlines too as he is the nephew of former Midwest City running back great Vernon Maxwell. Vernon Maxwell was recruited by every school around but opted for big money as a first-round pick in the Major League Baseball Draft. He was picked by the New York Yankees and spent time in their minor league organization, as well as some time in the San Diego Padres organization.

The real fun for the Midwest City Bombers and recruiting enthusiasts is on the defensive line where all four starters are possible recruits. You start inside where 6-2, 285-pound Dominique Jones, who has the size and quickness that you are looking for in a defensive tackle. Jones is a junior and has time to get even better and he should.

Next to him, playing the three technique, is Jeff Wright. At 6-1, 250 pounds, Wright is more apt to grow into a nose tackle as well. He is very physical and a fighter inside, just the attitude you want to see at that position. Wright is also a junior.

At defensive end there is 6-1, 200-pound speedster Corey Hightower. Hightower is likely going to end up playing at linebacker, which he is capable of doing. He has excellent pass rush skills and good instincts at defensive end.

The lone sophomore may end up being the best prospect as the Midwest City coaches rave about the work ethic and raw talent of defensive end Treyvon Lewis. The 6-2, 218-pounder can fly upfield on the pass rush and is likely to grow some more, and in this case, the more the merrier. We will keep our eye on Lewis as he was very impressive Friday night, even more when you remember he is just a sophomore.

Overall, the Bombers, physically, have a big sophomore class and we are talking size. Their second offensive line, almost all sophomores, appear to average around 260 to 270 pounds.

In the secondary on defense, seniors Flanders (he is an offensive player in college), Kevin Gaddis and Antonio Brown are all solid or better, but keep an eye on junior cornerback Mark Carter. Carter has two interceptions on the season and is a good tackler and aggressive in coverage, sometimes a little too aggressive. At 5-10, 195 pounds he is solid as a junior and might be the kind of player that could relocate as a strong safety.

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