Recruiting 2010: Visiting With Johnny Deaton

There is a strong chance that next year's top football prospect in Oklahoma will be from a Class 6A school, but not traditional powerhouses Tulsa Union or Jenks. Charles Page H.S. in Sand Springs is on the rise, and a big reason for that is quarterback Johnny Deaton. The second team All-State quarterback from this season is already the subject of a lot of recruiting talk.

Deaton has been to several schools, including OU Junior Day on Saturday, but the scuttle and talk on Deaton is that the only junior nominee this year for Oklahoma's large school State Farm Mr. Football Award is close to or even "in the bag" as a commitment to Oklahoma State.

Deaton rushed for more yards that any other quarterback in 6A this past season with 232 carries for 1,655 yards and 18 touchdowns. He also completed 129-of-260 passing for 1,718 yards with 11 touchdowns and 6 interceptions.

Deaton says he is currently 6-3, 193 pounds and reports his best 40 time came at a combine with a 4.67. He had a 275-pound max on the bench press and a 350-pound max on the squat.

We thought we'd just do a little informal question and answer with the probable top recruiting prospect in Oklahoma for 2010.

GP: How is your offseason going?
Deaton: It is going good. I can already tell I'm getting stronger.

GP: What have you done already as far as looking at schools and getting into the recruiting process?
Deaton: I've been to OSU for some games and for practice during the bowl workouts. Just yesterday (Saturday) I was at junior day at Oklahoma and then I also went up to Kansas State for a game and to look around.

GP: The talk is that you are very strong on Oklahoma State and may be close to a commitment. What is it you've seen about OSU that you really like?
Deaton: I like all the coaches, and the facilities that they are getting are great. It is so close to my home. I like what the program is all about. I like where they are going and what the program is doing. Basically, I like everything about it.

GP: How important is the recruiting process to you? And with the talk of an early commitment, are you sacrificing going through the process?
Deaton: It (recruiting process) is important, but I think the deal that OSU has going for it is that they have said they are going to take two scholarship quarterbacks and I want to get in on that. They are close to home and I am a fit for their offense. It is exactly the same offense that we run at Sand Springs and it does really fit me well. I think that is a main thing for me.

GP: How do your parents feel about that? Are they as excited about OSU as you are?
Deaton: Yes they are. They think it is the best thing for me.

GP: You do have a teammate that blocked for you heading to Oklahoma State in Michael Bowie. Is he pretty good?
Deaton: He is really good. He is a lot of fun to run behind.

GP: You have our number so will you let us know if there is any news and when you might make an early announcement?
Deaton: Yes.

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