Recruiting: Deaton Gives Positive Review

Quarterback Johnny Deaton of Sand Springs (Charles Page), Okla., is emerging as one of the top two or three prospects in Oklahoma for next season. The 6-2, 190-pound offensive dynamo was one of the more notable attendees at Oklahoma State's first Junior Day.

Deaton and some 60 to 65 other junior football recruiting prospects from Oklahoma, Texas, Kansas, and Arkansas made it on the OSU campus for about five hours of meetings, tours, and lunch with the head coach Mike Gundy and the Cowboys football staff, according to reports.

"It was great and I'm really close to deciding what I'm going to do and when," said Deaton, who has been really high on Oklahoma State since he made an unofficial visit to a bowl practice back in December.

"The tour of the west end zone was, I don't know what to say about it ... It was that great. That locker room is so big and the training room, and weight room, everything is just big and nice. It is more than enough to make a player want to go to Oklahoma State."

A lot of the time was spent in meetings by position, offensive (for Deaton), and a big meeting with Gundy.

"It was good, the quarterback meeting and I know Coach (Robert) Matthews, so that is easy for me," added Deaton, who led Class 6A in rushing most of the season before finishing with 1,665 yards and 18 touchdowns while passing for 1,818 yards and another 11 touchdowns.

"We talked a lot about recruiting and not letting your head get big and not to worry about a lot of the stuff. I really didn't need that because I'm really at ease with recruiting so far."

Lunch, which by NCAA rule Oklahoma State had to charge for, was provided by Chick-Fil-A and consisted of two sandwiches, chips, brownie, and a drink. Then it was a meeting with the current players.

"That was good for a lot of guys because we could ask the players anything we wanted to ask them about making the transition from high school to college, about the recruiting process, and about playing for OSU," Deaton said.

"There was Jeremiah Price, number 97, Cooper Bassett from Tuttle, a walk-on running back and special teams player (Taylor Sokolosky), and another big defensive lineman (Ugo Chinasa). They told what it is like. It was a good thing to have."

Deaton said they all heard again from Gundy and he kind of outlined the recruiting process. He said he saw Tulsa Central wide receiver Demarco Cobbs, Glenpool running back DeMarco Nelson, Millwood linebacker Trayvon Henry, Tulsa Union quarterback Chase Boyce, some Union wide receivers, and Sallisaw quarterback Matt Oberst in attendance.

It's pretty easy to translate that Deaton really likes Oklahoma State. He also attended OU Junior Day last week.

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