Recruiting: Richert A Top Center Prospect

Clinton (Okla.) High School has long been a powerhouse in high school football and it has been known as an OU Sooner stronghold. But two of the state's top prospects in Oklahoma were part of the Oklahoma State Junior Day last week. Jarrett Richert is a pave-the-way blocker for the Red Tornado and sensational running back Delans Griffin. Both were in Stillwater and Richert said it went really well.

"It was nice," said the 6-3 1/2, 256-pound center and defensive tackle. "All of the new facilities are incredible. The coaches were great and Coach (Mike)Gundy came over and introduced himself to us, and I had a good chance to talk to Coach Wickline."

Richert plays for longtime Clinton head coach Mike Lee, but Richert's father is the Clinton defensive coordinator.

"The only time I see him is in team defense," said Richert of having his father out there every day in practice. "We are in individual most of the time. He does tend to get the best out of me. He's probably harder on me and that can get to you, but I know it is his job."

Richert says he also realizes that it could be a help to him in recruiting as schools look very favorable to players who have a father coaching.

The younger Richert also plays baseball at Clinton and is a pretty good power hitter. He can bench press 325 pounds and has a squat max of 550. He covers the forty in 5.3 seconds. His father played at Northwestern State in Oklahoma and his mom graduated from Northern Colorado.

"I'd have to say OU has a slight advantage since I rooted for them growing up, but any school is good to me," said Richert. "I've heard from Oklahoma State, Colorado State, and Ohio State."

That would be The Ohio State University. "Yes, that got my attention and they were the first Division I school to send me anything."

Richert is really looking forward to the recruiting process and, as always, a senior season in Clinton where they will be favored to win a state championship.

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