Recruiting: Deaton Working On Offense

Oklahoma State quarterback commitment Johnny Deaton of Sand Springs (Charles Page), Okla., reports his spring is going well. Deaton, a ring leader in the impressive turnaround of football fortunes for the Charles Page High School Sandites, is helping transition in a new offensive look for Sand Springs.

"I am just working out (this spring), and trying to get this new tempo offense down," said Deaton, who committed to Oklahoma State way back on Feb. 8 and became the first verbal pledge in the 2010 class.

Deaton, who rushed for an amazing 1,665 yards and 18 touchdowns last season while completing 129-of-260 passes for 1,818 yards and 11 touchdowns, believes the varied tempo offense added to Sand Springs' spread offense will make the Sandites even more difficult for opposing defenses to deal with.

In the meantime, Sand Springs will wait to go into full blown spring football until after the baseball season concludes. "We have a couple of guys playing baseball that start (in football) and we want to get them out here," added Deaton.

Asked if he has been seeing college coaches out for the spring evaluation period, Deaton said a few but understands more are coming.

"Not too many (coaches) actually yet," said Deaton. "My coaches have told me there will be some coaches here to watch me. A coach from Central Arkansas was here the other day and I didn't even talk to the guy. He was here to check out some of the other players.

"Coach (Robert) Matthews was here the other day and he stayed for the whole offseason workout. We went outside and did offense and individual drills.

"I'm still getting mail and stuff from OSU and other schools," said Deaton. "I'm pretty good academically, so I get a lot of mail from the Ivy League schools. I probably should throw that stuff away."

Told that the Ivy League letterhead may be impressive some day, Deaton laughed and said that he might hang onto it, at least one letter from each school.

Deaton was in Stillwater on several occasions during spring practice including being around a number of prospects on the night of the Orange-White game. He was watching with interest.

"The defense impressed me a lot," said Deaton. "That will be good for OSU for the defense to be improved. I thought they looked pretty good overall."

Deaton is also a mid-term commitment that intends to be enrolled and on the Oklahoma State campus in the spring semester next year and to be ready to participate in spring football.

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