Recruiting: Deaton Says There's No Change

As the Oklahoma State coaching staff comes off the road this weekend for the end of their four weeks on the road evaluating (and looking in on their commitments and offers) for the 2010 class there has been plenty of discussion, and at times seemingly panic, over the status of quarterback commitment Johnny Deaton of Sand Springs (Charles Page), Okla.

It all started earlier this week when reports surfaced that rival Oklahoma had dispatched assistant and former Sooner quarterback Josh Heupel to Sand Springs to check out the talented 6-2, 190-pound speedy Deaton.

This much Deaton confirmed. "Yes, Oklahoma was here on Monday," said Deaton in a matter of fact way. "I never know which schools are coming. They don't tell me if they are coming and I don't tell them to come. My coach tells me when a school is here to see me. They don't talk to me and I don't talk to them."

When asked to update us with his recruiting status, Deaton acted kind of surprised and then answered. "Oh, I'm committed to Oklahoma State. Nothing has changed," he said.

Deaton did get seen on a couple of occasions by Oklahoma State coaches during the evaluation period as quarterbacks coach Robert Matthews co-offensive coordinator Gunter Brewer both made trips to Sand Springs.

"The Oklahoma State offense really fits me and I'm happy to be heading to OSU," added Deaton. "We are in spring football and we just finished scrimmaging today. We have put in the tempo offense and are having a good spring.

"Our defense is improving and our offense with all of the starters back except Bowie (OSU incoming freshman Michael Bowie), we should have a really good offense. We have moved Lance Kitchens from guard over to tackle where Bowie played. He is almost as big. Lance is 6-4, 300 pounds. He is really smart. The Ivy League schools are recruiting him and I think he will end up somewhere like Princeton."

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 this fall.

Any fans wanting to see a preview of that Sandites' tempo spread offense and Deaton's play can head over to Sand Springs on Saturday, May 30, when the Sandites will conclude spring practice with a spring game.

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