Recruiting: Millwood Juniors Getting Offers

While watching standout linebacker Trayvon Henry, likely the best linebacker prospect in Oklahoma for the 2010 recruiting class, it was hard not to eyeball a trio of juniors-to-be that are benefiting from the steady stream of coaches coming through Millwood looking at Henry.

Quarterback Kevonte' Richardson, wide receiver and really emerging defensive back Josh Turner, and running back Emilio Gatewood have all garnered scholarship offers in ever growing numbers. Tulsa defensive coordinator Keith Patterson was there on Tuesday too. Tulsa has offered all three of those players.

"It's been crazy," said Richardson. "I got my first offer as a freshman from UNLV and from there it had just been crazy. It's way too early. It's not way too early. It's early for me to be coming out and narrowing it down."

"With this attention that just shows me that I need to work harder," said Josh Turner. "I need to get better day by day."

Turner is getting better and that is reflected in his offer list. He already has offers from Oklahoma, Arizona, Nebraska, Texas Tech, Kansas, Tulsa, Louisiana Tech, and Utah State. The 6-0, 175-pounder has good speed and while he plays well at wide receiver, he is a natural in the secondary where he picked off four passes last season. He is physical enough to play safety and he is athletic enough and covers well enough to be a cornerback. He is coming around to that idea, of playing on defense.

"I like offense, but I'm starting to love defense," said Turner, who looked very impressive and made some big hits from the strong safety position while we were watching spring practice on Tuesday.

"I really like to hit and enjoy being physical. Trayvon has become way bigger than he was last year with hard work in the weight room and in the classroom. I'm looking to prepare myself the same way. We are going to win state next year," Turner added.

Oklahoma State has shown the most interest in Turner, according to Millwood coaches, and while schools like Missouri and Kansas State have said they will throw in their scholarship offers on Sept. 1, it would be a good bet that Turner gets an offer from OSU around that date.

Richardson is 6-2, 190 and has really improved his release and his accuracy, something we witnessed in person Tuesday. Actually, it was after practice as he stayed for extra throwing. Last season he rushed for 640 yards and four touchdowns and threw for 1,760 yards and 23 touchdowns. Richardson has offers from Tulsa, UNLV, Utah State, Louisiana Tech, and Kansas.

Gatewood is looking to start for the first time this season at running back but has already show enough in practice and the varsity carries he's had to impress Tulsa and Louisiana Tech to offer. The 5-8, 185-pound Gatewood is a slippery style of running back and also a good receiver out of the backfield.

Millwood finishes spring practice Thursday morning and will be involved in a couple of team camps over the next two weeks.

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