Recruiting: Deaton's Ankle Improving

We decided this week to update quarterback commitments in the 2010 class and the only reason Nate Sorenson was first was he got back to us first. Johnny Deaton of Sand Springs (Charles Page), Okla., was the first quarterback commitment in the 2010 class, and in fact the first commitment period.

Deaton, who was the-All Metro quarterback in Tulsa last season after leading the Sandites back in the Class 6A playoffs for the first time since 1997, is also the top-rated quarterback in Oklahoma. The last time we checked in on him he had sprained an ankle in a team camp early in the summer.

"It's a lot better," said Deaton of the ankle. "I got my ankle brace in and ran with it on tonight and it felt good. I just got out of football practice and I'm driving home."

Running is a big part of Deaton's game as he led all of 6A in rushing last season during the regular season, a pretty big feat for a quarterback. Deaton can also throw the ball and he has been working all summer.

"I really haven't gone on vacation," said the 6-2, 200-pound Deaton. "I've been to the lake with friends and stuff like that. I've been fishing. My girlfriend's family has some land and we go out there and go to the lake."

Deaton has been leading a lot of the Sandites summer workouts and he said they opted not to go to any 7-on-7 competitions and they have been working on their own. Sand Springs returns a lot of their starters on both sides of the ball and they are expecting another big season with Deaton and Co.

"I am going to go to the camp on Saturday (at Oklahoma State)," said Deaton. "I'm not going to work out but I think I will throw some."

That camp is the Cowboys final half-day high school camp for prospects. Deaton attended the first one in June as well. His goal is to finish up summer work and be ready for the start of August camp at Sand Springs on Aug 11.

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