Recruiting: Deaton Enjoys Official Visit

Sand Springs's Johnny Deaton, the top quarterback in the state of Oklahoma, was back under center last Thursday night for the first time since the opening game of the season against Enid. The 6-1, 200-pound Deaton broke his left collarbone in the opening game. The thought was he was lost for the season but Deaton proved to be a fast healer.

One day after his return for the Sandites, Deaton was at his future college home, Oklahoma State, for his official visit. Deaton wanted to get his official visit out of the way since he's planning to enroll for the spring semester.

"It went well and I got to be with the team on Friday," said Deaton. "I stayed in the hotel with the team and went to the movie with them on Friday night. I guess they see a movie every week. It was Lawabiding Citizens. It was a pretty good movie. Then we were back at the hotel.

"I got up the next morning and had breakfast at seven," continued Deaton. "Then I was off to see some stuff (academics). There was all the homecoming activities and then I went on the walk (the team walk from the hotel to the stadium). The game was good. It was nice to see the defense look pretty good in the second half."

Deaton, who said he is still on track to enroll for the spring semester and get a jump on college, has been to Oklahoma State so many times that the visit itself was not that big a deal. After all, he was the first member of the 2010 class to commit to Oklahoma State way back in February just after signing day.

"The visit was not as big a deal as far as seeing a lot of things," he said. "I've been up there and seen just about everything. It was important and it was good for me to be around the team. That was pretty cool."

Deaton had 110 yards and threw a 35-yard touchdown strike in just two quarters in his return last week against Broken Arrow. This week he gets the start in a home contest against Claremore in a game that could go a long way in putting the Sandites in the 6A playoffs.

"If we beat them then we should be in good shape to make the playoffs," said Deaton. "I've got my confidence back after last week and I'm ready for this. You know it (shoulder) felt good and I was going to my doctor for weekly check ups and X-rays.

"He said the bone had hardened as much as it was going to and that it was up to me and how I'd been working out and if I was strong enough to came back. I'm not much of a watcher and I had my strength so I was ready to get back and play."

After the home game with Claremore, the Sandites will finish the regular season with games at Sapulpa and hosting Jenks before the playoffs. I'm sure the games will draw more than a few curious Oklahoma State fans who thought they wouldn't have a chance to get a preview of Deaton.

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