Recruiting: Porter Excited Over State Title

I watched in person on Saturday as Midwest City Carl Albert hoisted the gold ball again in winning the Class 5A state championship in Oklahoma with a 21-7 win over a very stubborn and talented Bixby Spartans team. It was the 10th in school history and the eighth under current head coach Gary Rose.

Rose and longtime assistant Tex Rollins stayed with tradition and wore their customary coaching shorts throughout the season and through the playoffs, including yesterday's bareable, but chilly title game.

Titans all-purpose athlete Tre'Vante Porter held with his tradition of making a number of plays defensively including a huge diving tackle in the open field on a potential big play for Bixby. Porter, who Bixby stayed away from when the Spartans were on offense and who they doubled up on when they were defending, also caught one pass for 36 yards in the game.

"The game was intense," said Porter on Sunday afternoon after noting that the team and the school celebrated with a party back at the school on Post Road in east Midwest City on Saturday night.

"It was closer than it really was. Bixby was a good football team and when they scored there in the second quarter (to make it 14-7 Carl Albert) on defense we really had to pick it up."

The 6-0, 185-pound speedster said he will soon be moving on to basketball, and then there is track season for him on down the road before heading to his college destination.

"I am still committed to Texas Tech," said Porter, who made that pledge this summer before the start of the football season. "Like I said a few weeks ago, I still want to check out some other schools but I am keeping those schools quiet. Those are off the record."

Oklahoma State was the other final school Porter considered when he made the commitment to Texas Tech, but he won't acknowledge if they are a school he wants to check into now.

As for his feeling after winning the state championship, Porter was a little low key. "I'm excited and I went a little crazy after the game," he said. Actually he threw his helmet a pretty fair ways into the air. "It was great because not a lot of people expected us to win it this year."

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