Recruiting: Deaton Set To Start OSU Career

Quarterback standout Johnny Deaton of Sand Springs (Page), Okla., is a high school graduate now that the fall semester is over, and he is ready to head to Stillwater. Actually, when we caught up with him Sunday afternoon he was already there as his girlfriend lives in Stillwater. That's just one more reason that coming to play football at Oklahoma State was attractive to the 6-3, 200-pound Deaton.

"Yes, I'm over here visiting my girlfriend," said Deaton. "I've been working out a lot and running along with finishing my school work to graduate. The shoulder is fine and it is getting close to full strength."

That is right, in case you forgot Deaton was injured in the first game of his senior season in a game at Enid. He broke his left collarbone and had to have surgery to repair it and was thought that he was out for the season.

However, Deaton proved to be a fast healer and he came back and finished the season playing the in the last several games.

"Probably," answered Deaton when asked if it was worth it. "It felt good to play and felt good to be back out there with my teammates. I wanted to be back with my team."

The disappointment was that Sand Springs, despite a record that was good enough, did not make the playoffs because they had to forfeit a win for using an illegal player, a scenario that was going around a lot this fall in Oklahoma high school football. That left a damper on things.

"I sacrificed some in that I didn't get the shoulder fully rehabbed," said Deaton. "Coming back to play I never did it all. I am doing it now and it is close but the right shoulder is stronger than the left."

Deaton finished the season completing 38-of-85 passes for 508 yards with seven touchdowns and five interceptions. Those numbers pale to his junior stats that included 1,718 yards passing and 11 touchdowns along with 232 carries for 1,665 yards and 18 touchdowns with a 7.2 yards per carry average.

Deaton will be under the care of the OSU medical staff when he gets in school in January and they will make the decisions on his activity in both offseason and spring drills this next semester.

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