Johnny Deaton: His Coach's Take

GoPokes.com interviewed the high school coach for each of the Oklahoma State commitments in the days leading up to National Signing Day. In this installment of "His Coach's Take," we visit with Charles Page High School head coach Dustin Kinard about Johnny Deaton, a 6-2, 190-pound quarterback from Sand Springs, Okla.

What are his strengths as a football player?
Dustin Kinard: His competitiveness, his athleticism, and his intelligence.

What do you believe will be his biggest challenge in going from high school to playing in the Big 12?
Dustin Kinard: Obviously probably like most other kids it would be the speed of the game, and just getting used to the next level. Hopefully that's why he went there early so he could be there for the spring and give him a little jumpstart hopefully.

Was there one game, or maybe even one play, during his career that you'll always remember?
Dustin Kinard: I would say Bartlesville his junior year. It wasn't his best passing game but we had Michael Bowie (the offensive lineman who signed with OSU a year ago) and we just lined up and took our two best football players (in Deaton and Bowie) and said we're going to run right here. I think he had 300 yards rushing and was 4-for-4 passing. That game there because he just took over the game. He was pretty impressive.

What are three words that describe him as a football player?
Dustin Kinard: Very intense. Very competitive. He's not going to be satisfied with being second team backup as a freshman if the starter is another freshman. He's going to go to work and try do everything he can to be the starter at OSU. Why do you think he chose Oklahoma State?
Dustin Kinard: Because he has a chance to start.

What type of impact to you expect him to have on the OSU football program?
Dustin Kinard: Hopefully he can win a Big 12 championship for them. I don't think he necessarily has to run the ball. He chose OSU because he thought it fit him as style of offense, and a chance to start. I think it's going to be the same with Coach Holgorsen coming in. Even if he doesn't get to run it much, Johnny is a very athletic kid and when the opportunity presents itself he will get to show off his running ability but he'll have no problem passing the football.

Over the course of his college career, whether it be four or five years, what do you expect him to accomplish?
Dustin Kinard: That he'll be a starter and if he stays healthy he'll help them challenge for a Big 12 championship. I just think he's a very competitive kid and he's going to work hard and do what's right in the classroom. He's going to do everything he can to be successful.

What will you remember the most about coaching him?
Dustin Kinard: How he was very respectful to the coaches here. He never thought he was above anybody here just because he was a big-time recruit. He weighed 165 pounds as a sophomore to a 195-pound or 200-pound man when he was leaving. He's a great kid. He's kind of a shy kid but worked hard, and I look forward to watching him do that at the next level.

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