Future is now for Garrett, Hogan

One of the more intriguing first-round playoff matchups features Mustang (Okla.) against Norman (Okla.) North and a couple of top 2016 recruits.

It wasn't supposed to be this year. Mustang (Okla.) quarterback Chandler Garrett is good, but he wasn't supposed to be good enough for 2013. Norman (Okla.) North running back Quan Hogan is solid, but he wasn't supposed to be the biggest piece of the offense in 2013.

Friday night the future is now as Mustang battles Norman North at 7 p.m. CST at Harve Collins Field in Norman in an Oklahoma Class 6A first-round playoff matchup.

It was clear in the spring Garrett had the potential be something special. But it's a lot to ask a Class of 2016 prospect to be able to step in and be the man at Oklahoma's highest level of football.

What he has done is incredible, completing a ridiculous 71 percent of his passes this season. For the year, he is 115-of-162 for 1,310 yards with 13 touchdowns and five interceptions. And despite averaging just two yards per carry, Garrett has also added five touchdowns on the ground.

At 6-foot-4, the future is bright for Garrett. But the present isn't too bad, either. Recruiting interest hasn't gone crazy yet, but Garrett is already positioning himself as one of the state's best prospects for 2016.

One player he'll have to deal with in those rankings is Hogan, another 2016 recruit. Hogan wasn't supposed to carry the load this season, not when you have Scout 300 quarterback David Cornwell in the backfield, too.

Cornwell, an Alabama commit, tore his ACL midway through the season. Hogan was vital before Cornwell's injury and has stepped up even more since his departure.

Hogan has rushed for 926 yards on 124 carries, averaging 7.5 yards per carry with 12 touchdowns. His biggest asset to the team might be as a wide receiver, though, as Hogan has 63 receptions for 709 yards and four more scores.

Hogan saw limited time as a freshman, but the secret is out regarding him now.

The stage is set. The spotlight is there. And the future is now for Garrett and Hogan.

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