Draper, Birdow square off for title

Decommitment from Oklahoma State official, Levi Draper turns focus toward winning a state championship.

It’s championship week across the state of Oklahoma with a number of state championship games to be decided Friday and Saturday.

Sooners Illustrated has one circled, and that’s the Class 5A title tilt between Collinsville and Altus, two teams nobody picked for this spot when the season began.

The two schools will meet in the middle of the state 1 p.m. CST Saturday at Yukon and feature two of the best players in the state.

Altus has seen its emergence thanks in large part to a returning Taven Birdow. After transferring to IMG Academy for the 2014 season in Florida, Birdow returned to Altus this season and has torn it up at running back.

For the season, he now has more than 2,300 rushing yards and nearly 30 touchdowns. He has been the driving force behind the run by the Bulldogs.

Altus’ spark plug is on offense, but for Collinsville, it’s defense and 2017 Scout 100 prospect Levi Draper. The linebacker has been every bit as good as advertised during his junior campaign with 131 tackles, a pick-six and four receptions for four touchdowns on offense.

There is some drama, too, surrounding Draper. Committed to Oklahoma State since the summer, OU coaches have increased the pressure since the season, and it is expected that at least one OU defensive coach will be in attendance Saturday afternoon. Draper officially decommitted from the Cowboys on Thursday evening.

Draper, the No. 1-ranked prospect in the state, has visited both Stillwater and Norman this year but was unable to make it back to OSU for Bedlam last week.

No matter what happens in this title game, you know his recruitment is going to be one to watch until signing day approaches in 14 months.

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