RECRUITING: Bedlam battle for Kingfisher LB?

Kingfisher, Okla. LB Curtis Lofton already has offers from OU and OSU. But which one has already emerged as his favorite?

CURTIS LOFTON, LB, 6'2, 225, 4.6, KINGFISHER, OKLAHOMA:

The secret is out on Curtis Lofton as he has emerged as one of the top two linebackers in the state of Oklahoma and one of the top five players in the state.

A starter since his sophomore year, Lofton posted 150 tackles as a sophomore to draw attention of college coaches. A year ago, Lofton played even better coming up with an amazing 180 tackles, three sacks and one interception at middle linebacker.

"I think middle linebacker is my best position," said Lofton. "I think that is where most colleges are recruiting me to play. Oklahoma and OSU have already offered me and both want me to play middle linebacker or inside linebacker."

Lofton can bench 275 pounds, squats 500 and he has a vertical jump of 26 inches. Lofton also starts in hoops (15 ppg, 8 rpg) and participates in track running the 100M (10.9), 4X100 (anchor) and the 400M (53.0).

Lofton participated in the OSU football camp last summer and this summer he will camp at OU, OSU and the Nike camp in College Station.

Lofton is just now getting a taste of recruiting and the Sooners and Cowboys were the first teams to offer him.

"It is kind of cool and it is great that people want you to come and help their program out," said Lofton. "I think it is great that they think so much of my abilities."

Lofton grew up a Cowboy fan, but says he is keeping an open mind at this point.

"Growing up my favorite team was Oklahoma State," said Lofton. "Right now all of the schools are pretty much even."

The Sooners have managed to get involved in his recruiting recently and Lofton likes what he has seen.

"OU has great facilities and the coaches and players are really great," said Lofton. "They have a great program. It is one of the best programs in the country. Oklahoma runs a 4-3 defense and we run a 4-3 at Kingfisher, so the defenses are similar but not quite the same. I think I could adjust pretty well to their defense. I have a very solid interest in Oklahoma."

However, the Cowboys are going to be tough to beat.

"They have been my team growing up and I really like the coaches down there," said Lofton. "I really think the players are great and they have nice facilities as well. I think they have a program that is on the rise. I wouldn't say they are my favorite at the moment. Again, I want to keep an open mind at this time."

Lofton hasn't set up any official visits at this time, but he has taken three unofficial visits to Oklahoma, Oklahoma State and Tulsa.

Lofton has qualified.

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