Stay up to date with Oklahoma football recruiting with the latest news and notes and analysis in the daily edition of DieHards’ Wagon Wheels. In this edition, we catch up with what went for the Sooners’ signees, commits and targets in Texas state title game action.
ARLINGTON, Texas — The 2017 Texas high school football season came to an end Saturday with the Class 5A Division II, 6A Division I and 6A Division II state title games at AT&T Stadium. All three games involved players with ties to Oklahoma recruiting.
Tanner Mordecai, who signed with Oklahoma on Wednesday, threw for 406 yards and 5 touchdowns. But the performance wasn’t enough to get Waco Midway the Class 6A Division II title it coveted. It fell to Cy-Fair 51-35 to cap at wild day of title games.
The 4-star quarterback threw 53 touchdown passes and led Waco Midway to a 15-1 record. Saturday night was one of his best efforts of the season. Four days after signing his letter of intent with Oklahoma, he completed 33 of 52 attempts.
The Panthers trailed 44-7 entering the fourth quarter. Mordecai led touchdown drives on Waco Midway’s final four possessions. Cy-Fair (15-0) running back Trenton Kennedy rushed for 110 yards and 3 touchdowns.
Oklahoma hopes Allen 5-star wide receiver Theo Wease is wearing Sooners team colors in 2019. Lake Travis pulled out all stops to slow Wease, bracketing him with a cornerback and safety most of the afternoon.
Allen was good enough to overcome it, with a 35-33 victory in the 6A Division I title game.
The Eagles (16-0) only attempted 8 passes on Saturday. Four went to Wease, who finished with 27 receiving yards.
“My team trusted me and I took advantage of my opportunities,” Wease said.
This offensive shootout featured a little bit of everything. Lake Travis (13-3) lost starting quarterback and Ohio State signee Matthew Baldwin on the opening snap to a knee injury. Backup Hudson Card, who is someone to keep an eye on in the 2020 class, threw for 224 yards and 1 touchdown. He also rushed for 73 yards.
It became a nail-biter despite Allen building a 21-0 lead in the first quarter. Allen running back Brock Sturges, who signed with Arizona State, rushed for 176 yards and 3 touchdowns to claim offensive MVP honors.
Wease committed to Oklahoma after visiting on the Sooners’ 2017 underclassmen day. He dropped the commitment three months later, but has remained in touch with the Sooners.
Quarterback Kyler Murray and right tackle Bobby Evans, current Sooners and Allen alums, watched the game from the sidelines. Murray’s legacy at the prep powerhouse is legendary. He won three state titles at the school from 2013-15. Evans was a member of the 2013-14 teams.
Murray’s popularity in Allen hasn’t wained. It seemed like more fans — especially children — wanted pictures with him more than anyone else in AT&T Stadium on Saturday.
Aledo’s bid for a third straight title came up short with a 20-19 loss to College Station (14-2) in the Class 5A Division II title game.
Two Bearcats featured prominently in the team’s 15-1 season and the state title game. Sophomore running back Jase McClellan rushed for 137 yards on 2 carries. The 5-star recruit also scored 2 touchdowns.
Jeffery Carter, a 4-star athlete who is an every-down cornerback for Aledo and played a few downs at wide receiver, finished with 6 tackles and a pass breakup. He only played offense on the Bearcats’ final offensive series, catching 1 pass for 13 yards.
Carter and McClellan committed to the Sooners in unison prior to the 2017 season. Both were visitors at Oklahoma’s ChampU BBQ at the end of July and announced their decisions shortly afterward.
Carter told DieHards last week that he plans to be in Norman several times during the spring and next fall.
“I plan to be at almost every home game next season and make my official visit as soon as I can,” he said.
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