November 22, 2010

McJunkins and a Possible Future Sooner Lead Wagoner

WAGONER, Okla - As the AP and Tulsa World's pick as the top team in Oklahoma's class 4A it came as no surprise that Wagoner was too much for 2008 state champion Glenpool. What was a surprise was that the Bulldogs were capable of a 46-0 beatdown of one of the state's most consistent programs over the last decade.

However, when considering the amount of talent currently on head coach Dale Condict's roster it's easier to accept. Led by senior quarterback Prince McJunkins the Wagoner offense was a well-oiled machine and though McJunkins was called off midway through the third quarter he still managed nearly 250-yards of offense and four touchdowns.

The skilled quarterback went 10-for-12 and threw for 150-yards but it was his ability as a runner that truly makes him such an intriguing prospect. Though roughly 6-foot and 175-pounds McJunkins isn't a run-first quarterback that some might assume but there is no denying that in the era of dual-threat quarterbacks and zone-read offenses that McJunkins could be a scary fit in the right situation.

Though early in his career McJunkins had something of a reputation of a pure runner he has developed into a comfortable pocket passer who may not have a huge arm but makes up for it with accuracy and a calm that makes him never seem under duress or hurried. And for a quarterback with obvious ad-lib skills McJunkins has a clean and quick motion but like so many young quarterbacks he'll need to get better with his footwork to become a more complete passer.

While McJunkins stole the show to some degree there is little doubt the play of the night belongs to potential Sooner cornerback target Kevin Peterson. The 5-foot-11, 165-pound lined up at corner and running back for much of the night and though Glenpool did a nice job bottling him up and on his longest run of the night did so again. Peterson took a called run to the right immediately saw the hole was closed and cut back to his left it again looked as though Peterson was done in but with a subtle move he made a cut and moved up the field for a near 30-yard gain.

While he wasn't much challenged at cornerback, thanks to the Warriors' run-heavy offense, Peterson showed a willingness to mix it up defensively and was a key element to Wagoner's ability to shut down a usually very potent Glenpool running game led by fellow 2012 standout Alton Adkins.

Peterson has impressive quickness that shows up when he must change direction and redirect towards a ball-carrier. As he gets bigger and more physical Peterson will be even more able to help in run support and his ability to change direction will be more effective when his strength allows him to truly bump receivers.

Best of all for a corner, Peterson showed on an 8-yard touchdown catch and run that he is more than able to be a danger to quarterbacks on errant passes when he lines up on defense.

The final piece of a talented trio of Bulldogs is athlete Jordan Robinson who stars at receiver for Wagoner but has the look of a long and rangy safety or hybrid defender. Robinson at about 6-foot-2, and 175-pounds is a high-cut player who showed off an impressive array of skills that are undoubtedly part of the reasoning for his UL-Monroe current offer and several other schools that are beginning to pay attention.

NOTES:

*Oklahoma State commitment Isaac Maselera is as impressive looking of an athlete as you'll find in the state of Oklahoma but the playmaking you'd expect from such a specimen was a bit lacking on Friday night. The 6-foot-2, 190-pound future safety was able to make some plays but with his ability the game-changing plays you might anticipate never really came.

*Glenpool teammate Alton Adkins had a few nice runs early on but as Wagoner got comfortable in the game the skilled junior had little room to move. However when he did get free he did show some good burst and is a definite one-cut runner that reads his hole and quickly gets north and south.

*Finally a name to keep an eye on moving forward is 2014 prospect Lawrence Evitt who shows real burst and could be a game-changing running back for Wagoner in the coming years.

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