November 2, 2010

McAlester Has a New Name to Know

McALESTER, Okla. - It's taken head coach Bryan Pratt some time to get his team back to the winning ways that folks in McAlester have come to expect but with Friday night's big showdown with Oklahoma's No. 1 5A team, Tulsa's Booker T. Washington the Buffaloes have a chance to earn another district title in their storied history.

From the recruiting side of things Pratt's Buffs seem ready to produce some of the division-one talent they are known for including former national-level recruits Lawson Giddings and Brandon Keith in the not so distant past.

The player expected to lead college football coaches to the respected Southeast Oklahoma program was receiver Alverey Braxton but the 6-foot, 150-pound receiver with elite speed was dismissed from the team for 'breaking of team rules'.

That being said he is far from the only member of the junior class at McAlester with hopes of playing on Saturday's. In fact the player who has filled his vacancy at receiver Adam Boyd is starting to pick up some attention from regional programs. His recruitment only figures to pick up after a staggering performance against Tulsa Hale last weekend that included six catches for 176-yards and four touchdowns along with two interceptions and a 65-yard punt return for touchdown.

Boyd is a 6-foot-1, 180-pound athlete who finished third in the state 110-meter hurdles in spite of spending most of the track season starring on the baseball diamond for the Buffs. Boyd is undoubtedly a top-shelf athlete but it will be interesting to see where colleges project his talent. He looks the part of a future strong safety but spends his time for McAlester at cornerback.

Could this ability in coverage make him more appealing?

Another player with some interesting projections is two-way lineman Brandon Massie. The 6-foot, 265-pound defensive/offensive tackle could feature as a pulling center in college or, more than likely, as a three-technique defensive tackle with good feet and quickness. Obviously, he's a bit undersized but Massie could be a one-gap pass-rushing defensive tackle in the right system.

While Massie and Boyd are intriguing talents there is no question that the player who could someday draw coach after coach to Southeast Oklahoma is sophomore linebacker/fullback Devin Rolan. There is a long way to go for the 6-foot-1, 220-pound prospect to live up to this type of comparison but just physically looking at Rolan it's hard not to be taken back over five years ago to a young Kingfisher linebacker by the name of Curtis Lofton.

Rolan plays with that same type of physicality and is something of a throwback linebacker that could grow into an elite prospect in what is starting to look like a loaded in-state 2013 class.

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