Recruiting: Deaton First In Class of 2010

Johnny Deaton

It didn't take long for Oklahoma State to get its first verbal commitment in the 2010 recruiting class, and it comes from one of the top players in Oklahoma. Quarterback Johnny Deaton of Sand Springs (Charles Page), Okla., is on board with OSU, making a verbal pledge to Cowboys head coach Mike Gundy earlier and repeating it for everybody to see on KTUL-TV Channel 8 in Tulsa on Sunday evening.

"Yes, I think it is the best fit for me," said the 6-2, 195-pound Deaton. "I really like the offense. It is the same offense that we run at Sand Springs. That will speed up my transition and give me a chance to earn playing time quickly. Then is is also close to home which is great because of my family and friends."

Deaton really burst on the scene as a sophomore at Sand Springs during the 2007 season as he earned honorable mention All-Metro honors from the Tulsa World after connecting on 151 of 281 passes for 1,843 yards and 14 touchdowns. The drawback was his 17 interceptions.

However, Deaton and the Sandites got better last season, and he was recognized as the first team All-Metro quarterback and second team All-State from the Tulsa World and honorable mention All-State from The Oklahoman.

His numbers were incredible with 232 carries for 1,665 yards rushing and 18 touchdowns. He hit on 129 of 260 passes for 1,818 yards and 11 touchdowns with just six interceptions. Deaton and his teammates had Sand Springs in the playoffs for the first time since 1997.

"It feels good and I think we are going to just get better and better from this point on," said Deaton of being a major part of the resurgence of Sand Springs football. "I think it will continue after I'm gone.

"I know that Michael Bowie (the senior All-State offensive lineman that signed with OSU last week) was a big part of it, but I think he believes we will continue to get better even with him gone. That is the big deal to leave the program up. It took a lot of commitment from a lot of people but I believe it will stay up."

Deaton said that he was not a big OSU fan growing up. "My family most of the time watched OU," said Deaton softly.

He continued saying he was not a die-hard fan for any college teams but couldn't wait to see the Colts play on Sunday. "I'm a big Peyton Manning fan," added Deaton. "I know Coach Brewer (OSU offensive coordinator Gunter Brewer) knows Manning and works that Manning Quarterback Camp. I'd love to go to that some day."

It is Brewer that is recruiting Deaton for Oklahoma State. "He is a real cool guy, and I get along with him really well," said Deaton, who added that he made it in person to both the Iowa State and the Oklahoma games at OSU this season.

Is Deaton really sure that he wants to end his recruitment this early? A lot of players that commit this early often times end up getting back into the recruiting game late. They may visit a few schools and then stick with their early choice and some actually make a complete switch and sign with another school.

"I've been open to being recruited by schools, but making this commitment, I don't see it as a problem," said Deaton. "I'm ready and I'm going to stick with OSU."

Deaton becomes the first known commitment (likely the true first commitment) to OSU in the 2010 recruiting class. He also goes on record as one of the earliest commitments ever to Oklahoma State in football recruiting.

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