Elgin’s Ritson Meyer looks to follow-up impressive 900-yard freshman year –20 Chickasha-Duncan-Lawton area underclassmen to watch in 2023

Last Updated: August 16, 20233.9 min read

Ritson Meyer (So.) — Elgin RB/LB (pictured above)

Few freshman in the state produced on both sides of the ball to the extend Meyer did last year. In his debut varsity season, Meyer accounted for over 900 rushing yards and nine touchdowns while leading the Owls in tackles with 115 takedowns. At 6-foot-even, the defending 5A wrestling state champion at 195 pounds will be a nightmare for District 5A-1 coaches starting Sept. 1 against Anadarko.

Aiden Monigold (So.) — Lawton Eisenhower TE/DE

With a rare frame for his age, the rare Monigold appeared in all 10 games for the Eagles last year and showed promise as a major prospect. A productive sophomore campaign could be fortuitous to his recruiting.

Conner Akers (So.) — Velma-Alma WR

It felt like any time the Comets put the ball in Akers’ hands last year, he took it to the house — and that’s only barely hyperbole. Akers caught eight passes for seven touchdowns last fall, including four that went over 40 yards.

Aidan Hamil (Fr.) — Chickasha WR/QB

Hamil is among the most anticipated true newcomers in the area this season. A dynamic athlete with tremendous upside, Hamil will start at receiver Aug. 25 against El Reno but will likely assume the starting quarterback job in years to come.

Cale Porter (So.) — Empire-Temple QB/DB/P

Porter started for Empire’s secondary and handled punting duties as a freshman, but all eyes will be on the savvy, athletic sophomore as he assumes the quarterback job.

Tavion Holland (So) — Duncan RB

Holland has “a chance to be a very special player” if you ask head coach Matt Terry. He has exceptional intuition with the rock in his hands, especially given his age, paired with breakaway speed at the second level.

Mykel Hollman (So.) — Lawton WR

Hollman’s quick feet and high-end speed will be on full display for the Wolverines this year. The next up in a long line of Lawton alumni, the team is excited to implement his skills into the offense.

T.J Bradford (So.) — Newcastle S/RB

Bradford started at safety as a freshman and rotated in at running back. He is expected to undertake a greater role on both sides of the ball.

Napoleon Camp (So.) — Anadarko CB

As only a freshman, camp started at corner and “had no problems holding his own,” said head coach Kent Jackson. He secured the confidence of the Anadarko staff and will return as the veteran of the position group.

Dutton Taylor (So.) — Lindsay RB/LB

Taylor played significant time as a freshman and will “make a real impact on both sides of the ball” this season, head coach Sam Hembree said.

Cord Jones (So.) — Rush Springs QB

Jones is expected to start for the Redskins the next three years.

Harley Blackwell (So.) — Walters OL

Blackwell, a “tough” young ball player will undertake a new role on Walters’ offensive line this year. The staff expects him to handle the challenge and be an impact player.

Noah Torrez (Fr.) — Waurika WR

Debuting for the Eagles this season, the younger brother of recently graduated quarterback Treyton Torrez is expected to make an immediate contribution as coach Joe Allen compliments his Friday nights athleticism.

Josh Rushing (So.) — Lawton MacArthur WR/DB

The 6-foot-2 pass-catcher started the last several games on MacArthur’s schedule last season and will see more time on both sides of the ball this season.

Darian Barr (Fr.) — Carnegie WR/DB

A true newcomer to the Wildcats program, Barr moved to Carnegie last winter but is expected to make an immediate impact.

Dayton Scott (So.) — Boone-Apache RB

Scott carried the ball some as a freshman but will be Apache’s feature back this year. He’s an explosive ball-carrier who should rise to the occasion.

Cole Watkins (So.) — Blanchard TE

Watkins was new to the program last year but saw tremendous success as a junior varsity receiver. Blanchard’s staff raves about his hands, blocking and overall growth during the offseason.

Dawson Milligan (So.) — Elmore City-Pernell RB

Milligan started both varsity and freshman ball last season. He has speed and field vision beyond his years and placed at state powerlifting last winter.

Gunner Tate (So.) — Cache LB

The younger brother of Hunter Tate, a memorable Cache back who graduated in 2020, Gunner started the back nine of the 2022 season and stood out immediately. Cache fans can expect another productive season from the young linebacker.

Gavin Martin (So.) — Maysville LB

Martin has impressed Maysville’s staff with his buy-in. He was asked play early last fall as only a freshman and made great strides as a program player.

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