These high school football players have already earned the attention of their coaches and fans. Although they may be young by age, each one of the “Underclassmen to Watch” have talents to produce game changing results.
CODA BARNOSKI (6-0, 165, SO.) MUSKOGEE
Known best for his clutch plays as the backup quarterback last year, Coda has been turning heads this summer for his play at linebacker while continuing to hone his skills at QB.
KENYON GOODSON (6-0, 170, So.) MUSKOGEE
Coach Travis Hill calls Kenyon a great athlete who will be vying for playing time this year at safety or wide receiver.
JACKSON HARRIS (5-11, 165, So.) SALLISAW
Veteran head coach Brandon Tyler takes over a program that has struggled in recent years and says Harris has come a long way this summer in all areas after getting the starting nod at QB last year as a freshman.
In a program rich with winning tradition, Wright appears to be well on his way to living up to that tradition. As a freshman last year, he rushed for 1100 yards and looks to have break out year as either quarterback, running back or wide receiver in 2023. He also lines up at safety on defense where he had 85 tackles last year.
RILEY ELLIS (5-8, 180, So.) VIAN
Another important piece in what looks like an experienced, rock solid defense for the purple and gold, Ellis recorded 90 tackles his freshman year and can also fill in at quarterback if needed.
BRADY SCOTT (5-9, 140, So.) HILLDALE
With 4.5-40 speed, Scott figures to be a key player in the Hornet offense that will be re-grouping in 2023. He averaged 11.6 yards per catch as a speedy wide receiver last year in eight games and had a great summer in 7-on-7 leagues according to head coach David Blevins.
PETER LEE (5-11, 185, So.) EUFAULA
With the graduation of three-year quarterback Luke Adcock, Lee moves into a key role as the primary running back for the Ironheads in what head coach Larry Newton Jr. calls a great sophomore class. Last year Lee rolled up 686 yards on the ground with 10 touchdowns.
DALLAS CARTER (5-8, 190, So.) CHECOTAH
Head coach Zac Ross expects to see Carter have a breakout year at linebacker for the Wildcats after a freshman year that saw him record 31 tackles in 8 games. He may also see some time at H-back as well.
DEE ANTWINE (6-1, 145, Fr.) WARNER
A multi-sport athlete that has good hands and speed to burn, Warner head coach Carter Bradley has high hopes for this talented freshman at wide receiver and safety.
BLAKE JOHNSON (5-9, 155, So.) HILLDALE
With a good summer under his belt according to head coach David Blevins, Johnson should be a valuable contributor for the Hornets this year. He’s got good speed and will be on special teams this year and possibly some time at running back as well as his usual spot at safety on defense.