Midland Recruiting Notebook

Andrew Wolridge

Recruiting has not yet hit its torrid summer pace, but over the next few weeks we could see some excitement as players beginning to make their commitments and new players emerge on college radar screens.

We caught up with linebacker Andrew Wolridge of Lexington, Texas, at his regional track meet. Wolridge said he was in an extended break at the two-day meet after competing in the discus earlier in the day.

Wolrdige was excited in talking to us as he had just heard from Oklahoma State with his fourth scholarship offer so far.

"I just got an offer from Oklahoma State," said Wolridge. "That is my fourth offer and a school I am really interested in. I've also received offers from Baylor, Duke and Missouri."

Asked what other schools had contacted him, Wolridge added, "I've heard from Texas A&M, Texas Tech, TCU, and, uh, Oklahoma."

Wolridge, who reports he has good grades, was a dominating player last season with 108 tackles and 10 sacks. Recently he motored 4.68 in the 40-yard dash at the Scout combine held at the Dallas Cowboys' Valley Ranch facility. He said he has a 345-pound max in the bench press,a 585-pound squat, and a 33-inch vertical jump.

"I'm trying to weigh all my options," said Wolridge of his time table for recruiting. "It's too early so far to be narroing down my favorites. I'm wanting to make my decision before the start of my senior season."

To that end Wolridge said he attend camps this summer at TCU, Texas A&M, Oklahoma State and Baylor.


Kenny Davis
Many fans and college programs have been closely tracking Sequoyah quarterback Nathan Stanley, but he is not the only 2A quarterback in the "Sooner State" who is receiving serious division one interest. Adair quarterback Kenny Davis is hearing from a host of top-level programs.

Kenny Davis a 6-foot-3, 190-pound quarterback from Adair High in Oklahoma has yet to pull in his first scholarship offer, but he is receiving the type of interest that would lead you to believe he may only be a camp appearance away.

"Kansas State has been the top school that is coming in as far as interest goes and talking with us," Davis began as he explained some of the schools that are currently recruiting him. "There have just been a lot of schools that are coming in."

"Tennessee and Alabama have been in coming in. You definitely want to have the bigger type of schools coming in because that shows some of the other schools that you are a good player."

Adair Head Coach Aaron Meier discussed some of Davis' strengths on and off the field.

"His biggest strength is his feet," Coach Meier informed. "He has a calmness about him that is scary. He has a couple of things about him that is just not coachable. Obviously, you can coach someone to get better with their feet, but Kenny is calm all the time. You just can not rattle him."

He is a coachable kid who responds well. If you had to get on to him, he responds well to it. His grandpa was a coach, so he understands that. Other than that it is his demeanor on the field that sets him apart."

"My arm strength is a big thing," Davis added. "We play out of the spread, so I see the field really well I think."

"It is going to help me al lot to play out of this type of offense, because that is what everyone is doing in college now."

When you play in a small community like Adair it is easy to become a sort of legend and that is certainly the case with Davis, as many of the people in the small northern Oklahoma town.

There were only 18 players who came out for football two season's ago during Coach Meier's first year at the school, but now there are over 50 expected to suit up in the fall, so it is certainly a program on the rise. Coach Meier attributes a lot of that success to how much the people of Adair buy in to the football program on all the different levels, but admitted his star player has a lot to do with the excitement that now envelopes the community.

"People have gotten excited about the football here," Coach Meier said. "I am not so sure how excited we were when we first got here. They had not been winning a lot, and everyone knows winning helps in that area."

"The things that are happening right now. Whether it is talking to you guys or Kenny being recruited. All of that stuff is starting to make it (football) important. When we have a game, it is hard to get a seat. There is no doubt that he is a big part of that, but it is not just him. There are a lot of people making a difference."

Davis is also receiving heavy interest from North Carolina, SMU, Texas A&M, Wyoming, Wake Forest, Miami (FL), Tulsa and Kansas.


Jake Morse
Many Midland / Midwest based programs are basically recruiting the same core of quarterbacks. One player, who is on everyone's radar, but has yet to reel in his first offer is Rock Bridge gunslinger Jake Morse. As commitments begin to trickle in it will be interesting to see which school strikes first to get the early in with this exciting prospect.

It is apparent that Jake Morse, a 6-foot-2, 185-pound quarterback from Rock Bridge High in Columbia, Missouri is going to be a division one quarterback, but the only question right now is where.

Although he has been receiving very heavy interest it is hard for him to narrow down any favorites, because he has yet to reel in his first official scholarship offer.

Programs like Nebraska, Kansas State, Iowa, Minnesota and Colorado are basically recruiting him with the same fervor as they would someone that they have already offered.

"Recruiting is going really good, and it is really starting to heat up," Morse said as he explained the latest interest he has been receiving.

"It is now the evaluation period and Coach Kevin Cosgrove from Nebraska was in at my school to visit today. I got the chance to say hi and talk with him a little. It is pretty exciting."

"My coach says that coaches from Colorado, Iowa, and Kansas State will also be coming in to visit."

Morse was invited to the Kansas State Spring Game, and he was excited about what he saw of from the football program while he was on the campus.

"It was a good experience," Morse informed. "The atmosphere was amazing. There were like 30,000 fans there. Kansas State has been showing a serious interest in me. Coach Franklin said that he would like to see me come back up and throw in person."

Morse had a solid performance at the U.S. Army All-American Combine in San Antonio earlier this year, and is poised for another strong performance at the Scout.com Combine that will be held in Kansas City on May 14th.

"Jake was very good at the combine (San Antonio), but he is even better and much stronger now" informed Coach Skip Stitzell of the Quarterbacks Edge, who coached the quarterbacks at the Army All-American Combine. "He measured in at 6-foot-2 at a recent junior day. He spins the ball really well and has great footwork."

"Footwork is the one thing that I work on all of the time," Jake added. "It starts with the feet. That is one thing coach always works you on. That is probably the main thing that I will work on this summer."

The summer camp tour will give Morse the opportunity to throw in front of many college coaches for the first time.

"I am very excited to get out there and throw," Morse said. "I have a combine coming up on May 5th, and I am hoping that I get to show some coaches what I can do. I have been working out at the school with guys like Aron White and Logan Gray, and I feel like things have been going very good."

As a junior, Morse completed 127-of-201 for 1,508 yards and 15 touchdowns. He added 300 rushing yards with four touchdowns. He was named honorable mention All-State, first-team All-League and first-team All-Area.

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