July 14, 2009

7-on-7 taking hold in Oklahoma

EDMOND, Okla. - Oklahoma is quickly becoming part of one of high school football's fastest-growing phenomenon, 7-on-7 football. As such it's not hard to understand why there are so many young quarterbacks, receivers, and pass-catching running backs that are beginning to make an impression on college recruiters nationwide.

However, during this weekend's Oklahoma Showdown, the state's unofficial 7-on-7 championship, it was a tight end that stole the show.

That player was little known Moore (Okla.) Southmoore standout Austin Haywood.

Haywood has been talked about very little in recruiting circles due to so little being known about the Sabercats' transfer from Anadarko. With a massive 6-foot-5, 250-pound frame Haywood is easy to pick out on a football field but it was his play, particularly on Saturday, that should make him easy to remember in recruiting circles.

"It's not even fair to have him out here, that kid needs to be in the NFL," one coach who faced Haywood and Southmoore said.

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