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July 10, 2014

The good hands people: Fort Gibson, Checotah receivers lead list to watch

Fort Gibson wide receiver Jordan London is in a comfort zone heading into his senior for the Tigers.

London will be split on the outside with J.R. Singleton sending the ball his way when a pass is called for, as has been the previous two seasons.

“We’ve got a pretty good camaraderie,” London said. “He knows where I’m going to be and I know where he wants to throw it. I can adjust myself where the defense is playing and he knows where I want to go.”

London’s comfort level is also something that Tigers’ coach James Singleton, J.R.’s father, has noticed as well.

“He’s becoming more of a vertical threat and we have the utmost confidence in him,” James said. “There will be times we can throw the ball up and say ‘Jordan, go get the ball.’”

James also believes he has a premier receiver who also doubles as a defensive back.

“He’s a very instinctive player,” said the coach. “He has great hands and does a great job running routes and avoiding the coverages.”

And London, who had 28 receptions for 458 yards and eight touchdowns, is looking for a great season for himself as well as his teammates.

“I think we’re going to be pretty good so I’m excited about that,” London said. “Offensively we’re trying to pick up the pace. We’re throwing it more. I just need to use my god-given ability and to use it to my advantage – to play smart.”

Other receivers in the area that should have outstanding seasons are:


2. Cody Cox, Checotah (5-10, 170, Sr.)

• 42 receptions, 674 Yards (16.0), 7 TDs.

“The thing with Cody is he’s a hard worker and as a receiver he runs great routes,” said Checotah coach Chad Hendricks.

“He’s probably one of the best receivers in Class 3A. He’s also a great leader. There was one time this summer that a teammate didn’t have a ride to summer camp. Cody went and picked him up and that’s rare for a senior in high school.”


3. Denver Coffee, Vian   (5-11, 165, Sr.)

• 12 receptions, 210 yards (17.5), 3 TDs

Coffee became primary target in the Wolverines’ offense, helping them to the state semifinals.

“He’s always had the ability to get open but this past year he’s worked a lot in the weight room and has gotten himself bigger,” said Vian coach Brandon Tyler. “He accepted the role as a go-to-guy. He made an impact last year and is going to have an even bigger impact this year.”


4. Bryson Bell, Muskogee (5-5, 165, Sr.)

• 16 receptions, 182 yards, 1 TD

Flourished in the Roughers’ offense last season. Should see less in the new run-first scheme but will still be called upon when the situation calls for it.

“Bryson’s so good in space, we give him a lot,” said Muskogee coach Rafe Watkins. “If you have that go-to guy right, he’ll be one of them right now. We predominantly want to run the ball but if people want to stack the defense, we’re capable of throwing the ball. They’re used to that because that’s what they’ve done here in the past.”


5. Matt Bargsten, Hilldale (6-0, 155, Sr.)

• 10 receptions, 169 yards

Will be the primary receiver in the Hornets’ offense because of the graduation of Bradley Campbell and Dakota Holmes.

“Last year he was more of a possession-type receiver and made a lot of big catches for us,” said Hilldale coach Chad Kirkhart. “This year, he’s going to have to be that guy we go to when we throw the football. He’s done well this summer and has looked good in passing leagues. He’s made some big plays and has been the receiver we need him to be.”


6. Quentin Jim, Stigler (6-0, 190, Sr.)

Saw limited action on offense but should be the main threat on the outside with Dylan Bryant moving to quarterback and Trace Jackson lost for the season with an injury suffered in 7-on-7 league play this summer.

“He’s got a long body and good hand-eye coordination,” said Stigler coach Chris Risenhoover. “He also has great ability with the ball after the catch.”


7. Josh Cowart, Vian (6-2, 175, Sr.)

•10 receptions, 178 yards (17.8), 2 TDs

“He’s a senior and like Denver, has worked his tail off into the position he’s in now,” Tyler said. “We’ll split both of them at times and at times we’ll put them next to each other.”


8. James Buckhanan, Muskogee (6-0, 170, Sr.)

• 10 receptions, 121 yards, (12.1), 1 TD

“James is a big-size receiver that can go up and get the ball for us,” Watkins said. “We call our receivers skinny linemen because they’re going to have to be asked to block out on the perimeter 70 percent of the time. But I’ve told him whenever you do a good job of blocking in our scheme of things, we’ll get you some plays.”

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