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Carl Albert standouts commit to Oklahoma

Carl Albert’s Marcus James announces his commitment to Oklahoma during a commitment ceremony at Carl Albert High School on Nov. 2. Photo by Sarah Phipps | The Oklahoman

By Jacob Sturm
Midwest City Beacon

In the midst of Carl Albert’s run of dominance in 5A football, a plethora of athletes have risen to notoriety through college recruitment.

With current teammates Xavier Robinson and Kevin Sperry Jr. having already made their intentions known of playing for the University of Oklahoma following their high school careers, Carl Albert has been a recruitment hotspot for OU, and that seems to have continued with Trynae Washington and Marcus James following their commitments becoming official on Nov. 2.

So, how did that recruitment go for both James and Washington?

For James, that meant plenty of recruitment directly from coach Brent Venables.

“They just established the trust that I needed to ultimately commit to Oklahoma,” James said. “I took a couple of visits, and I just know that coach Venables’ defense through and through, I know that it’s going to put me in position to make plays.”

Venables also talked with Washington, along with offensive coordinator Jeff Lebby in his recruitment process.

Washington said he had been in contact with them as they were making sure he was involved in games and camps in Norman.

“Every time I was up there, they made it feel like a family, and I knew that’s where I wanted to be,” Washington said.

Those discussions both have had with the coaches involve chatting about upcoming games, along with making sure everything has been going well in their lives ahead of their time in college.

There has been an investment made from OU into the Carl Albert program. For instance, aside from the commitments from key Titan athletes, Dylan Gabriel had made an appearance on the sidelines of one of the games earlier in the year alongside some Carl Albert alumni attending OU currently.

“It shows how much they care, and how of a family they are up there,” Washington said.

Trynae Washington speaks after committing to Oklahoma during a commitment ceremony at Carl Albert on Nov. 2. Photo by Sarah Phipps | The Oklahoman


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