April 15, 2009

The Next big Thing in Oklahoma?

In his long-tenure at Eufalua, Okla. high school Kerry Roberts saw plenty of talented athletes, prospects like 2001 Oklahoma signing Avery Shine and current Wyoming wide receiver Travis Burkhalter but can't deny that perhaps the most naturally talented one was found after a move to south central Oklahoma.

Roberts, whose move to Madill was made in his hopes of helping to care for his father, came to the Wildcats as an assistant but last year took the reins and fell into a wealth of talent. None being more clear than 2010 running back Darryl Fields.

The 6-foot-2, 197-pound back who Roberts has timed in sub-4.5-second times in the 40-yard dash has gone from a relative unknown to one of the state's fastest rising prospects in the matter of a few weeks.

"I saw what he was doing with track at 6-foot-2 and 197-pounds and knew he could be special," Roberts said. "When we got done with summer camp I timed him at a 4.48-40-yard dash. I know that a lot of coaches will call bull on that but he ran a 21.7-second time in the 200."

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