The Oklahoman’s Super 30: Maliek Bogard makes smooth transition from Okmulgee to Beggs

Nick Sardis

BEGGS — David Tenison wasn’t sure what to expect when Maliek Bogard transferred from Okmulgee to Beggs earlier this year.

Tenison, the head football coach at Beggs, knew Bogard was one of the state’s top prospects in the 2022 class.

But Tenison had questions.

What is Bogard like off the field?

Will he connect with his new teammates?

Is he a good leader?

Bogard has been at Beggs for just about six months, but the long and athletic defensive end has already provided some answers.

“The unknowns about him for us was what kind of kid he was and what kind of leadership skills he had,” Tenison said. “We checked both those boxes pretty quickly.”

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The 6-foot-5, 230-pound Bogard has made a smooth transition into the program and will look to make an impact in his lone season with the Class 2A Golden Demons. Then, he’ll likely make the jump to playing Division I football.

Bogard is No. 23 on The Oklahoman’s Super 30 list of the state’s top high school recruits in the 2022 class. A Rivals three-star prospect, he holds offers from Arkansas State, Iowa State, Kansas and SMU, among others.

He suffered a season-ending injury last year in his first regular-season game at Okmulgee.  

Beggs' Maliek Bogard poses for a portrait at Tulsa Union High School on June 23.

Bogard, who spent his first two high school football seasons at North Kansas City in Missouri, tore the anterior cruciate ligament, medial collateral ligament and meniscus in his right knee.

He got hurt during a special teams play and tried to continue, but it was too severe.

“I was down for about five minutes, 10 minutes,” Bogard said. “Next play on defense, I just went back in and messed it up some more.”

Bogard has gone through rehab and is now completely healthy. He’ll likely play both defensive end and tight end this season.

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“According to his rehab specialist, that knee (that was injured) is now stronger than his other one,” Tenison said. “He’s worked extremely hard to get to that point.”

Bogard and his family moved from Okmulgee to Beggs in the winter. The towns are south of Tulsa and within 20 minutes of each other.

Bogard arrived at Beggs at the beginning of the second semester of the school year and made tremendous progress with his rehab.

But although the injury has healed, Bogard is still a little uneasy.

“My leg is 100% for sure, but it’s a mindset thing,” he said. “I don’t trust it fully yet.”

Bogard is one of a few elite prospects who have been at Beggs in recent years.

Senior tailback and Oklahoma State commit CJ Brown is a four-star recruit, according to Rivals. Defensive back Kendal Daniels was No. 1 on The Oklahoman’s Super 30 list last year and is entering his freshman season at OSU in the fall.

Bogard is a big addition, and he’s happy to be at his new school.  

“It’s been great,” Bogard said. “We had a great offseason, weight room sessions. It’s just been great all around.” 

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The Oklahoman’s 2022 Super 30

Name: Maliek Bogard | School: Beggs

Ranking: No. 23 | Pos.: Defensive end

Height: 6-foot-5 | Weight: 230 pounds

Recruited by: Arkansas State, Indiana, Iowa State, Kansas, North Texas, SMU

About the series

The Oklahoman’s Super 30 feature series will spotlight each high school football player on the Super 30 recruit rankings for the 2022 class. The series continued Tuesday with No. 23, Beggs’ Maliek Bogard. See No. 22 on the list in Wednesday’s edition of The Oklahoman. Here are the last five players featured:

No. 27: Davis Dotson, OL, Berryhill

No. 26: Eli McWilliams, LB, Tahlequah

No. 25: David Rowaiye, DL, Southeast

No. 24: Corey Gordon, DB, Putnam West

No. 23: Maliek Bogard, DE, Beggs