Nobody really knew what to expect from Oklahoma's three-day camp in regards to defensive prospects. It felt like an open tryout for a lot of those guys and some of them absolutely jumped at the opportunity.
Here is a look at the top 10 defensive performers from last weekend's OU camp.
Hope (Ark.) High defensive lineman McTelvin Agim
Agim was the star of the final day of the camp. Standing in the stretching lines, he was bigger without his pads on than most of the other prospects were with their pads on. It's obvious OU defensive line coach Jerry Montgomery is going to zero in on Agim going forward. Offered during March, his relationship with OU is about as good as can be at this point in his recruitment.
Norman (Okla.) North defensive lineman Corey Tipsword
You want your breakout defensive star of the camp? Look no further than Tipsword. Norman North coach Wade Standley said Tipsword would be a name to remember, and he was absolutely right. Still a little raw, but Tipsword did some major work in the one-on-one portion of the camp, including dominating Scout 300 offensive lineman Jalin Barnett in one particular battle.
Lawrence (Kan.) High defensive lineman Amani Bledsoe
Lawrence invaded Norman on Saturday and Bledsoe was the unquestioned name to watch. His recruitment is likely to take off here soon, and OU is very smart to get in there as early as it did. He already has solid size for a lineman, and no question Montgomery is going to be keeping tabs on Bledsoe's development.
Owasso (Okla.) High defensive end/linebacker Michael Anderson
One of two in-state prospects that camped at positions they weren't 100 percent comfortable doing. Anderson has been recruited as a defensive end by all six of the schools that offered him. But the Sooners want bigger ends and moved Anderson to linebacker. He said it was a big adjustment, but he made the most of his chance.
Spiro (Okla.) High linebacker/safety McKinley Whitfield
Whitfield feels like a safety right now. But if he's going to play at OU, then he'll have to be a linebacker and add a solid 20 pounds. Whitfield showed up Friday and basically had a two-hour showcase of his skills at both linebacker and defensive back. His offer total won't slow down anytime soon, but it's too early to assume the Sooners will be among that group.
Broken Arrow (Okla.) High cornerback Markale Moses
He's sick of hearing about his lack of size, and Moses is definitely getting the best out of his ability. But that 5-foot-9 frame is making schools hesitant to make that leap. Although he has developed a great relationship with OU defensive coordinator Mike Stoops, it feels like the door is closing for Moses as it pertains to the Sooners.
Arlington (Texas) Martin defensive back Madre Harper
One look at Harper, and you know he's somebody. Now the question is just how big of a somebody he's going to become. Harper showed up for the second session of Saturday and has all the size of a Mike Stoops defensive back. He had plays that were phenomenal and some where you can see he's still learning the game, but it was a solid overall performance.
Saratoga Springs (Utah) Westlake defensive back Chaz Ah You
One of the bigger signs of respect is when fellow campers are asking who you are. And you couldn't go anywhere Saturday without a prospect asking who's No. 3 in the Thunder jersey. Ah You, the nephew of former OU defensive lineman C.J. Ah You, is a prime example of somebody who got better with each day of the camp. He'll be name to remember.
Lawton (Okla.) MacArthur defensive back Walter Neil
Nobody had more fight in him than Neil. Not blessed with great size, Neil has learned to be as physical as he possibly can at cornerback. The message is still crystal clear to Neil that he needs to add size. He might not grow and could stay at his 5-8 frame, but he has to at least put on 10-15 pounds to be in consideration. But for three days, he gave everything he had with every rep.
Lawrenceville (Ga.) Arthur defensive back Isaiah Pryor
Pryor was a fun little story when he showed up at OU's three-day camp last year. It wasn't quite as funny this time around because things start to feel a lot more realistic following another stellar three-day showing in Norman. The OU connection is there with his father and Bob Stoops, but Pryor should see his profile increase dramatically and the Sooners should definitely stay in the picture.