Bryce Bray, one of Oklahoma State’s top 2018 commits, was at the Down and Dirty linemen camp this past week at the Sherman Smith Indoor. Scout ranks Bray as the No. 1 offensive guard in the state of Oklahoma's 2018 class. He's also No. 18 nationally at the guard position, as well as No. 3 in the Midlands Region (Texas, Oklahoma, Louisiana, Arkansas, Missouri, Kansas, Nebraska, and the Dakotas).
Watching Bray out there, it was easy to tell why the Cowboys were so persistent in their recruiting of him. Playing primarily left tackle at Bixby, Bray worked out a bit at left guard while at the camp and he excels at both. His frame suggests that he'll probably end up playing guard at the college level.
This camp, in particular, was a blast to watch as four of the 2018 commits were there, Bray, Anthony, Woodard and Williams. Watching the four of them perform was a glance into the possible future as all four could be starting on the line within a few years.
“Coach Henson, he had us come up here and he was like “It’s gonna be like practice almost.” Where we’ll be all together.” Said Bray about his reason for coming to the camp even though he’s a commit. “But yeah, no it is also a chance to get together and get to know each other a lot better. I mean, Hunter Woodard, we, since he lives all the way up north, we don’t get a chance to talk to him as much. But it was a great time to get him down here and get to talk to him a little bit, same thing with Tyrese. But yeah, Hunter Anthony and I, we’re a little closer because we’re so close (location wise) and stuff. But it was great getting those other kids down here and us getting to build a relationship with them just as well as Hunter and I have a relationship together.”
His huge 6-5, 309-frame, is mainly muscle, and is already college-ready. But, with his senior year still ahead of him, I would expect him to look even more impressive when he steps on campus and gets a chance to work-out with Coach Glass.
He has big hands and long arms which are perfect for run blocking, which you can tell that he probably enjoys a little more than pass blocking as he’s such a physical blocker and more likely to finish blocks on the ground.
He has quick feet which is ideal for dealing with fast defensive ends and exterior linemen in the Big 12 and Power Five in general.
He didn’t miss too many blocks at all during the one-on-one drills, but when he did, you could tell that it really ate at him and his was anxious to get back in there and make up for it.
“I never like missing reps, or anything.” Said Bray when asked about missing a few reps and blocks during drills. “It really does (get under my skin), it gets after me and I think about it every time until I get to go back again. It really gets under me, and it’s what drives me to get better and to improve the way I have since I’ve been in Mighty Mites or whatever playing as a little kid. But yeah, once I miss something, it just, it really fuels me to drive harder. It fuels my motor to go.”
I ask Bray what he planned on doing for the rest of the summer, since most kids this time of year start to hit the lake or take road trips with their friends or family.
“The rest of the summer we have this thing up in Bixby called S.P.A., speed, power and agility, and that’s all we do. That’s our workout, that’s our summer workout, that’s our summer break, is working out. That’s all I’m doing, I don’t go on vacations. My vacation is coming out here and doing camps.”
I hate to say it, but that doesn’t sound much like a spa that I would want to go to.