Rockwall 7v7 Scouting Report

This past Saturday Sooners Illustrated headed to Rockwall (TX) to check out the state 7v7 qualifier tournament that contained plenty of talent. A few Sooner targets were in attendance including Ryan Reid from Sherman HS. Check inside for more.

Ryan Reid Impresses

Reid was seen making plays all over the field Saturday. While nursing some sort of nagging leg injury which appeared to be either a quad or hamstring issue, it didn't stop Reid from playing both ways for his squad at receiver and safety instead of at corner.

Reid is a thick corner prospect and looks every bit the 5-foot-11 and 185-pound specimen that he is listed at. Reid has the ability to play receiver but definitely looked more at home at safety where he could utilize his corner skills to change the game.

While roaming the middle of the field Reid would bait the opposing quarterback into thinking he had an open receiver. When the opposing quarterback attempted a pass in Reid's vicinity the play almost ended up in interceptions multiple times but Reid was unable to hold onto the ball. Reid's ability to break on the ball had the opposing quarterback flustered.

Another element of Reid's game that stood out was the explosion he possesses in his lower body. During one drive where Sherman was threatening to score from inside the 15-yard line, Reid lined up wide at receiver. Reid ran a post route into the back of the endzone and the corner let him by. The quarterback saw Reid a little late and delivered a throw that had too much air under it it appeared. That was when Reid elevated and plucked the ball out of the air at its highest point but was unable to hold onto it. He was the only player that had a chance to make the catch.

The leaping ability Reid displayed on that play was definitely impressive and easily the best display of athletic ability on the day. Even though he didn't line up at corner, his size, ability to break on the ball once it's in the air and his jumping ability make it easy to see what Oklahoma secondary Coach, Willie Martinez sees in the Sherman prospect.

Wylie East WR Duo Stand Out

A couple of prospects that had multiple people paying attention to them on Saturday were Quan Jones and Marcel Ateman of Wylie East HS. Both are big targets at the receiver position with Jones standing at 6-foot-4 and 195 pounds and Ateman standing at 6-foot-5 and about 200 pounds himself.

Jones looked like the same receiver he was the last time we saw him at the Frisco Liberty 7v7 tournament. When watching Jones, one of the things that just jumps out at you is just how smooth he looks while running his routes. Jones once again displayed strong hands catching everything in his vicinity.

Jones appeared to be the go to guy of the offense on Saturday but Ateman was able to make plays as well. Ateman has loads of potential at receiver but appears to be a little more raw than Jones at the moment but that could also be due to the fact that he also is focused on basketball.

Ateman did a good job on his out routes of sinking his hips and chopping his feet before his breaks and then got his head around quickly to make the catch.

Both prospects were at the Sooner summer camp a few weeks back and had strong showings. Oklahoma along with other programs is showing strong interest including Tennessee and Arizona who have already offered. Their recruiting coordinator at Wylie East, Coach Doty said the phones are ringing off the hook about their wide receiver duo.

Sulphur Springs Has Young Talent

Willie Ivory is a 2014 prospect at Sulphur Springs who plays wide receiver and running back. The Sooners have already shown interest along with some other schools as well in the speedy athlete. Ivory also plays baseball and runs track and is a stand out in both sports for his school.

Another prospect to watch out for in the future at Sulphur Springs is Larry Pryor. Pryor plays safety for Sulphur Springs and will most likely start as a freshman this year. He hasn't even started high school yet and is already 6-foot-1 and 185 pounds. Pryor showed impressive ability to break on the ball especially for how young he is.

--Joey Helmer--


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