Barnett, Wand in showcase matchup

OU has been high on Class of 2015 offensive lineman Jalin Barnett for a long time. Sooners Illustrated will get its first look at Barnett during his junior season.

For the last six months it has been clear Oklahoma views Lawton (Okla.) offensive lineman Jalin Barnett as one of its top targets for the Class of 2015.

The days of the Sooners not making early in-state offers are over as Barnett was offered by OU before high school spring practices even began.

Barnett, ranked solidly in the Scout 300, has been as good as billed so far through three games, said Lawton coach Randy Breeze.

Lawton takes its undefeated record to the University of Central Oklahoma for a game against Edmond (Okla.) Memorial (2-1) on Friday night.

"Jalin has been great so far," Breeze said. "I told you before I don't really see a weakness with his game, and I still don't."

Barnett has also been offered by the likes of Stanford and Auburn but has made the most frequent visits to OU. His last trip was to the Sooners' home opener against ULM.

Edmond Memorial is no slouch, though, and 2015 running back Warren Wand continues to rack up huge numbers.

Only 5-foot-7, recruiting is going slow so far for Wand. All he can do is take care of what he can control. And right now that's running the football and making plays. Wand has rushed for 546 yards and five touchdowns. Despite his size, he's averaging nearly 25 carries per game.

Other names to watch

Lawton defensive tackle Ivan Thomas (Class of 2014, Texas Tech commit): Still the biggest running back around. Thomas has rushed for two touchdowns this season, and Breeze said he has finally turned the corner toward getting his conditioning exactly where it needs to be.

Lawton running back Michael Warren (Class of 2014): Definition of a sleeper as Warren was on nobody's radar before this season. Sixty-two carries for 655 yards and eight touchdowns will wake people up, no doubt about that.

Lawton wide receiver Kalin Sadler (Class of 2015): Emerged as a name to watch during summer camp season and faring well. Two carries, two touchdowns. Six receptions for 190 yards and two more scores.

Edmond Memorial defensive end LaManuel Singleton (Class of 2015): Still putting all the pieces together. Has two sacks this season, but a lot is expected of him going forward. Had a huge day at OU's camp in the summer.

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