Willis, Ivy highlight defensive seasons

The Oklahoma high school football season was full of great defensive performances. Here's a glimpse at some that stood out the most.

Defensive seasons to remember for Willis, Ivy By Bob Przybylo SoonersIllustrated

The awards recognizing the best of the best in Oklahoma high school football continues at Sooners Illustrated.

Earlier it was Oklahoma City Douglass' Deondre Clark (an LSU commit) being named the Defensive MVP of the season.

But he had some stiff competition. Here is a look at five other recruits who had banner seasons on the defensive side of the ball.


Muskogee defensive end Tramal Ivy

Ivy emerged as a recruit to watch during his junior season but maximized his potential as a senior. It wasn't a great season for the Roughers, but you can't fault Ivy who had 19 sacks and continued to show his freakish athleticism. Ivy seems set to go the junior college route at this point although he's trying hard to get his stuff sorted out. If he qualifies, no doubt Kansas State is the school to beat at this point.


Tulsa Booker T. Washington defensive end Jordan Brailford

OKPreps fans were spoiled at defensive end this season. Between Clark, Ivy and Brailford there were almost too many good ones. And Brailford was indeed as good as advertised his senior season. Committed to Oklahoma State since June, he played relaxed, and it showed. Brailford had 105 tackles and nine sacks this season in helping lead the Hornets back to the playoffs. Locked down with the Cowboys, Brailford is also a Semper Fi All-American.


Broken Arrow linebacker Gyasi Akem

Akem fared well at Broken Arrow, but his future should be only brighter at Oklahoma State. There is nobody in the state that could equal his size and speed at linebacker. He truly was something special to watch. Playing more under control this season, Akem racked up 67 tackles, six sacks and one interception in helping lead the Tigers to a state semifinal appearance. He grew up an OSU fan, and he's all ready to be a Cowboy.


Tulsa Booker T. Washington linebacker Jonathan Willis

Willis first started to turn heads at Oklahoma's camp during the summer. It was clear then that he was on the verge of doing something special. He did exactly that. Paired with Brailford, they dominated the line of scrimmage for the Hornets. He did a little bit of everything with 61 tackles, 13 sacks and two interceptions in stating his case as the best linebacker in the state. Oregon State has a good history of recruiting the state well, and the Beavers jumped in early with Willis and landed his pledge in October.


Midwest City safety Will Sunderland

The only Class of 2015 prospect to make this cut, but he earned his way into the list. Like Willis, Sunderland had an incredible outing at OU's camp. His junior season saw him pick up offers from the Sooners, Oklahoma State and Tulsa. A freak at around 6-foot-4 and 190 pounds, Sunderland is a safety that likes to hit but can also make the big play. He had 98 tackles and six interceptions this season to go with eight receptions and a touchdown on offense. He is clearly one of the top in-state names to watch going forward.

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