Garrett, Birdow sophomores to watch

In the last of a four-day series, Sooners Illustrated gives out honors to the best of the best in Oklahoma high school football and focuses on Class of 2016 prospects.

It's tough for sophomores to make an impact, but these are ones that simply couldn't be ignored. Some of them went into the season with high expectations, while others emerged as names for Oklahoma high school fans to watch going forward.

For the first time Sooners Illustrated is recognizing an OKPreps Sophomore of the Year, and the honor goes to Mustang quarterback Chandler Garrett.

He started the season at safety, but everybody knew it was simply a matter of time before Garrett worked his way into being the quarterback.

Once he earned the job, he wasn't going to let it go. Garrett had his breakout moment in the first round of the playoffs in leading a come-from-behind road victory at Norman North.

Already a legit 6-foot-5 and 210 pounds, the future is bright for Garrett. He completed 144 of 199 passes for a sensational 72 completion percentage. To go with his 1,588 passing yards and 13 touchdowns, he also rushed for seven more scores.


Edmond Santa Fe quarterback Keaton Torre

The next big thing at Edmond Santa Fe had to turn into the present during the second half of the season with an ankle injury sidelining Scout 300 quarterback and Oklahoma commit Justice Hansen. Torre grew with each game and has Edmond Santa Fe excited about the next two years. He threw for 1,297 yards with nine touchdowns, while completing 65 percent of his passes.


Norman North running back Quan Hogan

Most running backs have to learn how to be a receiver, but that's not a problem for Hogan. Hogan touched the ball more than 200 times this season. He rushed for 1,003 yards on 137 carries with 12 touchdowns. Then he added 69 catches for 830 yards and five touchdowns. About as dynamic a player as there is for the class right now.


Tulsa Union running back Tyler Adkins

Nobody knew about Adkins before the season, but he's going to be tough to ignore going forward. Injuries vaulted Adkins into a starring role for one of the best teams in the state. He delivered to the tune of 1,340 yards on 195 carries and 20 touchdowns. He should be the primary back for the Redskins going forward.


Altus running back Taven Birdow

This one isn't as shocking. Birdow has looked to be a top prospect even before the season and fared well at summer camps. But it's not always easy when you're expected to be the guy at such a young age. Birdow had no problems as he rushed for 1,796 yards on 204 attempts and scored 16 touchdowns. His position in college is still unclear, but he is certainly producing.


Moore Westmoore wide receiver Deshawn Lookout

An unknown commodity, Lookout had a mini-breakout outing at Oklahoma's summer camp as he performed well all three days. Moore Westmoore is loaded at wide receiver with Lookout and 2015 stud Dahu Green. Lookout had 46 receptions for 595 yards and five touchdowns. His sister signed with OU to play softball last month.


Jenks defensive lineman Tyler Thomas

Going out on a little bit of a limb here. Thomas is already 6-foot and 300 pounds so it will be interesting to see how he grows and fills out going forward. Not easy to start as a sophomore at a school like Jenks, but he did and produced. He had 38 tackles, five sacks and 11 tackles for loss in helping the Trojans to another state championship.

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