The OKPreps spring football season is here, and SoonersIllustrated.com is hitting the road to see the top prospects in the state of Oklahoma.
Let's start with a big "duh" on this one. Obviously when talking about Lawton, it starts with Barnett. There's a reason he's the No. 1-ranked prospect in the state. It will be good to see just how big he has become since the end of his junior season. His coach has been quick to say Barnett is well over the 300-pound mark but without losing any of that speed and explosiveness. Oklahoma still feels like the clear leaders but schools like Alabama, Auburn and Stanford, among others, aren't about to throw in the towel.
Things have a way of working themselves out. Two weeks ago it looked like there was no room at the inn regarding defensive backs and OU. Patterson has made it clear he won't stop working until he gets that OU offer. Already with seven offers to his credit, it's going to be about his academic work more than anything else. This spring will give coaches a chance to see just how impressive he is in person and with pads on.
WR Kalin Sadler
Here's another in-state prospect waiting for that time to bust out and show what he can do. Sadler showed glimpses throughout his junior season of why he should be regarded among the best in the state. The issue has been his lack of top-end speed. He's shifty, nobody is denying that, but his speed is going to have to show improvement for Sadler to make the dent he definitely can.
2017 OL Hagen Meservy
Store this name away. He has already attended OU's junior day, and it's clear he's going to become that next big monster lineman for the Wolverines. No idea if he'll end up as big, both in size and ranking, as Barnett, but he's on the right track. The most glowing praise comes from his coach who doesn't hesitate to say Meservy is further along in his development right now than what Barnett was at the same point two years ago.