OU camp: Day 2, session 1

Recapping the first session of day two at OU's camp, where the in-state underclassmen made an impression.

The morning session of the second day of Oklahoma's camp has traditionally been the time the big boys show up, and Saturday morning was no different.

A bevy of top underclassmen from across the state made the trip to Norman to showcase their skills in the first session of the day.

SoonersIllustrated.com will be back with a recap of the second session later this evening.

Quarterbacks bring their A game

A lot of the hype surrounding this session was how many top in-state quarterbacks for the Class of 2016 were making the trip. The three expected all arrived and all performed well as OU quarterbacks coach Josh Heupel looked on.

It's going to be tough to find a better in-state prospect than Edmond Santa Fe's Keaton Torre, but Broken Arrow's Scotty Gilkey and Mustang's Chandler Garrett are going to give him a run for his money.

At various times, all three looked like the best underclassmen quarterback in the state. Heupel and graduate assistant Joey Halzle spent a lot of time with the trio, and it's obvious OU's quarterback board for 2016 is only going to get bigger as long as they keep producing.

One name some were hoping to see was Oradell (N.J.) Bergen Catholic quarterback Jarrett Guarantano, but he decided to take a trip to Tennessee this weekend.

Anderson, Daniel state their case

Most of the prospects at the camp are younger guys, trying to make sure they stay on OU's radar. However, there were a couple of quality in-state recruits for the Class of 2015 that made the trip.

Ringling offensive tackle Riley Daniel and Owasso defensive end/linebacker Michael Anderson both did what they could to try to turn some heads at OU.

Daniel and Anderson both have several offers, and Anderson, being recruited as a defensive end by most schools, was working at linebacker for the Sooners.

Once again it's clear that OU is looking for bigger, bulkier defensive ends instead of guys like Anderson, whose 6-2, 215-pound frame is now more suited at linebacker for the Sooners.

Barnett makes an appearance

The biggest shock of the day was seeing Lawton offensive lineman Jalin Barnett. The Scout 300 prospect was offered by OU nearly 15 months ago and camped in Norman last year.

But nobody expected Barnett to put on the pads once again. Barnett said he didn't really care what the expectations are as he was doing what he felt was right.

It was a chance for all the OU coaches to see the trimmed down Barnett, who has certainly lost 20 pounds in the last couple of months.

Conversely, his teammate, cornerback Darreyl Patterson, didn't make the trip. There was some thought Patterson could arrive at OU on Saturday and earn the offer. It will most definitely have to wait now.

Young kids stand out

Two in-state names to circle going forward are Moore Southmoore athlete Quindon Lewis and Norman North defensive lineman Corey Tipsword.

Lewis, a Class of 2017 recruit, was at receiver for this session and did an incredible job of running routes. He quickly became a favorite of OU junior wide receiver Sterling Shepard, who was helping coach the receivers.

Lewis could also be a defensive back, nothing is set in stone yet. Following a great session, Lewis said he will return for the second one Saturday afternoon.

Tipsword is a prospect Norman North coach Wade Standley said to look out for this season. A Class of 2016 kid, Tipsword fared well in the one-on-one battles against offensive linemen, including holding his own against Barnett.

Sooners out in full force

One thing made this session a lot different than others in the past was the active involvement of OU's players at their positions. Keith Ford was with the running backs. Shepard with the wide receivers, Zack Sanchez with the defensive backs and guys like Charles Tappers and Daryl Williams were with the linemen.

It added to extra coaches being on the field and also allowed the campers to develop a little rapport with the current players. It was a fantastic idea by the OU coaching staff.


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