OKPreps defensive underclassmen to watch

A look back at the top defensive underclassmen names seen by Sooners Illustrated in the last month.

It was a busy month for SoonersIllustrated.com, hitting the road all over the state to see the best of the best in Oklahoma.

At this point, we have a pretty good idea about where things stand regarding the Class of 2015 recruits, but it's never too early to get an early look at the names you'll be remembering in the future.


Norman North defensive lineman Corey Tipsword

The unquestioned breakout star of the spring in the state. Norman North coach Wade Standley talked highly of Tipsword, adding he's still raw, but Tipsword put himself on the map with an incredible day at OU's camp. Once he drops a few pounds, he's going to be perfect as a defensive tackle. He started toward the latter portion of his sophomore season but was still finding his way. Standley, and now OU, are definitely excited to see what happens going forward.

Midwest City defensive lineman Worren Davis

The younger brother of Kansas defensive back Ronnie Davis, Worren is already much bigger than his older brother. Davis still has a lot refining to do in his game, but he made a solid initial impression at OU's camp. The defensive line at Midwest City is loaded so he's going to have to show he deserves a spot in the lineup. It might not happen this summer, but if he sticks with it, Davis will be a name to remember.

Oklahoma City Casady defensive back Max Wariboko

Already with offers from Louisville, Tulsa and UCLA, no in-state 2016 prospect has more offers than Wariboko, the younger brother of Scout 300 offensive lineman Josh Wariboko. It feels like the plan is going to involve playing with Josh at the next level but that's still to be determined. As of now, don't expect anything to materialize between OU and Wariboko. After initially saying he would be at OU's camp, he wasn't on campus so it will take a while before things get any sort of serious.

Lawton MacArthur defensive back Walter Neil

It's so easy to discount Neil because of his 5-foot-8 frame and 5-8 might even being generous. But Neil left it all on the field for all three days at OU's camp. OU cornerbacks coach Bobby Jack Wright routinely gave him a lot of credit for what he was able to do. Neil was incredibly physical with the wide receivers and showed good speed. It's obvious he'll need to put on more weight, but all Neil did was help himself with his outings two weeks ago.

2017 Moore Southmoore athlete Quindon Lewis

The final three prospects are all in the Class of 2017. You never want to give too much praise to somebody so young, but Lewis absolutely looks like he will develop into the total package. He impressed in the spring at defensive back and did what he could at OU's camp at wide receiver. Not sure he has the hands of a receiver, but he ran crisp routes and always found open space. There is no doubt right now that his name will be circled going forward.

2017 Moore Southmoore linebacker Gervarrius Owens

Not to be outdone, Owens has made sure people know his name as well. It feels like Lewis is a natural defensive back where the position for Owens is still to be determined. He could fill out into a safety. He could grow into a linebacker or even develop into a defensive end. At this time, it feels like outside linebacker is his calling, and he made a lot of plays at team camp.

2017 Edmond Deer Creek defensive back Tony Rayburn

Rayburn was hopeful to be at OU's camp, but Edmond Deer Creek had a team camp event in Derby, Kan. The son of former OU defensive back Tony Rayburn, the younger Rayburn already has nice size at 5-11 and 170 pounds. His name is already starting to circulate at camps around the nation, and provided he continues to grow and develop, no reason to not see the Sooners start to show a lot more interest.

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