Without question the biggest game in the state to kick off the season is in Midwest City with the Bombers against Tulsa Booker T. Washington.
Midwest City is loaded for this class, anchored by Scout 300 safety Will Sunderland, but the Hornets definitely have some names to watch going forward when the two square off 7 p.m. CST Friday night.
Safety Will Sunderland: Pretty clear right now this is a battle between Oklahoma and Ohio State. The Sooners seem to have a pretty big edge considering he has seen the campus more than a dozen times at this point. But he has official visits set up at both campuses this fall so the wait continues.
Defensive back Roscoe Gatewood: A couple of inches taller and people might be talking Gatewood like they do Sunderland. Gatewood is a threat on either side of the ball and will most likely play running back for Midwest City, too. A good senior season could open some eyes.
Defensive lineman DeMikal Harrison: Not really on anybody’s radar heading into the spring, but Harrison has dedicated himself into becoming a name to watch. No offers yet but solid game film from this season should see his stock soar.
Outside linebacker Aaron McKinney: The question still remains about where exactly McKinney is going to fit in best at the next level. He can play either safety or outside linebacker. He’s a couple of lower tier offers, but it feels like his best football is ahead of him.
Defensive lineman Dejai Johnson: His size is going to scare some off, but his play is going to keep him in contention. Air Force doesn’t care that Johnson isn’t quite 6-foot and offered him during the spring.
Tulsa Booker T. Washington
2016 running back Justice Hill: Hill could be the next great Hornet to come through, but it’s also possible he won’t play. He banged up his shoulder in a scrimmage two weeks ago and won’t be at 100 percent if he does decide to play. Will be one of the most dynamic players in the state for next year.
2016 wide receiver Tariq Bitson: The word potential leaps off the page when discussing Bitson. With a nice frame, he has the ability to blossom into something special at wide receiver.
Defensive end T.J. Harris (Arkansas State commit): Harris keeps up the Booker T. tradition of having at least one player commit to a Division I program. He has been waiting for his time to shine and step up. Now is his chance.
Quarterback Cordale Grundy: He most likely won’t find a home at quarterback in college, but his athleticism should help him find a spot somewhere down the road. He can make plays happen all over the field.