The first week of the season kicks off across the state. We’ve spent a lot of time getting to know the Class of 2015, but it’s never too early to get a head start on 2016.
Names will be added in time, but here are 25 names to be on the watch for this season for the Class of 2016. This is not a rankings list, names are listed in alphabetical order.
Jenks OL Sheldon Barnes (6-5, 315)Barnes could be a boom or could be a bust. Certainly has the size to be something special, this season should tell a lot about his future.
Tulsa Booker T. Washington WR Tariq Bitson (6-2, 180)Bitson is a part of a loaded Booker T. group for this class. His potential at wide receiver is already making a lot of top schools take notice. More will come when more film comes out.
Edmond Santa Fe safety Calvin Bundage (6-2, 190)Wasn’t on anybody’s radar until a couple of weeks ago. Already looks like he could be the next best safety in the state and comes from strong background with his brother at Arizona.
Broken Arrow ATH Jordan Davis (5-10, 190)Broken Arrow coaches have raved about Davis for a while. His lack of size might hurt in terms of position, but he has been dynamite the times Sooners Illustrated has seen him.
Lawton MacArthur OL T.J. Fiailoa (6-4, 320)Caught the eye of Sooners Illustrated during the spring and definitely looks to be among the top offensive linemen in the state.
Broken Arrow OL Rowdy Frederick (6-5, 310)Every time Sooners Illustrated sees him, he gets better. Frederick is definitely a name to watch going forward on a pretty loaded Broken Arrow squad.
Mustang QB Chandler Garrett (6-3, 210)It has almost been a full year of talking about Garrett, who is poised for a huge junior season. He’s doing everything right and his recruitment should take off soon.
Broken Arrow QB Scotty Gilkey (6-3, 200)Already with offers from ULM and Louisville, Gilkey just transferred to Broken Arrow from Jenks in the spring. He has performed very well in camps but now must bring it during the season.
Oklahoma City Heritage Hall OL Luther Harris (6-4, 330)Chargers offensive lineman certainly passes the eye test in terms of his size. He’s not quite there yet, but he has a chance to turn into something special.
Tulsa Booker T. Washington RB Justice Hill (5-10, 175)If you want a name to circle right now, it’s Hill. Provided he can stay healthy this season, he should explode on the field and with his recruitment. Definitely a potential top five kid in the state.
Norman North RB Quan Hogan (6-0, 205)The only in-state recruit in the initial Scout 300 for the class, Hogan continues to dazzle every time Sooners Illustrated sees him. He excels at running back and wide receiver.
Moore Southmoore ATH Noah Jones (6-4, 245)Jones is an interesting case because he has the type of size that could lead to a lot of things. Defensive end, tight end, offensive tackle – see how his body develops.
Moore Westmoore WR Deshawn Lookout (6-3, 185)Lookout will be among the best wide receivers in the state for the class, and it might not even be his best sport. He has committed to Oklahoma to play baseball and could play football, too.
Edmond Memorial LB Zeke MammenHis production on the field could do all the talking for him. Mammen comes from a strong family of athletes, and he should be a leader on the Bulldogs defense.
Jenks DB Austin Quillen (5-11, 185)Quillen is set to be that next great defensive back for the Trojans. He had to wait behind guys like Steven Parker and Dylan Harding, but Quillen should take over this season.
Norman North OL Walker Reed (6-5, 280)Sooners Illustrated loved what it saw from Reed during the spring and summer at various camps. Will be intriguing to see if he becomes a true tackle or a tweener at guard and tackle.
Owasso OL Brandon Scott (6-6, 305)One player Sooners Illustrated cannot wait to see in person this season. Scott looks massive on film but looks aren’t everything. Could rise up the chart in a hurry with a good season.
Broken Arrow RB Jamall Shaw (5-10, 195)Everybody wanted to see Devon Thomas, but they ended up talking about Shaw. With Thomas gone, now will be the time for Shaw to truly showcase what he can do for the Tigers.
Norman North DL Corey Tipsword (6-3, 320)The unquestioned breakout star of OU’s camp this summer. Tipsword is still very raw but started the final eight games last season. Another top five potential kid, no doubt.
Edmond Santa Fe QB Keaton Torre (6-3, 185)Torre has been talked about since entering his freshman season and is definitely among the top prospects. Already has a Louisville offer and might be the best QB in a loaded class.
Oklahoma City Casady DB Max Wariboko (5-10, 170)The offers came in a hurry last spring for the younger brother of Scout 300 OL Josh Wariboko. This is big year for Max to silence any critics who doubt his ability.
Sapulpa RB Dae Williams (6-0, 200)Williams had a solid OU camp and is definitely one of the better high school running backs for the class. No idea yet if that will translate into anything on the recruiting trail.
Edmond Santa Fe RB Darran Williams (5-10, 165)Nobody has helped his status more in the last few months than Williams. Schools will come to see Torre, but they’re going to leave talking about Williams as well.
Tulsa Lincoln Christian QB Micah Wilson (6-2, 200)Feels like every year there’s some sort of Wilson creeping around the Tulsa area. Micah has been a name on the radar for a long time and had a stellar sophomore season.
Del City QB Terry Wilson (6-2, 180)The sleeper of the class? Too early to say, but Wilson seems to have the complete package as both a passer and runner. Early junior film should see him receive the attention Sooners Illustrated believes he deserves.