The Oklahoma high school season kicked off fully last week and Sooners Illustrated was able to take in a couple of games featuring top prospects and some new names that have emerged.
Tulsa Booker T. Washington 17, Midwest City 12
*This was a huge game for Midwest City defensive lineman DeMikal Harrison. Defensive coordinator Jason Sexton said to be on the watch for Harrison, and now we know why. He was disruptive all night. The stats won’t tell the whole story although he did have a sack, fumble recovery and at least three quarterback hurries. He has been waiting for his chance to shine, and he brought it.
*Solid game by Scout 300 prospect Will Sunderland. It was interesting what Midwest City chose to do with him on this night, having him hang back to stop a potent Booker T. passing attack. He had one nice pass breakup and blocked a field goal. Other than that, it was a quiet night though Sunderland did also have three catches on offense. His official to OU is still set for this weekend.
*The star of the night was Booker T’s Justice Hill, a Class of 2016 prospect. Coming off a separated shoulder, Hill totaled 120 yards of offense and one dynamic 51-yard touchdown reception. He reinjured his shoulder in the first half so he only played one play in the second half – the touchdown. He said Oklahoma State is showing early interest. A lot more will be knocking on his door.
*Quality outing by Tariq Bitson, another Class of 2016 Booker T. product. Only had one catch for 24 yards, but he had a heck of a game as an outside linebacker for the Hornets. OU and OSU are among the schools showing the early interest in the talented receiver.
*Stash this name away. Booker T’s Kendall Sweet, a Class of 2017 cornerback, had the play of the night with an interception returned for TD to seal the game. Sweet had two interceptions in the fourth quarter. He said he hasn’t heard from any schools yet.
Oklahoma City Heritage Hall 27, Oklahoma City Casady 20
*Iowa State wide receiver commit Denver Johnson had a solid night, catching a touchdown pass. He won’t forget the one drop he had that would have been a touchdown, but he has put in two quality performances so far this season.
*Scout 300 offensive lineman Josh Wariboko did what he’s supposed to do on the offensive line but couldn’t quite make an impact on defense. He’s starting to slowly narrow down his choices.
*Class of 2016 defensive back Max Wariboko was unable to get on track against Heritage Hall, but he did have a couple of nice runs and a pass breakup in the second half.
*It was the first time to see 2016 offensive lineman Luther Harris for Heritage Hall, but it won’t be the last time. He was simply dominant all night for the Chargers, opening up holes for running backs to score. He’s massive at 6-foot-4 and 340 pounds. He said OU and Kansas State sent him camp invites in the summer, but he couldn’t attend.
*Sticking with the 2016 class, Heritage Hall’s Tevin McDaniel made a strong impression defensively. The son of former OU player Michael McDaniel from the mid-90s looks to be a quality prospect to watch as an outside linebacker going forward.