Sooners Illustrated won’t forget the scene. Oklahoma sophomore Stanvon Taylor, then a senior at Tulsa (Okla.) East Central, at wide receiver going against Midwest City (Okla.) Carl Albert defensive back Dillon Lohr in the Class 5A state championship game.
Lohr kept Taylor out of the end zone and helped the Titans to another state championship. A productive junior season followed where he showed he could do it all on both sides of the ball.
But the offers? They haven’t. His versatility might be his crutch as he said no school really has a clear-cut idea of what his position should be at the next level.
“I’m not a primary position player,” Lohr said. “Everybody knows what Will (Sunderland) can do. He’s a safety. But schools are still trying to see where I fit in.”
Eventually somebody will make room for Lohr, who has added a new wrinkle to his game this season. He will line up at running back on one play and could move to receiver on the next. He’ll be switched out at any time.
It worked last week as Lohr had three rushes for 139 yards and a touchdown on the ground and one catch for 63 yards and another score.
Lohr has made a couple of unofficial visits to OU, including for the Sooners’ season opener. If he can keep producing, the in-state schools could make their way back to him.
“It was sort of a last-minute thing to go to OU,” Lohr said. “I had a great time like I always do. I had to leave early because of my ride so I didn’t get a chance to talk to the coaches. Oklahoma State is still showing some interest, too.”
Lohr said he has focused a lot more on conditioning and stamina headed into this season, and it has made a huge difference.
Lohr mentioned Sunderland, and the two will square off Friday night as Carl Albert is at Midwest City.
“I’d like to be somewhere on offense because I feel like I’m a threat whenever I have the ball in my hands,” Lohr said. “At camps I kept rotating. I’m not worried. I’m focused on what I can control.”
Jenks vs. Tulsa Union at Tulsa’s Chapman Stadium
Sooners Illustrated’s Justin Hite gets his feet wet with the annual Backyard Bowl featuring Jenks and Union.
Defensive tackle Marquise Overton (OU commit): Overton is 100 percent healthy, and it showed during Jenks’ rout of Bixby last week. The four-star defensive tackle was a force early and often and appear the torn labrum is a thing of the past.
2016 offensive lineman Sheldon Barnes: He has the size, he has the tools, but now we’re going to see if he can put it all together. Barnes is one of those potential kids at this point, but man, does he ever have some potential.
2016 safety Austin Quillen: It’s too early to say Quillen will continue the OU-Jenks pipeline, but he is shaping up to be the best prospect on what should be another quality Jenks squad. No offers yet, but early season film this season should help put him on the map.
ATH Robert Thomas: It’s all about academics with Thomas. He has been incredible during camp and during Union’s thrilling 42-41 overtime loss to Southlake Carroll last week. He is the real deal on the field, no question about that.
2016 running back Tyler Adkins: Adkins emerged as a sophomore and started his junior season with a four-touchdown performance. Right now the recruiting attention hasn’t been there, but people won’t have a choice but to stand up and take notice if he continues his production.
2017 cornerback Tre Brown: At Jenks and Union, there’s always at least one or two young guys to watch. For Union, it’s definitely Brown, who already looks the part in the secondary. As long as he progresses well, he’ll be another top prospect for Union.