Sooners on the 'Lookout' for special walk-on

DeShawn Lookout is a hidden gem in the 2016 OU football class

In June of this year, Westmoore junior wide receiver Deshawn Lookout made a choice on his future.

Lookout has great hands and understands how to play in space, all attributes that made him a keen win for his program of choice.

He didn’t choose to play for Oklahoma football. Instead, he chose a rival – of sorts.

Lookout agreed to play baseball at Oklahoma but has already expressed interest and spoken with coaches about playing football as well.

“I’m kind of a mix,” Lookout said.

That’s the beauty of Lookout for the football program, right now. He wouldn’t be on scholarship. He’s the hidden commit in Oklahoma’s 2017 class right now.

Lookout said that he has already spoken to Sooners’ co-offensive coordinator Josh Heupel about playing, and Lookout feels he could make an immediate impact.

“I’ll just keep doing what I’m doing,” said Lookout, who has been recruited as a football player since his freshman year and doesn’t expect the process to stop, even though he’s committed to another sport. “That’s all I can do.”

Last Friday against Norman North in a battle of two of the top teams in the state, Lookout was special. He was able to find holes in the defense early and made a big catch late, once the game turned into a shootout.

He finished with six catches for 186 yards and a 65-yard scramble touchdown in the final minutes of the game.

“DeShawn did a heck of a job,” Westmoore coach Adam Gaylor said. “He’s been dinged up, banged up during the past couple of weeks. For him to come up huge there in the fourth quarter is unbelievable.”

When asked about his skills on the baseball diamond, Lookout first mentioned his glove, saying later that his bat is “pretty good.”

He said he plays third base, shortstop and center field, but he’s a natural out of the slot. At 6-foot-3 and almost 200 pounds, he seems like a physical fit to play on the outside. Gaylor knows he can, but it’s Lookout’s understanding in space that would make him a devastating mismatch in the middle of the field.

“He’s just a big physical receiver,” Gaylor said. “When you match him up on linebackers and safeties and guys like that, he’s 6-3 almost 200 pounds and can run a 4.5, when you add that together, that’s a tough matchup underneath for linebackers.”

Catching the eye . . .

Dahu Green, 2015 WR, Westmoore: A physical specimen, Green is all but uncoverable on the high school field. He caught the game-sealing two-point conversion in double coverage. The Louisville commit still has work to do when it comes to his hands and route running, but at X-foot-X he has the physical tools.

Quan Hogan, 2016 RB, Norman North: Hogan is a complete back if there ever was one. He had a hand in Norman North’s first four touchdowns – running, passing, receiving and throwing a key block in protection. Hogan finished with more than 200 all-purpose yards and had a spectacular catch on a deep post route in double coverage.

Cassius Hill, 2015 DB, Westmoore: Hill moved to defensive back last year and has settled in at safety. An academic recruit through and through, Hill has great anticipation skills and recognition in the defensive backfield. He has spoken with Air Force and has received interest from Columbia, Lafayette and Pitt State, where he would also run track.

John Kolar, 2015 QB, Norman North: An Oklahoma State commit, Kolar struggled in the first half to find his receivers. His passes were a step ahead or inches high, something that won’t be a problem next year with a more talented group of receivers. Most impressive was Kolar’s ability to bounce back and keep his team in the game, even facing a two-touchdown deficit.

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