The first four weeks of the Oklahoma high school season has seen a lot of things, and Sooners Illustrated has done its best to recap it all.
With the Sooners staying in the Dallas Metroplex area the next two weeks, there won’t be any OKPreps previews so publisher Bob Przybylo is here to break down what he saw in the first four weeks and what it could mean for OU.
(Booker T. RB Justice Hill)
Week 1: Tulsa Booker T. Washington at Midwest City
Best player: 2016 Booker T. Washington running back Justice Hill. Things haven’t gone the way Hill was hoping for this season because of a shoulder injury, but he made the biggest play in this one when he took a short pass for a 54-yard touchdown. Hill will be among the top prospects in the state for 2016.
OU interest? Not yet. OU does so well at running back that the Sooners haven’t really looked at any back in the state so far. Hill has taken an unofficial visit to Oklahoma State during this season, and his stock is going to soar provided he can get 100 percent healthy and stay that way.
Next in line: 2016 Booker T. Washington wide receiver Tariq Bitson. He’ll be a receiver at the next level, but he’s made quite a name for himself as an outside linebacker as well. So far Bitson has nine catches for 161 yards and a touchdown in helping the Hornets cruise to a 4-0 start.
OU interest? Fringe right now. A lot of schools are starting to check on Bitson so it shouldn’t be too long before the offers and real interest comes along. He has nice size around 6-foot-2 and has great hands. As long as he keeps producing, he has nothing to worry about.
(Carl Albert ATH Dillon Lohr)
Week 2: Midwest City Carl Albert at Midwest City
Best player: Midwest City safety Will Sunderland. He looked rather ordinary against Booker T. Washington, but Sunderland came to play with OU coaches Bob Stoops and Cale Gundy in attendance. On both sides of the ball, it was clear there was nobody better on the field than the Scout 300 prospect.
OU interest? Committed to OU the day after the game on his official visit. After months of looking like he would commit, Sunderland pulled the trigger. He has been able to relax since the pledge and just focus on his senior season and Midwest City has won three consecutive games.
Next in line: Carl Albert’s Dillon Lohr. The all-around threat was the only one making plays against the Bombers, but it wasn’t enough. Before and after, Lohr has produced big-time games either as a receiver or running back. He’s a versatile threat and exciting to watch.
OU interest? Gaining steam. Lohr made an unofficial to OU last season and has returned for both of the first two home games. Oklahoma State has taken notice, too, as Lohr was at OSU last week. That elusive first offer still hasn’t come yet.
(Edmond Santa Fe RB Darran Williams)
Week 3: Moore Southmoore at Edmond Santa Fe
Best player: 2017 Southmoore defensive back Quindon Lewis. He already looks the part and scored on a 62-yard reception in this game. Lewis was very comfortable in the secondary and playing both ways and is one of those players who can make something special happen each time he touches it.
OU interest? Early, for sure. You don’t invited to OU’s camp heading into your sophomore season unless the Sooners really want to take a look at your skills. Lewis performed well there, has performed well this season and will be a name to remember.
Next in line: 2016 Edmond Santa Fe running back Darran Williams. The last two weeks have been crazy for Williams, who has rushed for more than 500 yards. He’s not a big back, but he’s strong and proving to be incredibly durable.
OU interest? Not as much as he should. Williams was at OU’s camp and was one of the top backs. It hasn’t translated to anything so far this season. Oklahoma State is showing huge interest, inviting Williams to its last two home games. A lot of other schools are entering the mix as well.
(Norman North RB Quan Hogan)
Week 4: Owasso at Norman North
Best player: Owasso’s defense so we’ll say Michael Anderson. Committed to Tulsa, Anderson already has four sacks this season. Rams allowed 14 points in the fourth quarter to make it appear like a game but Rams were up 45-6 at Norman North.
OU interest? OU didn’t see him as a defensive end so gave him a chance at linebacker at the camp. Anderson’s not a linebacker, but he’s a quality defensive end. He just won’t be one at OU.
Next in line: 2016 Norman North running back Quan Hogan. It wasn’t his finest moment and that can happen against Owasso. But Hogan had five receptions for 83 yards and had a rushing touchdown. He had a 100-yard kickoff return for a touchdown that was wiped away because of a penalty.
OU interest? Not as much as anybody would like at this point. Hogan is the only in-state product in the Scout 300, and all he does is produce monster numbers in each game every season. He’s not a secret, but the Sooners haven’t made him any kind of priority so far.