It’s a new day regarding Oklahoma high school recruiting. The Sooner State is loaded with plenty of quality OKPreps prospects for the Class of 2016.
But you might not know a lot of them. Unlike recent years where there have been at least 2-4 top names across the board, this year doesn’t have a lot of household names.
At least not yet. What it does have, however, is a myriad of prospects that could end up in the top five in the state when it’s all said and done. And that list can and probably will change with each installment.
This week Sooners Illustrated is helping you get familiar with the in-state names on offense, defense and finally counting down the SI 25 for 2016.
Micah Wilson (Tulsa Lincoln Christian)
Terry Wilson (Del City)
Chandler Garrett (Mustang)
Quint Scoufos (Sallisaw)
Scotty Gilkey (Broken Arrow)
This is an incredibly talented and deep group. There are a couple more not listed like Mason Fine at Locust Grove or Keats Calhoun at Victory Christian or Travis DeGrate at Norman, and the state even lost a big one when Keaton Torre moved to Utah.
Micah Wilson is among the more non-vocal recruits out there. He’s not really talking about all the irons in the fire right now, but believe me, there are plenty. He will be one to watch this spring.
Terry Wilson is just an athletic freak who seems like he should evolve into the state’s best prospect. We shall see. Garrett is a gamer. Doesn’t look the part in camps, but absolutely brings it when the bright lights come on.
Gilkey has the offers, while Scoufos has the size. Despite being a loaded group, tough to envision OU looking in anybody’s direction for this class but all should land on their feet.
Quan Hogan (Norman North)
Jeremy Lewis (Lone Grove)
Justice Hill (Tulsa Booker T. Washington)
Jamall Shaw (Broken Arrow)
Darran Williams (Edmond Santa Fe)
That’s one heck of a top five at running back and not even including someone like Bixby’s Nic Roller or Tulsa Union’s Tyler Adkins or Sapulpa’s Dae Williams or Heritage Hall’s Tank Love. Feel like this group could see a lot of switching in the next couple of months.
Lewis is someone who continues to improve and do all the necessary things, while it was sort of a step backward for Hogan this season after a crazy-good sophomore campaign.
Been talking about Hill, Shaw and Williams for a while now, and Hill is already committed to Oklahoma State. Shaw and Williams are both searching for that first offer, and it definitely should come sometime soon.
On the OU side of things, Lewis has emerged as the go-to guy if the Sooners are going to looking within the state.
Jordan Brown (Stillwater)
Tariq Bitson (Tulsa Booker T. Washington)
Deshawn Lookout (Moore Westmoore)
Terrell Shaw (Lawton)
Not a deep class at this time so it will be interesting to see how things evolve in time. Bitson and Lookout are names we have talked about before.
Lookout, teammates with OU signee Dahu Green, has committed to the Sooners to play baseball and more and more it’s looking like that will be his future.
The sleeper is Brown. Sooners Illustrated was a little late to the party on Brown, but he is somebody who absolutely should see his recruiting take off this spring.
Bitson continues to receive a lot of looks, while if anybody looks like a guy from Lawton for this class, it’s definitely Shaw.
T.J. Fiailoa (Lawton MacArthur)
Rowdy Frederick (Broken Arrow)
Sheldon Barnes (Jenks)
Logan Roberson (Harrah)
Tyler Banta (Midwest City Carl Albert)
Fiailoa and Frederick already have that first offer under their belt with Utah State for Fiailoa and Tulsa for Frederick.
Roberson and Banta were both at OU junior day last week and are pupils of former OU star J.D. Runnels, and Barnes and Frederick are both expected to be at OU’s junior day March 7.
It’s tough to say if OU is going to get heavily involved here although Frederick has definitely spent the most amount of time with offensive line coach Bill Bedenbaugh.