OKPreps '16 defensive assessment

OKPreps week at Sooners Illustrated continues with a look at the overall defensive assessment.

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.

Defense

Defensive line

Noah Jones (Moore Southmoore)

Corey Tipsword (Norman North)

Tre Towery (Moore Westmoore)

Walter Watson (Del City)

Worren Davis (Midwest City)

Another group where it’s going to be interesting to see how things evolve more than it’s interesting right now.

The leader in the group is Jones, who could end up being in the top three of the class by the time it’s all said and done. Tipsword looked like the easy favorite last summer but injuries and a subpar junior season have brought about questions.

Watson is somebody who can be a DL or an offensive guard, while Davis is going to have to make the leap this year. Eventually a dark horse has to emerge but right now, it’s looking a little thin at this position.

Linebacker

Jon-Michael Terry (Tulsa Victory Christian)

Jimmy McKinney (Oologah)

Zeke Mammen (Edmond Memorial)

Oklahoma has not been the state for linebacker for a while, and it looks like that trend will continue with the 2016 group.

Terry projects as a linebacker and committed to OU at its junior two less than two weeks ago, but there are a lot of unknowns regarding what he can do.

McKinney is the most accomplished at his spot and has a couple of early offers, while Mammen is among the better linebackers in the OKC metro area. Not incredibly deep but quality talent on this board.

Cornerback

Max Wariboko (Oklahoma City Casady)

Dreyvon Christon (Oklahoma City Putnam City)

Kyle Mayberry (Tulsa Booker T. Washington)

Walter Neil (Lawton MacArthur)

Wariboko had something to prove this last season, and by all accounts, he did just that. Interestingly enough, he made as many big plays as a returner as he did as a defensive back. He’s the leader in the clubhouse at this stage.

There are contenders, though, starting with Christian at Putnam City. The Pirates have had a quality bunch the last couple of years of kids who just aren’t the right size for colleges. Christian is trying to break through.

Mayberry is another Booker T. product to watch, while Neil is among the toughest pound-for-pound players in the state.

There are other names on the radar and hopefully spring evaluation period will help making things a little more clear.

Safety

Calvin Bundage (Edmond Santa Fe)

Austin Quillen (Jenks)

Dillon Stoner (Jenks)

Jordan Davis (Broken Arrow)

It obviously starts with Bundage, the only OKPreps representative in the Scout 300 and easily the leader in the number of offers.

Quillen recently got on the board with Louisiana Tech, and he seems to be the perfect fit for the hybrid linebacker/safety role. Stoner could be a cornerback, too, or a safety, what is readily apparent is there is no lack of talent in the Jenks backfield.

Davis is an intriguing one because he looked like he was ready to become a star last summer. He has attended an Oklahoma State junior day, but nothing looks set in stone as to what his natural position will be going forward.


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