OKPreps week at Sooners Illustrated continues. We’ve looked at the talent that is there on offense and defense.
All that’s left to do is to rank them. So here is the first installment of the OKPreps top 25 for 2016, according to SoonersIllustrated.com.
No. 13 WR Tariq Bitson (Tulsa Booker T. Washington, 6-2, 180)
At this point last year, Bitson appeared to be a runaway winner as best receiver in the class. He still has a lot of talent in that area, but he showed much improved skills at defense, too. No matter which way he goes, he finds a way to be successful.
No. 14 OT Rowdy Frederick (Broken Arrow, 6-5, 310)
Frederick could be in contention for best offensive lineman in the state and will be if he can remain healthy. That was something he couldn’t do last season. He already has a Tulsa offer, and Oklahoma has shown a lot of consistent interest.
No. 15 DB Max Wariboko (Oklahoma City Casady, 5-10, 170)
Nobody had more to prove last season than Wariboko, and he did just that. Wariboko showed signs at defensive back, but he was just as effective as a kick returner. He has put on some quality weight and should continue to see his stock increase.
No. 16 S/OLB Austin Quillen (Jenks, 6-0, 180)
Quillen isn’t quite a safety, and he’s not quite a linebacker. He admits it and schools have recognized that, too. Quillen is that hybrid that has developed as a linebacker/safety. He has a Louisiana Tech offer, OU has shown interest, and he’s set to see Northwestern .
No. 17 RB Jamall Shaw (Broken Arrow, 5-11, 185)
Shaw is leaving his own mark at Broken Arrow. The attention was squarely on him as a junior, and he lived up to the billing. He’s still searching for that elusive first offer, but as long as he keeps going at the rate he is going, he will be fine.
No. 18 LB Jimmy McKinney (Oologah, 6-1, 220)
Watch a couple of plays from his film, and you’re going to find somebody who knows how to drive through on a tackle and make an imprint. McKinney already has offers from Arkansas State and Stephen F. Austin and is definitely among the state’s best at linebacker.
No. 19 OL Sheldon Barnes (Jenks, 6-5, 315)
Every year he gets better. Sooners Illustrated circled his name as a sophomore, saw the improvement as a junior and now it’s going to be about putting it all together. OU has shown steady interest, and he recently visited Missouri.
No. 20 CB Dreyvon Christon (Oklahoma City Putnam City)
Cornerback isn’t an incredibly deep class this year, but Christon has made himself a name to watch going forward. Still some debate as to whether or not he would be better served at safety or cornerback, but Christon should see his interest increase in the spring.
No. 21 OL Logan Roberson (Harrah, 6-5, 310)
Harrah had one of the best rushing attacks in the state last season, and Roberson was a huge reason for that success. He has already attended OU’s junior day and his work with former OU great J.D. Runnels is really paying off.
No. 22 DB Dillon Stoner (Jenks, 6-0, 180)
Stoner wasn’t on the radar like Quillen was at this point last year, but he has put himself in this position after a quality junior season. Tough to see if it’s going to be safety or cornerback, but Stoner is among the most productive prospects out there.
No. 23 CB Kyle Mayberry (Tulsa Booker T. Washington, 5-10, 165)
Not as big as some of the other defensive backs, but it’s tough to doubt a Mayberry at Booker T. Washington. In the list more for potential than actual recruiting interest, but he’s another one to watch in the spring.
No. 24 OL Tyler Banta (Midwest City Carl Albert, 6-5, 280)
Banta started to emerge early on during his junior season, and all he has done is shown the necessary steady improvement. Like Roberson, Banta is also working with Runnels, and Banta was also recently at OU’s junior day.
No. 25 OL Luther Harris (Oklahoma City Heritage Hall, 6-4, 300)
You look at Harris, and you think he should be among the top five prospects in the state. For one reason or another, he’s not quite there yet. He had a banner junior season, and as long as he keeps his weight under control, should see the attention increase.