The spring evaluation period is key for 2016 recruits but that doesn’t mean Oklahoma won’t look from within its borders for next year.
With that in mind, Sooners Illustrated is going to look at several Class of 2017 OKPreps prospects that could very well hear from OU during the next months. Here is Part II.
Tulsa Union DB Tre Brown
You want the No. 1 name to watch going forward? It starts with Brown. As sophomore, he made a number of big plays for a school that doesn’t rarely play underclassmen. Brown should easily be a four-star prospect and will be pushing guys like Quindon Lewis for No. 1 defensive back in the state. The OU interest hasn’t been there as of yet, but Brown is eager to camp at OU, and there’s a strong feeling he’ll be able to turn some heads as long as he makes it to Norman.
Bixby QB Tanner Griffin
The 2016 class is littered with quarterbacks, maybe the deepest the state has ever seen. As of now, the 2017 crop doesn’t have any names to remember but that could change. Griffin could definitely be one of those guys, playing for the defending Class 6A-2 state champions, and the Spartans have other prospects schools will want to see so he’ll get his chance to showcase what he can do. Jones’ Brandon George is another one, but it’s so early that anybody can sort of stamp themselves as the guy going forward.
Collinsville LB Levi Draper
The only in-state prospect for 2017 with an offer already as Draper landed an offer from Louisville earlier this month and then Tulsa earlier this week. He has made multiple trips to OU during the spring, including the spring game, but his interest is picking up across the board with schools like Arkansas, Clemson and SMU already seeing when he can make it to campus. Draper intends to return to OU for camp this summer and a quality outing there could absolutely lead to what feels like is an inevitable offer.
Edmond Deer Creek DB Tony Rayburn
Rayburn, the son of former OU defensive back Tony Rayburn, is all going to be about development. He has been around his 5-foot-10, 5-foot-11 frame since he was entering high school. He has been invited to major underclassmen all-star events but this will have to be the summer where he puts it all together. Initially it looked like outside linebacker was going to be his home, but it seems as he keeps developing that safety will be the more natural fit for the Deer Creek standout.
Lawton RB Tre Curry/OL Hagen Meservy
Meservy is an interesting one because Lawton coach Randy Breeze is so high on him, but it will be interesting to see how he bounces back. Around 6-foot-2 right now, Meservy seems like a center at the next level. Curry, on the other hand, seems like he’ll be the next big running back to come from Lawton. The last two, Michael Warren (Iowa State), Darreyl Patterson (Kansas State) have found a lot of success, and Curry has already been pointed out by Lawton staff members as perhaps their next elite recruit.