The Semper Fidelis All-American regional camp made its way to Oklahoma City on Sunday for the first time. Nobody knew what to expect in terms of numbers, but it was a huge success as nearly 150 recruits took part in the event.
There were some clear winners to the event and certainly some new faces for people to get to know.
Stroud (Okla.) OL Tiller Bucktrot
The feel-good story of the day was with Bucktrot. He says he’s 6-foot-4 and 335 pounds, and it’s hard to argue based on how he looked Sunday.
Bucktrot wasn’t known at all heading into the event, but he made an impression early and never let up in winning the honor.
“I just wanted to show to college coaches that I can do that,” Bucktrot said. “I want to play football at the next level. I want the chance to compete.”
Bucktrot has done all the major in-state camps, participating at Oklahoma, Oklahoma State and Tulsa. So far he said the only real interest has come from Sam Houston State but that should change based on his performance. Even if Bucktrot didn’t think he’d win the honor.
“I thought I was second, actually,” Bucktrot said. “I felt I had a really good day, but I had no idea. I felt I was the second best. It means a lot to me.”
Since the event, coaches from OU and Houston have started following Bucktrot on Twitter.
Edmond (Okla.) Deer Creek DL Joseph Winfield
Like Bucktrot, there isn’t a lot of talking regarding Winfield. A little undersized at defensive end, but it was a great day for Winfield. Standing around 6-1, it’s going to be hard for Winfield to break on through in the recruiting game.
Sunday certainly showed the effort and determination is definitely there, however. Winfield was consistently the best defensive lineman at the event.
“He’s a really good kid that works incredibly hard,” Deer Creek coach Grant Gower said. “I’m proud of his effort.”
Winfield had 123 tackles and four sacks last season. It’s clear his lack of height will make some schools hesitant, but he can definitely bring it on the field.
Prospect to watch
Lexington (Okla.) High OL Tyler Brown
The fastest rising prospect in the state showed why at the camp even if the event itself didn’t show off his biggest strengths as a player.
Brown, a legit 6-foot-5 and 320 pounds, has earned three offers in less than two weeks and has had both the Sooners and Cowboys ramp up their interest.
Brown said he didn’t know what to expect from the camp, but he made the best out of the situation. Known for his physicality as a run blocker, the camp was more about pass protection.
With a return visit to OU already in place, his interest should continue to increase throughout this spring evaluation period.
Best overall prospect
Del City (Okla.) High QB Terry Wilson
It would be shocking if Wilson didn’t eventually earn the invite to the Semper Fi game in Carson, Calif., in January. Wilson was right on target throughout the camp.
His recruitment has absolutely taken off with offers from Nebraska, Colorado and San Diego State in the last week. In talking to Del City coach Nick Warehime, though, there should be plenty of more to come.
Wilson might have been regarded as an athlete at one time, but now all schools coming in see it clear as day that Wilson is a legit college quarterback.
2017 prospect to watch
Jones (Okla.) High QB Brandon George
The battle is on for top in-state quarterback for 2017, and George is definitely in the running. After moving from Florida to Jones before his sophomore season, George was the starter for the Longhorns last season.
Around 6-1 and 170 pounds, George looks to be a natural at the spot and is also under the tutelage of Joe Dickinson, who has trained so many notable quarterbacks around the state in recent years.
Jones has a history of being a stop-gap for big-time quarterbacks. Daxx Garman was at Jones. David Cornwell was at Jones. Now here is George. No telling if he’ll move on to another school, but if not, colleges will get real familiar in a hurry with where Jones, Okla., is on the map.
Other names who fared well: Locust Grove QB Mason Fine; Oklahoma City Douglass QB Patrick McKaufman; Tulsa Booker T. Washington RB Justice Hill (Oklahoma State commit); Oklahoma City Heritage Hall OL Luther Harris; Lawton MacArthur DB Walter Neil.