Broken Arrow (Okla.) High has been knocking on the door for the last few years of ending the Jenks-Tulsa Union dominance in the state of Oklahoma.
This year might end up being its best shot of making it happen. There aren’t any five-star recruits on this club, but it’s loaded and the depth is quality across the board and across multiple classes.
Offensive lineman Rowdy Frederick
Frederick isn’t a five-star kid, but you could make one heck of an argument he’s earned being mentioned as a four-star recruit. Frederick was a project around this time last year, one of those recruits that could build into something special. He did, and he has cemented himself as a top-five player in the state and one of the best offensive guards in the region. The question for OU remains if the Sooners are going to pull the trigger and make the offer as he continues to rack up quality offers.
Running back Jamall Shaw
In a loaded year at running back, Shaw certainly deserves to be in the conversation for best running back in the state. The offers are slowly starting to trickle in and more will be on their way. The biggest thing college coaches have noticed with Shaw this spring was how hard he was hitting the hole, no hesitation. Summer should be a good time for Shaw to continue to show what he’s all about.
WR/TE Samuel Akem
The younger brother of Gyasi Akem, a linebacker at Oklahoma State, Samuel is taller and leaner than his former four-star brother. Akem has an offer from Montana and should pick up more as schools continue to see his size and his ability. The question for Akem will be if he grows into a tight end spot or tries to be a receiver. Akem has the frame to become a tight end if he believes that will be best for him.
Safety Jordan Davis
It was around this time last year where Davis first caught the eye of Sooners Illustrated. He has been plagued by injuries, but he seems to be back on track. What Davis lacks in size he makes up for with his ability to absolutely deliver a blow. Davis is definitely one of the best pound-for-pound defenders in the state.
2017 LB Carder Key
The Key family has been about quarterbacks with Kason and Coleman (now at Colorado State), but Carder is pure linebacker. Already around 6-foot-1 and 210 pounds, Key has the perfect physique for a middle linebacker on the rise. Summer could be a good time for him, but it really feels like his junior season is going to be what puts him on the map more than anything else.