Oklahoma is loading up for a huge elite one-day camp on campus Wednesday, but the Sooners hosted some quality prospects in Norman on Saturday and Sunday.
Here’s a review of some of the best names and storylines from the two-day event.
The best performer of the camp was easily 2017 Tulsa (Okla.) Union defensive back Tre Brown. He was already a name to watch heading into last season, and all he has done is gotten better. It’s possible he has the best footwork in the state already, and he was a nightmare for wide receivers during the one-on-one portion of the camps. Add that to the fact he said he ran a 4.33-second 40-yard dash on Saturday night, and there’s no doubt Brown is going to be among the top – or the top – prospect in the state for the 2017 class. The only downside is Brown is a little short at around 5-foot-10 but his play and his speed more than makes up for it. Brown said he is taking the ACT on Wednesday and won’t be able to make the elite one-day camp.
Shaw gets his feet wet
Brown’s best competition came from 2018 Jones (Okla.) High wide receiver Sean Shaw. Sooners Illustrated was able to see him for the first time two months ago at the Semper Fi camp but this weekend was his coming out party. Already a legit 6-foot-4, Shaw’s ceiling is going to be pretty dang high, especially as he grows into his body. He made some big-time catches but also showed some signs of being a young and developing receiver. He said he was happy to get the coaching he received at the camp as it should help him going forward. With 2017 quarterback Brandon George throwing him passes, that should help, too.
Lewis breaks out
It’s getting rarer nowadays for someone completely under the radar to make an impression at a camp but that was the case with Pflugerville (Texas) Connally defensive back Xavier Lewis. He hasn’t played one full season at defensive back, but he was easily right there with Brown as the best two at the camp. Quality size at 6-2, it’s just going to be about how much Lewis is able to learn at the position. He had the most interceptions of any defensive back at the camp and became a huge favorite of the OU coaches and defensive backs, encouraging him to take more and more reps.
Evers continues to make name
Coming off a great three days in Mustang, 2017 Bixby (Okla.) High defensive lineman Brendon Evers was the best lineman at OU this weekend. His size is right where it needs to be at around 6-foot-3 and 280 pounds, and he’s forceful at the point of attack. Evers is going to be somebody to watch going forward and throughout this summer camp season.
OU brings great environment
For the second year in a row, OU players helped the coaches work the camp. But this had an incredibly different vibe with first-year coaches Diron Reynolds, Dennis Simmons, Lincoln Riley and Kerry Cooks. The banter, especially, between Simmons and the defensive backs and Cooks with the receivers during the one-on-one portion of the camp made the camp a fun atmosphere. No idea if the players will return for the elite camp Wednesday, but they did an outstanding job of being engaged during both of the days this weekend.
For the first time since the fall, there was a Frank Shannon sighting on campus. Shannon, whose one-year suspension is over, should return to the Sooners this fall. He made an appearance at OU’s camp early on day one but didn’t actually help coach the camp. For missing an entire year, Shannon still looked in good physical shape. How that translates with football shape is something we’ll have to watch going forward.
Next generation Stoops, Venables
We’re all getting old. Two of the better performers of the camp were sons of coaches OU fans know well. Bob Stoops’ son, 2017 Norman North wide receiver Drake Stoops, was probably the second best receiver at the camp. He was definitely a favorite among the players. His 5-10 size isn’t going to make him a star-studded recruit, but he showed good natural instincts. And then there was 2018 athlete Jake Venables, son of former OU defensive coordinator Brent Venables. Playing both inside receiver and linebacker, it was a good couple of days for the younger Venables.