Oklahoma didn’t disappoint in its one-day, elite camp Wednesday. Sooner coaches got to see the best of the best from the state and a number of top targets from around the nation.
Some recruits definitely put their best foot forward. Sooners Illustrated gives the rundown of the top seven defensive performers from the event.
2017 Edwardsville (Ill.) High DE A.J. Epenesa
The overall best performer of the camp and a major get for Bob Stoops and company for Epenesa to make the trek to Norman. Never seen 250 pounds look so light. He has a ton of room to grow as a player even though he’s already one of the best for the 2017 class. Epenesa and his father spent the last two days at OU, and it’s going to be incredibly interesting to see how that translates as we get deeper into his recruitment.
2017 Lawrenceville (Ga.) Archer S Isaiah Pryor
Pryor looked like a high school recruit at the last two OU camps. He looks like a college safety now. He’s growing so much that you wouldn’t bat an eye if he moved to linebacker. But Pryor has certainly found a home at safety where he will unquestionably one of the best in the Scout rankings. To go along with his 6-foot-2 frame, Pryor was not afraid to get physical and did an outstanding job of finishing every play.
2017 Tulsa (Okla.) Union CB Tre Brown
The star of last weekend’s camp came back and did it again. What Brown lacks in size, he more than makes up for with his speed. It’s game-changing speed. Brown is never ever out of a play because he can close the gap so fast. You can see he’s a little raw, but his footwork is so outstanding that there’s a reason why Sooners Illustrated and most of the region recruiters believe he’ll be a no doubter as a four-star prospect.
Sapulpa (Okla.) High LB Dae Williams
You want intriguing, we give you the case of Williams. He first caught Sooners Illustrated’s eye last year at OU’s camp, going all three days at running back. But if he has a future at OU, it’s going to be linebacker. Few have handled such a transition with such positivity as Williams. He wasn’t offended by any means and had a heck of a day. Schools like SMU have already offered at running back, but the door could bust wide open at linebacker based on what he did at OU.
2017 Midwest City (Okla.) High S Evan Fields
Everybody wants to compare Fields to former Midwest City defensive back and now OU freshman safety Will Sunderland. He’s not that guy. Fields doesn’t have Sunderland’s size, but Fields is incredibly intelligent and seems to be picking things up in a hurry. Another defensive back with tremendous feet, it was another good day for Fields. He continues to get more acquainted with the OU coaching staff, and he’ll continue to have them knocking at his door.
2017 Oklahoma City John Marshall DB Justin Broiles
Camps still matter. And Broiles is the best example of that for this year’s edition. John Marshall is not exactly a hotbed of recruiting, but everybody is going to stand up and take notice about what Broiles did at the event. He has good size at 6-foot and around 170 pounds or so, and he showed a competitive fire in the one-on-one portion of the camp. And just like that, in two hours, Broiles has put himself on the map going forward.
Oklahoma City Putnam City DB Dreyvon Christon
Christon had a tweet after the event about staying focused on what’s in front of him. For some reason, the accolades most feel he deserves have not come his way yet. But each time Sooners Illustrated sees him, that becomes the best he has looked. From last week at the Mustang camp to Wednesday at OU, Christon continues to do everything right even if the offers aren’t nearly as flowing in as they should be at this point.