Maybe not elite, but certainly with depth the state can be proud of displaying. When it comes to 2017, however, it looks to be a perfect storm.
It sure feels like, even though it’s early, this will be the perfect mix of elite prospects combined with depth as well as 20 recruits already have legitimate Division I offers.
So the task gets tougher as SoonersIllustrated.com unveils its OKPreps top 25 for 2017 all this week. Five profiles per day until we reach the top five on Friday.
No. 25 Lawton RB Tre Curry (5-11, 190)
Start the countdown with one of the best running back prospects in the state. Lawton has the knack for seeing some recruit pop during his senior year at running back or defensive back, and Curry seems to be that guy for 2017. It’s incredibly early in this process, but Kansas State looks like the initial school to be on the watch for with Curry.
No. 24 Midwest City S Demontre Gatewood (6-0, 195)
The Gatewood family is incredibly talented, but like Roscoe in the 2015 class, it’s going to be about finding a home for Demontre in terms of position. Watching Gatewood’s body fill out will give a much better idea of where his future could be. He has an offer from Arkansas State but expect that to go up a notch once schools evaluate him in person in May.
No. 23 OKC Putnam City North OG Andre Harris (6-4, 305)
Interior linemen is the spot to watch when it comes to this class. Some are already reaping the rewards for their hard work, while it could just be a matter of time for Harris. His conditioning is going to be the No. 1 thing people are going to question so it’s going to be up to Harris to show the dedication necessary. He definitely passes the eye test, no question about that.
No. 22 Jenks RB Jordon Curtis (6-1, 175)
In Sooners Illustrated’s opinion? The No. 1 running back in the class. See if it pans out going forward. A running back at Jenks doesn’t get a lot of chances to shine because of the unheard of depth at the spot every single year. But if you watch Curtis as a junior, you just get that feeling he could be one of those 1,500-yard backs with ease. There’s a lot to like in his game.
No. 21 Mustang DT Deontre Thomas (6-3, 275)
One of the fast-rising prospects creeping up on everybody. Thomas entered last week with zero offers and now has four, including a couple in the Big 12 with Kansas State and Iowa State. Spring camp opportunities could absolutely see his stock soar even more. Mustang continues to be a nice spot to produce quality talent.