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. 20 Moore Southmoore OLB Gervarrius Owens (6-0, 165)
Owens has been on the OKPreps radar for a while, and the question about whether or not he’s a safety or outside linebacker still remains. He’s put on quite a bit a weight since he was last officially weighed, and it will be intriguing to see where he stacks up now. A couple of offers already in the bag, the spring should be kind to Owens.
No. 19 Tulsa Booker T. Washington DB Kendall Sweet (5-10, 182)
Sweet was the star of Booker T.’s win at Midwest City two seasons ago and that was enough for Sooners Illustrated to keep tabs on him going forward. Another recruit would love to see what his height and weight is now compared to nearly 18 months ago. Sweet seems to be the top recruit to circle when it comes to the Hornets this year.
No. 18 Oologah DE Brock Martin (6-3, 195)
One of the only prospects Sooners Illustrated admits have not seen in person, and a lot of this is based on Martin being able to stay healthy going forward. Martin has the tools as he showed as a sophomore in 2014. After missing the first half of the 2015 season, his film really jumps out when he returned from injury, especially as a pass rusher.
No. 17 Wagoner LB K.J. Lee (6-0, 210)
Wagoner always has somebody worth keeping tabs on. Colleges are already flocking to the school to see 2018 WR Nikia Jones and should stick around to watch Lee. The key will be his measurables, unfortunately. He’s listed at 6-foot, but if he’s not, it could be tough sledding for Lee on the recruiting trail despite his tremendous production on the field.
No. 16 Midwest City S Evan Fields (5-11, 165)
Fields had to replace OU safety Will Sunderland, no easy task. But he’s carving his own niche now with the Bombers. Instead of becoming a Sunderland clone, Fields has diversified his game and the first thing you notice is bulk he has put on. Reports have him around 190 pounds so add him to the list of recruits who need to have a new official height and weight.