There are a lot of people who consider the Oklahoma high school Class of 2016 among the deepest it has ever seen.
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. 15 Jones QB Brandon George (6-1, 175)
In Sooners Illustrated’s opinion? The No. 1 quarterback for the 2017 class. George has someone who made that leap from nice prospect during the spring and summer into a name to watch going forward based on his junior season. He already has some quality offers so he’s not hurting in that department and the spring should only bring more good news for George.
No. 14 Tulsa Edison S Marcus Mays (6-1, 170)
Mays felt like a top five prospect at this point last year and had one of the earliest offers in the class from Tulane way back when. But the common question will be asked of Mays as well in terms of what position fits him best? Should he be a defensive back or make the move to wide receiver? He could just as easily fall in the rankings or make the rise up based on if a position focus is found. The talent is there.
No. 13 Wynnewood TE Baron Odom (6-4, 215)
What a year for tight end in the state. The 2014 crop was good, but this one should exceed what that group was able to do. In most years, Odom would be the clear runaway winner as the top tight end prospect in the state. But he’ll have some work to do to earn it this year. Odom becoming a more physical blocker will help set himself apart going forward.
No. 12 Jenks TE Reese Leitao (6-3, 210)
A tight end at Jenks isn’t going to see a lot of time or a lot of balls come his way. But in his limited opportunities, Leitao made the most of them. Already with offers from schools like Oklahoma State, colleges seem very content to not worry about his position for now and just get him onto campus and figure it all out later.
No. 11 Norman North OLB Cade Mashburn (6-2, 210)
Mashburn caught the eye of Sooners Illustrated in a scrimmage before the 2015 season. Then all his junior season numbers did was show why Norman North is so high on him. Actually has strong ties to Wisconsin so watch for the Badgers but the hometown Sooners are at least feeling the process out by having Mashburn on campus earlier this month.