OU Opening regional review: Houston

Breaking it down from Houston, how the Opening regional went for OU commits and targets.

SoonerSquad17 wasn’t out nearly in full force as it was three weeks ago at the Opening regional in Dallas, but the Oklahoma presence was still felt Sunday in Houston.

Mesquite (Texas) Horn quarterback Chris Robison once again won the QB MVP award, also earning an invitation to the Elite 11 finals this summer. Robison was on the money all day, mostly to fellow OU commit from Richmond (Texas) Foster, wide receiver CeeDee Lamb.

The two were in sync and dominated the bulk of the competition. Lamb was slowed down late in the camp because he said his feet were starting to hurt. In the first two hours, though, Lamb put on the exact type of show he was hoping to do.

Thoughts/observations:

We’ll go by position here and roll from there.

Quarterback

Three quarterbacks stood out with all of them from the state of Texas and committed to Big 12 schools. To go with Robison, Austin Westlake’s Sam Ehlinger (Texas) and Cibolo Steele’s Xavier Martin (Texas Tech) both had great days.

Robison and Ehlinger were probably No. 1 and No. 2, but Martin easily impressed the most because not sure anybody realized just how much talent he really has.

Running back

Now that have seen La Grange (Texas) High’s J.K. Dobbins in person, understand 100 percent why OU and running backs coach Jay Boulware have wanted him for so long. He’s small, but he’s built like a mini-tank with speed to burn as well.

Dobbins punched his ticket to The Opening despite flying in late Saturday night from a weekend visit to Ohio State, the school he committed to last month.

Houston Langham Creek’s Toneil Carter had a lot of attention heading into the event, now understand why. That was a nice showcase for the Scout 100 running back.

Wide receiver

It was a banner day for Lamb, but the one to circle right now is Houston Alief Taylor Brennan Eagles. A 2018 prospect, Eagles was sensational and rightfully earned MVP honors. He’s not a well-known name right now but that’s going to change in a hurry.

Also the first time got to see 2018 wide receiver Joshua Moore, and he made some terrific, competitive catches. Still a bit thin, but understand 100 percent why schools are already flocking to see him.

Offensive line

No doubt about it. Houston Bellaire Episcopal’s Walker Little was the man. He was the best offensive lineman during the day and rightfully deserved his Opening ticket. He’s as big as advertised and was in command the entire day.

Two major OU targets to watch are Austin (Texas) Westlake’s Stephan Zabie and Houston Cypress Creek’s Grayson Reed.

Zabie is a clear offensive tackle, while Reed could be a guard going forward at 6-foot-4. Both were among the top five linemen, but Little was definitely the best one.

Defensive line

All the attention was on Houston Bellaire Episcopal’s Marvin Wilson, but give credit to the coaches for recognizing Rashuad Powell as the MVP. Powell is long and lanky, but he was a beast at defensive end.

Wilson earned the Opening invite, no issue with his inclusion. After seeing Kendell Jones last year and Marvin Wilson this year, boys grow big in Texas. At this point, Wilson might be a better prospect than Jones, who signed with Alabama.

Linebacker

Not going to lie, outside of IMG Academy five-star Dylan Moses, didn’t really watch this group. Watched Moses dominate, good enough for me. Punched his ticket to Opening. OU just obviously isn’t really in consideration here.

Defensive back

The Dallas regional featured the Killer B’s in Tre Brown, Justin Broiles and Robert Barnes. Not nearly that type of swag in this group. Dallas Wilson’s Darrion Green continues to make strides. Weird because this just might be a year where there’s no room for him in Norman when usually there would be in a heartbeat.

Overall MVP?

Think it boils down to three guys with Robison, Eagles and Little. In the end, though, Little, to me, was the best player in Houston, followed by Robison and Eagles.


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