The three-day Mustang Metro Team Camp is always one of the best stops of the OKPreps spring tour and this year was no different.
There were plenty of 2017 recruits to watch, plenty of underclassmen who had their time to shine and a few new names you need to know.
Here is Sooners Illustrated’s elite eight for the 2017 class from the camp.
Bixby DL Brendon Evers (committed to Oklahoma State)
It was at this camp last year where Evers first really made his mark. Now committed to the Cowboys, he showed exactly why he’s one of the state’s best defensive linemen in the state. When you think of Evers, the word nasty immediately comes to mind. No play illustrated this more than when his helmet was ripped off mid-play, and he simply kept coming for the quarterback. No helmet, no problem.
Midwest City S Evan Fields
Fields no longer has to worry about the lack of Power 5 offers with Kansas State coming on board but don’t be surprised if that offer total takes a nice jump in the next few weeks. Every time you see Fields, it feels like he has gotten bigger and better. No longer a project, Fields has cemented himself as one of the top prospects in the state in a loaded 2017 class.
OKC McGuinness WR Rubell Goe
The first offer came in for Goe last month and more should be rolling in soon. Receiver is known as a boisterous position, but Goe is about as quiet a prospect as you’re going to find. The knock on him might be he’s not the tallest or the fastest. OK, true, but everything Goe does, he does really well. Another consistent outing in Mustang and that opinion doesn’t change.
OKC Douglass ATH Darius Hawkins
There were a few guys who really helped their cause for Division I looks and offers, and Hawkins should be at the top of this list. He’s a lot bigger than you might think and his versatility should give him plenty of options going forward on offense or defense. He showed his toughness throughout the event and upped his stock, for sure.
Moore Southmoore WR/CB Quindon Lewis
The lack of major offers is puzzling with Lewis, but he’s not letting that deter him from showing out when given an opportunity. Whether it was with a one-handed grab one day or a tipped interception the next, Lewis continues to show why he’s one of the best two-way players in the state. Southmoore was a frequent stop for colleges this spring so that offer total should increase.
Lawton MacArthur QB Anthony Love
A feel-good story with Love having made his way all the way back from a torn ACL suffered during the early part of his junior season. He looked the part once again and looked like himself, playing without any hesitation. He’s a legitimate 6-foot-2 quarterback whose senior film should turn heads and make himself a better known commodity.
Moore Southmoore LB Gervarrius Owens
The talent at Southmoore is incredible, but Owens has seemingly separated himself from the rest of the crew when it comes to the 2017 class for the SaberCats. You could argue he still doesn’t have a natural position as a safety or linebacker, but Owens has made the leap from fringe prospect to a legitimate Power 5 recruit within the last year.
Mustang DL Deontre Thomas (committed to Nebraska)
Thomas is a little like the Energizer Bunny because he simply keeps going and going and going. He never gives up on a play and showed nice athleticism throughout the event. The debate will rage on as to what spot on the defensive line Thomas will play at the next level, but there’s no mistaking the ability Thomas has to make plays.