The trend was a lot different this year for Oklahoma’s elite camp. Perhaps too many recruits on campus last year, the Sooners opted for a much smaller group.
With less than 100 recruits in attendance, it was much easier to get a grasp on who was out there and who showed what they could do in the two-hour session.
Here is a look at some of the best defensive performances with their photos from the camp as seen by Sooners Illustrated.
Duncan LB Trenton Bell
Bell is not a new name and not even new to the OU camp scene. But position is where things have changed. Bell was a running back at last year’s camp, but the Sooners gave him a whirl at linebacker this time around. Bell has been someone been watching for a while so see if his recruitment starts to get going here soon.
Cache ATH Kaieem Caesar
The unquestioned star of the camp. Don’t like to do rankings, but if did, Caesar would be No. 1 overall from the camp itself. He was nice at 6-foot-2 and 240 pounds last year, but he’s a different breed of player now at 6-2 and a legit 260 pounds. He fared well in the drills and held his own in the one-on-one portion. Caesar vs. Brey Walker was a fun one to watch. Has some interest from Division I schools, but don’t be surprised to see that increase considerably in next few weeks and months.
2018 Tulsa Union S Patrick Fields
Fields was one of those guys wanted to spend more time watching when at Union last month. Got a second to watch and you can see why the offers are starting to come. He has nice size at safety. After picking up Tulsa offer few days ago, Fields was offered by Arkansas State right then and there in Norman when the camp ended. Arkansas State coaches were at OU’s camp.
2019 Tulsa Booker T. Washington ATH Daxton Hill
Circle this name. Put a star beside it. Underline it. Whatever you do to let yourself know he’s someone to watch, do it now. As soon as Hill arrived in Norman, defensive coaches Mike Stoops and Kerry Cooks were by his side. Younger brother of Oklahoma State running back Justice Hill, Daxton seems destined for some major offers if he continues to develop. He’s around 6-foot-1 and 170 pounds and should only get better entering his sophomore season.
2018 Owasso S Wayne Jones
Between Jones, Fields and Josh Proctor, look out for the safety position within the state for 2018. Jones already has good offers, including a Power 5 one from Illinois. He’s getting more and more familiar with the OU staff, having been in Norman multiple times in last 12 months. It’s pretty crazy to think just how good Jones and Proctor are going to be as a one-two punch for the Rams.
2018 Tulsa Union DE Jordan Kelley
Back to Union one more time from this camp, and Kelley is a good reason to look at yet another Redskin underclassman. Probably around 6-foot-3 and 230, 240 pounds, Kelley seems poised to become a force at the defensive end position. His foot is in the door with the Sooners following a quality showing, and now we’ll just have to see where things go once his junior year starts.
Norman North LB Cade Mashburn
The one recruit who really felt like he was fighting for an offer from the Sooners. There’s nothing Mashburn did Wednesday to dissuade the Sooners from taking a chance on him. He was as solid as can be just like usual. Still, it remains a numbers game. OU is trying for so many linebackers, but Mashburn is in that mix. Jordan Evans, also from Norman North, was in Mashburn’s position for 2013 class and we know how that worked out for Evans and the Sooners.
2018 Owasso S Josh Proctor
As good as Fields and Jones are (because they’re really good), that just tells you the type of potential Proctor has as an elite safety for this class. It’s early, but ready to say he’s the best defensive prospect in the state for the 2018 group. His size is great, his wingspan is better, and he’s starting to really figure out the game. Basketball will remain an option, too, but Proctor is about to become a national football name sooner than later.