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OU recruiting report: Defense

Evaluating some of the top performances from OU's commits on defense.

It’s just about time for high school playoffs to kick off across the nation so we’re going to see just how things are going for Oklahoma’s commits on offense and defense.

During this two-day trip, we’ll examine the stats for the offensive commits for the 2017 and 2018 classes one day, followed by the defensive stats the next.

Recruiting Rewind


Tulsa (Okla.) Memorial DE Isaiah Thomas

Stats: 57 tackles, 24 TFL, nine sacks, two forced fumbles

Thomas exploded onto the recruiting scene and had people wondering if he was legit. Well, he is. Thomas has been a force in every game, using his size and speed to beat bigger linemen on a consistent basis.

Hayward (Calif.) Stellar Prep OLB Addison Gumbs

Stats: No stats were provided

Gumbs has been among the tougher recruits to figure out because for as good and talented as he is, he’s incredibly quiet. He has delivered a couple major performances this season to justify that high ranking.

Missouri City (Texas) Fort Bend Elkins OLB Kenneth Murray

Stats: 82 tackles, 10 TFL, eight PBUs, six sacks, forced fumble

Nobody has made more of a leap in terms of rankings than Murray as he has opened a lot of eyes here during his senior season. His film is loaded with major hits, and he has helped Elkins stay competitive.

Collinsville (Okla.) High ILB Levi Draper

Stats: 73 tackles, 2 fumble recoveries, pick-six INT; 8 receptions for 148 yards, 4 TDs

He has been considered the best prospect in the state for two years and nothing Draper has done this season has seen him drop off. Collinsville could be finding its groove at the right time and Draper leading the charge.

Nashville (Tenn.) East Literature ILB Jacob Phillips

Stats: 104 tackles, 7 TFL, 3 INT, 2 forced fumbles, 2 defensive TDs

Oh, SoonerSquad17 rejoiced when Phillips picked OU and now you’re starting to see why. In his two games as an OU commit, Phillips has been exceptional. He was good before, but he seems to have taken it up a notch now.

Riviera Beach (Fla.) Suncoast OLB K’Jakyre Daley

Stats: No stats were provided

Daley showed why he deserved a bump in his ranking. He won’t be used as a defensive end for the Sooners, but he’s the got the size of an outside backer. He’s like a heat-seeking missile out there this season.

Tulsa (Okla.) Union CB Tre Brown

Stats: No stats were provided

It can be rough to fully evaluate a high school cornerback because the good ones never get tested. Southmoore tried, and Brown rose to the occasion time and time again in a major win for the Redskins.

OKC John Marshall DB Justin Broiles

Stats: 24 tackles, 4 INTs; 24 receptions for 572 yards, 7 TDs

Broiles just seems to be that much better than anybody else he’s on the field with this season. Part of it is confidence. Part of it is ability. Add it all up, and Broiles is being that explosive playmaker he needs to be.

Southlake (Texas) Carroll S Robert Barnes

Stats: 41 tackles, forced fumble; 26 receptions for 428 yards, 4 TDs, 18 yards per reception

Worst news of the week was finding out Barnes fractured his fibula and will be out 4-5 months. Barnes became a weapon on offense for the Dragons to go along with being the leader of the defense.

New Braunfels (Texas) Canyon P Reeves Mundschau

Stats: 9-9 PATs; 9-9 FGs (47 long); 43 punts, 37 yards per punt

Mundschau does it all for Canyon. Being perfect on field goals is a great sign, and the team’s struggles means he’s had a lot of punts this year. He’s also handling kickoffs with 11 touchbacks. No news is good news on this front.

2018 Lancaster (Texas) High DB Jordon Austin

Stats: Austin had surgery earlier this week after tearing his ACL

Again, it’s just hard to know how good someone is in the secondary in high school. Austin has made some strides, but it feels like we won’t get a real good idea about him until next year.

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