Holiday season means it’s time for high school all-star game. And unlike some of the previous years, Oklahoma commits are flooded in the Under Armour All-America Game and the U.S. Army All-American Bowl.
OU’s 2017 class, SoonerSquad17, has 10 commits playing in the two contests and several notable targets involved.
Here’s a primer of what to watch this week for the U.S. Army All-American Bowl.
U.S. Army All-American Bowl
Southlake (Texas) Carroll S Robert Barnes
Unfortunately, Barnes won’t be able to participate in the game because of a leg injury he suffered during his senior season. Barnes has been arguably the leader of SoonerSquad17 so his presence will be missed in games and practices.
Collinsville (Okla.) High ILB Levi Draper
Draper is one of three mid-year enrollees in this game as OU is looking to make an imprint in San Antonio. Draper has been considered the second best inside linebacker in the class for more than a calendar year. Not really about jumping to No. 1 but about maintaining that ranking and showing people a kid from Collinsville can really be one of the best in the nation.
Hayward (Calif.) Stellar Prep OLB Addison Gumbs
Another mid-year enrollee, but Gumbs lingers out there since technically his paperwork has not been finalized. He is not enrolled at OU right now so the fellow commits will no doubt be talking to him to help convince him to stay. Gumbs has been in a tough spot this entire time with UCLA, Texas A&M breathing down his neck, but OU has survived.
Shawnee (Okla.) High C Creed Humphrey
Yep, the final mid-year enrollee. Humphrey has a chance to make a splash here. Center isn’t a position that gets a lot of the glory or love in the rankings, but his physical nature might be too hard to ignore in San Antonio. Humphrey was a force on both sides of the ball as a senior and very curious to see if his brute strength carries over vs. top-notch competition.
Nashville (Tenn.) East Literature ILB Jacob Phillips
Phillips could be that guy who makes a move up the rankings based on what he does in San Antonio. He’s solidly in the Scout 300, but there are definitely some people who believe Phillips could end up being the best inside linebacker in the class. Coming off a phenomenal senior season, the stage is set for Phillips to shine.
Tulsa (Okla.) Memorial DE Isaiah Thomas
Give credit to the U.S. Army selection committee for taking a chance on Thomas. Not too much was known about him before this season, but he had a great final campaign. His size will be intriguing to follow. He’s a bit small for a defensive end, but that’s his future in Norman. How will he be able to adapt to the level of competition in San Antonio?
Aledo (Texas) High OT Chuck Filiaga
We know the deal here. His final three is OU, Michigan and Nebraska. OU has the proximity battle won. Michigan has been thought of as the favorite for a while. Nebraska was the most recent visit. Filiaga is a huge need/want for the Sooners as OU aims for its first offensive tackle in the stellar class. The Sooners have done everything right with Filiaga. Just have to wait until Jan. 7, announcing during game.
Fresno (Calif.) Central East CB Jaylon Johnson
Committed to Utah, but OU seems to be lurking in the background. The Sooners did what they could with Johnson during his official visit earlier this month. A couple of questions linger here. Does OU go all-in for Johnson? And if it does, is that enough to get the Scout 100 prospect to flip? Johnson is a tall corner so watching him vs. smaller, elusive receivers will be something to circle.
South Grand Prairie (Texas) High ATH Jeffrey Okudah
Once again OU makes a final three, but nobody feels as confident about this one compared to Filiaga. OU is joined by Florida State and Ohio State. The Buckeyes have felt like the leader in the clubhouse for nearly a full calendar year. There has been absolutely nothing to indicate anything has changed. He should head to Columbus on Jan. 7.