The 2017 group of Oklahoma high school recruits was among the most talented we’ve seen in recent memory. With five ending in the Scout 300, it was a deep group and a talented group.
When you look at 2018, though, uh oh, could be even better. Enter spring with seven prospects ranked in the Scout 300 and one near-consensus five-star prospect.
The Dallas Opening regional is next weekend and camps will likely alter the rankings with new names popping up as well, but here’s an early primer on who fans need to be watching.
All this week Sooners Illustrated is going to unveil its top 25 for 2018 with five prospects each day until we hit the top five Friday.
Sooners Illustrated’s OKPreps Top 25 for 2018
No. 15 OKC John Marshall OT/DT Nigel Brannon
Think the debate is going to wage on with Brannon as to whether he’s a defensive tackle or an offensive lineman prospect. He can do both, but eventually, a consensus will have to be made so he can focus on a spot to help him succeed at the next level. John Marshall has been a spot to circle with Tramonda Moore (2016) and Justin Broiles (2017), and Brannon and Devonte Lee will keep it that way for the 2018 cycle.
No. 14 Moore Westmoore TE James Palmer
Palmer impressed last summer and was good enough to catch the eye of Oklahoma State for his initial offer. Things started to slow down until last week with Colorado State and Arkansas State entering the race as well. Palmer is very athletic for a tight end but will probably need to add some weight to stay at that position. He’s someone where you know college coaches are giddy about what they can do with him and his type of ability.
No. 13 Wagoner WR Nikia Jones
Jones has been on the radar for so, so long yet it still feels like he’s not getting the type of attention he really deserves. He’s as solid and consistent as a player you’ll find on the field. He’s a winner in helping Wagoner to state titles. He’s got the size and numbers to back it up. Kansas and North Texas are quality offers, but when you watch Jones, you feel like more should be coming because his type of ability demands more attention.
No. 12 Bixby OT Bryce Bray
Bray has been a name to watch for the last couple of years and there’s nothing he has done to scratch his name off the list. He is someone who seems like he can find success at either offensive tackle or offensive guard. A frequent visitor to Oklahoma and Oklahoma State, Bray officially entered the race with an offer from Arkansas State on Tuesday. With that first offer in his bag, watch out for a lot more to start coming.
No. 11 OKC McGuinness OT Owen Condon
You can’t teach Condon’s size. But he’s a lot more than that as he has shown in steady improvement during the last couple of seasons. For a 300-pound lineman, he sure doesn’t look that big, which has to have offensive line coaches excited about what he can do and how much weight he can carry at the next level. He has multiple Power 5 conference offers and that offer list will only grow throughout the spring evaluation period and going forward.