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. 10 Jones WR Sean Shaw
Offers aren’t coming as fast as you might expect for someone of Shaw’s ability and size. But that’s OK because Shaw’s production speaks for itself. As long as he keeps doing what he has been doing the last two seasons, he’s not in any danger whatsoever of being overlooked. Shaw does have a few offers already, but it feels like he’s being a little overlooked by Power 5 conference schools as we head into the spring evaluation period.
No. 9 Tulsa Union DL Jordan Kelley
Here’s a player who has made a huge leap from where he was last summer to where he is now. And the offers are starting to reflect just that. Kelley has developed into a pure defensive tackle going forward, packing on good weight and becoming a force for the Redskins in their state championship run. Offers by TCU, Memphis and Oklahoma have followed and a great sign is when a kid visits a campus and leaves with an offer. It’s happening with Kelley and means coaches are seeing he passes eye test.
No. 8 Owasso ATH Wayne Jones
Jones is another player whose junior season production has forced everybody to take notice of him and made him a legitimate top-10 prospect for the state. There’s an issue about whether he’s a safety or linebacker when he gets to college, but he’s productive is all you need to know right now. Offers from multiple Big Ten schools as well as some regional ones suggest Jones’ recruitment is only going to heat up more in the upcoming weeks and months.
No. 7 Midwest City DE/OLB Jalen Redmond
Schools needed to see the proof. He was talked about in a huge way heading into his junior season and the 12 sacks were exactly the type of production they needed to see from the first-year starter. Redmond has blown up as expected on the offer trail with Oklahoma seemingly at the top for the Scout 300 prospect. He’s still taking his time as of now as the offers continue to roll in, but the Sooners are sitting pretty with another top Bomber defensive prospect.
No. 6 Tulsa Union S Patrick Fields
A real early OU offer, it almost felt like the Sooners and Fields were going in different directions until a recent junior day visit. Fields isn’t a four-star prospect just yet, but boy did he play like one as a junior for the Redskins. He showed he could do it all. He could lay the wood just as much as he could help in coverage. His offer sheet has rightfully exploded, and he’s going to have a lot of options to consider. Spring camps could help, but really, Fields has already put in the work to have the choices he wants.