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. 5 Tulsa Union WR C.J. Moore
A three-touchdown performance in the state championship punctuated Moore’s coming out party as a junior. He has size you can’t teach and a knack for making the big play. Every time you think he’s earned a game-changing offer, another one of who’s who in college football comes around. When you’re talking offers from Ohio State and Alabama for an Oklahoma high school prospect, then you know you’re talking elite. Moore is going to have a lot of options to consider, it will simply boil down to what he’s looking for at the next level.
No. 4 Moore Southmoore QB Casey Thompson
A spring commitment seems likely for Thompson, who has definitely taken his time and viewed all of his options. There’s not much more Thompson could have done in terms of on-field production throughout his first three years at quarterback. He can run. He can pass. He can make big plays in big moments. He’s someone who has added something new to his game with each year. He’s realized what he’s needed to work on and has been humble enough to put in that type of work to always get better. Can’t ask for much more than that.
No. 3 OKC Putnam City DE Ron Tatum
Not sure the last time a kid from Putnam City was offered by Alabama, but it’s pretty clear as to why the Crimson Tide are among the schools calling for Tatum. He’s so raw with so much potential that it feels like he can be molded into a huge player going forward. He’s a legitimate 6-foot-5 and 270 pounds and just scratching the surface of his ability. Oklahoma was among the first schools to notice it, and Calvin Thibodeaux has done an outstanding job of building that bond. Tatum isn’t a boastful recruit, opting to let his play do the talking for him.
No. 2 Owasso S Josh Proctor
Proctor was cheated last year. Dealing with injuries, there wasn’t much of a junior season for the Scout 100 prospect. Even so, schools know what they need to know about the two-sport star, who also excels at basketball for the Rams. Oklahoma was the first offer way back when in November 2015, and defensive backs coach Kerry Cooks is going to do everything he can to keep Proctor home. Ohio State is another school to watch. It’s early to say, but Proctor feels like he’ll be the next great safety from the state of Oklahoma.
No. 1 Moore Southmoore OT Brey Walker
The anchor of Oklahoma’s #ST2K18 class. A five-star prospect, Walker just keeps growing and getting better. Each year there seems to be a little more added to his game. An adjustment from right tackle-to-left tackle was the latest for Walker. His agility is top-notch for someone so big. He’s playing more physical than he ever has before. Committed to OU since November 2015, he can be forgotten just because he’s so quiet and so firm with his Sooners commitment. Walker will vie for a spot at The Opening finals next weekend at the Dallas regional.