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.
Sooners Illustrated’s OKPreps Top 25 for 2018
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.
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. 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. 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. 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. 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.
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. 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. 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. 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. 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.
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, Arkansas State became the first school to make the plunge. As can be the case often, now that one school has, watch out for the rest of them to follow as well.
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. 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. 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. 16 Norman North WR Drake Stoops
Yes, that Stoops. But don’t get confused, he’s not in this list because he’s the son of Bob Stoops. Drake had an incredible junior season with 86 catches for 1,536 yards and 20 touchdowns. Sooners Illustrated was able to see Stoops play on multiple occasions, and he came up big on the biggest stages. He’s not afraid of the moment. He has the right size for a slot receiver. Not the quickest, but yea, he might be among the toughest and certainly has no fear.
No. 17 Midwest City ATH Ace Vick
You look at Vick and maybe you’re not sure where he fits in when it comes to position, but you know he fits somewhere. That seems to be the overall consensus so far. Vick has speed for days and has offers from Memphis, Kansas, Wyoming and Arkansas State. Not the only Bomber in this list as Midwest City once again bringing the goods on the defensive side of the ball. Polishing up his game will be the priority this spring.
No. 18 Tuttle OL Hunter Anthony
Anthony was somebody who first caught Sooners Illustrated’s attention at OU’s camp back in June. He’s another big offensive lineman as the state is full of them right now. He’ll have to improve his mobility, which can certainly be done. Already with an offer from Iowa State, Anthony’s size is something you cannot teach. Anthony is among the top prospects in the state already registered for the Dallas Opening regional next weekend.
No. 19 Tulsa Booker T. Washington ATH Rylan McQuarters
Yes, it’s that McQuarters family name at Booker T. Washington. Rylan was a major name to circle heading into his junior season, and he’s still a name to know here going forward. The athletic ability is unquestioned and McQuarters could do himself a world of good with impressive camp performances to get his name out there even more.
No. 20 OKC John Marshall RB Devonte Lee
Lee is going to be one of the more polarizing recruits in the state for this class. Because when you look at him from the measurable perspective, you don’t see it. When you watch film or see him play in person, it all makes sense. He’s not a guy that is going to wow you on the eye test, but he is by far one of the most consistent running backs in the state and has been the last two seasons. Has an early Central Michigan offer, but his number dictate that bigger and better should be coming soon enough.
No. 21 Owasso DE Courtre Alexander
Once again you have to give credit to Memphis for being ahead of the curve because it was with Alexander. The defensive end made the trip to Memphis last weekend and walked home with an offer from the Tigers. It will be the first of many to come. His size is impressive, and Owasso is a nice spot to be when looking at 2018 talent for college coaches.
No. 22 Berryhill ATH Rymond Green
Going to take a chance on this one. Noticed by Scout’s Greg Powers here recently, and you see why there is so much to like with Green going forward. Could he be a safety? Could be an undersized linebacker? Lean toward safety, but he’s someone who catches your eye the second you see him so watch out during the spring evaluation period.
Tulsa Union WR Adrian Wilson
The desire is there. The dedication is there. But for Wilson, it’s going to be about production. Or better put, consistent production. Wilson was a name to watch heading into his junior season, but he was spotty at times. As a slot receiver, it’s about trust. If there’s one player who could really benefit from quality spring camp outings, it’s Wilson. The tools are there, has to put it all together.
No.24 Altus OG Kade Wilson
It feels like forever ago when Wilson was helping Altus win the Class 5A state championship for the 2015 season. He was a sophomore then and has only seen his individual profile grow since then. It will not be surprising to see his offer sheet take off during the spring even though Altus hasn’t exactly been a hotbed of recruiting over the years.
No. 25 OKC Millwood DT Israel Antwine
Millwood is going to be a very popular destination for college coaches once again. The Falcons are starting to stockpile the talent once again. Antwine is now on the board with offers from Arkansas State, Texas Southern and ULM in the last week. Millwood, usually known for its skill guys, but Antwine can be a force in the middle of a defense.