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Five to watch: 2019 OKPreps

OKPreps 2018 looks like something special and 2019 is off to a nice start.

Sooners Illustrated spent the bulk of last week getting you acquainted with the names to know in Oklahoma high school for the 2018 class.

But why stop there? Although obviously the abundance of names won’t be as much at this moment, the 2019 group is off to a strong start.

Here are five names to know despite the fact they only just finished their sophomore seasons a few months ago.

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Collinsville ATH Grayson Boomer

It could be back to Collinsville after OU landed four-star linebacker Levi Draper for the 2017 class. Boomer will be one to watch for various reasons, one of them being what position will he be at the next level. He wants to be a tight end, think Rob Gronkowski. But does his body simply grow too much that he fills out into an offensive lineman? Not sure. Boomer has several offers, but oddly, Oklahoma hasn’t shown as much interest as you might think so far.

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Tulsa Booker T. Washington DB Daxton Hill

His older brother, Justice Hill, was a breakout freshman at Oklahoma State. But Daxton’s first offer came from the other Bedlam school in the Sooners. Defensive coordinator Mike Stoops and defensive backs coach Kerry Cooks have been high on Hill for a long time. His recruitment is about to take off, and he’ll go from being a regional name to a national one in no time. Hill seems to be pegged at safety going forward, yet another great one from the Tulsa area.

OKC Millwood WR Demariyon Houston

Millwood hasn’t exactly been a home for OU recruiting, but Houston could change that. He had 32 catches for 942 yards and 13 touchdowns last season. That’s a ridiculous 29.4 yards per catch, and you know that’s something that will catch the eyes of OU’s coaches. The Sooners already having two receiver commits for 2019 might hurt, too, but Houston should be a name that has plenty of options to choose from here sooner than later.

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Norman North DE Cole Mashburn

OU was involved with 2017 linebacker Cade Mashburn (brother), who signed with Memphis. But something says Cole is going to be an even bigger name to track. Playing for a team that went to the state championship game, Cole Mashburn had 38 tackles and four sacks. He already has offers from Iowa State and Memphis. As much as maybe next couple of months might be slow, expect big things from Mashburn during the spring evaluation period, and especially during OKPreps spring football.

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Tulsa Union OG Richard Stromberg

It’s hard to play an integral role for a team like Union as just a sophomore, but that’s exactly what Stromberg did in helping the Redskins earn a state championship. The in-state schools are certainly already keeping tabs on him. Right now? Stromberg is clearly an offensive guard. The question will be whether he grows and becomes an offensive tackle. Either way, he’s on the fast track toward becoming a name to know already.

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