A lot of talent once again for The Opening regional in the Dallas area, this time in Frisco, Texas, at Ford Center, the training facility for the Dallas Cowboys.
Although not as heavy an influence for Oklahoma like last year’s #SoonerSquad17, still a lot of names worth tracking and worth mentioning.
Moore (Okla.) Southmoore OT Brey Walker
This was the third year for Walker at the regional, and he earned that elusive invite to The Opening for this summer in Oregon. Walker maybe was even more dominant last year, but he still had a good enough Sunday afternoon to earn the trip. It’s not that Walker doubts his own abilities, but you can see sometimes he either overthinks things or has some anxiety. Opening coaches weren’t talking a lot of Xs and Os with Walker, more reminding him to breathe.
Tulsa (Okla.) Union S Patrick Fields
Fields made his commitment to OU following the event, and it was a nice showing for the now-Sooners pledge. He didn’t make the final five defensive backs, but he had a lot of quality moments and the one thing that continues to stand out is his versatility. He can play cornerback or safety. He can press at the line and run down the sideline with top receivers. You could argue Fields doesn’t do one thing spectacularly, but he does every single thing pretty dang well.
2019 Richmond (Texas) Travis WR Arjei Henderson
First time seeing Henderson and understand what the fuss is all about. Legitimate size, nice moves in the open field, a lot to like and a lot to build on. You can see Henderson is pretty pumped about the OU commitment even though we are nearly two full years away from signing day. Don’t be surprised to see him as a name to circle for this regional next year.
2019 Allen (Texas) High WR Theo Wease
Unable to participate (hernia), Wease was all about OU. Decked out in OU apparel from head-to-toe, it was easy to recognize who Wease was representing. He didn’t compete, but boy, was it pretty evident how much stock Wease has with fellow recruits. A lot of guys hanging around him and talking to him. Again, OU trying to take a page from 2017 and build early with guys who have the respect of their peers. Wease is definitely that.
Lancaster (Texas) High DB Jordon Austin
Like Wease, Austin couldn’t participate as he’s still recovering from a torn ACL. You can see it eating at him 100 percent that cannot compete and show what he can do. He appreciates OU sticking by his side the last five months as he continues to deal with the physical and mental healing process, but he’s tired of being on the sidelines. Austin is hopeful to be cleared for spring practice to show he can still be that player OU valued so highly last summer.