The talent came out in droves to The Opening regional in Frisco, Texas, on Sunday. Not as many Opening invites as there were at same event last year but still a lot to consider and a lot of names to watch going forward.
Sooners Illustrated is going to examine what it saw from the six-hour session.
And we start with a dud. OU has wrapped up its 2018 quarterback with Cameron Rising, and the only 2019 OU offer at the event Roschon Johnson seems like a strong lean toward Texas at this point so didn’t watch too much. Limited amount of time, got to make those calls. Not a single OKPreps quarterback at the event.
Good to see Carthage (Texas) High’s Keaontay Ingram in person. Not as physically impressive as say a Trey Sermon, but Ingram fared well. Much like quarterbacks, not a lot to watch from an OU perspective. And from a selfish OKPreps point of view, the absence of OKC John Marshall’s Devonte Lee really sort of took out any intrigue.
Was hoping to see Tulsa (Okla.) Union’s C.J. Moore compared to other top receivers in the area, but he was out with the flu and didn’t make the trip. Sigh. And OU commit Theo Wease was injured so that took away some intrigue. But it was good to see OU commit Arjei Henderson and understand why the Sooners are so high on him for the 2019 class. When there’s a lack of legitimate OU targets, again, got to move on.
Basically, camped out watching offensive line vs. defensive line this year, which is in stark contrast to how usually go about these camps. Loved what OU commit Brey Walker was able to do. He almost gets too anxious and has to remember to calm down and perform. When he does, whew, look out. Walker did earn the invite to The Opening. OU target Justin (Texas) Northwest tackle Darrell Simpson continues to show why he’s so highly touted. He looked good and is so visually impressive with his size.
It was a breakout event for Bixby (Okla.) High’s Bryce Bray, earning MVP honors for the event itself. Oklahoma State offered last week and Tulsa offered like minutes after the Opening regional. His stock is about to take off, and it should.
Wakeland (Texas) High’s Rafiti Ghirmai was very impressive. Handled one-on-ones well and looks the part physically. OU might still be on the fence for an offer, but he is doing exactly what you’re supposed to be doing in his position by focusing on what he can control.
Quite a show by Cameron Latu, making the trip from Utah for the event. He was sensational. His speed gave Brey Walker issues, but Walker was also able to push Latu around some, too, was a good matchup to watch.
Major OKPreps presence here with Putnam City’s Ron Tatum, Midwest City’s Jalen Redmond, Millwood’s Israel Antwine and Tulsa Union’s Jordan Kelley.
Redmond is still as raw as ever. You just see him working on pure ability. Just wait until he gets coached and dedicates himself 100 percent to football. The Bombers are in the state basketball tournament this week as well.
Tatum looks the part, definitely passes the test there. But there were times when, across the board, it felt like OKPreps guys were willingly sort of taking a backseat to guys from Texas. Fight for your reps, especially when you have the skill of Tatum.
Antwine is a dude. Not sure if he’s dat dude, but he’s quality. No idea how his offer sheet is as low as it is right now. He’s thick but has the height. Do not be surprised to see his profile rise considerably in next couple of months.
This was a good camp for Kelley. Showed a lot and looks to be a natural defensive tackle. Love OU’s chances for Kelley at this point.
OU target Euless (Texas) Trinity’s Izaih Filikitonga is another one of those come off the edge type of pass rushers. Around the same size as Redmond but a bit more polished. OU has put itself in a great position here to land his pledge.
A lot of talk about 2019 Wichita Falls (Texas) Hirschi defensive tackle Lloyd Murray, who committed to Florida State last week. He might get there, but he’s not there yet. And he’s small. It would surprise me greatly if he measured at 6-foot. Looked 5-11 and could be why OU hasn’t made the offer yet and maybe won’t offer.
Could not be more different linebackers than Rockwall (Texas) High’s Alston Orji and Fort Worth (Texas) Eastern Hill’s Byron Hobbs.
Both technically linebackers, but Orji is built like a mini-tank. Hobbs is the long, lanky one who can still grow into his body. Really like where the Sooners stand with Orji and think OU will be a player for Hobbs all the way until he makes his decision.
Lovejoy (Texas) High’s Bumper Pool, committed to Arkansas, had an impressive day. DaShaun White continues to straddle that fence. Will OU offer? Really not sure.
OU’s newest offer, De Soto (Texas) High’s Gemon Green had a fantastic Sunday and rightfully won the MVP of the event.
The biggest head-turner here was Southlake (Texas) Carroll’s R.J. Mickens. A 2020 recruit and OU’s only 2020 offer, Mickens showed why he already belongs on this stage. An eye-popping performance that could have him on track for that rare underclassmen Opening invite next year.
Manvel (Texas) High’s Trent Gordon and Lancaster (Texas) High’s Jordon Austin being out took some of the sting out of the event, from an OU side of things.
Camp organizers were not very high on either Tulsa (Okla.) Union safety Patrick Fields or Owasso (Okla.) High safety Josh Proctor. Felt like both had solid days. Not overwhelmingly impressive where they set themselves apart, but it was shocking to see them not paired up with the top receivers toward the end. Fields and Proctor dominated in the last hour but nobody was really watching that side of the field.
Major outing for 2019 Tulsa (Okla.) Booker T. Washington safety Daxton Hill. Ran a 4.46 in the 40-yard dash and had the fourth highest Nike SPARQ rating of anybody at the event. Absolutely already a name to know and already offered by OU (on Christmas).