The spring evaluation period is here, which means pretty soon the Oklahoma coaches will be hitting the road in full force for the 2018, 2019, 2020 classes.
You know full well the Sooners staff will hit the state of Oklahoma in a major way. As the 2018 class has shown, there is talent up and down and side-to-side across the state.
A lot of the 2018 names are well known. During the spring, it’s time to start evaluating the 2019 names already making a difference.
During this two-day series, Sooners Illustrated is going to look at some 2019 names for OU fans to get accustomed to knowing.
Collinsville TE Grayson Boomer
OU offer? Yes.
Already a four-star prospect by Scout, Boomer has shed his athlete label and let everybody know based on preference and camp performances that he will be a tight end at the next level. Might have taken OU a while to accept that, but it has. Boomer was offered less than two weeks ago and made the trip to OU this last weekend. He spent a lot of time with Cale Gundy, which is a sign that indeed the Sooners are ready to say Boomer is a tight end and not a project at offensive tackle or converted defensive end. More offers are coming his way, but OU is doing things right so far.
OKC Putnam City DE Collin Clay
OU offer? No.
Well, you know defensive line coach Calvin Thibodeaux is going to become a fixture at Putnam City to watch Scout 300 defensive end Ron Tatum. When he’s there, he’ll look on the other side of the line and see a top 2019 defensive end prospect in Clay. It’d be wrong to compare Clay to Tatum, but Clay is already starting to make some waves on the trail. An SMU offer last month combined with spring game visits to OU and Oklahoma State tells you Clay is on the fast track to big-time recruiting success this spring and summer.
Tulsa Booker T. Washington S Daxton Hill
OU offer? Yes.
Is there any way at all OU can snag Hill from Oklahoma State? That is the huge question right now. Hill’s older brother is Oklahoma State running back Justice Hill, who had one heck of a freshman season in Stillwater. OU offered on Christmas, the rare Christmas offer and Hill was the first in-state offer by the Sooners for the 2019 class. However, with the Hill family entrenched in Stillwater and wanting (rightfully so) to watch Justice play, Daxton isn’t getting a big taste of OU. He hasn’t been in Norman in a long time, and it’s an uphill battle for who might become the No. 1 overall prospect in the state for the class.
OKC Millwod WR Demariyon Houston
OU offer? No.
That is not a misprint for Houston when you look at his sophomore stats. Indeed, 32 catches for 942 yards and 13 touchdowns. Nearly 30 yards per catch. You want dynamic, Houston is that guy and one reason the Falcons ran the table for a state championship. And now the offers are starting to come for Houston. Three in the last couple of weeks signal what’s to follow in his future. OU fans are starting to get grumpy about why the Sooners haven’t made the leap yet as Houston has a chance to be a national recruit in no time.