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2019 OKPreps names to watch: J.D. Kolb, Cole Mashburn, Will Phillips, Richard Stromberg

Part II examines more 2019 OKPreps names for OU fans to watch this spring.

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.

***Click here for Part I***

Choctaw RB J.D. Kolb

OU offer? No.

Could there be a tougher spot in the state to be high on OU’s radar? Running back is just one spot where the Sooners haven’t looked within its borders since 2012 with Alex Ross. And you know what? They haven’t been wrong, either. Kolb is a nice prospect with a great starting point of a sophomore season. Ran for 954 yards and nine touchdowns and had 22 catches for 281 yards and four touchdowns. Spring and summer camps will help get his name out there more and a big junior season could definitely propel Kolb moving forward.

Norman North DE Cole Mashburn

OU offer? No.

The Sooners know the name Mashburn well after recruiting older brother Cade for the last two years. Cade signed with Memphis and here comes the next Mashburn. So raw but so much potential. Cole had 38 tackles and four sacks as a sophomore and rushed for 10 touchdowns on just 20 carries as a goal line specialist. Mashburn is receiving the early interest from OU and was back in Norman less than two weeks ago for the spring game. Don’t be surprised to see his national interest pick up considerably during this evaluation period.

Enid ATH Will Phillips

OU offer? No.

Phillips is an intriguing one. Caught the eye of Sooners Illustrated last year at the Metro Team Camp at Mustang and followed that with a sensational sophomore season. Does a little bit of everything so whether you think running back or defensive back, you’re not wrong. Rushed for 1,108 yards and seven touchdowns. Had two receiving touchdowns with 15 catches for 149 yards and added 42 tackles and three interceptions. It has been a while since a prospect has put Enid back on the recruiting map, but Phillips can absolutely do just that.

Tulsa Union OG Richard Stromberg

OU offer? No.

If Stromberg grows a couple of more inches, look out. As it is right now, well, look out anyway as he is set to become a name to watch among offensive lineman. Stromberg played a huge role as a sophomore at Union, which is not easy to do. Showed he could handle the moment and the responsibilities as the Redskins claimed another state title. With all those top 2018 recruit names there, you know Stromberg is going to get looks. He’ll make them stay around for second looks, too. OU is showing initial interest and Stromberg was back in Norman two weeks ago for the spring game.

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