Now more than halfway through the spring evaluation period, it is finally time for the spring football practices to begin across the state of Oklahoma.
As schools begin their two-week practices and one more week of camps, time to assess the state right now. It has been a long time since the state has been this hot on the recruiting trail.
Sooners Illustrated is going to examine the recruiting situation for the top 10 prospects as ranked by Scout, but there are plenty of other notable names who are rising up the charts and picking up offers on a daily basis.
Moore Southmoore OT Brey Walker (committed to Oklahoma)
Start with the big dog. The No. 1-ranked offensive tackle in the country by Scout and has been committed to the Sooners since November 2015. Walker isn’t a vocal recruit, but that doesn’t mean there’s any cause for concern regarding his status with the Sooners. Walker continues to improve with each year, which is a scary thought. Walker has an invite to The Opening this summer.
Owasso S Josh Proctor (committed to Ohio State)
OU was the first to offer Proctor back in November 2015 and the flood of offers started the following spring. Proctor’s junior season was cut short because of injury so he has been waiting for this moment for a while. Proctor committed to the Buckeyes while on an unofficial visit to Columbus last month and has shown zero signs of wavering. Proctor has an invite to the Under Armour All-America Game.
Moore Southmoore QB Casey Thompson (committed to Texas)
Thompson played the patient game in recruiting, but in the end, things worked out for the Scout 300 prospect. Thompson has been a name to watch in the state since his eighth grade year, and he has been starting at Southmoore since his freshman season. This is his final chance to get the SaberCats a state championship. Thompson committed to Texas last month.
OKC Putnam City DE Ron Tatum (committed to Texas)
The biggest riser in the state in the last six months. Tatum had offers from all over before picking Texas instead of the Sooners a few weeks ago. Not many high school defensive ends have his size. Not many have his speed. Not many have his athletic ability. Add it all up and easy to understand why he’s become such a coveted name. Tatum has an invite to The Opening and is a U.S. Army All-American.
Tulsa Union WR C.J. Moore (committed to Oklahoma State)
With ties to OSU, a lot of people expected Moore to be a Cowboy, but his interest and offers came from across the country to make things interesting. Moore had an outstanding junior season in helping the Redskins win the state championship. He has cemented himself as the No. 1 receiver in the state for the class and did indeed commit to the Cowboys a couple weeks ago.
Midwest City DE/OLB Jalen Redmond
No varsity experience to speak of last spring, Redmond was a beast of an edge rusher as a junior for the Bombers. Memphis offered initially despite no real film and a lot of other schools have followed suit. Redmond released a top six two weeks ago although that hasn’t stopped schools from making their move. OU and Nebraska feel like the two big ones to watch so far.
OKC McGuinness OT Owen Condon
If Condon has shown one thing, it’s that he is not afraid to travel. A spring trip of SEC schools earned a Georgia offer and made him a name to watch moving forward for others. Condon is loaded with major Power 5 conference offers so he certainly has his pick at this point. The rare ‘slim’ 300-pounder as it still feels like Condon could put on a strong 20-30 pounds and be OK at tackle.
Bixby OL Bryce Bray (committed to Oklahoma State)
Bray was lurking in the state the last couple of years before finally getting recognition this spring. Earning OL MVP at The Opening regional in Frisco, Texas, no doubt helped, and Bray committed to the Cowboys last month. You could debate if he’s an interior guy or if he’s a tackle, but there’s no doubt he can make a difference on the offensive line.
Tulsa Union DT Jordan Kelley (committed to Oklahoma)
Kelley was on the peripheral at this time last year and a banner junior season made a lot of schools wake up and take a look. The Sooners were one of those schools, offering Kelley at junior day and earning his commitment a month later. Kelley is a force in the middle who has grown from being a converted tight end to being a natural defensive tackle in the trenches.
Tulsa Union DB Patrick Fields (committed to Oklahoma)
And yes, one more from Union. Fields was offered by the Sooners at the #ChampUBBQ and then showed why during a stellar junior season. He committed to OU at The Opening regional more than two months ago and has been all about recruiting for the Sooners since then. Fields’ versatility should help going forward as he can play corner, nickel or safety and should be a leader for the Redskins in 2017.