Recruits Shine During Camps

The camp circuit is in full swing as many major programs have held successful sessions. The first OU camp was impressive enough that players like James Hanna and Casey Walker both pulled the trigger on commitments shortly following their visits to the campus. The camps give programs and analysts a chance to see some of the top players perform on the same field.

I have spent the last three days covering advanced camp sessions and seven-on-seven passing leagues. Here is a look at some of the top players that I have seen that relate to Oklahoma Sooner and the state of Oklahoma football.

One of the best overall athletes at the quarterback position is junior quarterback Tyler Tettleton. Tettleton could become the Oklahoma version of Riley Dodge, as he is very elusive and quick for a QB.

Brandon Rogers is the most technically sound QB in the state in a class that has plenty of talent. He epitomizes the word consistency. He is solid every time I see him. He throws a tremendous deep ball, but one thing that was apparent to me was how much stronger his arm has gotten.

Adair's Kenny Davis is another athletic quarterback that is very raw. He has a strong arm and throws a good ball. He always sticks out to you as a potential type of player, but he will earn a division one scholarship at some point in the game.

The best quarterback in Oklahoma is Nathan Stanley, and at the Arkansas camp, everyone was buzzing about him. The players noticed his skills and were chomping at the bit to draw him in the one-on-one competitions. He threw well and threw with power. He is a very serious talent, which should be watched closely as some big programs will be tracking him very closely.

Arkansas running back De'Anthony Curtis is very, very good. He is as elusive as any back in the country and will be a huge asset in passing schemes. He could be a target for anybody in the Big 12 or SEC. Tennessee, Arkansas, and Oklahoma State have offered to this point.

I got to size up Harrison Jeffers, but I did not get to see him compete because he popped a hammy keeping him out of drills.

Kye Staley worked out at running back at the Oklahoma State camp, and I am not certain that he will not wind up there on the next level. He moves very well and looked the part of a top running back. He could also be a solid player in the defensive backfield.

OU target Adrian Richards is one of the top receivers in Texas and has racked up a great offer list so far. OU has been tracking him, but they are also in on some other tremendous receivers, but Richards is good enough to play at Oklahoma.

Jameel Owens is still amazing. He looks as good at safety as he does at receiver. He is an intimidating figure. One thing I noticed from watching him is how much he has matured at the receiver position.

K.J. Williams is a great looking specimen. He is every bit of his listed 6-foot-5, 230 pounds. He moves very well and has some nice hands as a tight end. Most people jumped the gun early on that K.J. was destined to be a defensive end in college, but he looks great at tight end as well. One thing I loved to see was his excitement and fervor in the blocking drills.

Cooper Bassett was one of the best-kept secrets in the state until he committed to Kansas State. He is one of the most physically impressive looking players in the state. He will keep on receiving interest from a number of high profile programs. Including Oklahoma State, who recently offered him a scholarship.

Union High junior to be Tracy Moore is a smooth target at tight end. He will be on a lot of schools radar next year. He could rack up some nice offers. His teammate and fellow '09 recruit running back Jeremy Smith is also a great talent. He is rock solid and has the speed to make some big plays. It will be interesting to see how Union comes together under new head coach Kirk Fridrich.

Booker T. Washington lineman John Williams is an imposing figure, but two guys who caught my eye were Owasso linemen Gavin Howard and Jordan Webb. Howard is very lean and athletic, and Webb looks like a road grader. Both have the potential to be two of the highest rated players in the state in 2009.

Two way lineman Cody Hughes from Moore has made a huge impression this off-season, and has cemented his name as one of the bets in Oklahoma in 2009. He could wind up on offense or defense on the next level, but right now I would hedge towards offense. He moves well and has the one asset you can not coach… He plays mean.

Carl Albert defensive lineman Pierre Alexander is a stout lineman who will look good in a 3-4 type of defense as a nose guard. Colorado State and Louisville are the main schools that are currently recruiting him the hardest.

Midwest City defensive back John Flanders was yet another impressive player from Oklahoma. He looked tremendous in the drills and moved very well. I think he has a Big 12 future as a cornerback. Cornelius Douglass from Lawton is a player who caught my eye a year ago, but is even more impressive now. He is a little taller and a little leaner. He looks the part, and has that swagger that defensive backs need to be successful.

2009 Jenks defensive back Gabe Lynn will undoubtedly be one of the most talked about names in the state. Lynn is the brother of current Nebraska linebacker Phillip Dillard. He is a real freak on film, and one of the most dangerous return men in the state. He has great size and is very physical on the field.

Union will be producing some talent on the defensive side of the ball as well in 2009. Caleb Pearson is a player that has made some strides since last fall. He looks to grown an inch or two, and has definitely put on some good weight. He is physical and quick. He will definitely be one to watch as well.

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