Pre-Season: Oklahoma Top 20

Sooners Illustrated has been out watching players all spring long, and we now have what we believe is a solid grasp on the top players in the state. So after much consideration SI is ready to release a rock solid Top 20…

1. Demarco Cobbs – 6-2, 190, Tulsa Central
ATH – Cobbs will likely play receiver on the next level, but he is being recruited at quarterback, safety, and running back as well. He has tremendous athleticism to go along with raw untapped talent.

2. Bronson Irwin – 6-5, 310, Mustang
OL – Irwin is the best lineman to come from the state since Matt Romine. He has great feet and can get out to the next level to make key blocks. He also uses his hands like a grisly veteran.

3. Calvin Barnett – 6-4, 320, Booker T. Washington
DT – At first glance you may think that Barnett is out of shape, but then you see him move and it is hard to believe he is doing what he is doing. With proper development he is definitely a NFL type of talent.

4. Jarrett Lake – 6-2, 205, Jenks
ATH – No player has shot up the recruiting charts like Lake. He has a major frame and like Cobbs he could play a number of positions on the next level. His upside is still very high, but he has already made a lot improvements to his game this summer.

5. Julian Wilson – 6-2, 195, Southmoore
ATH – It was hard to give Wilson the proper credit he deserved basing his ranking off of his junior film, but after getting the chance to see him up close and in person there is no doubt that he possesses the skills to be thought of as a highly rated recruit at FS or WR.

6. Aaron Colvin – 5-11, 175, Owasso
CB – With the skills to be a true man-on-man cover corner in college there is little doubt that Colvin is a valuable prospect and his offer list is starting to back up his skill set. He has the best hips I have seen since Dominique Franks.

7. Johnny Deaton – 6-2, 190, Sand Springs
QB – The perception of Sand Springs football has started to change and Deaton throwing strikes on Friday nights is a big reason why. He has a great arm and good mobility. He will fit the OSU system like a glove.

8. Trent Spurgeon – 6-7, 270, Owasso
OL – Spurgeon has a great frame and will be a great tackle prospect on the next level. He is still very raw and will need to add some more size to his frame, but he has good feet and is thought of by some to be a better prospect than Brandon Webb was a year ago.

9. Eric Bennett – 5-11, 180, Booker T. Washington
ATH – This one should show you how far the state's talent level has risen over the years, as Bennett would normally be much more highly ranked. He has a great skill set to be a CB on the next level, but play QB in high school. Once he makes the move, watch out!

10. Delans Griffin – 5-11, 180, Clinton
RB – Many consider Griffin to be a small scat back, but he has just enough size to be exactly what many coaches are looking for in an every down back out of the spread offense. He put up huge numbers last year, and has the offer list to back his ranking.

11. Chris McAlister – 6-2, 175, Del City
WR – This kid has all the moves and a huge upside as a prospect. He has a great frame and speed off the ball. He makes solid catches and has the confidence that many great receivers possess. Not too many people are talking him up, but they should be.

12. Chris Littlehead – 6-2, 305, Tahlequah-Sequoyah
DT – Littlehead does not play for a big school, but he has major talent and an even bigger upside. He would be a perfect nose guard prospect and plays with a certain degree of nasty, that I have come to really admire in a tackle prospect.

13. Darryl Fields – 6-2, 200, Madill
RB – No player has exploded in the spring like Fields, who has a great size to go along with some freaky speed, that has been verified with track times. He could make a huge climb up this list with a solid ‘09 season.

14. Trayvon Henry – 6-2, 230, OC Millwood
LB/DE – Henry plays linebacker for the Falcons, but with his size he is considered by many to be a better DE prospect. He does not possess elite speed, but he is freakish looking specimen.

15. Xavier Smith – 5-11, 180, Edmond North
CB – Talk about a hidden gem. Smith is not getting much run at all, but is a surefire talent that has impressed at every camp he stopped off at. He is a physical corner prospect that is not afraid to jam a receiver. Does not have Colvin's hips, but has plenty of talent.

16. Tre'Vante Porter – 6-0, 180, Carl Albert
CB – Porter will be the next player from Carl Albert to go on to play NCAA ball. He is right there with Smith and it was hard to pick one player over the other. Porter has been the leader for a few years and his football IQ is a huge asset. He will also hit you hard!

17. Denton Simek – 6-6, 270, Prague
OL – Simek needs to add some weight, but if a coach is looking to build on a lineman than he is your guy. He has good feet and does well against bigger defensive linemen. He is only going to get better with time and experience.

18. Bob Graham – 6-5, 280, Jenks
OL – Not too much recruiting info is out there on Graham, but I am here to tell you that he possesses some serious skills and I guarantee that there are a number of D1 schools hot on his trail. Would not be surprised to hear that he has at least a few BCS level offers.

19. Jake Alexander – 6-2, 270, Jenks
OL – Alexander is the name that usually gets brought up when discussing Jenks linemen and if he did not make such an early commitment to play at Tulsa he may be getting some more run on the national level. Still schools like Texas A&M came calling with offers.

20. James Roberson – 6-3, 185, Union
WR – After watching the Roberson's on multiple occasions I am willing to elevate James past Thomas (who has been injured). He has tremendous athletic ability and I think he has emerged as the go to receiver in the powerful Redskin offense.

The Best of the Rest

WR Thomas Roberson – 6-3, 185, Union
CB Brenton Bogar – 5-10, 180-, Muskogee
DT Dominique Jones – 6-1, 285, Midwest City
LB Courtney Gaston – 6-3, 205, Fort Gibson
DT Jeremy Burton – 6-3, 300, Muskogee
ATH Darwin Rideau – 6-1, 200, Star Spencer
ATH Chris Carr – 5-11, 190, Checotah
RB Marco Nelson – 5-11, 190, Glenpool
ATH Dewitt Jennings – 6-0, 190, Bixby
OL Chris Mitchell – 6-3, 260, Booker T. Washington
DT Alec Henry – 6-4, 295, Union
LB Ken Berry – 6-0, 210, John Marshall
DE Ray Stovall – 6-3, 195, Booker T. Washington
LB Corey Mitchell – 6-1, 205, OC Douglass
LB Kale Sawatzky – 6-1, 215, Weatherford
RB Dan Farrow – 5-11, 185, PC West
ATH Matt Oberste – 6-0, 190, Sallisaw
TE Tyler Ott – 6-4, 235, Jenks
WR Roman Wilson – 5-11, 180, Lincoln Christian
DL/OL Mason Myers – 6-4, 285, Southmoore
TE Deonte Morris – 6-4, 239, Union
DT Ryland Widener – 6-1, 325, Centennial
ATH Matt Luetjen – 6-1, 195, Locust Grove
P Cole Way – 6-6, 215, Union
DE Sonny Puletasi – 6-3, 215, Lawton
LB Nicholas Canavan – 6-0, 200, Norman North
TE/OL Austin Haywood – 6-5, 250, Southmoore
WR Tuswani Copeland – 6-0, 190, Lawton Mac
WR Jordan West – 6-0, 180, Christian Heritage Academy
LB Emmanuel Maxwell – 5-11, 200, Midwest City

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