Rankings: Oklahoma Top 30

The 2008 crop of prospects in Oklahoma is as deep as ever and a number of players have seen their stock start to rise and fall based on their performances. In this feature we take a look at our top 30 prospects for the class of 2008.

1. CB Gabe Lynn (6-1, 185 4.49) – Jenks High 
*It's hard to discredit Lynn for being so good that no one wants to test you. It just did not make sense for teams to throw a ball to his side of the field with consistency. So they didn't. That being said Ronnell Lewis is nipping closely at his heels for the top spot. Both will play in post-season All-American games. Could those performances make a difference on who is rated number one?

** Gabe Lynn has been recognized as a U.S. Army All-American and he will appear in their bowl game on NBC (Jan. 3rd).

2. LB Ronnell Lewis (6-3, 225, 4.5) – Dewar High 
* (Oklahoma Verbal) Lewis made a smooth transition to 11-man football and can only be categorized as "freak". He was a "Mr. Do-It All" for Dewar head coach Josh Been and led his team to a 10-2 record. His play has him as an up and comer on the national scene and his play has earned him a four-star ranking and he is likely under consideration for the Scout.com Top 100.

** Lewis has been recognized as an Under Armour All-American and he will appear in their bowl game on ABC (Jan. 3rd).

 3. RB Jeremy Smith (6-1, 200, 4.55) – Union High  
*(Oklahoma State Verbal) Jeremy Smith just has a natural talent. He led Union to a 6A State crown by rushing for over 200 yards in the first half of the championship game. He has the patience, feel, and vision of an elite back. He will have to develop some in college, but the tools are all there.

** Smith finished his senior season with 1,663 yards and 30 touchdowns in 14 games.

 4. RB David Oku (5-10, 185, 4.4) – Carl Albert High
* (Tennessee Verbal) Oku finished the 2008 season in a strong fashion. He had a strong game against Booker T. Washington in the 5A State Championship, but the Titans still fell just short of the title. He has home-run ability and he should figure to fit well in Lane Kiffin's offensive schemes at Tennessee. He could be the type of player that makes you look bad for ranking him fourth or fifth in the state.

** Oku has been recognized as an Offense – Defense All-American and he will appear in their Bowl Game on FCS (Jan 4th).

 5. S Javon Harris (6-0, 190, 4.5) – Lawton Mac High 
*(Oklahoma Verbal) Harris had a strong season in 2008. He led the team offensively with over 2,000 yards. He will be enrolling early at OU and will be strictly playing on the defensive side of the ball. He does not get a lot of publicity, but he is honestly right in the mix with the other upper echelon players in the state. He has loads of potential.

** Harris will forego his final months of high school and enroll early at OU on Jan. 17th.

 6. DE Pearlie Graves (6-3, 260) – East Central High
*(Michigan Verbal) There was never any doubt of Pearlie Graves on the field abilities, but early on in the process there was some doubt if he was actually in the position to qualify academically. Michigan has long been considered as one of the best academic universities in the Midwest, so that shows you what type of work Graves is willing to put in and has put in already.

** "His number one strength thing is a big kid that can run and that is what makes a high profile kid." – East Central head coach Travis Hill

 7. OG Brandon Webb (6-4, 300) – Owasso High
*(Oklahoma State Verbal) Webb has outstanding potential. He has the upside to be a great lineman. He has great feet and long arms. He still has room to grow and it would not be a surprise to see him develop in to an All-American like his father Terry Webb. Once he develops a killer instinct he could be special.

** Webb has been recognized as an Under Armour All-American and he will appear in their bowl game on ABC (Jan. 3rd).

 8.  TE Tracy Moore (6-3, 230) – Union High 
*Just calling them as I see them from here on out. I have always talked up Moore to everyone, but never showed him the same amount of love in the rankings. The tweener talk even got to me. But, he is a playmaker who is going to present mismatches for college defenses. Especially in the right offense. I can see him doing a lot of different things. Despite his size he has the speed and athletic ability of a true wide receiver.

** Moore is considering offers from schools like Oklahoma State, Kansas, Colorado, and Arkansas.

 9. Daytawion Lowe (6-0, 180, 4.5) – Carl Albert High
*(Oklahoma State Verbal) Lowe is a physical presence on defense and has been a team leader on that side of the ball for the Titans for two years. He will be a great asset on and off of the field. He will need to develop some of his skills from a technical standpoint, especially if he ends up playing corner, but he has the size and hips to be special. He is a tough player and if he adds weight then could definitely play safety as well. The jury is out to me on which he will play for sure at this point.

** Lowe has been recognized as an Offense – Defense All-American and he will appear in their Bowl Game on FCS (Jan 4th).

10. CB David Gordon (6-0, 175, 4.4) – East Central High  
* (Arkansas Verbal) Flat out unadulterated speed is what makes David Gordon so special. He is a world-class track star and that speed translates over to his game in the field. But he is not a finesses player. He is a strong blocker and a hard hitter. He does not shy away from contact and plays bigger than he looks. Put those two assets together and you definitely come out with a Top 10 player.

** Gordon was the State Track Champ in the 100m and the 4x100m relay.

11. OG Brian DeShane (6-5, 290) – Union High
* (Tulsa Verbal) Solid all-around lineman that has been well versed in technique. He has been the main cog a the Union line for two years.
12. RB Tim Flanders (5-9, 190) – Midwest City High  
* I don't see a reason why Flanders does not have double-digit offers. The coach that steals him may end up looking like a pure genius.
13. TE Gabe Ikard (6-5, 250) – Bishop McGuinness
* (Oklahoma Verbal) Ikard is one of those guys who does not get appreciated because of the system he plays in. He has soft hands and is a disciplined blocker.
14. OG Alvin Bailey (6-5, 300) – Broken Arrow High 
* (Arkansas Verbal) Bailey is one of the strongest players in the state. He manhandles at the point of attack, but he is not as light on his feet as Webb.
15. ATH Terrell Williams (6-4, 215, 4.5) – Union High 
* Terrell Williams has all of the assets, but just not a clear-cut position on the next level. He will likely end up at OLB.
16. LB Cody Wilson (6-1, 220, 4.6) – Lincoln Christian
* (Tulsa Verbal) Wilson has all of the tools to be a top player. Hopefully his performance on the next level backs up his lofty ranking.
 17. LB Gus Jones (6-2, 220) – Wagoner High
* (Oklahoma Verbal) Jones has some of the best instincts and has the size and frame that college coaches covet. He will need to prove he has college speed, but if he turns out to be A.J. Hawk don't hold it against me for ranking him so low.
18. WR Tramaine Thompson (5-9, 165, 4.45) – Jenks High 
* (Oregon State Verbal) He has been one of the best performers in the state, but gets zero credit… until now. Thompson is exciting and just makes plays and he will continue to do so in Corvallis.
19. S/LB Michael Doctor (5-11, 190) – Washington High
* (Oregon State Verbal) Doctor could end up at safety or outside linebacker. He will even be better when he only hast to concentrate on one side of the ball.
20. DT Robert Thomas (6-0, 300) – Muskogee High
* (Arkansas Verbal) Thomas is strong and has the prototypical size that colleges want in a run stuffing defensive tackle. That is why he will be playing in the SEC.
21. RB Beau Blankenship (5-8, 210) – Norman North High
* (Iowa State Verbal)
22. OG Michael Bowie (6-5, 300) – Sand Springs High
* (Texas Tech Verbal)
23. CB Justin Skillens (5-9, 170) – Washington High 
* (Tulsa Verbal)
24. LB Colton Richardson (6-4, 215) – Ada High 
* (Oklahoma State Verbal)
25. WR/CB Anthony Foster (5-9, 160) – Union High 
* (Tulsa Verbal)
26. QB Clint Chelf (6-3, 200) – Enid High
* (Oklahoma State Verbal)
27. DE/LB Julian Jones (6-2, 250) - Lawton Mac High
* (Kansas Verbal)
28. C Shaun Simon (6-4, 310) – Union High 
* Colorado (Offer)
29. DT Trent Dupy (6-3, 280) – Enid High
* (Tulsa Verbal)
30. Gavin Howard (6-6, 270) – Owasso High  
* (Kansas Verbal)

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