Who I Like In Oklahoma - Part 2

The other night my wife and I were going to a movie and I ran into a longtime friend and his wife. Tex Rollins has been coaching champions alongside head coach Gary Rose and the rest of the Carl Albert Titans staff for years. They are the Class 5A equivalent in Oklahoma to the Jenks and Union bunch in Class 6A.

One of the newspapers in Oklahoma is running its top prospect list, and we used to do more lists on this site and haven't in awhile. Based on those influences, I'm back.

Here is my list in Oklahoma of players that I have to have seen in a game, practice, camp, or combine and watched video on. It is heavy to the west as I see more games than in the east and Tulsa area. I don't expect any stars to be awarded or scholarships offered based on my opinion. Let's just say I enjoy giving it.

Players in part one and part two are not listed in any particular order. I like them all.

John Kolar, QB
6-4, 190
Norman (Norman North)
Oklahoma State's only Oklahoma commitment, Kolar came off the bench last season to pick up where the injured 5-star Alabama pledge David Cornwell had started. Kolar outdid his predecessor and led the Timberwolves to the playoffs.

Kolar is what you want in size, arm strength, and intelligence. He has risen on some recruiting list and in our eyes he is a standout. I am waiting for that assessment and evaluation to catch up with the rest of the Scout folks. He has shown up well at various camps and competitions.

He went to Oklahoma State's three-day camp, a rarity for a committed player, and got a head start on learning the Oklahoma State offense and further developing a relationship with offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach Mike Yurcich.

Marquise Overton, DT
6-2, 301,
He was my initial top prospect in Oklahoma, and for the Sooner fans on the board he was still my tops long after he committed to OU. The difference is now I have seen more players, seen more evidence, and those players have had a chance to develop as young players do every single day.

Overton is a definite inside technique defensive tackle who can dominate and give players around him so many opportunities. He demands double and sometimes triple attention. He uses his hands well and has matching upper and lower (core) body strength. He is a really good one that is still one of the best two or three in this Oklahoma class, a true difference maker.

Kaden Jackson, DL-OL
6-3, 270
One of two players I have off the defending state champs in Class 3A. Jackson is a tremendous jumbo athlete that is a multiple shot put champion that just missed winning his third in a row this past spring.

He needs to put on weight and show Division I schools that he will either be a defensive tackle or an offensive guard. I love what I've seen him do in games and I think he is better on defense, but the size thing is going to be a hang up unless he shows he can play defensive end. I think he might be able to. It all depends on what his frame will hold.

Jace Sternberger, TE/DE
6-4, 215
I'm not trying to create any internal competition but I had always kind of favored Jackson between the two Yellow Jackets. I've had friends that watch Kingfisher more regularly than I do tell me I was shortchanging Sternberger. They are right! I've always liked the young man as a player, although I wasn't sure if he was a tight end or defensive end.

I still think he could be either and if his body packs on weight and he might be able to then he could wind up inside on offense or defense. He is athletic and he is very smart, both book smart and football smart. His attention is picking up and Oklahoma is flirting with him regularly, but I hear he would love to go to OSU.

Marquiz Simpkins, RB
5-9 1/2, 183
This is Oklahoma and there has to be a legitimate running back recruit somewhere and what better place than Clinton? Simpkins is really fast and he showed it at the Oklahoma State one-day minicamp by dropping off a 4.35 in the forty. He also had a good shuttle time. His numbers are excellent and I've seen him in person.

I don't know if he is a real dancer, but he is at minimum a one to two cut turn it up style of running back. The Cowboys have a commitment from Ronald Jones, who is similar in style and one of the best in the nation. If they were to chose to take two running backs and wanted them of similar styles, then Simpkins would be a fit. Somebody is going to end up with a really talented runner.

McKinley Whitfield, WR/LB
6-3, 190
Sunderland or McKinney at Midwest City, add Whitfield from Spiro as he is a similar style of athlete. I saw him recently at a 7-on-7 competition and he stands out on both sides of the ball and it is a paradox as to what exactly you do with him. He has good ball skills, but also has a frame that you can easily see jumping up to 220 to 230 pounds in college. He has some really good offers, but is another prospect that you would hate to see leave the state.

Dahu Green, WR
6-3, 190
Oklahoma City Westmoore
In my opinion, he is the best receiver that I saw last season in Oklahoma high school football. He is big, strong, has excellent ball skills and body control. He is a 4.6 guy in the forty, but with all those other tools I can easily overlook that and realize that speed is one area you can improve with work. He has some tools that are tough to teach and to master. He is also a smart player.

Green knows that I am a president of his fan club and saw him play three times in person and came away more impressed each time. He is an excellent blocker, another aspect that receivers don't always fulfill with enthusiasm. Big play, first-down catch, blocking, decoy, he can do it all and plays every down. Committed to Louisville and I do hate to see him leave Oklahoma but being originally from California, he is okay with relocating.

Bobby Henry, DL
6-4, 250
Moore Southmoore
Don't know what to do with Henry as he is a very good player with good feet, uses his hands well, plays hard every down, but I'm not sure where he will play. He could have the frame to hold 300 pounds and play inside but I kind of think he will be more of a defensive end at somewhere around 275.

He will be a big defensive end. His speed will be where he will have to push it to keep the skill set going if he plays on the edge. Inside, he should be great if he can peak at 290 plus. I think he is better against the pass and in rushing the quarterback, but he with work he can be more effective as a run stopper. Tall, like he is, it is tough to stay low.

Warren Wand, Athlete
5-5, 175
Edmond Memorial
I know, he is listed at 5-7 and is really around 5-5. You're probably asking if I'm serious, but go watch this kid play and see how hard it is for defenses to catch him. At a higher level he would see better, faster, more agile pursuit but I still think he would be able to avoid defenders. He is wiggly as it gets. He is also durable at the high school level. The curiosity would be if that would change based on him being hit more by more athletic pursuit at the collegiate level. He can run and catch equally well. His shuttle in SPARQ testing was an impressive 4.31.

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