Every week through football season, SoonerNation writer Bob Przybylo will reveal five things he learned while out on the road watching the best in the Midlands area play football.
1. What is Oklahoma going to do with Tulsa (Okla.) East Central four-star athlete Stanvon Taylor? The OU commit had another stellar all-around performance in a 42-7 win against Pryor, Okla., that helped Tulsa East Central clinch the district championship. Taylor had five catches for 75 yards and a touchdown, broke up two passes and only allowed one pass for five yards against him at cornerback. Taylor recently took his official visit to OU, and even though he has been brilliant on offense as a senior, he said the plan is still for him to play cornerback. Either way, last season’s ankle injury is nothing more than a distant memory at this time as he has been spectacular.
2. But Taylor isn’t the lone Tulsa East Central standout to receive notice from major colleges. Linebacker Kimmie Carson, a New Mexico commit, is playing with more confidence than ever because he has the commitment locked down. He is still looking at Washington State and Oregon State, but he showed in the first half while he has become one of the premier defenders in the state. Carson finished with eight tackles, including two for loss and caught a two-point conversion in the victory.
3. Taylor and Carson were prospects to watch entering the season. Receiver/safety Deontre Youngblood, however, was not for Tulsa East Central. He is now. Youngblood, 6-foot and 185 pounds, had three touchdown receptions and has become almost as dynamic as Taylor for the Cardinals. He is not as well-known as Taylor, but he is producing equally eye-popping numbers. He is going to take the ACT again in December. If he can qualify, the offers will come. Right now Tulsa and Houston are the top two schools showing the most interest.
4. Entering Friday’s game against Ada, Okla., Oklahoma City Douglass defensive end Deondre Clark had 20 sacks. Facing double teams and having Ada run to the opposite side negated Clark somewhat, but he made a huge impression as a lead blocker. Clark also showed the ability to catch the ball with two receptions in an intense 26-21 loss to Ada. Clark, who has offers from OU and LSU, among others, was at OU’s game against Notre Dame and remains one of the Sooners’ top targets for the 2014 class. It is unlikely Clark will make another unofficial visit this season.
5. Now the real games begin. The Oklahoma state high school playoffs start this weekend and Oklahoma City Douglass will be a contender for another Class 4A title. Standing in its way is a potential quarterfinal date against defending champion Wagoner, featuring rising 2014 running back star Lawrence Evitt. Tulsa East Central, meanwhile, is definitely a favorite for the Class 5A championship. The Cardinals were defeated by Guthrie, Okla., in last season’s quarterfinals. It’s possible the two schools will meet again, but this time the game would be in Tulsa.