- Bob Przybylo, Reporter, RecruitingNation
We're coming toward the tail end of the spring evaluation period for football recruiting, and it’s the final week of spring practice for Oklahoma high schools. So the SoonerNation team is hitting the road to see what is happening around the state.
Here is a look at the schools we'll be visiting and the notable recruits at each program:
Broken Arrow, Okla.
• 2014 LB Gyasi Akem (6-foot-2, 210 pounds): Akem has made his name at spring camps. He has interest from Oklahoma, Oklahoma State and Missouri, but it is still early in his recruitment.
• 2013 DE Frankie Davis (6-3, 215): He has good size for a defensive end but knows he needs to put on more weight. Has an offer from Arkansas State and interest from Kansas, Kansas State and Tulsa.
• 2014 QB Coleman Key (6-4, 199): One of the top 2014 prospects in the state, Key transferred to Broken Arrow from Owasso, Okla., last month. Coleman has performed well at spring camps and was at Oklahoma’s Red-White spring game.
• 2013 CB Cre Moore (5-11, 168): Moore has crept up on people in the spring, including picking up his first offer from Memphis. He attended Oklahoma State’s spring game and has interest from Arkansas, Iowa State and Tulsa.
• 2014 RB Devon Thomas (5-11, 190): Thomas, who already has offers from OU and Oklahoma State, is arguably the top in-state prospect for the class of 2014. He was at OU’s junior day and at the spring game. He is coming off an incredible sophomore season and said he is only bigger and stronger since then.
• 2013 RB Cameron Wrenn (6-0, 190): He and Thomas are unquestionably the best one-two punch in the state at running back. Wrenn has been a little quiet this spring but his play will help keep him on the radar.
Colleyville (Texas) Heritage
• 2013 QB Cody Thomas (6-5, 220): Thomas is the latest Sooners commit and has been an OU fan for a while. OU quarterbacks coach Josh Heupel let it be known Thomas was one of his top targets and he kept pursuing. And even though he is a quality baseball prospect, early indications are that football is his future.
Edmond (Okla.) Memorial
• 2014 ATH Michael Farmer (6-2, 210): Arizona State is the first school to acknowledge Farmer, showing him strong interest. OU entered the game last month, inviting him to the spring game. He should play running back in high school but is more suited as a defensive end/linebacker in college.
Edmond (Okla.) Santa Fe
• 2013 CB Dhaniel Bly (5-8, 160): Bly is another player who is starting to come on as of late. Has solid speed and also made some big plays as a junior.
• 2014 QB Justice Hansen (6-3, 190): Hansen had one of the best seasons as a sophomore on the Oklahoma high school scene in a long time. He already has offers from Arkansas and Missouri and said his relationship with OU quarterbacks coach Josh Heupel is better than ever.
• 2013 S Khari Harding (6-1, 205): It's been a wild spring for Harding, who is now up to eight offers. He attended OU’s spring game and was at both of Oklahoma State’s junior days. His top offers include Arkansas, Kansas State and Iowa State.
• 2013 WR Dale Jefferson (5-10, 160): Jefferson had some eye-popping moments as a junior. With more consistency, his recruitment is going to pick up considerably.
• 2013 CB Trevan Smith (5-7, 171): Lawton defenders Maurice Chandler and D.J. Ward both said nobody had quicker feet and better moves than Smith last season. A threat in open space, it has been lack of size that has made schools hesitant to pull the trigger. He's the younger brother of former OU cornerback/safety Reggie Smith.
• 2013 RB Phillip Sumpter (5-11, 185): It has been a good spring for Sumpter, who is still searching for his first offer. He's receiving heavy interest from Rice and Kansas, among others.
• 2013 WR Richard Brothers (6-1, 192): Naturally a gifted athlete, Brothers has been quiet on the recruiting circuit. He can play either wide receiver or linebacker and is the younger brother of Missouri linebacker Kentrell Brothers.
• 2014 ATH Kai Callins (5-10, 175): Callins will be a running back for Guthrie, but his college position is up in the air. He made some dynamic plays in the state championship victory that put him on the map. He attended OU’s spring game and talked with OU receivers coach Jay Norvell most of the time.
• 2013 RB Trey'Vonne Barr'e (5-10, 175): With the injuries to OU signee Alex Ross last season, Barr’e made a name of his own. He has good speed and is ready to become one of the top backs in the state.
• 2013 WR Jordan Smallwood (6-2, 190): Arguably the top wide receiver in the state, Smallwood has been impressive in spring camps and busy taking several unofficial visits. He has great hands and good size but knows his speed is what people have questioned.
• 2013 CB Maurice Chandler (6-0, 185): Chandler flew under the radar until the last couple of months. Texas Tech started the process but several schools have joined. He ttended OU’s spring game and has the size and attitude OU defensive backs Mike Stoops looks for in his defensive backs.
• 2013 DE D.J. Ward (6-3, 225): Ward committed to OU at last month’s spring game. He's the No. 1-ranked player in the state, No. 8 defensive end and is No. 93 in the ESPN 150. He has great strength and arm length and is a huge pickup for the Sooners.
• 2014 DT Ivan Thomas (6-2, 268): Thomas won’t be participating in workouts as he continues to recover from a torn ACL. He admits that he is a huge Sooners fan and he got a chance to interact with the coaches at the spring game.
Tulsa (Okla.) East Central
• 2013 LB Kimmie Carson (6-2, 210): Grades have been the primary concern and Carson has been determined to make sure he qualifies. Has an offer from Arkansas State and is one of the best linebackers in the state.
• 2013 CB Devanta Johnson (6-0, 175): Is there a bigger OU fan? If there is, I haven’t met him yet. Johnson has really good size and has a lot of confidence after faring well against some of the top regional defensive backs at spring camps. He has strong interest from Kansas State and Tulsa to go with the Sooners.
• 2013 ATH Stanvon Taylor (5-11, 170): Taylor, who is expected to play cornerback in college, committed to OU earlier this month. He's ranked as the No. 22 athlete in the nation and No. 2 overall player in the state. He's bouncing back from a broken ankle last season and is eager to show everybody he is worth all the hype.
Tulsa (Okla.) Union
• 2013 FB/TE Chris Hall (6-0, 230): Hall committed to Tulsa on Friday. Versatility is his best asset as he can play at either fullback or tight end.
• 2013 OG Blake Mejia (6-3, 280): He's expected to be one of the top offensive linemen in the state. He picked up an offer from Memphis and Tulsa Union coach Kirk Fridrich said more teams are asking about Mejia with each passing week.
• 2013 OT Dalton Rodriguez (6-6, 255): Rodriguez committed to OU earlier this month. He was on nobody’s radar at this point last year but his size and speed helped him move up recruiting boards. He's expected to play defensive end for his senior season although he is getting some repetitions at offensive tackle during spring workouts.
We're coming toward the tail end of the spring evaluation period for football recruiting, and it’s the final week of spring practice for Oklahoma high schools.