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. It’s tough to use the word potential when discussing Edmond (Okla.) Santa Fe 2014 quarterback Justice Hansen. After having another seven-touchdown performance in a 68-28 win against Lawton, Okla., Hansen continues to bring it every week. He was 15-of-23 for 285 yards and four touchdowns and rushed for 104 yards and three scores. Hansen, an ESPN Watch List prospect, has been on the radar for a long time and keeps showing why with every game. He is not known as a runner, but he can run, and he’s a very powerful yet deceptively quick runner in the open field. Hansen’s great weekend concluded with watching the Sooners dominate Texas on Saturday.
2. It's not the easiest thing in the world to get in touch with ESPN 150 linebacker Mike Mitchell (Plano, Texas/Prestonwood Christian), but he is having a huge senior season. Mitchell explodes off the ball and is always in the middle of the action. He saw limited time in a 42-7 victory against Dallas John Paul II but still ended up with eight tackles and two quarterback hurries. He is down to OU, Texas A&M, Oregon and Ohio State and is hoping to make an official visit to all four schools.
3. Not sure if OU or Oklahoma State are going to make a run at Edmond Santa Fe safety Khari Harding, but it’s tough to see how Arkansas is going to be able to keep the three-star safety. Harding is a physical presence in the secondary and took control of the Lawton game by containing 2014 prospect Ivan Thomas. Thomas is about 270 pounds at running back and Harding was never afraid to meet him head on and make the play. His uncle played for the Cowboys but so far OSU hasn’t pulled the trigger. The situation might be too congested at OU for Harding to enter the picture. The Sooners have many top targets in the secondary.
4. Plano Prestonwood Christian has some bloodlines at the receiver position. 2014 wide receiver JR Reed is the son of former Minnesota Vikings receiver Jake Reed. And 2016 prospect Michael Irvin Jr. is the son of, yep, that Michael Irvin. Irvin and Reed are both already around 6-foot-2 and 180-190 pounds and are receiving heavy interest. Reed said his favorite is Oklahoma State, while he has an offer from UNLV. Irvin, understandably, is high on Miami (Fla.) where his father was a star for the Hurricanes. Reed was injured for Friday’s game, while Irvin had 10 catches for 69 yards and a touchdown.
5. And those Plano Prestonwood Christian receivers have a big-time quarterback throwing them the ball in 2015 prospect Mickey Mitchell. Already 6-8 and 220 pounds, Mitchell was dominant. He was 25-of-37 for 327 yards with four touchdowns. He said OU, Texas and Florida have shown the most early interest at this point. But if you know anything about Mickey, you know he is expected to be one of the top basketball prospects in the nation, too, as a point guard.