Friday, March 8, 2013
WR Batson, DE Ivy top other Okla. names
By Bob Przybylo
When Oklahoma needs help, it often dips into the remaining in-state talent. The Sooners can do that for the Class of 2014. There are plenty of options.
In the last three weeks, SoonerNation has profiled the OKPreps 14 for ’14, but there are definitely even more targets out there if OU chooses to pursue them.
WR Cameron Batson (Oklahoma City/Millwood): At 5-foot-9, it’s going to be tough for Batson to catch the eye of OU coaches. That’s OK, though, as he already has offers from Texas Tech and Washington State. SoonerNation saw Batson several times in 2012, and it’s clear he is one dynamic playmaker. He had 26 carries for 347 yards and four touchdowns on the ground and added 26 receptions for 598 yards (23 yards per catch) and six scores.
Class of 2014 in-state defensive end Tramal Ivy doesn't have any offers yet.
TE MikeQuan Deane (Tulsa, Okla./Memorial): Tight end is certainly a position of need for OU in 2014, and Deane could be the answer. Not much was known about Deane heading into the 2012 season, but he has certainly become a name to watch as a senior. He went to OU’s first junior day and has the size and versatility to become a big-time target moving forward. He had 24 rushes for 231 yards and six touchdowns to go with 20 receptions for 405 yards and four scores at tight end, averaging more than 20 yards per catch.
S Dylan Harding (Jenks, Okla./Jenks): When SoonerNation was scouting Jenks teammate, Watch List safety Steven Parker, it was Harding who stood out the most initially. He showed great instincts and the ability to deliver a big hit or go back in coverage. Now it’s starting to show as Harding already has offers from Tulsa, Memphis and Colorado State. The Sooners haven’t expressed much interest at this point, but his stock should only go up during the spring and summer months.
DE Tramal Ivy (Muskogee, Okla./Muskogee): Wrong year for Ivy. If it wasn’t for Watch List DE Deondre Clark (Oklahoma City/Douglass), everybody would be talking about Ivy. SoonerNation also got to see Ivy several times in 2012 and came away impressed with his speed and how fast he got off the ball. It was a rough season for Muskogee, but Ivy fared well with 48 tackles and seven sacks. After camping at OU in the summer, there hasn’t been much communication at all between the Sooners and Ivy.
TE Payton Prince (Norman, Okla./North): It’s all about consistency for Prince. At times SoonerNation couldn’t have been more impressed with Prince. He finished his junior season with 40 receptions for 568 yards and 10 touchdowns. Other times, he sort of disappeared. But with OU getting his teammate Jordan Evans for the 2013 class and likely to pursue Watch List quarterback teammate David Cornwell, OU will get all the chances it wants to evaluate Prince as much as possible. Tulsa is Prince’s first offer.