<
>
Insider

Oklahoma's talent runs deep for 2013

5/30/2012

Last week the SoonerNation crew hit the road to watch some of the best Oklahoma high school prospects in the state.

Prospects like Oklahoma verbal commits Stanvon Taylor (Tulsa, Okla./East Central) and defensive end D.J. Ward (Lawton, Okla./Lawton) were as good as advertised.

But a bright spot about trips like these is the chance to see some under-the-radar prospects. And there are plenty of them in Oklahoma. Here are some of the 2013 recruits who you can expect bigger and better things from in the future.

QB Joel Blumenthal (Edmond, Okla./Deer Creek, 6-foot-1, 175 pounds): Blumenthal was busy in the spring hitting the camp circuit, and he is not going to slow down heading into the summer.

He participated in two Elite 11 quarterback regional camps (Dallas and Columbus, Ohio). Blumenthal is getting attention from Iowa State, Texas-San Antonio and Missouri dropped by last Friday.

But his best bet looks like North Texas at this point. Blumenthal is expected to visit the Mean Green once again in the beginning of June where he is hopeful an offer will come.

LB Kimmie Carson (Tulsa, Okla./East Central, 6-2, 210): Carson elected to not participate in many spring camps. Instead, he spent most of spring taking ACT preparation courses and hopes that will pay off in the end.

Carson said he is a different player than who he was last season. A lot stronger, a lot faster and maybe more importantly, a lot more focused.

He has an offer from Arkansas State and said New Mexico is very interested. The dark horse has been Arkansas as Carson and the Razorbacks have had several recent discussions.

DE Frankie Davis (Broken Arrow, Okla./Broken Arrow, 6-3, 215): Broken Arrow is more known for its stellar 2014 group of recruits, but Davis and defensive back Cre Moore are making sure coaches remember their name, too.

The interest in Davis has picked up considerably in the last month. He now has offers from Colorado State, New Mexico and Arkansas State. Moore, a cornerback who exploded onto the scene during spring camps, has a Memphis offer.

WR Tevin Foster (Lawton, Okla./Lawton, 5-10, 175): Defensive end D.J. Ward and defensive back Maurice Chandler are getting all the attention, but Lawton has at least a couple more prospects to watch.

One of them is definitely Foster, who will see time at both receiver and defensive back. He has offers from South Dakota State and Dartmouth. Wyoming has been in heavy talks with Foster and could be on the verge of offering, too.

WR Jared Rayburn (Edmond, Okla./Deer Creek, 5-9, 170): Rayburn was supposed to explode during his junior season, but it never quite materialized.

A move to the slot position is exactly what Rayburn needed heading into spring. He impressed as one of the wide receivers at the Elite 11 event in Dallas, which he said gave him renewed confidence.

Rayburn is getting looks from Ivy League schools. However, he is also the son of former OU defensive back Tony Rayburn.

OU offensive coordinator Josh Heupel visited Deer Creek two weeks ago and made sure to have a meet-and-greet with Jared Rayburn.

RB Phillip Sumpter (Edmond, Okla./Santa Fe, 5-11, 185): Sumpter has quietly been picking up more interest in the last couple of months.

He is another player who can hurt opposing teams on both side of the ball at either running back or defensive back.

He is receiving the most interest from Rice and Kansas, and Edmond Santa Fe coach Lance Manning said Sumpter has made great strides in terms of being a leader.

OG Ryan Yost (Lawton, Okla./Lawton, 6-4, 275): OU offensive line coach James Patton visited Lawton’s practice last week. According to Lawton coach Randy Breeze, Patton said the Sooners would offer Yost right now if it wasn’t for the fact that OU isn't pursuing interior linemen.

Yost is a transfer from Elk City, Okla., and said the adjustment was initially tough for him. He feels more at home now.

He was accustomed to being the biggest man on the field at Elk City so he has had to deal with other players being the same size or bigger than him at Lawton. He is enjoying the challenge, he said.