Oklahoma Football Recruiting: The Top 2013 In-State Recruits Who Can't Slip Away
With the 2012 recruiting class in the books, it's never too early to look forward to next year. What positions will be opening up? Where will Stoops and crew look to fill the voids after this coming season?
The current list of in-state must-have prospects for next year is rather small at the moment. A lot will depend on where other big name out-of-state prospects land to determine who on this list actually turn into players the Sooners really can't afford to let slip away.
While there will be a number of top recruits pop up around the nation between now and next year, let's take a closer look at some of the current top in-state prospects.
Position: Defensive End
School: Lawton High School (Lawton, OK)
Weight: 240 lbs.
D.J. Ward is currently the top recruit coming out of the state of Oklahoma for the 2013 class.
He recorded 75 tackles and 11 sacks during his junior year at Lawton. Ward is also the only Oklahoma based recruit in the MaxPrep top 100.
Ward is a quarterback's nightmare with lightning-quick speed off the edge and underrated pass coverage protection. He was clocked in running a 4.59 40-yard dash which is great speed for a defensive lineman.
Watching Ward play will remind Sooner fans of a Jimmy Wilkerson type playmaker that is a sure tackler always wrapping up the ball carrier.
Ward currently has offers on the table from Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Arizona, Tulsa, Oregon State, Texas A&M and Texas Tech with plenty more sure to begin pouring in soon.
UPDATE: Committed to Oklahoma on 4/14/12
Position: Wide Receiver/Defensive Back
School: East Central High School (Tulsa, OK)
Weight: 160 lbs.
Stanvon Taylor is an explosive athlete out of East Central high school who unfortunately broke his ankle in the first game of his junior season.
Taylor is an incredible player with soft hands and a dangerous downfield threat. However, the Sooners will most likely recruit him as a cornerback based off his size. Taylor is a physical defensive back who has great closing speed and can cut on a dime. Bob Przybylo from ESPN has called him the best defensive back in the state.
He has expressed interest in signing with Oklahoma even as a defensive back, but no offer letter has come his way yet.
Arkansas has been aggressively recruiting Taylor though, so the Sooners cannot afford let him wait much longer without an offer or they risk losing a quality player.
Position: Offensive Guard
School: Vian High School (Vian, OK)
Weight: 285 lbs.
Rob Boyd is a highly talented big man from Vian who is quick on his feet. He is the top rated offensive lineman coming out of Oklahoma and has his sights set on two schools: Oklahoma and Tulsa.
Boyd recently attended Oklahoma's junior day and hoped to receive an offer letter, but one has yet to come.
He has received official offers from Tulsa, Memphis and Navy, but stated that his top choices are the Sooners and Golden Hurricanes at the moment.
While Oklahoma has been hesitant to issue too many offer letters to the 2013 class, Boyd would prove a solid addition to the Sooners front five.
UPDATE: Committed to Tulsa on 3/31/12
School: Sequoyah High School (Tahlequah, OK)
Weight: 200 lbs.
Brayden Scott currently has offers from Alabama, Arkansas, Arizona, Arizona State, Missouri, Clemson, Tulsa and Purdue. The school he does not currently have an offer from? Oklahoma.
Scott is a pure passer with a who's who list of offer letters already in hand. In fact, Scott has attended OU football camps since he was in eighth grade that even led to a bond with offensive coordinator Josh Heupel.
Scott says that he dreams about what he could do at Oklahoma, but the Sooners have yet to issue a formal offer as they are being extra selective on QB offers for the 2013 class and are currently holding out for a few other top national prospects.
He would like to be committed somewhere before his senior season starts so he can graduate early and enroll in time for spring ball. If the Sooners have any plans on pursuing Scott, then they had better get him an offer soon.
Position: Running Back
School: MacArthur High School (Lawton, OK)
Weight: 215 lbs.
Darius Graham is the top running back in the state of Oklahoma heading into the 2013 recruiting class. What he lacks in elite speed, he makes up for in hard work and determination.
As a junior at MacArthur, Graham rushed for 1,492 yards and 18 touchdowns leading his squad to the Class 5A state championship game. He has stated that he is committed to improving his 4.6 40-yard dash speed during his senior season.
While the Sooners appear to be stacked at the RB position at the moment, think only back to this past season with the injuries and transfers, and you realize there can never be too much depth.
Oklahoma has a history of slow-playing their in-state recruits, but hopefully they narrow their prospects down and get offer letters out before they miss out on some of the best homegrown athletes the state has to offer.