2018 Rankings Countdown: 1-10
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Earlier this month, we unveiled the updated OKPreps Big Board rankings. Last week, we published the updated OKPreps 2019 Rankings. This week, we begin taking a look at the top players in the upcoming senior class with the OKPreps 2018 Rankings countdown. We’ve ranked the top 75 players in the state and each day we’ll look at a group of ten, all the way until the full release of the 2018 Rankings comes out. We continue today with players ranked from 1-10.
1) BREY WALKER
OL – WESTMOORE
The state’s top offensive lineman and the top prospect in the 2018 class has had a stranglehold on this position for over a year. The All American is without a doubt the top offensive lineman in Oklahoma and it’s possible he’ll be the highest nationally rated prospect since Gerald McCoy, over a decade ago. Walker made a big splash this summer when he transferred from Southmoore to Westmoore.
2) JOSH PROCTOR
DB – OWASSO
All American safety Josh Proctor is without a doubt the top defensive back prospect in Oklahoma right now. He’s up there with former Jenks safety and current OU starter Steven Parker as far as the best safety prospect in Oklahoma this decade. When you look at Proctor’s game, there isn’t much to complain about. After missing most of his junior season last year, look for Proctor to have a huge impact on the field this year.
3) JALEN REDMOND
LB – MIDWEST CITY
It’s going to take some magnificent performances to knock Jalen Redmond from the top spot of the linebacker group. Even that might not be enough. The Midwest City linebacker is a different type of athlete that seems to have an extra gear that nobody else in the state has. Redmond has only been playing varsity football for a little over a year and he’s already established himself as one of the top defenders in Oklahoma.
4) RON TATUM III
DL – PUTNAM CITY
Putnam City defensive end Ron Tatum III continues to get better and better every time we see the Pirate on the field. He’s a critical piece of perhaps the best defensive line in the state. With the exception of Jalen Redmond at Midwest City, who’s a hybrid linebacker, no other player in the state is more dangerous at getting after the quarterback. We’re interested in seeing what Tatum does this fall.
5) BRYCE BRAY
OL – BIXBY
In most years, Bixby offensive lineman Bryce Bray is the hands-down top offensive lineman prospect in the class. While he’s behind Walker, the gap might not be as big as you think. The Bixby standout continues to get better and better with his technique and ability. He’s always had the size to be an elite offensive tackle prospect. Now he’s got the skill set and the ceiling continues to get higher.
6) CJ MOORE
WR – UNION
Union wide receiver CJ Moore tops the list of wide outs in Oklahoma right now. The last time we saw CJ Moore on the football field, he torched Norman North for three touchdown receptions in the state championship game. Moore has recovered well from offseason surgery and will be the go-to option in the dangerous Union passing attack. Moore’s ability to go up and get the ball makes him a constant mismatch.
7) CASEY THOMPSON
QB – NEWCASTLE
Newcastle quarterback Casey Thompson has been one of, if not the top quarterbacks in the state for the last two years. He made waves this offseason when he transferred from Southmoore to Newcastle, where former offensive coordinator Jeff Brickman is now head coach. Thompson is an absolute playmaker with the ball in his hands. He can throw it, he can run it, Newcastle gets a gem.
8) PATRICK FIELDS
DB – UNION
It’s not a secret that Union is stacked and has been stacked with talent for the last year. Last year, they had an elite defensive back in cornerback Tre Brown. Now they have another in safety Patrick Fields. This year’s Union standout is a fan favorite and has the ability to do a variety of things in the secondary. He’s excellent in pass coverage. However, our favorite thing about Fields is his ability in run support situations.
9) OWEN CONDON
OL – BISHOP McGUINNESS
Bishop McGuinness offensive lineman Owen Condon has been on the radar for several years now. Condon is another top-notch offensive tackle prospect that is very similar to Bryce Bray at Bixby. The McGuinness standout has all the tools to become a solid offensive tackle in college. Condon will be one of the few returning starters on a Bishop McGuinness team that made it to the 5A title game a year ago.
10) JORDAN KELLEY
DL – UNION
While Ron Tatum is the state’s top defensive end prospect, it’s Union’s Jordan Kelley who is the top defensive tackle prospect. This time last year, Kelley was on some radars but a lot of improvement had to be made. Check that off the list. Not only did Kelley improve, he became one of the top defensive tackle prospects in this part of the country. A stellar junior season and non-stop work in the offseason helped that.