– BY MICHAEL KNIGHT
We’re a few weeks removed from the first ever early signing day for football. We’re also a few weeks away from the usual February signing day. Every week, OKPreps will have a recruiting notebook on all the top stories, from commitments, to visits and offers. Check out all the top stories from the recruiting world in Oklahoma this week.
DRAKE STOOPS TO WALK ON AT OU
Norman North 2018 wide receiver Drake Stoops has decided to stay home in Norman and will walk on at OU in the fall. Stoops picked OU over offers from Iowa and several other D1 programs. When it came down to it, Stoops was deciding between Iowa and the hometown Sooners. He settled on OU and tweeted his commitment to walk on at OU on Friday morning. Drake is accepting a preferred walk on offer at OU but he will have a great shot to earn a scholarship offer, and even some playing time down the line. He’s the top slot receiver prospect in Oklahoma’s 2018 class
Stoops was an OKPreps All State 1st Team selection as a junior, where he was the top target in a high-flying Norman North offense. Stoops was yet again an All State selection this year, he was picked to the OKPreps 2nd Team at wide receiver. Compared to his junior year, his senior numbers took a dip, but they were still among the absolute best in the state. Stoops has caught 35 touchdowns in the last two seasons. He’s also racked up over 2,500 yards in receiving.
The Stoops name is obviously a familiar one at Oklahoma. Drake and twin brother Isaac, another D1 recruit, are the sons of former OU head coach Bob Stoops. Drake will be on an offense that will go against his uncle Mike Stoops’ defense every day in practice. Practices should make for some pretty entertaining moments in the Stoops family.
ARKANSAS CIRCLING OKLAHOMA
Arkansas has a new coaching staff but they’re no strangers to recruiting Oklahoma. Head coach Chad Morris was the head coach at SMU and over the last few years, SMU would frequently offer Oklahoma prospects. Now that Morris is in charge of the Razorbacks, we’re starting to see the Hogs coming after Oklahoma prospects, especially current juniors and sophomores. The Razorbacks have already set their sights on Owasso defensive end Courtre Alexander for their 2018 class, but they’ve recently offered a couple juniors and a sophomore.
Putnam City 2019 defensive end Collin Clay has had a fantastic week. He kicked things off last week by participating in the Army All American combine. He followed that up with three SEC offers. One from Georgia, Florida and Arkansas. The Razorbacks also extended an offer to another OKC 2019 standout. Millwood junior running back Marcus Major is starting to pick up interest in a major way. He earned an Arkansas offer and only more interest from other top programs will follow as we head into the spring. Finally, the Razorbacks were back on campus at Booker T Washington, a school they’re very familiar with. They offered 2020 wide receiver Javian Hester. The 6’4 wideout has the chance to really blow up this spring as his sophomore tape continues to make the rounds.
Arkansas has been a sleeping giant when it comes to recruiting Oklahoma athletes, especially Tulsa-area athletes. When we say sleeping giant, the potential is there for Arkansas to really compete for some of the state’s top talent. That’s what they were able to do five to ten years ago. And it looks like they’re in the process of doing that now.
TOP PROSPECTS REMAIN AVAILABLE
As mentioned, we’re a few weeks away from the second signing period for 2018 football prospects. College coaches will be scrambling over the next weeks to fill out their remaining spots in the 2018 class. Here’s a look at some of the top prospects in Oklahoma that are still on the board.
AK Wilson – Wide Receiver – Union
Coby Tillman – Linebacker – Bixby
Corbin Daniels – Athlete – Holland Hall
Courtre Alexander – Defensive End – Owasso
Dezmond Howard – Athlete – Millwood
Elijah Smoot – Wide Receiver – Beggs
James Palmer – Tight End – Westmoore
Josh Owens – Offensive Lineman – Bixby
Miguel Fulgencio – Running Back – Claremore Sequoyah
Mike Edwards – Defensive End – Muskogee
Nigel Brannon – Lineman – John Marshall
Nikia Jones – Wide Receiver – Wagoner
Patrick Curley – Linebacker – Wagoner
Rusty Rudd – Athlete – Fort Gibson
Rylan McQuarters – Athlete – Booker T Washington