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It’s time to update the OKPreps Big Board, taking a look at the top ten players at each position. Continuing today, we’re releasing one position group each day over the next week. We’ll look at the very best quarterbacks, running backs, wide receivers, offensive and defensive linemen, linebackers, defensive backs and athletes. You can also vote for who you think the best player at each position. Voting will end on August 21st at Noon. The winners will be crowned later that afternoon. Be sure and vote daily for your pick and check back each day as we release a new position group. Today, we continue with a look at the top ten offensive linemen in Oklahoma.
1) RICKY STROMBERG
2019 – UNION
The 2018 offensive line class in Oklahoma was littered with offensive tackles. The 2019 class is top heavy with interior linemen and none are better than Union’s Ricky Stromberg. The Union prospect worked primarily at left tackle last season and did well but will move to a more comfortable guard spot at the next level.
2) ANDREW RAYM
2020 – BROKEN ARROW
Broken Arrow offensive lineman Andrew Raym has been on everyone’s radar since starting for the Tigers as a freshman. It’s not very often that a freshman not only plays but starts at a school with the enrollment of Broken Arrow. However, Raym has backed up all the hype with his dominating play on the football field.
3) HECTOR BECERRA
2019 – LAWTON
Lawton has been producing top running backs for the better part of this decade. In order to do that, you have to also put out stellar offensive linemen. The Wolverines have done it once again with the duo of running back Miles Davis and offensive lineman Hector Becerra. The Lawton OL has shown the versatility to play a variety of positions at the next level.
4) ELI RUSS
2020 – PLAINVIEW
Whenever you have a mammoth of a prospect that plays a lower class of football, it’s always tough to figure out if the prospect is truly special or is just bigger than his opponent. With Plainview’s Eli Russ, it’s very simple. He’s bigger than every opponent and he’s indeed a special prospect in Oklahoma’s 2020 class. Russ is absolutely dominating at the point of attack.
5) CHESTER BAAH
2019 – EDISON
While Union’s Ricky Stromberg and Lawton’s Hector Becerra seem more polished, Edison’s Chester Baah perhaps has the highest ceiling of the 2019 interior linemen group. Baah has improved tremendously over the last 12 months and will continue to do so as he heads into his senior season. As he improves, he’ll challenge those other prospects.
6) BRADY LATHAM
2019 – JENKS
Jenks’ Brady Latham was born to be an offensive lineman. Latham is the son of former Sooner Bob Latham, who played center for OU in the 80’s. Brady is a dominating tackle prospect for the Jenks Trojans. Latham is one of the more aggressive offensive linemen prospects in the 2019 class and has legitimate quickness to match with his size and strength.
7) DAXTON BYERS
2019 – DEER CREEK
Deer Creek hasn’t been a hotbed of D1 talent over the last several years but they certainly have one with offensive lineman Daxton Byers. The big man is a force up front for the Antlers and he appears to be one of the stronger prospects in Oklahoma right now. Once Byers has his hands on a defender, that defender is going to go where Byers wants him to go.
8) REY BURNETT
2019 – EDMOND SANTA FE
It doesn’t take very long to figure out why college scouts would like to land Edmond Santa Fe’s Rey Burnett. He’s going to hit you. And he’s going to hit you hard. Santa Fe’s Burnett is one of the hardest hitting prospects in Oklahoma’s 2019 class. He does a fantastic job finishing his blocks and putting defenders on their backs. His initial punch is good enough to pancake some defenders.
9) LAYNE GRANTHAM
2019 – WESTMOORE
We go back to the interior on the offensive line with Westmoore’s Layne Grantham. Similar to some of the other OL prospects from bigger schools, it’s easy to see why Grantham is considered a strong OL prospect. Grantham is aggressive and does not stop until his opponent is on the turf. The Westmoore standout moves well in space and you can probably expect to see him as a guard or center at the next level.
10) TANNER SMITH
2019 – DICKSON
It may be an overused phrase but you can’t coach or teach size. And that’s exactly what Dickson’s Tanner Smith has. Standing all of 6’8, Smith might as well be a mack truck lining up on the Dickson offensive line. If Smith can move a little quicker and improve on his speed just a bit, he should be one of the more hidden gems in Oklahoma’s 2019 class.