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 defensive linemen in Oklahoma.
1) COLLIN CLAY II
2019 – PUTNAM CITY
Putnam City had one of the top defensive linemen in the 2018 class with Ron Tatum and look no further than the Oklahoma City school for the next best pass rusher. Collin Clay II is a force up front for the Pirates and has had a terrific offseason as he has emerged as one of the top defensive ends in this part of the country.
2) COLE MASHBURN
2019 – NORMAN NORTH
Norman North’s Cole Mashburn has been on the radar for a little over a year now. Mashburn showed an immense amount of versatility when Norman North made it to the title game in 2016. However, it appears to be his abilities on the defensive side of the ball, and at defensive end that has most colleges interested in his services.
3) DEMECO ROLAND
2019 – BROKEN ARROW
Last year, Broken Arrow was led defensively by Derrick Shaw. This year, look to the defensive line again with Demeco Roland. The Broken Arrow standout is bigger then Shaw and is nasty up front for the Tigers. Roland rarely gets beat by the man in front of him and when he does, he doesn’t make a habit of losing too many times.
4) LORENZO JONES
2019 – MOUNT SAINT MARY
This ranking may be a surprise some but the potential with Lorenzo Jones is why he’s so high on the defensive linemen Big Board. Jones is an absolute freak athletically and with the right coaching and tutoring, could develop into a big time pass rusher. Right now, he’s still very raw but the ceiling on where he could end up is what’s worth looking at.
5) DARRIAS MURDOCK
2019 – UNION
Union’s Darrias Murdock will now have eyes on him after the graduation of Jordan Kelley, who’s now at OU. Murdock learned a lot from Kelley over the past 12 months and will now take that approach into this season. Murdock is taller than Kelley but will need to use speed and quickness to get around some bigger interior linemen.
6) NIKALE DAVIS
2020 – WESTMOORE
Westmoore graduated a bunch of talent on the offensive side of the ball but Nikale Davis looks to become a leader of the Jaguar defense. Davis emerged last fall as a playmaker for the Jags and has had a stellar offseason. Coaches around the OKC area have nothing but positive things to say about the abilities of Davis and what he could end up being.
7) BRYNDEN WALKER
2020 – BISHOP McGUINNESS
One of several prospects on this list that when it’s all said and done, could end up being much higher. Brynden Walker is an absolute beast up front for McGuinness and this could be a breakout season for the Irish pass rusher. Walker is quick, physical and dangerous at the point of attack. The upside on Walker is through the roof.
8) ISAIAH McGUIRE
2019 – UNION
Union has not one, but two defensive linemen that have emerged this offseason. Isaiah McGuire has everything you want from a defensive lineman when it comes to the physical attributes. Now that he’s headed into his senior season and more will be asked of him, he can have a chance to really shine on a star-studded team.
9) ELIJAH MANUEL
2019 – MIDWEST CITY
One of the earliest 2019 prospects in Oklahoma to receive a D1 offer was Midwest City’s Elijah Manuel. While things certainly cooled off after a hot start, the play on the field has not. Manuel has shown an ability to become extremely versatile. With Jalen Redmond now at OU, Manuel will have the chance to become the Bombers’ marquee pass rusher.
10) JAYLEN MOSS
2020 – BROKEN ARROW
Continuing a theme like with Jones at Mount Saint Mary or Walker at Bishop McGuinness, Jaylen Moss finds himself here because of an immense amount of potential. Moss has all the physical tools to become one of the more elite pass rushers in the Tulsa area and we started to see shades of that in 2017. If he picks up where he left off, watch out.
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