It’s time to update the OKPreps Big Board, taking a look at the top ten players at each position. Wrapping up today, we’re releasing one position group each day over the last 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. We finish up today with a look at the top ten defensive backs in Oklahoma.
1) DANIEL HOWARD
2019 – MILLWOOD
Perhaps no other player in the state qualifies as an athlete more than Daniel Howard. No matter what position he was playing, Howard was making plays all over the field. This fall, Howard will be lining up primarily at quarterback. He finished the 2017 campaign at QB, leading the Falcons to their second straight state title.
2) JAYDEN GARNER
2020 – SKIATOOK
Right behind Daniel Howard for most versatile athletes is Jayden Garner from Skiatook. Garner was so dynamic for the Bulldogs that they would get creative with ways to get the playmaker the football. Whether it’s offense, defense or even special teams, Garner was a must-watch athlete any time he had the ball in his hands.
3) JADEN McDANIEL
2019 – HERITAGE HALL
Jaden McDaniel was an absolute terror for Heritage Hall when he lined up on defense. However, McDaniel is an absolute playmaker and one of, if not the absolute best athlete on Heritage Hall’s team. Don’t be surprised if the Chargers find new ways to get McDaniel involved in every phase of the game.
4) TERO ROBERTS
2019 – ARDMORE
Tero Roberts is the home run threat for Ardmore’s option attack. He is also assigned with shutting down their opponent’s number one option at wide receiver. He does both of those jobs incredibly well and he will have his choice of what he wants to play at the next level. Whether it’s running back or corner, Roberts is a hidden gem.
5) DANIEL HISHAW
2020 – MOORE
Moore has certainly had a tough time during this decade. However, in 2017, Daniel Hishaw put the Lions on his back and they became competitive once again. Hishaw was dynamite at quarterback for the Lions and could end up seeing himself on the quarterback-only Big Board in the future with another good season.
6) BRENNAN PRESLEY
2020 – BIXBY
Bixby’s Brennan Presley was a breakout star for the Spartans during his sophomore season. At first, Presley was Bixby’s shutdown corner making things happen on defense. And over the course of the season, he became Bixby’s home run threat at wide receiver. Whether it’s offense or defense, Presley shined in 2017.
7) NOAH HERNANDEZ
2019 – JENKS
Similar to some of the other prospects on this Big Board, Jenks’ Noah Hernandez is probably best known for his success at one position. That position is running back as Hernandez has been stellar at that spot for a few years now. However, Hernandez could end up being switched to the defensive side of the ball.
8) ELIJAH WRIGHT
2020 – VIAN
We’ve talked about it before but the thing that is most impressive about Elijah Wright is his instincts. No matter what the offense is running, it seems that Wright always knows where the football is going to be. Wright also is a playmaker on the offensive side of the ball. However, it’s his instincts on defense that shine.
9) HUNTER BOWERS
2019 – CRESCENT
Last year, Afton won the Class A championship behind an all world effort from quarterback Wil Amos. This year, history could repeat itself as Crescent’s Hunter Bowers is an absolute stat sheet-stuffer. Bowers is a threat throwing the ball, running the ball and is a terror to deal with on the defensive side of the ball.
10) ANDREW CROW
2019 – REJOICE CHRISTIAN
Rejoice Christian’s Andrew Crow has primarily been ranked as an all purpose running back coming out of the 2019 class. However, you can’t overlook what Crow has been able to do when he lines up at corner. While we still think that Crow’s future is best served as a running back, him showing his versatility will help out.
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