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The calendar has flipped to August and it’s time to start looking at the 2020 season. Continuing today, OKPreps will have new content dropping every day, leading up to the start of the 2020 season. Today, we’ll take a look at the top 25 prospects in Oklahoma’s 2023 class. Stay tuned for our 2022 rankings on Thursday and our 2021 rankings on Friday. You can check out the complete content schedule at the bottom of the post.
1) Jacobe Johnson – 6’3 – 185 Pounds
Athlete – Mustang
It’s been a busy spring and summer for Johnson as he’s blown up as the next big thing in Oklahoma. His brightest future might be on the defensive side of the ball, where he was just special in 2019. By the way, he’s also one of the best basketball prospects in the 2023 class as well.
2) Jonathan Ashford – 6’5 – 325 Pounds
Offensive Lineman – Edmond Santa Fe
As far as offensive lineman prospects, Jonathan Ashford checks just about every box when it comes to the physical traits you want. As a freshman, lining up at right tackle, Ashford was a complete force on the line of scrimmage. What’s scary is how much he can still develop.
3) Jaedon Foreman – 6’4 – 250 Pounds
Athlete – Del City
When you watch Jaedon Foreman explode on the line of scrimmage, it almost surprises you. Based on his size, he shouldn’t be able to move that quick, but he has and it’s scary for opposing linemen. If he continues to grow his game, especially on defense, he’ll be great.
4) Kanijal Thomas – 6’0 – 170 Pounds
Defensive Back – Del City
Thomas is on a Del City defense that is absolutely loaded with talent and he was able to break in as a freshman. Thomas is a great defender against the pass but don’t overlook his abilities in the run game. Thomas loves to hit and is fun to watch when he helps in run support.
5) Rickey Hunt Jr. – 6’0 – 175 Pounds
Running Back – Millwood
We can’t wait to see Rickey Hunt back on the field for Millwood. The young dynamic player had his season cut short in 2019. But it was clear after just two games that he was going to be the next big thing at Millwood. He’s a dynamic runner that has all the tools to be special.
6) Jaiden Carroll – 5’10 – 180 Pounds
Running Back – Booker T Washington
It’s not very often that a freshman makes an impact for Booker T Washington but Jaiden Carroll was the exception in 2019. Because of injuries, Carroll ended up being the go-to back and he didn’t back down. He reads blocks well and has the quick burst to explode at the line of scrimmage.
7) Kaden Stanton – 6’5 – 285 Pounds
Offensive Lineman – Beggs
Stanton has a great physical frame but it is his athleticism that jumps off the pages with us. He has the ability to be a complete monster on the line of scrimmage. He’s dominant in the run game and he has quick enough feet to be an excellent pass blocker as well.
8) Kaden Jones – 6’4 – 240 Pounds
Defensive Lineman – Mustang
Jones’ tape was a fun one to watch as it’s pretty easy to tell that he was just stronger than the majority of his opponents last year. He uses that combination of size and power to just bully opponents. What could be scary is if he continues to grow, move to tackle and still has that speed.
9) RJ Jackson – 6’4 – 220 Pounds
Athlete – Choctaw
The prospect that might have the highest ceiling in the top ten is Choctaw’s RJ Jackson. This young player has the chance to be one of the best in the class when it’s all said and done. However, he has to go out and back up the hype on the field. He appears to have all the tools needed to do so.
10) JaKobe Sanders – 6’3 – 290 Pounds
Offensive Lineman – Stillwater
While this class has a couple dominant offensive tackle prospects, it looks like Stillwater’s JaKobe Sanders is the top interior lineman. As a freshman, he helped pave the way for the Pioneers’ potent offense. He certainly did not look like a freshman, which is scary to think what he can be in the next three years.
11) Mason Ford – 5’10 – 170 Pounds
Athlete – Coweta
Coweta’s Mason Ford was one of the more productive freshmen in Oklahoma last season. He made an impact as a wide receiver and was also a shutdown corner on defense. He also made an impact in the return game. Ford was at his best when the lights were brightest in the big games.
12) Emmanuel Crawford – 6’0 – 170 Pounds
Running Back – Grove
Crawford’s freshman tape was home run after home run as the young playmaker could score from all over the field. He has great size for his position and showed plenty of times that he has the speed to outrun everyone on the opposing defense. He has the chance to be pretty special.
13) Steele Wasel – 6’3 – 190 Pounds
Quarterback – Choctaw
There is a lot of hype around this young quarterback and rightfully so. When it comes to looking the part, Steele Wasel checks all the boxes. As for his game, the hype is real as well. He has a great arm and does a good job of keeping his eyes down field while avoiding the rush.
14) Parker Andrews – 6’4 – 215 Pounds
Athlete – Norman North
Another prospect that has a lot of hype and rightfully so as we look at his potential this season. More times than not, Andrews was simply dominating against opponents. With his big frame and quickness, he was an absolute terror last season. Now it’s time to be consistent against varsity competition.
15) Michael Taffe – 6’0 – 170 Pounds
Athlete – Millwood
Taffe was an impact player for Millwood at quarterback in 2019. He’s a dynamic athlete who has the quickness and speed to run away from a defense. But he also made plenty of plays with his arm last fall. He has the ability to keep a play alive with his feet and beat a defense with his arm.
16) Morgan Pearson – 6’2 – 200 Pounds
Athlete – Plainview
Plainview loses one big time playmaker in Blake Nowell but Morgan Pearson might be that next big thing. He has a lot of similarities in his game and will get his chance to make headlines this fall. However, his brightest future might be on the baseball diamond, where he’s already getting recruited by D1 programs.
17) Cole Adams – 5’11 – 170 Pounds
Wide Receiver – Owasso
Adams earned the trust of the Owasso coaches early on and was an absolute playmaker for the state champs as a freshman. He was a home run threat from the slot and was catching anything near him. What makes Adams special is his leaping ability and he simply shows no fear to contact.
18) Evan Keefe – 6’3 – 240 Pounds
Athlete – Hilldale
Hilldale’s Evan Keefe has a great physical frame for a lineman and then you add the fact that he’s already one of the strongest players on his team. He has the ability to just bully opponents on both sides of the line of scrimmage. However, we can’t help but lean to the defensive side of the ball as he’s an absolute freight train.
19) Mason Willingham – 6’1 – 175 Pounds
Quarterback – Skiatook
Willingham has the chance to be a special quarterback prospect if he continues to develop. He didn’t play like a freshman in 2019 and made plenty of plays with his arm and legs. He was a dynamic player who torched defenses in a variety of ways. With confidence, he’ll only get better.
20) Kollin Ritchie – 6’2 – 190 Pounds
Defensive Back – Atoka
Atoka’s Kollin Ritchie has the chance to be a very special prospect in this class. As a freshman, Ritchie was an instant impact player for Atoka in 2019. Despite being a young cat, he was one of the best ball hawks in Oklahoma. He’s also fantastic in the open field and can make the tackle.
21) Malek Murphy – 6’0 – 200 Pounds
Running Back – Chickasha
Chickasha has high expectations as they head into the 2020 season and one of the reasons has been the growth of a young running back that they’re very excited about. Malek Murphy has the potential to be one of the more instant impact players in 2020. He’s a name to watch this fall.
22) Carson Trimble – 6’1 – 175 Pounds
Quarterback – Grove
Trimble’s freshman tape was fun to watch as the young quarterback was given the green light to air it out. He has great touch on the deep ball and is accurate with his throws. And when he needed to, he could beat a defense by tucking the ball and running.
23) Noah Rosko – 6’2 – 255 Pounds
Offensive Lineman – Mustang
The only reason we have Rosko down here is because we want to see him consistently against varsity competition. He has the chance to be a very special lineman on the interior of the offensive line. If he keeps the nasty streak he played with last year, he’ll be special.
24) Camden Crooks – 6’1 – 180 Pounds
Wide Receiver – Cushing
Cushing’s Camden Crooks was one of the more productive freshman wide receivers in Oklahoma. Crooks made an impact immediately in 2019 and will only get better. He was an absolute home run threat but also has the ability to get physical in the run game as well.
25) Diego Ramos – 6’2 – 170 Pounds
Defensive Back – Vian
Vian’s Diego Ramos broke into the lineup on a terrific Vian team that was loaded with talent. Ramos looks like he has a bright future on the defensive side of the ball. His growth this offseason will be key to watch as the Wolverines have the chance to be very special in 2020.
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