– BY MICHAEL KNIGHT
The first ever early signing period has come and gone. 27 prospects in Oklahoma’s 2018 class have signed on the dotted line with D1 schools. For the complete list, click here, Now the attention shifts to the remaining prospects that did not sign with schools on Wednesday. The race is on for colleges to fill out their recruiting classes between now and the first Wednesday in February. OKPreps takes a look at some of the best prospects still on the board as we move closer to January. This list is not a ranking, rather it’s sorted alphabetically. The updated OKPreps 2018 Rankings will come out in January.
AK Wilson – Wide Receiver – Union
Union wide receiver AK Wilson is an intriguing prospect because you can see the skill but you wanted to see him take it to the next level during the season. That’s what Wilson did as he was the leading receiver on a Union offense that featured OSU signee CJ Moore. Wilson set receiving records this year for the Redskins.
Coby Tillman – Linebacker – Bixby
No defensive player has been as productive as Bixby’s Coby Tillman over the last three years. After over 500 tackles, 200 coming in his senior season, Tillman has wrapped up one of the more dominant defensive runs in recent memory. Tillman is one of the hardest hitters in Oklahoma and has a motor that doesn’t stop.
Corbin Daniels – Athlete – Holland Hall
Just like Tillman at Bixby, you can’t argue the production. You want offense? Check, over 1,000 yards and over 10 touchdown catches. You want defense? Check, over 100 tackles and led the state in interceptions. You want special teams? Check, Daniels had three touchdown returns in the kick or punt game.
Courtre Alexander – Defensive End – Owasso
Owasso defensive end Courtre Alexander is the top prospect left on the board after Wednesday’s signing period. The Owasso two-sport athlete had a breakout season this fall as a senior, helping lead Owasso to a state championship. Alexander has earned offers from Arkansas and Texas in the last week.
Derrick Shaw – Defensive Lineman – Broken Arrow
The only question with Broken Arrow’s Derrick Shaw is where does he fit at the next level. That’s the only thing that might hold off colleges from recruiting Shaw but when you put on the tape, the questions go away. Shaw was one of the more disruptive defensive lineman prospects in the state this fall.
Drake Stoops – Wide Receiver – Norman North
Another slot receiver on this list, similar to AK Wilson out of Union, some schools might be concerned about the size but that shouldn’t be a problem. Drake Stoops is one of the better route runners to come out of Oklahoma in several years. Stoops reminds OKPreps of former Jenks standout Dillon Stoner, now at OSU.
Elijah Smoot – Wide Receiver – Beggs
Beggs wide receiver Elijah Smoot is another example of a prospect who’s stock is going up after a stellar senior season. Every year, several prospects emerge out of nowhere to become legitimate D1 prospects and Smoot is one of them with the 2018 class. With good size, hands and speed, Smoot will be hard to pass up.
Josh Owens – Offensive Lineman – Bixby
Bixby lineman Josh Owens has been committed to Tulsa since May but has chosen to wait until February to sign. Other opportunities could open up for Owens or we could just see Owens sign with TU in a few months. In a class dominated by top offensive tackles, Owens is one of the better interior OL prospects.
Miguel Fulgencio – Running Back – Claremore Sequoyah
Oh what could have been. Claremore Sequoyah running back Miguel Fulgencio was on his way to an outstanding senior season before his year was cut short due to injury. That shouldn’t stop colleges from recruiting one of the better running backs in Oklahoma’s 2018 class, and that’s what Fulgencio is.
Mike Edwards – Defensive End – Muskogee
One of this fall’s breakout stars was Muskogee’s Mike Edwards. The Rougher standout is right there with Owasso’s Courtre Alexander as a defensive lineman who had his stock soar with a strong senior season. Edwards has a good physical build and has the production to impress with nearly 20 sacks on the season.
Nigel Brannon – Lineman – John Marshall
John Marshall’s Nigel Brannon is a player that has benefitted from not signing. He has been committed to Memphis for several months but chose not to sign with the Tigers during the early signing period. On Wednesday night, Brannon picked up an offer from LSU. Brannon could play on either side of the ball.
Nikia Jones – Wide Receiver – Wagoner
Wagoner’s Nikia Jones has been on the radar since he was a freshman and is one of the top remaining prospects in Oklahoma’s 2018 class. Not only is Jones a big play threat every time he steps on the field, he just seems to shine the brightest on the biggest stage. He’s earned the distinction of just being a winner.
Rusty Rudd – Athlete – Fort Gibson
One of several versatile athletes on this list that did a variety of things for Fort Gibson as the Tigers had a bounce back season. Rudd is being recruited by different schools as a defensive back prospect and receiver prospect. He’ll have his pick of a future school based on what he wants to play at the next level.
Rylan McQuarters – Athlete – Booker T Washington
Did you read what we said about Corbin Daniels from Holland Hall? The same applies here. On special teams alone, McQuarters is extremely valuable. He’s been the most dangerous return man in Oklahoma since he was a sophomore. He also has the versatility to play multiple positions on offense or defense.
Wil Amos – Athlete – Afton
Afton’s Wil Amos is another OKPreps Player Of The Year finalist after an unbelievable senior season that was capped off with a state championship. Amos has had some interest from lower level FBS schools. However, after a season like what we saw this fall, the attention on Amos should really pick up soon.