Varsity Preps

Weekly Sooner State Report Vol. 3



Oklahoma Weekly Sooner Report:

Varsity Preps OK at the 2013 Booker T. Washington Spring Game.


VP Oklahoma was in attendance to watch the bevy of talent the Coach Marvin Dantzler has to prepare this upcoming 2013-14 football season.  As you enter into the storied S. E. Williams stadium you can feel the intensity that greets opposing teams at the threshold of the north gates.  Now with the impressive Nate Harris complex looming on the south end  you can hear the echoes of the Hornets coaching staff  who are looking to regain the status of perennial powerhouse that had been common place for so many years.  With about 400 in attendance the collective thought is about getting as many athletes on the field as possible.


Coach Dantzler will quickly comment on the new attitude of the squad and his band of senior leadership that the club will need to consistently compete at the talented 6A level this season.  Watching the action from the stands it becomes clear that one aspect that the Hornets are focusing on is toughness.  Everyone is in uniform and everyone is eligible for contact in this last spring practice just ask Bennett White 6’1” 190lbs and Cordale Grundy 6’2” 170lbs, who are the quarterbacks for the Hornets but do not have on protective red jerseys.  When asked some of the players admitted that being able to go full speed the whole practice raises the level of awareness, but it also raises the competitive level going into summer pride.


Hornets top talent:


Jordan Brailford – DE  – 6’ 3”, 220lbs – 98 tackles, 11 Sacks, 1 fumble rec for a TD


When you hear the term Game Changer, man-child,  or as Javon Kearse was affectionately known as “THE FREAK”, you know immediately the magnitude of dominance that one has to attain to labeled in such company.  Let me introduce you to Jordan Brailford of Booker T. Washington HS in Tulsa, OK.  While observing their spring game a couple of weeks ago Jordan instantly reminded me of South Carolinas Jadeveon Clowney.  Jordan’s explosiveness of the LOS is unmatched by any prep star in this area in a long while.  At 6’ 3” and 220lbs his frame is more than capable of loading a significant amount of muscle on coupled with some speed training at the next level and I see Jordan declaring as an early entrant into the NFL draft.  After watching his film in which a link below is provided you will also understand the level of dominance that he possesses.  Jordan already holds offers from Baylor, Kansas State, Oklahoma State, Texas Tech, Tulsa and WashingtonState.  The Oklahoma Sooners and Arkansas Razorbacks are sure to be next to offer after showcasing his skills at various camps this summer.   At the speed that Jordan has continued to impress it is not a stretch for Varsity Preps Oklahoma to list him as one of the top 5 prospects in the Sooner state.


Other notable Booker T. Washington prospects:


Jonathan Willis (RB, DE,OLB) 2014–  getting interest from programs such as; Oklahoma, O-State, K-State, Texas Tech, and Tulsa

90 tackles – 15.5 Sacks – 3 fumble rec


Myles Tease (WR, CB) 2014– Myles has tremendous speed in the open field and makes plays on the ball in the secondary.  He will be a major contributor to the Hornets offense.

5’ 10”, 165lbs


Cordale Grundy (QB) 2015– Although Grundy is the Hornets second option at signal caller he already commands respect in the huddle.  Grundy has the arm strength to make most throws but a 6’ 2” and 170lbs he is a little under sized weight wise.  Grundy attended the Tulsa University football camp and also holds an invite to the University of North Texas camp later this week.


TJ Harris (DE) 2015– Harris moves well around the field seems to be able to drop off the line and into coverage well enough to cover big tight ends. Listed at 6’ 2”, 205lbs Harris has the mindset of a BIG HITTER.


Elijah Vice (DT) 2016 – A huge middle defender that is hard to dislocate from the gap.  He possesses great strength at an early stage.  With good coaching and weight training he could be a heavy hitter in the near future.  Quiet Storm as he is known, reminds me of Calvin Bennett another BTW star Defensive lineman now a starting DL for OklahomaState.


Prospects that will make HUGE contributions to their teams in the fall:


Jenks Trojans

Trent Taber at 5’9” 220lbs is the Trojans mainstay and leader of the star-packed linebacker corps has his eyes set on back-to-back titles. Scout top 100 safety Steven Parker (2014) also lurks in this defensive backfield with the ability to deliver punishing hits and has the power to knock receivers of intended routes.  Parker is a safety with a linebacker build and has plenty offers from programs who are looking to add some depth at the Nickel Back.  At 5’10” 180lbs Brett Tye will have to fill the cleats of two big time backs 2012 grad Oklahoma Sooner Alex Ross and Trey’Vonne Barr’e 2013 Iowa Western signee. Tye definitely has the downhill speed of Ross but lacks the full lateral  mobility of Barr’e.


Norman North

Norman North coaches and players took a collective sigh of relief when the news of Senior David Cornwell, the Timberwolves talented 6’ 5” signal caller with a rifle arm being granted an extra year of football eligibility.  Cornwell formerly played at JonesHigh School where he amassed nearly 2800 yards passing last season.  Cornwell participated at the University of Tulsa high school team camps last week and displayed why he will be an asset to Norman North passing game.  He commanding presence in the pocket and ability to read defenses has launched him into the top 5 of pro-style quarterbacks in the nation.


Accommodating the talent at quarterback at Norman North will be. Senior Payton Prince who had an impressive camp also, but what will really stand out about his 6’4” 235lb frame is blocking skills on the edge.  Look for Norman North to make headlines late in the season as the playoff picture starts to take shape.


Edmond Santa Fe

Oklahoma Sooner 2014 commit Justice Hansen has become a household name in the Oklahoma high school recruiting scheme over the past three seasons.  Regarded as the states top recruit at quarterback until the emergence of Norman North’s David Cornwell, Hansen has shown to be incredibly athletic and often times looks like a young Sam Bradford who also has some history with the famed Sooner program.  Justice maybe the headliner in Edmond, but Santa Fe’s head coach Lance Manning has some solid talent on this squad.  Tyler Smith is another senior on the team who will be called upon to make plays in the secondary this season.  Smith listed at 5’10” 185lb defensive back does not possess great speed he just makes tackles and seems to have a good nose for the ball.  Junior Ashton Preston, 5’11” 170lb cornerback has been on a steady pace to push is stock even higher this season.  Preston impressed earlier this spring at the VTO PREP 100 camp in Desoto, TX.  @Varsity Preps South witnessed his cover ability and gave the youngster props with labeling him as aggressive raw talent.


Central High Braves

Mr. Everything DeAngelo Brewer (2014), RB, QB, WR and recent Tulsa University commit for the Tulsa Central Braves will have a heavy task before him as his senior season approaches considering the Braves are breaking in a new coaching staff. Brewer has deceptive speed and runs hard on the edge.  The fact that the Braves offense will go through Brewer is not a surprise for any opposing teams, but what they might not know is just how to stop him from breaking the big play from those various positions.


The Weekly Sooner State Report: Varsity Preps OK- Coach Smith



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