Scott Wright: The case for Douglass DE Deondre Clark
Last Friday night, as the Douglass boys basketball team played a home game against Northeast Academy, Deondre Clark caught a pass outside the 3-point line in the left corner of the court.
The 6-foot-3, 240-pound Douglass junior dribbled a few times, between his legs twice, then drove hard to his right, going past a much skinnier defender into the lane, where he floated in a soft left-handed layup.
A little while later, he posted up against a defender, fought through a double-team and scored again.
His basketball skills mirror his football abilities. He has the speed and agility to beat you, or the strength and toughness to overpower you.
His combination of size, speed and power have caught the attention of football coaches across the country. His scholarship offer list literally ranges from coast to coast, starting with OU and OSU to Texas A&M, USC, Notre Dame, LSU, Clemson and a dozen more in between.
Meanwhile, Alabama and Florida are still in pursuit, though offers haven't come yet.
If you're pointing to the differences between elite SEC programs and the rest of the country, it starts on the line. The top teams in the SEC only go after defensive linemen they think can dominate at the top level. Guys who can go play in the NFL.
Clark doesn't only deserve to be the state's top-rated prospect. He'll be one of the top 100 recruits in the country.
Ryan Aber: The case for Edmond Santa Fe QB Justice Hansen
A compelling argument can be made for each of the top three in the Super 30 to be No. 1.
The best case, though, belongs to Santa Fe quarterback Justice Hansen.
First, it's about position. An elite-level quarterback is tough to lure since most teams will bring in just one quarterback every year, if that. Oklahoma State didn't sign a quarterback this year.
Hansen has proved he's worthy of that spot with schools such as Oklahoma, Texas A&M and Arkansas already jumping aboard with offers.
But it's also about performance.
Hansen isn't as tall as the state's two other big-time quarterback prospects but had a huge junior season despite an up-and-down season from the Wolves' offensive line.
The way he adjusted to that made Hansen stand out even more as he showed off speed that helped him both buy time in the pocket and be an effective piece of the ground game when needed.
Hansen has grabbed attention from around the country and was the only Oklahoman on ESPN's recent “25 from the class of 2014 to watch.”
Jacob Unruh: The case for Jenks DB Steven Parker
Jenks defensive back Steven Parker has spent the majority of his career in the shadow of another great Jenks player.
As a sophomore, there was Alex Ross. Last season, there was Jordan Smallwood.
Now, the 6-foot-2, 185-pound defensive back has everyone's attention.
Last season Parker recorded 74 tackles and four interceptions as a safety for the Class 6A champion Trojans, and was recently named SoonerScoop.com's Junior of the Year.
Coaches love his size and athletic ability; Parker is also a standout on the basketball court.
Oklahoma offered him in May and schools are quickly following with Oklahoma State, Alabama and Tulsa making offers. Meanwhile, Florida State has started to show interest, and many more likely will follow.
Parker is the Sooners' top defensive back target, and rightfully so.
And with Alabama coach Nick Saban — who coaches the Crimson Tide's secondary — showing interest, Parker is no longer playing in a shadow.
Instead, he should be providing the shadow as the state's top-rated prospect.