High schools: Super 30 could have easily been Super 50

The strength of this year's class is better than normal.
by Scott Wright Published: August 25, 2013
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photo - HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL: Norman North's Tyler Sipe (18) is congratulated after a touchdown pass reception as the Norman High School Tiger football team plays the Norman North Timberwolves at Gaylord Family/Oklahoma Memorial Stadium on Thursday, Aug. 30, 2012 in Norman, Okla.  Photo by Steve Sisney, The Oklahoman
HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL: Norman North's Tyler Sipe (18) is congratulated after a touchdown pass reception as the Norman High School Tiger football team plays the Norman North Timberwolves at Gaylord Family/Oklahoma Memorial Stadium on Thursday, Aug. 30, 2012 in Norman, Okla. Photo by Steve Sisney, The Oklahoman

Players like D'Angelo Brewer of Tulsa Central, who is committed to Tulsa as a running back, and 6-foot-5, 280-pound Louisiana-Monroe commit Keaton Baggs of Broken Arrow didn't even crack the list. In a normal year, they'd be top 20.

Others like Tre Betts of Sand Springs and Tyler Sipe at Norman North are starting to gather offers, but there are just too many players above them for them to shine through as a top-30 guy.

This is the time of year when under-the-radar prospects begin to gather attention.

Tulsa Union running back Justin Silmon could be one of those guys after the 190-pounder's impressive showing in the scrimmage at Mustang last week.

Speaking of Mustang, the Broncos have a pair of linemen — 6-foot-5, 295-pound Tristan Hill on offense and 6-foot, 280-pound Xavier Whitehead on defense — who will catch some looks once their senior game tape begins to circulate.

Don't forget the small-school guys who occasionally break through. Dibble's Tazden Jevons is the perfect example. The 220-pound linebacker prospect already has New Mexico in pursuit, and more could come as he shows his ability against a tough 2A schedule.

And there's probably a dozen or more other players in the 2014 class who will be in serious contention for a Division I opportunity.

Probably a few we don't even know about yet. The next Super 30 update will come between the end of the season and signing day in February. We might need to make it a Super 75 by then.

by Scott Wright
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A lifelong resident of the Oklahoma City metro area, Scott Wright has been on The Oklahoman staff since 2005, covering a little bit of everything on the state's sports scene. He has been a beat writer for football and basketball at Oklahoma and...
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