Jeffery Mead, Tulsa Union
In high school football, a 6-foot-1 cornerback is rare, even at the Class 6A level. So Mead, a 6-foot-7 Union wideout and OU commit, lines up with a height advantage of six inches or more on every play.
Though Union was working two different quarterbacks Thursday, it was clear that the fade route to Mead will be a staple of the playbook when defenses don't double-team him.
Mead made a couple of impressive catches over the top of defenders, showing an ability to adjust well to the ball while it's in the air.
Eli Hooks and Dillon Noble, Deer Creek
Hooks, a defensive end, always seemed to be in the middle of the play, even if the play wasn't around him.
“His motor runs,” Deer Creek coach Grant Gower said. “He's always around the football.”
Noble booted a 52-yard field goal to ‘oohs' and ‘ahhs' from the opposing teams in the Deer Creek scrimmage. Noble kicked a 58-yarder last year in the playoffs.
“He's a soccer player and he just has great leg whip,” Gower said. “He just goes through the ball. He's probably one of the most consistent kickers that I've ever had.”
Tramal Ivy, Muskogee
Opposing quarterbacks didn't like Ivy last year when he was pressuring them in the backfield.
They won't like him this year, either, but for a whole different reason.
The 6-foot-4, 215-pound Ivy — who has about a half-dozen college scholarship offers as a defensive end or outside linebacker prospect — is playing a roving safety position that allows him to move around the field and make plays.
Ivy was able to come up into the box to make tackles on running plays, and he drifted back into coverage on passes, coming up with an interception.
“I'm free to do whatever I want, basically,” said Ivy, who added a Colorado State offer just a few days ago. “Most colleges are looking at me as a defensive end or outside linebacker to be a rusher off the edge. But safety is fun.”
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