Westmoore wide receiver Dahu Green used his 6-foot-3 frame and raw talent to burst onto the high school football scene as a junior last season.
Green, No. 5 on The Oklahoman’s Super 30 recruiting rankings, hauled in 40 receptions for 700 yards and 10 touchdowns.
Unfortunately for defensive backs, his advantages have expanded.
Now standing nearly 6-foot-5 with a 34-inch vertical leap and added strength, he’ll enter his senior season as a more polished and athletically gifted talent.
“At Tennessee’s camp this summer I got measured at 6-4¾,” Green said. “And that’s flatfoot, so I’m right around 6-5. It’s definitely given me more of an advantage. I’m not going to face any defensive backs that are even 6-4, so now I can catch a ball over some corners without even jumping.”
Green, an unknown talent heading into last season, quickly became recognized as one of the top receivers in Class 6A with four touchdowns in the Jaguars’ first three games.
The most memorable was a five-yard hitch route he turned into a 90-yard touchdown in a Week 3 win at Norman North.
“I’m naturally a confident person, so I knew what I could do coming into last season,” Green said. “But that Norman North game, seeing myself on the news and stuff, I realized other people were seeing how I can play.”
New Westmoore coach Adam Gaylor was well aware of Green’s talent before being hired in the spring. Gaylor spent last season as the defensive coordinator at Broken Arrow, a district opponent of Westmoore.
“We were breaking down film on Westmoore the week we played them, and we saw that play against Norman North and all said, ‘Wow, this guy is really special,’” Gaylor said. “Then they’re playing us and they throw a screen to him, he makes one guy miss and goes 70 or 80 yards. At Broken Arrow we were pretty athletic and could run, and he just ran away from us. To see it live proved how special he is.”
Green, who verbally committed to Louisville in June, has scholarship offers from 14 Football Bowl Division programs.
“He has the best ball skills of anyone I’ve ever been around,” Gaylor said. “He just goes up and finds a way to get the football. I’ve coached Division II, junior college, high school, and I’ve never coached anyone as good at going up and getting the ball.
“He’s still developing, too. I don’t think he’s anywhere close to maxed out. I think his upside is huge.”