June 22, 2011
Sooner Camp Hot 11: Offense
The Sooner Hot 11 is a SoonerScoop.com ranking, compiled by editor Josh McCuistion. Generally it's a ranking of the top players from each Oklahoma Sooner Saturday but this time we're putting a different spin on things and having a look at the best offensive performers of the Oklahoma's ever talent-heavy collection of prospects for their annual June Summer camp. While unlike previous years running back wasn't exactly a position of strength during the camp position like wide receiver and quarterback featured numerous potential Sooner recruits in years to come. This list isn't necessarily based on who will be the best prospect but simply measuring potential against their performance at the camp.
|11. Marcell Ateman, Wide Receiver - 2013|
Analysis: Some may be surprised to see Ateman at this place on the list but make no mistake with these players, and even the 'other notables' you are splitting hairs as it really was a deep camp full of big-time performances. Ateman is a vertical receiver that will excel using his body and big hands to prevent cornerbacks from 'high-pointing' lob passes. He needs to become more dominant in the air but that can come in time.
|10. Jordan Roos, Offensive Guard - 2012|
Analysis: Roos came in little known and was kind of an afterthought with all the top offensive linemen on hand but after camp everyone kept wondering 'how on Earth doesn't this guy have a dozen offers'. The big man has the physical make-up, and mindset, to play guard but has the feet that could see him work as a right tackle for plenty of teams. Either way if there is a bigger steal on the offensive line in Texas than Roos, we've yet to see him.
|9. Brayden Scott, Quarterback- 2013|
Analysis: When you watch Scott there isn't this violent explosiveness to anything he does, but perhaps that's exactly what we like most about him. Scott always looks so fluid and natural, he doesn't seem to worry about showing off how strong his arm is or really anything other than accuracy. Stop me if that kind of compliment sounds familiar with Sooner quarterback recruits of years past. Scott isn't a huge guy but is a quality athlete who is beyond his years in maturity at the position.
|8. Sam Shepard, Wide Receiver - 2012|
Analysis: There is 'relatively unknown' and then there is 'I never knew this person existed', for those unsure of which Shepard is, I'm not even sure I could find Afton on Oklahoma's map prior to seeing Shepard at the Sooners camp. He showed great quickness, incredible feet and is a very physical receiver that I thought was well ahead of some other more noted in-state receivers at the same point in their career. It's going to take some time but he'll get his due at some point.
|7. Zack Robinson, Wide Receiver - 2012|
Analysis: His lack of an offer to date isn't just inexplicable, it's flat out asinine. It doesn't really matter if you like him better at receiver or as a defensive back, college coaches need to go back, watch some film and pull their head out. Robinson is a difference maker on both sides of the ball and shines in every single situation we've seen him in through the last six months.
|6. Rob Boyd, Offensive Guard - 2013 |
Analysis: One of the guys we most wanted to see coming into camp and he did nothing to temper our enthusiasm. Boyd showed the physical ability to play guard with the feet to be a left tackle, needless to say he may have started the march to place himself as Oklahoma's top offensive lineman for the class of 2013. Boyd is still learning but considering what a jump in talent this was; there is no reason to think there isn't plenty of improvement ahead for the small-school star.
|5. Kohl Stewart, Quarterback- 2013|
Analysis: Stewart wasn't quite as big as some of the other quarterbacks in attendance but he did absolutely nothing to hurt his growing reputation as one of Texas' most talented passers in 2013. Stewart has plenty of velocity and may have thrown as good a ball as any of the tremendously talented quarterbacks in attendance.
|4. ordan Darling. Quarterback - 2013|
Analysis: Demeanor, arm strength, athleticism, you name it and Darling showed a little bit of everything. Some will mistake his confidence for something else but just watching the kid interact with others, he is well-liked by those around him and when you blend that with his natural talents and you're talking about a guy who should climb up some charts with a big year for a top-quality Midway program.
|3. Derrick Griffin, Tight End - 2013|
Analysis: It's a testament to Griffin's talent that being at No. 3 on a talented list like this might have many thinking I've lost my mind. The bottom line is Griffin is a college tight end and while he showed off a ton of ability as a receiver it would have been nice to see him work some at the position rather than simply focusing on wide receiver. But that's no statement on his ability, Griffin is a big-framed guy that has all the talent in the world to be Texas' top tight end prospect in several years.
|2. Quan Jones, Wide Receiver - 2013|
Analysis: Beyond a shadow of a doubt Jones was the revelation of this camp for much of the staff at SoonerScoop.com. He showed incredible feet for a receiver his size and though he has since admitted that he was still getting used to the caliber of play he was facing from some of the talented corners on hand that didn't slow him down from beating several cornerbacks who will be playing college football in the not so distant future.
|1. Jake Raulerson, Offensive Tackle - 2013|
Analysis: It's not every day that a camp gets to host not only a quality left tackle prospect but potentially an elite one and in Raulerson that's exactly what the Sooners got to have a look at on day five of their camp. The long and currently lanky prospect doesn't yet look like a college left tackle but with his feet and frame he'll be a guy that will do nothing but add to his already impressive offer list.
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