10. Major Cantrell (5-11, 180, Sr.) – Washington QB
It’s hard to say there’s another defending champion in the state favored more to repeat than the Washington Warriors with Cantrell leading the offense. Cantrell may have an advantage throwing to the best 2A receiving corps in recent memory, but don’t let that fool you. He’s a field general if there ever was one. He commands the Warriors offense with exceptional play recognition, experience athleticism and precise throws. Cantrell got the Warriors out of sticky situations with his legs a time or two last year and, in total, boasts a 29-1 record as a starter with over 4,300 total yards accounted for.
9. Luke Milligan (6-2, 185, Sr.) – Lincoln Christian QB
Milligan put up astounding numbers last year in Lincoln Christian’s pass-happy offense: over 3,400 yards and 40 touchdowns on a 71% clip with only seven interceptions. He led the Bulldogs to an 11-2 record and looks to bring a title home this year.
8. David McComb (6-3, 220, Jr.) – Edmond Memorial QB
McComb, a Kansas commit, was born to play quarterback. He’s remarkably sound on his fundamentals and only rarely commits an error on his progressions.
7. Cale Marley (5-9, 165, Jr.) – Rejoice Christian QB/ATH
Marley appeared at defensive back, slot receiver, return man and, in place of the injured Chance Wilson, quarterback the last few games of the season. He accounted for a grand total of 1,900 yards and 27 touchdowns for the year and, when the dust settles on 2023 season, could very well be the most productive overall player in Tulsa County. He has a Tulsa offer.
6. River Warren (6-4, 195, Sr.) – Del City QB
The 6-foot-3 pro-style gunslinger traded in his Kelly green threads and teamed up with 5A rival Del City this offseason, and the anticipation to see his donning an Eagles uniform on Aug. 25 at Choctaw — and a potential McGuinness-Del City playoff clash — couldn’t be higher. From his first day on campus, Del City coaches say the exceptionally talented Warren was a leader in the locker room, in the weight room and on the field. With offers from Arkansas State, Florida Atlantic and others, Warren looks to prove his potential as a Power 5 recruit this year.
5. Grady Adamson (6-2, 195, Jr.) – Deer Creek QB
Adamson displayed exceptional poise as he threw for over 2,800 yards for 33 touchdowns and ran for six scores last year. He was awarded 2022 Central Oklahoma Athletic Conference Newcomer of the Year as he led the Antlers to a 10-2 record and has since earned offers from Tulsa and North Texas.
4. Shaker Reisig (6-2, 200, Jr.) – Union QB
Reisig, who boasts offers from Illinois, Mizzour, Tulsa and others, finished his sophomore campaign throwing for over 2,600 yards and 27 touchdowns. He electrified Edmond Memorial’s defense when he dotted his receivers 24 times on 27 attempts for 418 yards in a Bulldogs thrashing last year. He’s fundamentally sound, mature and has a great arm behind him.
3. Jamarian Ficklin (6-2, 185, Jr.) – Muskogee QB
“Byrd” will once again command Muskogee’s high-flying offense as the Roughers eye perhaps their best chance at a state title in decades. He threw for over 2,800 yards and 38 touchdowns as Muskogee finished 10-2 last year and, make no mistake, it was nothing short of heroic one year removed from a two-win season in 2021. He’ll have targets like Kayden McGee and Anthony Watson to share the ball with. Ficklin has offers from Tulsa, UNLV, Kansas and others.
2. Andy Bass (5-11, 200, Sr.) – Heritage Hall QB/ATH
Bass, who committed to Oklahoma on Thursday, might be the singular most valuable player to his team in Oklahoma high school football. Though doesn’t expect to play quarterback for the Sooners, he’s easily one of the state’s top passers and dual-threat weapons after he completed 62% of his passes for 2,800 yards last year, rushed for just short of 1,000, and scored a combined 45 touchdowns as the Chargers reclaimed the state title for the first time since 2018.
1. Kevin Sperry (6-1, 185, Jr.) – Carl Albert QB
The Oklahoma commit played a full season in Texas 5-6A, one of America’s toughest high school football districts, last year, and you can watch the tape for yourself. It’s hard to imagine Sperry won’t have immediate success for the defending state champions this fall.