The high school football season kicked off across the country this past weekend, and members of Oklahoma State’s 2023 class had some standout performances.
Overall, OSU commits went 6-4 this past weekend. Here is a look at how the commits fared. Stats are via MaxPreps (not every game has stats reported). If the player has a Hudl highlight from the week, it’ll be included as well.
Jelani McDonald / ATH (DB) / Waco Connally (1-0) / Texas
Since committing to Oklahoma State on July 1, Jelani McDonald’s stock has soared, and it’s easy to see why with how he performed Friday. McDonald, who will be a defensive back at Oklahoma State, plays quarterback and safety for Waco Connally as the Cadets thumped Mexia 65-20.
Playing all over the field, McDonald, listed at 6-foot-2, 190 pounds, was 2-for-4 in the passing game with 48 yards and a pair of scores. He rushed for another 50 yards and a touchdown. Defensively, he had a pair of sacks and an interception. He also had an 86-yard kickoff return.
Zane Flores / QB / Gretna (1-0) / Nebraska
Zane Flores, Oklahoma State’s quarterback commit, was dealing against Burke, as Flores’ Gretna Dragons advanced to 1-0 with a 44-0 victory. Flores finished 12-for-17 with 163 yards, three touchdowns and an interception.
Jaedon Foreman / DL / Del City (1-0) / Oklahoma
A defensive line prospect for the Cowboys, Jaedon Foreman’s main highlight from the weekend came as a tight end, where he caught a post route for a touchdown. Del City won a tough game against Choctaw 38-34. Foreman had the one catch for 20 yards and a score. He was also credited with four tackles.
Camron Heard / ATH (WR) / Furr (1-0) / Texas
Like McDonald, Heard plays quarterback at the high school level. Heard, who will be a receiver in Stillwater, led Furr to a 61-0 shellacking over Chaves. Heard was 6-for-9 with 77 passing yards and a touchdown, but he also ran for another 134 yards and three scores (on only six carries, according to MaxPreps).
Kam Franklin / DB / Oak Grove (0-1) / Louisiana
There weren’t any stats reported from Oak Grove’s 14-6 loss to Ouachita Parish, but OSU safety commit Kam Franklin uploaded a good-sized highlight film that showed him get involved in a handful of tackles, including some for loss.
Dylan Smith / DB / Braswell (1-0) / Texas
Dylan Smith, brother of current Cowboy Cam Smith, was victorious in his first game of the season as Braswell defeated Eaton 45-20. Defensive stats weren’t reported to MaxPreps, but Smith’s highlights from the game show a gnarly forced fumble/fumble recovery. It looked like Kolby Harvell-Peel in the Fiesta Bowl.
Poasa Utu / LB / Kennedale (0-1) / Texas
It was a tough start to the year for Poasa Utu’s Kennedale High School, which fell to La Vega 34-7. Still, Utu tied for a team-high with 10 tackles, including three tackles for loss and a sack. He was also credited with 91 kickoff return yards (is that a misprint?).
Jack Endean / OL / Tanque Verde (0-1) / Arizona
Jack Endean, a 6-foot-5, 270-pound offensive lineman, showed a mean streak in his first game of the year. He got a flagged tossed on him during his first highlight for playing through the whistle as he drove helpless defenders all around the field. His team, though, starts the year with a notch in the loss column as Tanque Verde fell to Morenci 44-0.
Ricky Lolohea / DL / Trinity (0-1) / Texas
It the first game in the post-Ollie Gordon era, Euless Trinity fell to Prosper 17-13. Defensive stats for the game weren’t reported, but OSU defensive line prospect Ricky Lolohea had a few highlight tackles as he stuffed up the line of scrimmage.
JaKobe Sanders / OL / Stillwater (1-0) / Oklahoma
Stillwater High is looking to make a run at a 6A-II state title in 2022, a run that seems more realistic with Bixby out of the classification. The Pioneers started their season with a 41-27 victory against Greenwood (Arkansas). Sanders plays center, where he snaps to Gage Gundy, the youngest of Mike Gundy’s children.