3. Ronnie Clayton, Checotah, 6-5, 300, Jr., T
Another of Hendricks’ outstanding building blocks on the offensive front, Clayton had 62 pancake blocks in 2013. “He’s athletic, making him a great puller and pass blocker, and punishes at the point of attack,” said Hendricks.
4. Daxton Williams,
Eufaula, 6-4, 240, Sr., TE
One of the top returning defensive linemen, the Ironheads didn’t throw much a year ago when Williams had 11 catches for 146 yards. But he will likely be used more in this role in the fall. He’s also an excellent blocker.
“He’s got great, soft hands,” said Eufaula coach Larry Newton. “He is a big body that is good on his feet. He had several down field blocks that led to good yardage.”
5. Adonis Cole,
Muskogee, 6-3, 240, Sr., OL
Became a starter last year and has progressed well. He finished third in the 6A state wrestling tournament. “In wrestling you need quick hands, footwork, hip explosion, good balance, good leverage, and he had a very successful year progressing in those areas,” said Roughers offensive line coach Jason Medrano.
“Those things help him but more than anything, it’s his aggression that’s made him better, and going to help him become one of the top linemen in the state. Everything he does now, he does aggressively and with confidence. That makes up for any limitations he may have.”
6. Hunter Soap,
Sequoyah, 6-1, 240, Jr., C
“He has good skills for his size,” said Sequoyah coach Shane Richardson. “He has good feet and plays with good effort. He is also our deep snapper.”
7. Bailey Puckett,
Hilldale, 6-4, 275, Jr., RT
Leader on the offensive line. Moves from right guard to right tackle where he started all 13 games last year. One area where the Hornets have experience returning with three starters back, which should help a solid returning ground game.
8. Jared Ragland, Fort Gibson, 6-3, 285, Sr., OL
The anchor of the Tigers’ front. “Very physical, very sound in the run blocking and is becoming a solid pass blocking guy,” said Fort Gibson coach James Singleton.
9. Eric Stepp, Wagoner,
5-11, 225, Jr.
Returning starter for the Bulldogs will make the transition from center to tackle for Bulldogs coach Dale Condict.