It’s become an expectation for Tulsa powerhouse Booker T. Washington to be loaded with exceptional talent each year.
The school’s alumni list includes three former first-round NFL draft picks – R.W. McQuarters, Robert Meachem and Felix Jones. Current Seattle Seahawks top wide receiver Tyler Lockett and Oklahoma State star running back Justice Hill are also former Hornets.
If you can believe it, the top talent at Booker T. Washington is as strong as it’s ever been in 2018. The Hornets current squad has a group of players with a legitimate chance to be the next alumni shining in the national spotlight on Saturdays and Sundays. Five players – four seniors and a junior – have reported multiple FBS scholarship offers.
That group is headlined by defensive back Dax Hill, the younger brother of Justice. The 247Sports composite ratings list Hill as a 5-star recruit and the No. 1 safety prospect in the 2019 class. He recently verbally committed to Michigan, picking the Wolverines over a group of finalists that included Alabama, Clemson, Ohio State, Oklahoma and Oklahoma State.
Oklahoma State cornerback commit DJ Jones is also part of the Hornets’ senior class. He had two interceptions, 16 pass breakups and five total touchdowns as a junior. Jones is listed at 6-foot-1, 175 pounds, and reportedly has a 40-yard dash time of 4.48 seconds. That combination of size and speed is exceptional for a cornerback at this stage of his career.
Running back Thomas Grayson is another very talented senior on the roster. He’s a former Nebraska commit who also has reported offers from Syracuse, Tennessee, Texas Tech and others. As a junior, he rushed for 1,322 yards and 17 touchdowns. Grayson isn’t the biggest back at 5-foot-11, 190 pounds, but he has plenty of speed with a 40-yard dash time listed at 4.45 seconds.
The Hornets’ top talent in the junior class is 4-star wide receiver recruit Javian “JJ” Hester. He’s considered one of the top 100 overall prospects nationally for 2020. Hester’s offer list includes Arkansas, Iowa State, Michigan, Nebraska, Ohio State and Oklahoma. (Michigan fans are hopeful that he’ll follow teammate Dax Hill and head to Ann Arbor.)
Even with all this talent, Booker T. Washington lost two of its first three games this season.
Don’t be fooled by the 2-2 record, though. The Hornets losses are to North Little Rock (Ark.) and Horn Lake (Miss.). North Little Rock is currently on a 16-game winning streak and won the state championship in Arkansas’ largest classification last season. Horn Lake is the No. 2 team in Mississippi and No. 56 nationally according to MaxPreps.
Booker T. Washington, which is the second-smallest school in Class 6A-II according to average daily membership, has just been playing top competition to prepare for its all-important district games.
The most difficult of those contests may very well be coming Friday at Bixby. It’s a rematch of the 2017 Class 6A-II state champion game, a matchup the Hornets won to snap Bixby’s streak of three consecutive state titles.
The Ford Game of the Week, a championship rematch, will be broadcast live on YurView Oklahoma this Friday at 7, available to Cox Communications customers. It will also be streamed live on Yurview.com.