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Last week in our OK Preps feature we looked at OG/C Kaden Clay Jackson. He’s currently visiting Memphis and has also recently heard from North Texas and the University of Houston. I believe he has a trip planned to North Texas this coming weekend. We’re hoping he picks up an offer from there!
This week we want to take a look at a 6′ 5″ WR out of Westmoore HS, Dahu Green. First off let me say that Dahu is legit tall. He might not be quite the 6’5″ he’s listed at, but if he’s below it…it’s not by much. He’s definitely all of 6’4″ without shoes on. We had both Ryan Broyles and Yost do evaluations on Dahu Green a while back, but we are just now getting around to posting them.
We’ve also had a chance to speak to Dahu and his mother at length. As a person, he’s incredibly likable. His mother is as well! He has good grades, he’s a great competitor, hard working, etc. But it’s his likability factor that I think gives him just that little extra something that he would bring to a team’s chemistry. He’s the kind of kid that other recruits like, and if they were down to two schools and nothing was really separating those schools, he could be the deciding factor.
While both Yost and Broyles liked Dahu on film, Ryan was over the moon for him. Here were RB’s thoughts:
Good speed for a big guy. Pretty good change of direction as well. He high points the ball effortlessly and with confidence. He reminds me of a guy we all have heard of, A.J Green. He catches the ball with his hands, which makes his big frame even bigger. This guy has the potential to be a day one starter at a Division I school when his time comes. This guy is a jump ball king! I like the way he comes off the ball, head down and running at his defender. He looks to be well coached and his transition into college ball will be smooth. Great talent and will get better his last year in high school.
RB graded him at a 4.4!
Yost’s grade wasn’t nearly as high (3.8), but still had some great things to say about Dahu:
His ability to adjust in mid-air and snag the ball is a pretty thing to watch. He puts his hands in the area where he can secure the catch and make the play. With his size, he’s a great red zone target. OU hasn’t had a big body receiver in a while and Dahu is definitely that. He has good hands and uses them well, especially in traffic. Once he cleans up his route-running, it will make him even better because he will find the open space to run after the catch. With big guys, speed and quickness is usually a problem, but Dahu seems to be pretty fast after the catch on tape. He is listed at a 4.6 forty time. Bottom line is he seems to have all the natural athleticism a receiver his size would need.
Dahu has become a national prospect collecting offers from: Arkansas St, Cincinnati, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Louisville, San Diego St, Southern Miss, Tulsa, Wake Forest, and Washington St. Of all those offers, we feel he couldn’t go wrong playing at a school like Louisville. What Bobby Petrino does with his QB and WRs is nothing short of amazing, and we’re pretty unanimous in our belief that under the right tutelage Dahu has a very good chance of getting drafted.
The question of whether Oklahoma or Oklahoma St. will get involved is still open. As we mentioned yesterday, OU likes Dahu but they took so many big WRs last year that there is a bit of an issue with the numbers at WR. Also, we’ve heard Oklahoma St. is only looking to take one or two WRs this year. What could change things for Dahu, in terms of how he is recruited by some of the bigger local schools, is landing a non-regional big offer.
Super K spoke to a friend yesterday who is tied into Ohio State who said there are a number of people on the Buckeyes staff that want to offer Dahu. However, it’s not a done deal. Ohio State is pretty systematic and slow with their non-regional offers, but the possibility is certainly on the table. An offer like that could really take Dahu’s recruitment to another level. We love it because we like Dahu, both as a prospect and person. But we also love those kinds of offers because national offers coming to the state do a lot for the future of Oklahoma HS football recruiting.
Believe us when we tell you that the reason Oklahoma kids aren’t recruited by more schools around the nation has nothing to do with a lack of talent. It has everything to do with a number of other factors that are too lengthy to get into here. But to see an Oklahoma prospect organically build a big national offer list, especially a prospect who isn’t listed by the recruiting services as a 4/5 star type player, is significant for the future of Oklahoma HS recruiting.
2015 OK PREPS FEATURES:
Week 2 – Dahu Green
Tune in next week for our third edition of the OK Preps feature player. We’ve already got him picked out, and he’s a dandy!