June 4, 2008

First day of Camp dominated by Receivers

The start of Oklahoma's camp may have had the limelight stolen by the arrival of Joshua Jarboe but that doesn't mean the camp was without notable players. There were players at multiple positions that hold college offers. However no position held more top flight players than at wide receiver which featured 2009 potential Sooner slot target William Adams and up and coming 2010 wide receiver Ross Apo.

Adams made his second trip to Norman this year after previously attending Oklahoma's junior day and said that things went well with wide receivers coach Jay Norvell. The Grand Prairie (Texas) South Grand Prairie product has long talked about how fond he is of the Oklahoma program.

Apparently the coaches were quite fond of him as well.

"The coaches were talking to me a lot about how they liked the way I play and that they were really glad that I came," Adams said.

The 5-foot-11, 185-pound wide receiver a prospect was clearly the top senior pass-catcher in attendance. However, it could be argued that he wasn't the top overall receiver.

That honor might fall to Arlington (Texas) Oakridge wide receiver Ross Apo. The 6-foot-3, 180-pound receiver showed off great feet, good overall athletic ability and the type of raw potential that excites many coaches.

Apo, who his father admitted comes from a school most wouldn't readily know about, played as a sophomore at Euless Trinity but left the mighty Texas 5A powerhouse due to the lack of passing involved in the Trojan offense.

As a sophomore Apo posted 27 catches for 331 yards and one touchdown. Interestingly the big time receiver picked up an offer from BYU as just a sophomore with many other coaches talking about joining the fray once they can officially send him a written offer at the start of junior season.

Apo chose to attend the Oklahoma camp because his father said he has taken a shine to Oklahoma. "He would like the opportunity to come here."

While the offensive stars dominated the first day of camp, a couple of local stars held things up for the defense in the form of Edmond Santa Fe star Randy Ponder and Norman high defensive lineman Jack Jewell. Both were solid on the day and while Jewell has a chance to improve his stock Ponder is done with the camp and will be next attending camp at Oklahoma State.

Another defender that emerged as a name to know on Wednesday was Seth Gilkey of a town all too familiar to Sooner fans, Palestine, Texas. Gilkey realized the shadow he walked into when he arrived in Norman, but says that he just wanted to get his name out a bit more and felt attending Oklahoma's camp was jus the ticket.

With the arrival of Gabe Lynn and several other top prospects on Thursday look for much more information from SoonerScoop.com!

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