Every week through football season, SoonerNation writer Bob Przybylo will reveal five things he learned while out on the road watching the best in the Midlands area play football.
1. You couldn’t wipe the smile off the face of Dallas Skyline 2014 offensive tackle Ty Barrett. Nobody was more fired up about OU offensive guards coach James Patton being at Dallas Jesuit than Barrett, who is 6-foot-5 and 285 pounds. He had hoped to attend OU’s game last week against Kansas State but couldn’t make it. Powered by Barrett, Dallas Skyline racked up more than 500 yards of offense in a 56-24 victory. Barrett said though he was disappointed about missing the game, he knows he will see OU against Texas and also plans on seeing another Sooners home game later in the season. Barrett said the best relationship he has with any program is with the OU coaches right now.
2. Dallas Skyline quarterback DeVante Kincade continues to prove size doesn’t mean all that much when you can produce on the field. Kincade, who is 6-foot and 180 pounds, became a prospect to watch in March by winning the Dallas regional Elite 11 quarterback competition, and the Ole Miss commit has not stopped since. He was 9-of-12 for 197 yards and three touchdowns and also rushed for 24 yards and a touchdown. He never panicked and made some big-time plays when it looked like nothing was there initially. He is somebody you want to know when and where he is on the field at all times because of that dynamic quality he has as a player.
3. The only person who might be able to outshine Kincade is his teammate, wide receiver Ra'Shaad Samples. Oklahoma State has picked up a great one, provided he can stay healthy. Everything you need to know about Samples was on display on a 90-yard touchdown reception in the third quarter. He caught the ball, made a quick cut and used his speed to go down the sidelines untouched. Samples had three catches for 116 yards and two touchdowns in the game.
4. It was an uphill battle for the Dallas Jesuit defense, but linebacker Jordan Mastrogiovanni did what he could against the talented Dallas Skyline offense. Not the best showcase of his team’s skills, but Mastrogiovanni was pumped to know OU linebackers coach Tim Kish was in attendance. Mastrogiovanni did a good job of always being around the ball. And following his unofficial visit to OU last weekend for the Kansas State game, there is no doubt about his commitment. His No. 1 priority is still in trying to recruit more linebackers to join him, starting with ESPN 150 linebacker Mike Mitchell (Plano, Texas/Prestonwood Christian).
5. The biggest disappointment was not being able to see Dallas Skyline defensive back Cedric Collins take on Dallas Jesuit receiver Jake Oliver. Collins, a 2014 Texas A&M commit, did a good job on Oliver initially before leaving the game because of illness. Oliver, a Texas commit, was able to have a fair amount of success against Samples. He caught eight balls for 99 yards but Dallas Skyline was able to keep Oliver out of the end zone. Both Oliver and Collins had OU offers, and the Sooners were among Oliver’s final choices before deciding upon the Longhorns.