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 have to give a lot of credit to three-star athlete Dominique Alexander (Tulsa, Okla./Booker T. Washington). His senior season has been an absolute disaster in terms of team success, but he hasn’t given up. His spirited efforts this season have to be a reason why Oklahoma came knocking on his door and offered him. He was everywhere on the field in a 48-21 loss to Tulsa (Okla.) Union. There's still a question of which position the Arkansas commit will play in college, but he’s going to make an impact somewhere. He has more than 100 tackles and will most likely play the final game of his high school career this week as Tulsa Booker T. is unlikely to make a playoff run.
2. While Alexander has crept up OU’s board, three-star prospect and OU commit Dalton Rodriguez (Tulsa, Okla./Union) is quietly going about his business. Rodriguez didn’t see much time at all in the blowout victory as it was actually 42-0 in the third quarter before Tulsa Union took its foot off the gas pedal. In his limited time, Rodriguez had seven tackles, including two for loss. He also has six sacks this season. Rodriguez still hasn’t played a second at offensive tackle so the defensive end/offensive tackle question will linger on until he hits campus.
3. With all the early talk about Edmond Santa Fe and Broken Arrow, right now Tulsa Union and Jenks are proving they’re once again the two best teams in the state. Jenks has been outright dominant in winning seven in a row. After a hiccup to Owasso, Tulsa Union has found its groove. The Redskins, the four-time defending state champions, are in a rare spot and will have to go on the road in the second round of the playoffs. But right now it’s tough to imagine the gold ball not being hoisted by Jenks or Tulsa Union once again.
4. Tulsa has hit Tulsa Union for a pair of commits in wide receiver Kahlid Kornegay and three-star fullback/tight end Chris Hall. There is no question OU has hit the in-state recruits hard and has pulled off the commits for the top prospects. But it has been Tulsa and not Oklahoma State who has become the clear No. 2 for this year’s class with in-state recruits. Hall is somebody who has improved immensely since the spring and might end up being a big-time steal by the time he hits campus.
5. Two Tulsa Union prospects to keep tabs on moving forward are 2014 wide receiver Jeffery Mead and 2015 running back Terrel Buchanan. Mead is 6-foot-7 and 168 pounds and is starting to look more and more comfortable at wide receiver with each game. Buchanan saw varsity time as a freshman which is pretty impressive at Tulsa Union. He is slowly starting to get more and more carries and had another touchdown in the blowout of Tulsa Booker T. Buchanan camped at OU in June.