1. Montrell Cozart
Bishop Kelley, 6-0, 260, Sr.
A 2018 All-World and World All-State selection. The nose guard registered 128 tackles, including 47 solos, with seven sacks as he helped the Comets win 10 in a row to reach the 5A semifinals. Had 15 tackles, including six solos and three for losses in a 34-33 semifinal win over OKC McGuinness. Recorded 14 tackles with six solos and a sack in a 20-0 win at Ada.
2. Walker Niver
Sperry, 6-2, 215, Sr.
A 2018 All-World defensive player of the year finalist as he helped the Pirates win the 2A state title. Had 80 tackles and 10 sacks. Helped lead a Pirates defense that allowed more than 14 points only twice in 15 games and posted three shutouts. As a running back, had 356 total yards and eight touchdowns. Produced 10 tackles and a sack plus rushed for the Pirates’ final touchdown in a 35-14 win over Beggs in the 2A final. Offered by NSU, Northwestern State and Oklahoma Baptist.
3. Haydon Grant
Owasso, 6-4, 225, Sr.
Committed to Tulsa. Had 43 tackles and four sacks last season to help the Rams reach the 6AI semifinals. Produced seven tackles with a sack in a win over Mustang. Registered two sacks in a victory against Putnam North. Also offered by Army, Northern Iowa and Western Illinois.
4. Jaylen Moss
Broken Arrow, 6-4, 250, Sr.
Has played in two state finals with two different teams over the past three years. In 2018, had 42 tackles, including six for losses, eight quarterback hurries and a fumble recovery for 6AI state champion Broken Arrow. Had four assists and a QB hurry against Jenks in the state finals. Recorded 98 tackles and 11 sacks over two seasons with Victory Christian from 2016-17. Had six tackles with a sack against OKC Millwood in the 2016 2A state final.
5. Owen Ostroski
Holland Hall, 6-2, 225, Jr.
As a nose guard, had 71 tackles and nine sacks sacks last season. In 2017, had 73 tackles and 11 sacks at defensive end to help Holland Hall reach the 2A quarterfinals. Dutch coach Tag Gross said, “Owen is strong and explosive and capable of playing many different positions. Last year he played offensive tackle for us, but this year we hope to use him as an H- back and tight end because he can really run. He has great hands and is a dominant blocker.”
6. Gage Tacker
Collinsville, 6-2, 210, Sr.
Had 88 tackles with seven sacks and two fumble recoveries to help the Cardinals post a 12-1 record and reach the 5A semifinals last year. Scored a touchdown on a fumble recovery against Rogers. Recorded nine tackles in a shutout over Ponca City. Also a starter on the Cardinals’ 5A state tournament basketball team last winter.
7. Chochee Watson
Wagoner, 5-11, 215, Jr.
Will move from defensive end to noseguard this season. In 2018, had 63 tackles, including 16 for losses, and two sacks. On offense, had 83 carries for 746 yards and nine touchdowns. Wagoner coach Dale Condict said Watson “will be hard for a center to block. He had a terrific sophomore season, a very powerful runner.”
8. Mason Givens
Union, 6-0, 255, Sr.
Will contribute on both sides of the line. Started at offensive guard last season. Coach Kirk Fridrich said, “Mason is an extremely powerful kid, very strong, built more to be a nose guard than to be an offensive lineman. He is a great teammate, he played guard last year and not as much defense because we needed him to, that says a lot about how much the team means to him, I think he has a chance to be an outstanding interior lineman.” Offered by Pittsburg State and Central Oklahoma.
9. Thomas Mason
Claremore, 6-2, 200, Sr.
Returned a fumble 99 yards for a touchdown on a pivotal play in a 5A playoff opener against Edison. Also had a fumble recovery against Skiatook. Had 74 tackles, including three sacks, last season to help the Zebras reach the 5A quarterfinals. Recorded 10 tackles with a sack against Pryor.
10. Devin Brandt
Hilldale, 6-4, 285, Sr.
A two-way starter. In six games last season, had 17 tackles, including 11 solos, with three sacks and four quarterback hurries. On offense, he had 25 pancake blocks, including seven each against Broken Bow and Muldrow. Coach David Blevins said, “Devin is very explosive off the ball on defense and offense. Devin is the leader for both lines and makes all the calls for the ‘O.’ He is an honor roll student and great example of a student-athlete.”