November 17, 2009

Dismuke and Brothers, Not the Only Show

DUNCAN, Okla. - The match-up of Guthrie and Duncan brought together two of Oklahoma's top juniors. The fact that the two would face off against each other throughout the game and even knew each other personally only added to the battle between Guthrie's Kentrell Brothers and Dylan Dismuke of Duncan.

The two battled it out throughout but Guthrie's impressive team speed helped them pull off a surprising road win over the Demons, 20-12.

Brothers has been well known since putting together a sophomore season that was the envy of about any high school senior around the country. Meanwhile Dismuke had made his name at several team camps and has built on it with a solid junior season.

The two matched up frequently and while Dismuke's massive 6-foot-7, 285-pound frame took home the majority of victories it's hard to argue that Brothers was anything other than the player of the game.

Not only was he a disruptive force when the Bluejays found a way to avoid lining him up across from Dismuke but he also made big plays in the passing game and even cemented the game in the final seconds on a strange special teams play.

On fourth down with less than 15-second to go Guthrie was set to punt but elected to have Brothers attempt to run out the clock. During the run he was nearly tackled around Guthrie's goal line in what could have set up a chance for Duncan to pull off a miraculous final score.

However, Brothers outran the Duncan defense turned up the corner and nearly ran for a touchdown before being tripped up 80-yards away from where the play begin and probably 150-yards of dodging and diving from Brothers later.

Dismuke also made plenty of plays although they may not be as exciting as the moments Brothers enjoyed through the game. His massive frame and lean build makes it easy to see how he projects as a college offensive tackle, and potentially a protector of a quarterback's blind side.

The two's battle may have been the focal point of the game but was far from the only thing worth watching.

Brothers was joined in the Bluejays receiving corps by Devonte McCully who for the second straight time with SoonerScoop.com in attendance failed to make a catch but did show an ability to block down the field and impact the game even if he wasn't being thrown to.

As McCully is to Brothers, Dylan Laurens is to Dismuke. The talented guard has gone through massive physical growth in the past year and looks to be a player that plenty of college coaches will be having a look at in spite of arriving without much awareness of the 6-foot-2, 275-pound prospect.

Another player that may surprise college coaches is jumbo-athlete Dominique Petties. He is still learning to play the game and to play with the physicality that his 6-foot-1, 210-pound frame will allow but as he stops thinking an starts playing he'll be a late-bloomer that surprises everyone next season.

PROSPECTS:

Kentrell Brothers: Brothers is a quality athlete who showed more athleticism than I saw earlier in the seasin against Ardmore. He caught passes and chased plays down from behind. More than anything he answered some of the questions about lateral speed that I had wondered about for quite some time.

Dylan Dismuke: This was my first chance to watch Dismuke in live action and I can say he cemented himself as one of the state's elite prospects. His frame reminds me of Jammal Brown at a similar point in time but obviously he has played tackle far more to date than Brown had but physically and skill wise it's not as crazy as it sounds. The big blocker didn't get a chance to show off much of his ability as a pass-blocker but watching his feet there is no doubt he is capable of it.

Dylan Laurens: Laurens is a strong run blocker and what he lacks in athleticism and overwhelming stature he makes up for in tenacity and understanding of just how to play the position. The offensive lineman has a chance to be a division one guy moving forward if he'll continue to work on his footwork.

Devonte McCully: McCully is a guy with an amazing frame comparable to that of current Sooner Adron Tennell but in 96-minutes of football I've seen him do little more than block. It's not clear if he is skilled as a receiver or not simply because he isn't just not making plays the opportunities to do so aren't presenting themselves.

Dominique Petties: The big athlete moves well and shows flashes of being a real star if he can figure out the position. At this point he is an overwhelming athlete more so than a great football player but as he develops he can become a dominating force for the Demons.

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