NORMAN — You’re not supposed to in this business, but two weeks from tonight I’m going to have a heck of a time not rooting for Jakcob Dean, who will happen to be wearing the uniform of Norman High when the Tigers face Norman North in another Crosstown Clash at Owen Field.
Maybe because I’ve been to Bixby the last two years for Tiger scrimmages, where the twos get a good share of work, I’ve actually seen the guy play some pretty strong quarterback.
And, taking over for Zach Long behind center for the Tigers, the year after two-year starter Peyton Gavras finished up at North in the Class 6A title game, you would have thought the time had come for Jakcob to become the dean of prep quarterbacks in this town.
David Cornwell showed up at Norman North, on his way to Alabama, for one showcase season in Timberwolves’ green. He’s only the top prep prospect to come through this town … ever?
I’ll be shocked if 50 years from now, Ryan Broyles isn’t still considered best collegian to ever come through Norman, yet he was never the recruit Cornwell’s been, everybody beating a track to his door even before it was clear he’d have a senior season.
So, it will be difficult not to root for Dean, and not because the Tigers should be seen as some huge underdog. Cornwell is a superman prospect, but Dean’s a plenty good prep quarterback.
I expect a close game.
Also, I don’t expect Cornwell will need anybody rooting for him, least of all me, to bring whatever game he’s equipped to bring first time out of North’s chute.
I don’t expect it because tonight, at Edmond Santa Fe, is only a scrimmage for the T-Wolves and dang if the North quarterback isn’t about the most confident kid you’ve ever heard.