Five OU Commits Enroll Early

Five commits off of's second highest rated recruiting class - Kenny Stills, Tony Jefferson, Bronson Irwin, Austin Woods, and Sheldon McClain - have all got an early start on their college careers by enrolling early at the University of Oklahoma.

Classes started back up in Norman for the Spring semester today and five new faces can be found roaming the halls.

Oklahoma continued its trend of trying to bring in as many early enrollees as possible so that they can get a head start on their college careers by being able to participate in Spring practices.

Last year OU also brought in five players early (Drew Allen, Jaydan Bird, Tom Wort, Ronell Lewis, Javon Harris).

Let's break down the players that OU has brought in to the fold this year:

OG Bronson Irwin (6-5, 315):

Irwin has been a rock along the offensive line for Mustang High and he will be bringing in an intensity that will rival some of the veterans on the current team. He could play offensive guard or tackle for the Sooners. recognizes him as a 4-star talent and member of the Top 100 and he also ranks as the 3rd best offensive guard prospect in the country behind Jake Matthews and Christian Lombard.

Irwin starred in the Offense-Defense All-American Bowl and helped clear the path to a 35-0 victory for the West squad ending a two-year drought for the team.

WR Kenny Stills (6-1, 175):

Like Irwin Stills was also one of the top players in the Offense-Defense All-American Bowl, and while he did not put up staggering statistics his speed caught the eyes of the scouts in attendance. Stills is a 5-star recruit and is also a member of the Top 100.

His speed was also evident at the All-American Combine in Los Angeles where he posted a blistering 4.36 40-yard dash, earning him the distinction of being the fastest player I have ever seen run with my own two eyes.

Stills will be entering an almost ideal situation at OU because the Sooners need a big playmaker to compliment Ryan Broyles. DeJuan Miller came on strong at the end of the year, but with a solid showing in the Spring Stills should find himself with meaningful reps come Fall.

S Tony Jefferson (6-0, 210):

Jefferson, a 4-star prospect at OLB, is the third member of the Top 100 that has enrolled early at OU and he is a versatile player that did it all for Eastlake High (Cali.) in high school. He was one of the best running backs on the West Coast, but his future is on defense at OU.

Jefferson was selected to and played in the U.S. Army All-American Bowl. He played safety and linebacker in that game and looked great in run support, but he suffered an AC Joint Sprain in the last game of his prep career and that may have slowed him in some of the full contact drills, but still he made an impression on the scouts in attendance at times.

Jefferson should definitely merit a look on special teams in ‘10 but with the departure of Dominique Franks to the NFL he could wind up being in the mix to play some at safety, especially if Jonathan Nelson moves back out to his original cornerback position.

C Austin Woods (6-5, 295):

Woods is the third early enrollee that played in the Offense-Defense All-American Bowl and he played well all week earning him the distinction of being one of the best natural centers in America. He is also a member of the Top 300 and a 4-star recruit.

Woods picked OU over in-state rival OSU after getting the chance to work with OU OL coach James Patton at the Sooners Elite Summer Camp. Woods felt real comfortable with coach Patton and looks forward to playing under him in Norman.

Woods was a key part of the class because after starter Ben Habern the Sooners do not have a true scholarship center on its roster. So Woods may find himself getting a lot of early action as the reps could be plentiful. He will also be able to add immediate depth at a clear position of need.

WR Sheldon McClain (6-2, 180):

McClain checks in as a 3-star wide receiver prospect and ranks as then No. 86 receiver in the country according to

McClain was one of the first players to pull the trigger on a commitment to the Sooners for the Class of 2010, a class that currently sits second in the team rankings amongst all college programs on the recruiting rankings list.

McClain's early enrollment may pay huge dividends as he was forced to miss virtually his entire senior season due to a torn ACL. Coming in early will allow him to train in a college level training program and should help him adjust to the speed of actually playing football again.

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