Shannon A Top Defender in OU 2011 Class

Last season the Oklahoma football team signed 29 players and was ranked No. 2 behind Florida in the Scout.com team rankings for the 2010 class. And from the looks of things, the Sooner coaches have not slowed down for the class of 2011. To date, 18 junior athletes had given their verbal commitments. We'll take a brief look at the defensive skilled players in the feature.

There was quite a bit of suspense in last year's recruiting class. Much of that was because in the late hours the night before National Signing Day, Dallas Skyline High School linebacker Corey Nelson decided that Oklahoma was where he wanted to play football. While that may have been a blow for one Big 12 program, it was a huge haul for the Sooners.

But it did not stop there. Plenty of other top defensive players were a part of that stellar class, who is in Norman, OK as we speak. Now, with the focus being on the 2011 and even 2012 players as well, the Oklahoma coaching staff has 18 players to get things going for next year. 

Sooners Illustrated will take a look at the defensive skilled players committed for the 2011 Oklahoma team.

Skilled Defense Commits – Linebackers
If there is one area of the defense where the Sooners are solid, it is the linebacker position. After taking three last season adding to an already elite group, Oklahoma seemed to be in good standing at linebacker. Even still, the coaches snagged one commit out of the Central Texas area in Round Rock. Stony Point's P.L. Lindley was an early commit to the Sooners making the call in February 2010.

Skilled Defense Commits – Secondary
Adding to the secondary is a constant in the recruiting world. And the Sooner coaches have hit the Lone Star State for three in the 2011 class. All the players in the defensive backfield are from the talent rich Dallas/Fort Worth area. The headliner of the defensive skilled guy is Skyline's Frank Shannon, who is the No. 10 rated safety in the country by Scout.com. The 6-foot-2, and 200-pound Shannon is a solid in both the run and passing game. 

From Euless, Texas from Trinity High School, Brandon Carter made his commitment in early June. In high school, Carter plays on both sides of the ball, but worked out in Norman at the camp as a cornerback. Arlington Martin's Danzel Williams is a player talented enough to play on both sides of the ball, but defense is where he will likely end up once at Oklahoma. Williams was an All-State performer as a junior.


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