Two out of the Sooners four commitments are ranked in the recent Scout 300. Sterling Shepard, four-star wide receiver out of Heritage Hall in Oklahoma City (OK) and Alex Ross, four-star running back out of Jenks HS in Jenks (OK) are both ranked in the top 100 in the country. Shepard is at #85 and Ross is four spots later at #89.
Shepard is an electrifying talent with the ball in his hands who can be used all over the field. The 5-foot-11 and 170-pound receiver dominated in the playoffs leading his team almost single handily to a state championship even when he was the main focus of the opposing defenses with Barry Sanders Jr. being out with an injury.
Thing is, Shepard may even be a better prospect on the other side of the ball at corner where he shows natural ability at the position and had eight-interceptions with six of them being returned to the house this past season.
Either way the Sooners definitely landed a talented playmaker in Shepard.
Ross was given the opportunity to play running back last season for the Jenks Trojans and after taking over the starting position midway through the year never looked back. The 6-foot-1 and 205-pound running back has plenty of speed and displayed that night after night finishing the season with 1656-yards and 28-touchdowns. Ross runs with a purpose and when he sees a crease he hits it hard and fast. He is that kind of tough downhill runner who the Sooners haven't had since the days of Adrian Peterson.
Last year was Ross's first year to play running back in high school and next season he will be the full time starter at the position. Ross has only just begun to tap into his potential at running back and could rocket up the charts with another big year in 2012.
Here are some of the other Sooner targets that are in the Scout 300.
Dorial Green-Beckham, a five-star wide receiver, stands at #2 on the list. The Sooners are definitely a player in the Beckham sweepstakes however it's hard to get a true read on him with him not doing interviews. Gunner Kiel, five-star quarterback comes in at #17 on the list and is rumored to be visiting the Sooners this upcoming weekend for his second visit to Norman this offseason.
Matt Davis, four-star dual threat quarterback is #37 and is also rumored to be visiting this upcoming weekend. Evan Boehm, four-star center who could also play guard stands at #100 on the list. Boehm definitely likes the Sooners who may even be his top team at the time being. This one looks to come down to Oklahoma and Missouri for his services.
Brian Nance, outside linebacker prospect is #123 has talked about the Sooners since day one. Devonte Fields, defensive end is #150 and could pull the trigger to be a Sooner at any moment. John Michael McGee, center prospect is #171 and it's no secret the Sooners are his leader. Ty Darlington, a center prospect out of Florida has strong family ties to the Sooners came in at #202.
These are just a few prospects that Sooners Illustrated is keeping their eye on moving forward along with others in the Scout 300. And like mentioned above, there is plenty of time for the Sooners to add multiple talented prospects to this class moving forward that we either already know about or will know about soon enough. And with the spring evaluation period about to begin and more offers likely to go out it will most likely be sooner rather than later.