Roy Williams, Ontei Jones, Nic Harris, Tony Jefferson and Joseph Ibiloye are all players who have played in that role at OU during Coach Stoop's tenure so far. Next year incoming freshman Franklin Shannon appears to be headed for the same role.
For the 2012 class one prospect that fits the mold of that description is Jordan Burton who stands at 6-foot-2 and 195-pounds. Last season Burton finished the year with 110-tackles, four-pass break ups, one-interception, four- tackles for loss, three-fumble recoveries and three-forced fumbles.
This past Saturday Burton was in Norman for the first time checking out the Sooners.
"I really like Norman," Burton began. "I felt really welcomed. Most of the coaches knew who me and my teammates were from Longview. I was really glad that they had done their research. Coach Heupel really made us feel accepted. I really liked the atmosphere and the fans. They let us mingle with the players in the locker rooms."
While on his visit Burton got the chance to tour the locker room where he met and talked with defensive end R.J. Washington for quite a while. Washington had nothing but good things to say about the program to Burton.
"He was just telling me about how it would be," Burton began. "It's a brother hood when you get there and it's a lot of camaraderie. Everybody talks about what they can offer but nobody has camaraderie like Oklahoma does."
"They really just look after each other. If one of them fight then all of them have to fight. Also, the fact that they have a winning tradition and their strength and conditioning coach seems to know what he is talking about (he likes). If I do get an offer I can't wait to get there and start working on my speed and agility."
The Sooners are recruiting Burton at both safety and linebacker but Burton did say he let Coach Heupel, who is handling Burton's recruitment know which position he prefers.
"Coach Heupel asked me what I preferred and I told him safety," Burton stated.
The Sooners were actually the first school to show interest in Burton.
"They had sent a couple letters and emails here in there. Coach Heupel has been out to the school a couple of times to see us play. I've met a couple coaches beforehand. OU is actually the first interest letter that I received."
Two schools that are standing out to Burton are Texas A&M and Oklahoma and both are letting him know that they will be out in the spring to evaluate him more.
Oklahoma – "Coach Heupel he said he'd be out in the spring. He'd rather get a good evaluation then. They have that one phone call after the spring and that he will definitely be using it. I don't know if that's offer talk but I am hoping so."
Texas A&M – "Coach Jordan from A&M called me and told me that I am still on their board and not to forget about A&M because he said he will be out in the spring."
Over the summer Burton has plans to be back in Norman to work out in front of the Sooner coaches and plans on working extra hard for a chance to get an offer.
"I will be attending the OU camp. June 8th, 9th and 10th," Burton explained.
If both were to offer it will definitely become a battle between the Sooners and Aggies for Burton.
"It's actually tied with OU and A&M," Burton said about who he likes the most. "I actually gave up the A&M visit to go see OU because we had been to A&M like three or four times. I didn't want to put all my eggs in one basket and the basket just fall through."
"So I was just trying to widen my options a little bit. And I'm glad I did because I really got to see how interested OU was and it really seemed like the interest was there."