NORMAN, Okla. — Some 450 campers made it to Norman today, the first day of the Sooners annual summer camp schedule. June 2-4 and 7-9 are for high school athletes, while sandwiched in between are three days for the little guys.
The big buzz at day one of the camp centered on the appearance of Adrian Peterson of Palestine, Texas, the number one running back in Texas and quite possibly the number one running back in the country. For those who feel OU doesn't have a real chance for Peterson, this was Peterson's second visit to Norman and this time he brought his family. He didn't work out for the Sooners, but quite frankly he doesn't need to workout for anybody. Every college coach in the country knows what this franchise running back can do.
Making the tour with Peterson today was his mom, step dad and his mentor, and all seemed to have a great time. They spent the entire day in Norman and looked to enjoy their experience. Peterson was in a great mood and he should be after running the 200-meters recently at 20.9 seconds, and that was at 210 pounds. That is moving and at his size is scary.
Oklahoma has made this recruiting race very tight and for a player that was once considered a Texas lock. The battle for Peterson now seems to be a dogfight between OU, Texas and don't rule out Texas A&M. You also can't rule out LSU and Georgia for this Eddie George clone, but in the end OU will battle the Longhorns and Aggies for his services.
Another super player at the first day of camp was Austin, Texas wide receiver Fred Strong. As promised, Strong went to the Texas camp yesterday and made it into Norman late this afternoon. He will stay for most of the day on Tuesday.
It will be real interesting to watch what Strong does on Tuesday, because he did not receive the offer he was looking for from Texas on Sunday. Strong went to the Texas camp to once again meet with Longhorn Head Coach Mack Brown, and once again he came away disappointed. The Sooners will work Strong hard on Tuesday to see if he is really hurt by the Texas snub.
Another receiver drawing attention from the Sooners is Hillsboro, Texas star D.J. Massey. The problem for Massey is that he is only 5'9, 160-pounds, and the Sooners are recruiting a number of receivers nationally who are higher-rated and have better size and speed. Massey will earn a D-1 scholarship, but it won't be from Oklahoma unless the Sooners strike out on a number of other wide receivers.
Linebacker Colt Mahan of Keller, Texas goes 6'1, 200, but dazzled the Sooner coaches with the fastest shuttle of the day at 3.8 and a 4.5 forty. However, his size is a concern and considering the Sooners are recruiting some of the top linebackers in the country, they can't offer Mahan right now. However, he will remain on the Sooners' watch list, and if the Sooners miss on some of the national guys he wouldn't be a bad player to fall back on.
The Sooners really don't know might show up the next couple of day and they really expect more top prospects to show up for their second session starting on the 7th.
Two junior's who showed up on Monday seemed to excite the Sooners. Edmond Sante Fe defensive back Reggie Smith (6'1, 190, 4.5) was a player who drew rave reviews from Sooner Co-Defensive Coordinator and defensive back coach Mike Stoops. Stoops also liked Myron Rolle from New Jersey.
Co-Defensive Coordinator and linebacker coach Brent Venables are getting a good look at Ryan Reynolds (6'2, 222, 4.5 of Los Vegas (Bishop Gorman HS), Nevada. Reynolds has the size and speed that Venables loves at linebacker and he will certainly goes on their future watch list.
This camp doesn't hold a lot of senior prospects, but that isn't unusual. It will be interesting to see if any others show up over the next two days.
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