Early Enrollee Analysis: Defense

NORMAN, Okla. — Sooners Illustrated now breaks down the Sooners' other half of early enrollees, those on the defensive side of the ball.

Cornerback Kass Everett

Height & Weight: 5-10, 180
National Rating: Four-star
Analysis: One of the most interesting recruitment battles in recent years dealt with this guy and his switch back and forth between OU and Texas Tech. He admitted he was all set on coming to OU until he didn't sleep well the night before his decision, prompting him to change his mind. Next to his friend Gerald Bowman, a safety commit to USC, Everett donned the Tech hat at the commitment ceremony, but the Sooner coaching staff promptly called him. Everett switched and signed his letter of intent to the Sooners, giving OU a very solid, experienced, JUCO corner option. He's a bit undersized but makes up for that with his hard-hitting presence and leaping ability to battle with taller receivers. Everett could easily come in and start for the Sooners, taking boundary corner Jamell Fleming's place he leaves behind.

Defensive end Chaz Nelson

Height & Weight: 6-3, 240
National Rating: Three-star
Analysis: Nelson was another nice pickup for this class on the defensive side of the ball and another one from the JUCO ranks. He reigns from Garden City Community College in Kansas, the same place his still current co-defensive coordinator Brent Venables laced it up during his playing days for two years. The athletic specimen should certainly help the depth where star defensive end Frank Alexander played the last few years. And he's a player that can fit well in the Sooners' hybrid DE/OLB schemes that guys like Ronnell Lewis and others have served in recent years. Expect him to come in and compete immediately for a spot on the two-deep.

Defensive tackle Jordan Wade

Height & Weight: 6-4, 290
National Rating: Four-star
Analysis: Wade, like wide receiver Trey Metoyer, had some issues that prevented him from stepping on campus in the fall. But he's passed his exit exam now and is in Norman to join the team. There's a lot of thought that he could mold into one of the next very talented defensive tackles along his buddy and fellow 2011 class signee Jordan Phillips. Three of OU's four defensive tackles at the end of last season, including Casey Walker, Jamarkus McFarland and Stacy McGee, will be seniors, meaning Wade will be battling for a starting role the year after next. He'll have plenty of size to become an extremely physical specimen up front but needs to improve on his technique.

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