Hansen, Flowers eager to start early

It was thought all along OU would be having five mid-year guys but that changed Sunday night as the total was reduced to four.

The University of Oklahoma is back in class Monday and there are going to be some new faces on the OU campus going forward.

The Sooners football squad has four mid-year recruits who have enrolled at OU and will get a leg up on the rest of the 2014 class by being in Norman already and participating in spring workouts.

Sooners Illustrated looks at the quartet and what they will mean to the program.

Quarterback Justice Hansen

The quarterback competition is going to be furious and ruthless the next couple of years at OU so why not go ahead and get a head start? Hansen has been the ringleader of OU's 2014 class and has been pivotal in the recruitment of several more commits. Hansen missed the second half of the season with a high ankle sprain that was actually a lot worse than publicized. Hansen's mother said Justice sprained his MCL, had the ankle sprain and had a chipped talus bone. He is 100 percent now and will be ready to roll, she said. Hansen's time to shine won't be 2014, but the extra months won't hurt.

Fullback Dimitri Flowers

No pressure on Flowers at all, just expected to replace one of the most respected Sooners in a long time in jack-of-all-trades Trey Millard. Sarcasm aside, Flowers has a huge task ahead because of the versatility Millard brought to OU. Flowers is excited about trying to become Millard but said he also wants to carve out his own niche. He was a phenomenal receiver out of the backfield. How much action he sees is going to be dependent on his ability to pass protect and run block well. If not, a year of seasoning might be in order.

Wide receiver Dallis Todd

OU has its three towering receivers with all of them at least 6-foot-5 or better for the 2014 class. Todd is the only to enroll early, and he has developed a huge bond with Hansen already. OU is loaded with slot receivers so there's going to be a chance for Todd to come in and make an impact immediately. His size and speed will certainly keep him in consideration. Because of high school's semester set up, however, sounds like he won't be a mid-year guy as had always been discussed. Todd tweeted Sunday night he is no longer a mid-year guy because of his high school schedule that would have him arrive last week of January.

Tight end Isaac Ijalana

One of the more encouraging signs of the Allstate Sugar Bowl was seeing Taylor McNamara get the first catch of his career. It does look like tight end is going to start to be utilized again. Between Ijalana and McNamara, appears Sooners do have some options going forward. Ijalana believes he can bring the production and tradition back to the position. No reason to believe he won't get the chance.

Linebacker Devante Bond

Nobody could be happier than Bond after watching the OU defense in the Sugar Bowl. Eric Striker on one side causing havoc and Bond on the other. It sounds like a deadly combination for a couple of more seasons to come. Bond has kept himself in shape all semester but nothing beats actually practicing and playing. He's going to get that chance once again in 2014.


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