Recruiting: Jenks defensive end still high on OU

Sooners hoping Jenks pipeline still leads to Norman for one of the nations top recruits

One of Oklahoma's biggest needs that will be addressed in next season's recruiting class is at defensive end.

The Sooners, who are releatively thin at defensive end this season will return only two lettermen (Dan Cody and Jonathan Jackson) off of this year's team with the graduation of Corey Heinecke and Marcus Chretien.

Luckily for Oklahoma, one of the best prospects in the nation they are targeting to fill those needs in next year's class is right in their own backyard.

Jenks defensive end Bryan Pickryl is a consensus top 100 player in the nation on virtually every recruiting guru's list. He is perhaps the best player on the best high school football team in the country and can have his choice of any college in the nation.

Jenks High School in Tulsa has been very kind to the Sooners lately, producing standout players such as Rocky Calmus, Cory Callens and Matt McCoy who played on the Sooners' 2000 National Championship team, and providing a pipeline for Jenks studs Kejuan Jones and Bobby Klinck in last year's recruiting class.

In addition to Pickryl, Jenks is loaded with prospects again this season, and the Sooners' are already rumored to be leading for the services of linebacker Lawrence Pinson and defensive back Jason Carter.

But Pickryl is considered the prize recruit of this year's class in the Sooner State, and OU hopes to plug into the Jenks pipeline again. However, it won't be easy as Pickryl has ties to other schools.

"I definitely think it is going to be a challenge to find the best school for me to play and be happy at," said the 6-foot-5 230-pound Pickryl.
"It's a tough thing to say which college is the best when all the colleges are great. I have been in interested in the same schools for a while. I like OU because my family lives in the state and Texas because I also have family down there. At UCLA, my dad went there so I have ties there."

Pickryl, who also lists Michigan, Missouri and the Florida schools, says the Sooners have as good of a shot as any at this point.

"I have a great interest in Oklahoma," said Pickryl who wants to major in engineering. "Going to a program that can win and has a capability to win a national championship is a major factor for me. They definitely proved last year they can win it all.

"Head Coach Bob Stoops came in and in just two years and turned around the program and I have total confidence that Coach Stoops knows what he is doing. The coaching staff is a major plus for OU and their engineering programs are very good. Not being to far from my family is another plus."

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