RECRUITING: Top safety has eye on OU

Los Alamitos, Calif. safety Randy Estes talks recruiting and about his interest in Oklahoma


Estes is regarded as the top free safety prospect in the country. In fact, he is so good there are some who believe that he is the very best defensive player in the country.

"I just feel it is a great accomplishment to be regarded as one of the premiere players coming out of high school," said Estes. "Now I have to go out and play up to that potential and I am looking forward to doing that."

Estes is a three-year starter who has started at free safety all three years, but he has also dabbled at running back as well. Estes finished with 110 tackles, three interceptions and over 10 knockdowns on the year. Add five touchdowns at running back, two kick-off returns (86, 93) for touchdowns, over 570 yards rushing and you have a threat on both sides of the ball.

"Sometimes I overplay the run and I need to be aware of the play action," said Estes. "I love to hit people and shutting down the run is something that I really enjoy. I also like playing running back, because I can get back there and get some good yards and break some good runs."

Estes has been offered by every school that matters, but he has worked to narrow down his choices.

"I know what schools are really in the running," said Estes. "I like Pac-10 schools like USC, Oregon/>, and in the Big 12 I like Oklahoma and Texas. In the Big 10 my favorites are Michigan and Ohio State. In the ACC I like Florida State and Miami. I don't have a favorite at this time and I am very wide open at the moment, but all of those schools are great schools."

Since we work for I had to ask him what he thought of Oklahoma.

"They have a good team every year and I like how they go after it on defense every year," said Estes. "I like their defensive coordinators — the Stoops brothers and Coach Venables — and I like how their defense allows the safeties to go out and makes plays. They win a lot of games and their defense is the big reason why and that appeals to me."

Estes says he doesn't mind traveling out of state and that he will go anywhere where he feels comfortable and feels that school is the right one for him.

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