Oklahoma has done a lot of things differently with the 2017 class and that includes the number of mid-year enrollees.
SoonerSquad17 is in Norman, well, a lot of them are. OU has 11 mid-year enrollees for the class so for those who need a refresher or an introduction, time to know the next batch of names.
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Missouri City (Texas) Fort Bend Elkins OLB Kenneth Murray
The story: OU hit the jackpot on this one. Texas and Texas A&M were absolutely in the mix here for Murray. But when he hit Norman for the ChampUBBQ, the Sooners did everything right with Murray and his family. This was an example of OU winning a battle that it feels like in the previous few years OU would have been the bridesmaid. Murray was locked with OU from that moment on and had an outstanding senior season for Fort Bend Elkins.
2017 impact: He has great size so it feels like he’s physically ready to compete. But boy there’s a logjam right now at outside linebacker in Norman. If Murray moved inside, the prospects shoot up, but he wants to be an outside guy and is admittedly a lot more comfortable there. Getting to Norman early will no doubt help in terms of figuring out where the heck he should end up when all said and done.
Scout says: Kenneth Murray is a versatile linebacker prospect who has lined up at outside linebacker, defensive end, and even safety for a Texas Class 6A football program. Murray flashes impressive athleticism on the field and in testing scenarios as he's been verified at 4.68 in the 40 and 4.34 in the shuttle. Murray projects as a potentially scheme-versatile outside linebacker in college. He possesses traits that fit a traditional 4-3 OLB, but has experience playing a standing edge role and could fit a 3-4 OLB position as well. Murray closes quickly in backside pursuit and shows the athleticism to track sideline to sideline. He needs to improve his tackling technique and consistency and he can sometimes play a bit hesitant. Overall, Murray's physical tools and potential are enough to get him Power Five conference offers. It will be interesting to see what type of scheme he plays in college given his versatility. – Gabe Brooks