RECRUITING: OU among top two for Tulsa LB

Tulsa, Okla. linebacker Popsey Floyd hopes to impress the Sooners at their summer football camp.

POPSEY FLOYD, LB, 6'2, 222, 4.59, TULSA EAST CENTRAL, OKLAHOMA:

Popsey Floyd has one of the best names in prep football and this sack-master plays with a flair all his own. Floyd will be a rare four-year starter playing both inside and outside linebacker.

Floyd finished the season with 133 tackles and he led the state in sacks with 29. Throw in three fumble recoveries and he had a heck of a year.

"I only got credit for three fumble recoveries, but I think I had a few more," said Floyd. "I played running back in junior high and moved over to linebacker when I got to high school. I use the same speed for the position and I seem to have great instincts where the quarterback is going to be. I lineup all over the field and the offense has a hard time finding me so I am able to get an edge on a defender. Sometimes I can get a better angle rushing from the outside because I can also fake inside, but it really doesn't matter where I lineup."

Floyd can bench 360 pounds, squats 550 and he has a 36-inch vertical jump. Floyd starts in basketball (12 ppg and 20 rpg) and in track (400M/49.0 and 200M/22.0).

Floyd has been offered by Tulsa and Kansas State, but he is beginning to hear from a number of different schools.

"There are a lot of schools that are grabbing my attention. Kansas State, OU, Arkansas and UCLA are schools that have contacted me and are talking to me. would say that Kansas State and OU are my top two choices at this point. Oklahoma is talking real good to me and Coach (Jackie) Shipp told me that they are trying not to offer guys too early, but he wants to get me on campus and see what I look like in person. He said they had a real interest in me and I think that situation is very promising."

Floyd went to the Nike camp at College Station and he is going to the MSL camp at SMU later this month. Floyd has visited OSU, OU, SMU and TU unofficially, and he is going to Kansas State on June 6 and Arkansas on the 9th.

He plans to make it up a little early at both schools to visit with Kansas and then he hopes to do the same thing at Texas A&M on the 12th. Throw in the fact that he will camp at OU on June 1, and Floyd's summer is going to be very busy.


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