Venables raves about Oklahoma's defensive signees

Oklahoma Defensive Coordinator Brent Venables breaks down each of the Sooners' 15 defensive signees. Dallas, Texas defensive tackle DeMarcus Granger (pictured above) is just one of two five-star players the Sooners signed on Wednesday.

Below are quotes from Brent Venables on the Sooners' defensive class.

Keenan Clayton/DB
"Big, physical, smart, talented. Just an all-around great athlete. Very sharp in the classroom, a leader within his school. A great competitor."

Billy Blackard/DT
"Strong at the point of attack, fairly athletic. He's got a great motor. Strong, very strong."

Auston English/DE
"Can do so many things well. Very athletic, very rangy, explosive. He does a lot of things really well."

Brody Eldridge/DE
"Without question, his best football's ahead of him. He's got a tremendous frame. He's just going to be a monster when it's all said and done, from a size standpoint. Athletic, played a lot of his football in the two-point stance and will make the transition to defensive end easy. We're really excited about his upside."

Curtis Lofton/LB
"Just a great natural punch. One of the more physical linebackers we've recruited here in some time out of high school. Very intelligent. Again, multi-talented with the things he does on the football field, track and basketball. He's got a great football sense to him."

C.J. AhYou/DE
"Fast, physical, tough. He's got the experience that we're looking for. Should be an immediate contributor."

Brian Simmons/DT
"Tremendous size and athletic ability. We have a real need at the inside tackle position. He has a very bright future with us."

Cordero Moore/DL
"Could be an inside or outside player for us. Great range, plays as hard as anybody that we're recruiting. Has tremendous hands and feet. Great quickness, good first step."

Brian Jackson/CB
Obviously, he has great size for a corner. His size will give us the physical presence that we like to have on the perimeter. He can run and plays against as good as competition as there is in the state of Texas, and had had tremendous success as a three-year starter. Very intelligent young man has close to a 4.0 GPA. Because of our lack of depth, he'll have a chance to contribute (early)."

Lamont Robinson/LB
"One of the neatest kids that we've recruited from a personality standpoint. I've got tremendous respect for the things he's had to overcome. Plays very hard, got a nasty streak to him. He's a multi-sport guy, which we always like. He's got an infectious attitude, but a strong ability to be an inside backer and the athletic ability to be an outside backer."

Allen Patrick/DB
"Allen's a big, strong physical impact type of player that can deliver a big hit. He has great speed. In high school, he was also a great tailback. His hitting ability is amazing. He'll have a chance to have a tremendous impact on the class."

Ryan Reynolds/LB
"I have a tremendous amount of familiarity with Ryan because of our relationship that dates back two or three years. A great motor, good instincts, tough kid. He's got good range, can play inside or outside. He's got good size, and he's multi-talented from judo, wrestling, hockey to football. A tremendous competitor with the willingness to put in the work it takes to be a great player."

DeMarcus Granger/DT "DeMarcus is regarded as one of the top defensive tackles in the country. He's got tremendous size and strength, very good at the point of attack. Moves very well for a big man of his size. He can play both spots inside. He is one player that could have a major impact player for us."

Reggie Smith/DB
"Reggie is a dynamic player who is a great player to get here at the end. He is a great athlete that plays with a lot of determination. He's a very rangy, athletic player who can really run, and who has great acceleration. Maybe even more important, he's got a great mind for the game. His signing means a lot to our program because it means a lot to keep the best player in the state. It solidifies our position to sign the top players in the state. We have a great need at safety, so he fits one of our basic needs."

Nic Harris/DB
"He's a rare combination of size and speed. He has great playmaking abilities, and he possesses fabulous range on the field. He's a huge hitter, maybe the best hitter that we've signed in the secondary. He's an honor student, which fits in perfectly with this class, He will be a playmaker from the defensive side of the ball. He's got a chance to contribute to us his first year."


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