Signed, Sealed and Delivered (Signings Complete)

Our signing day special complete with stats, bios and each prospects expected signing time on Wednesday

This years 2002 Oklahoma recruiting class is sure to be ranked among the top 10 of every national recruiting service in the country.

In all, the Sooners will sign 24 prospects from nine different states.

Oklahoma's signing party will officially begin on the east coast at 7 a.m. Oklahoma time Wednesday morning when Florida prospects Lanear Nixon and Davin Joseph are expected to ink with the Sooners. And then at 3:15 p.m. Oklahoma time, Fresno, Calif. defensive back Aaron Miller will cap the Sooners' 2002 recruiting efforts at 3:15 p.m. when he inks with the OU.

The following is a list of Oklahoma commitments complete with bios, stats and the time they are expected to sign with the Sooners on Wednesday. All times have been calculated into central standard time. Note that we will update each profile upon getting confirmation of their signing. Keep watching the headline of this story on the home page as we will alert you when there is a new update. All bios were written by Alan Hitchcock.

* Denotes prospect is Signed, Sealed and Delivered.

*Noah Allen (QB) 6-4, 215, 4.6, Pearland, Texas
Big, strong and quick, the prototype college QB. Completed 60 of 116 for 700 yards with seven TDs despite playing only eight games in 2000 due to a torn ACL. As a senior was 89 of 171 for 1,365 yards and 16 TD's. Extremely accurate had only one interception as a senior! Allen has a 300 BP, 370 squat and 32" vertical. 2.7 GPA and 900 SAT. Receiving 26 formal offers, committed to Oklahoma on July 1st. In the 'Texas Top 50', (ranked 42nd overall in-state by, and fourth among Texas QB's.

*Paul Thompson (QB) 6-4, 190, 4.6, Leander, Texas
Tall, rangy and elusive with a live and accurate arm, accumulated 2,039 yards both running and passing as a junior ; and was 113 of 182 for 1,527 yards passing (12 TD's, 6 Ints) and 125 carries for 1,033 yards rushing as a senior. A 6-10 high jumper who also competes in the long jump (22'4") and tripe jump (47'2"). Committed to the Oklahoma Sooners in July. Ranked 3rd among Texas QB's and 33rd overall in-state by

*Jeff Lebby (OL) 6-5, 270, 5.1, Andrews, Texas
Another 'Texas Top 30' (#12), Jeff is the son of Andrews head coach Mike Lebby. Recorded 55 "pancake" blocks last season, earning him All-District, All-Permian Basin, All-Super Team Permian Basin, All-South Plains and All-West Texas honors. 450 squat and 28" vertical. Carries a 3.6 GPA and is also an outstanding basketball player. Committed in early summer to Oklahoma.

*Steve Taylor (OL) 6-7, 320, 5.6, Purcell, Oklahoma
Taylor was not on the early 'Star Watch' lists but OU coaches knew about this giant from Purcell. He was offered a scholarship in the summer before his senior year based on his impressive performance in summer camp where he easily out performed other 'all star' linemen.

*Wayne Chambers (LB) 6-3, 235, 4.5, Grandview, Missouri
Before the year began, Chambers was considered the top defensive prospect in Missouri. As the season progressed, Chambers did nothing to hurt his reputation, as he finished a banner year with 130 tackles. His combination of exceptional size and speed allow him play MLB or OLB. An early Sooner commitment.

*Michael Hawkins (CB) 6-1, 170, 4.4, Carrollton (Turner), Texas
A Texas 'Top 30' (#24) recruit, Hawkins was a transfer from Dallas Hillcrest and only played his first full season as a junior. Recorded 40 tackles with two interceptions in 2000. 225 BP and 395 squat. Really impressed coaches in OU summer camp with his ability to cover receivers and has confirmed his commitment to sign with the Sooners.

*Travis Wilson (WR) 6-3, 202, 4.4, Carrollton (Creekview), Texas
A 'Top Ten Texas' recruit (#9). Great size, speed, hands and the strength to separate from defensive backs. Sooner coaches think Wilson was the best receiver they saw this year. Caught 27 passes for 400 yards with seven touchdowns as a junior, as a senior had 34 receptions for 931 yards and 12 TD's. Travis has 300 BP, 405 squat and 33" vertical. 3.6 GPA with 950 SAT. Was a regional qualifier in the 400m with a time of 48.9. Attended Oklahoma and Notre Dame summer camps.

*Larry Birdine (DE) 6-5, 245, 4.65, Lawton (Eisenhower), Oklahoma
An attractive player with his size and 4.7 speed in the 40-yard dash coming off the edge. The younger brother of former Oklahoma State star and current Pittsburgh Steeler linebacker Jason Gildon. Many say little brother can be as good or better.

*Chris Messner (OL, TE) 6-7, 240, 4.8, Fredrick, Oklahoma
Like Ada's Dan Cody two years ago, Messner's biggest problem was that his athletic ability made him adaptable to many positions: (QB, DE, TE, OL), while not giving him the opportunity to master any. Sooner coaches recognized his awesome combination of size speed and ability and projected an All America OL, or possible TE with 6'7" height. Messner committed to follow his dream wearing the Sooner Crimson & Cream.

*Jason Carter (S/DB) 6-0, 170 4.4,  Jenks, Oklahoma
Carter of perennial powerhouse Jenks, Oklahoma and Michael Hawkins of Carrollton, Texas were the two most sought after corners capable of playing the Stoops version of "in your face" cover defense. However the additional commitment of top rated corner Aaron Miller will allow Carter the chance to play his preferred safety position where his speed and head hunting skills make him one of the nation's best. With Carter's' commitment, the Sooners have their recruiting goal of a complete and dominant defensive backfield met. "I committed to OU because of their commitment to win championships", Carter said. Jason was generally rated among the top five DB's in the country.

*Brodney Pool (FS) 6'3, 193, 4.5, Houston (Westbury), Texas
Sooner coaches were hoping to keep Pool a secret, but his outstanding play, (and their interest), soon drew offers from the Longhorns and other top programs, (LSU, Colorado, K-State), and a top 50 Texas ranking (#40). This prototypical Free Safety in the heralded 'Stoops Defense' package, could develop into a terror under Schmidt. Poole had 159 yards-two TDs on 40 carries and three receptions-112 yards-two TDs and nine INTs on defense.

*Calvin Thibodeaux (DE) 6'1, 240, 4.78, Houston (Westbury), Texas
A three-year starter, Thibodeaux wasn't highly talked about at the beginning of the year. However, that changed quickly as college coaches saw him play. Ranked in the Texas Top 50, (@ #45), he finished the season with 11 sacks, one interception, three fumble recoveries and two TD's, one on either side of the ball. His junior season, Thibodeaux had nine sacks and 68 tackles. Thibodeaux can bench 355 pounds and he throws the shot in track (57'0). He had offers from Notre Dame, LSU and was close to committing to Michigan, before his visit to OU.

*Josh Roberts (K) 6'0, 185, 4.6, Malta, Montana
Roberts has been kicking since seventh grade and has been a four-year starter on the varsity level. This season Roberts was 11 for 12 on field goals with a long of 51 and he was 33 for 35 on PATs. On kickoffs, 85 % were in the endzone or out. Roberts averaged 64 yards per kickoff this year. Roberts also averaged 41 yards per punt. Roberts stood out at Ray Pelfrey's summer camp and according to Pelfrey, Roberts was the number one place kicker in the country. Roberts also played WR and CB and started half a season before a groin injury forced him to just kick. At practice Roberts says his range on FGs is 57 yards.

*Abner Estrada (OL) 6'3, 270, 5.2, Carrollton (Turner), Texas
Estrada is another lineman that was coveted by the Sooners, who got in late in the Estrada sweepstakes, but ended up with both Estrada and his teammate, Michael Hawkins. Estrada admits that the Sooners play their offensive line very much to his liking. "Oklahoma doesn't mind playing offensive linemen my size," said Estrada. "Some colleges won't play anybody shorter than 6'5, while Oklahoma just plays the best player no matter his size. Early I liked Miami and Nebraska, but interest from Oklahoma swayed me to reconsider." Estrada is ranked among the top twenty OL's in the country (#15).

*Pasha Jackson (SLB) 6'3, 232, 4.5, San Francisco City College
Not since Waymon Clark was recruited by Barry Switzer in 1973 does a junior college player have a chance to impact the Sooner program like Jackson may next year. Jackson gives the Sooner defense the physical maturity and speed to maintain their status as America's most feared defense in 2002. A skilled athlete, Jackson left high school as a versatile athlete who played QB, the move to LB solidified his abilities and college recruiters came running. Jackson will be a definite NFL commodity and has a chance to contend for Big XII honors his first year. He has requested to wear #8.

*Lanear Nixon (H-Back, Athlete) 6'3, 210, 4.5, Miami (Carol City), Florida *SIGNED, SEALED AND DELIVERED*
Started for three years at tight end on the talented Carol City team. Senior year was hampered by a nagging stress fracture and Nixon only played in four games. Only had six passes at 17 yards per catch because of the injury, and also played on special teams. Junior year saw 28 receptions for 315 yards and eight touchdowns. Son of former OU star Freddie Nixon. "The tradition of Oklahoma is so great. It is like a childhood dream to play at OU, especially with my father playing there. I grew up knowing all about Oklahoma and my dad really wanted me to go to Oklahoma. My dad always had great things to say about OU. When I visited OU and saw the university for myself I had nothing but great thoughts about OU." Despite the injury, Nixon was ranked as the #10 TE in the country, he also considered Miami, Virginia Tech, Ohio State and Kansas.

J.D. Runnels (H-Back, TE) 6'1, 234, 4.6, Midwest City, (Carl Albert) Oklahoma
JD was a main playmaker for the perennial state powerhouse, and current State Champion Carl Albert. As a senior Runnels played TE and Safety. On defense Runnels was known for his monster hits and carried a 'Roy Williams' reputation as the ultimate play stopper. The Sooners waited to offer Runnels, as he was playing slightly out of position relative to college ball. However, when Sooner coaches saw film and matched that with Runnels' huge heart, desire and character, the offer was made. Regarding the offer, Runnels said: "I was so happy, because I had waited on them so long. I just felt relieved, because OU is such a great power and they are so close to my home." JD also had offers from Texas A&M, OSU and Kansas. "I was incredibly happy when OU offered me a scholarship. To play the fullback or H Back in the Sooner offense would be a lot of fun, considering what they are trying to do. I look forward to playing in front of Quentin Griffin, Renaldo Works and KeJuan Jones, and those type of guys. I hated to let Texas A&M know that I wasn't coming to their school, but I wanted to play for Oklahoma and that is what I get the opportunity to do."

Zach Latimer (DE), 6'3, 218, 4.5, Aurora (Gateway), Colorado
Latimer committed on January 14 after a heated neck and neck battle between Miami and Oklahoma. (Latimers' father, a former Denver Bronco played at Miami, and Colorado was also in the hunt for this talented DE until the last few weeks). Zach, the Denver Post defensive player of the year, played a variety of positions on defense and offense - including quarterback - in his four-year career at Class 4A Gateway. As a senior, his primary position was defensive end. "I talked to Coach Stoops on the telephone and told him I'm coming," Latimer said. "They're going to give me a chance. Right now, they said I'll probably be an outside linebacker on first and second downs, then when it's third-and-long, I'll move to end. Just as long as I can go in there and play." Latimer, also a Denver Post all-state basketball player as a guard, is ranked #8 DE nationally and gives the Sooners the coveted speed DE they've been waiting for. Latimer runs a 4.5 40 with his best time at 4.47.

*DaBryan Blanton (RB, TB, Slot), 6'0, 170, 4.27, Forney, Texas
Another Texas Top 30 (#22), and The Dallas Morning News Offensive Player of the Year, Blanton is sometimes referred to as a football player who runs big-time track. Considered by many to be the fastest prep player in the nation, Blanton has run a 10.1 (hht) 100m (10.3 automatic), 200m (20.37) and anchors the 4x100 in track. Blanton used that blistering speed to run for 2,300+ yards and 34 touchdowns this season on 200 attempts, (11.5 yds per carry). Oklahoma finished ahead of Miami; Tennessee; LSU; Texas and A&M for Blanton. Ranked as the #14 RB in the country. DaBryan would like to break Quentin's' record by scoring 7 TD's against Texas.

JeJuan Rankins (WR), 5'11, 160, 4.49, Windsor (Bertie) North Carolina
Think of Joe Washington like moves and get a picture of JeJuan Rankins. It came down to Georgia, Notre Dame and Oklahoma for Rankins, who had earlier considered Michigan and Maryland as well. According to his coach, Ray Bond, Rankins can play any skill position, and last season Rankins was reluctantly pressed into duty as QB, finishing the year with 1,218 yards passing (18 TD's) and another 543 running (9 TD's). JeJuan surely would have been rated higher than his #23 ranking at WR had he been able to play it his final year. As a junior, he had 42 receptions for 922 yards and 13 TD's, and 506 yards and 5 TD's on punt returns. Rankins also excelled on the defensive side of the ball at safety. With 67 tackles, (60 unassisted). As a junior he had 15 interceptions, returning three for TD's. Sooner coaches targeted DeBryan Blanton and Rankins as two of the most versatile 'skill' players in the country. "My focus is to go to a great program," said Rankins. "When I get there I am confident they will place me where they think I can best serve the team." Rankins also plays the small forward position on his school's basketball team and runs the 200 & 400 meters for the track team, last year recording the fastest 200 meter in his district with a time of 22.5.

Rufus Alexander (LB) 6-2, 215, 4.49 Baton Rouge (Christian Life), Louisiana
Alexander was a huge target of Sooner recruiters as they believe that he is one of a handful of high school seniors capable of playing early. Alexander was only marginally known in the summer because of very little playing time his junior season due to Louisiana high school transfer rules, and a good but not great '40 time' at the Nike training camp this summer (4.6). That quickly changed as this season unfolded and recruiters everywhere noticed a dominate player on film, and also learned that he was capable of breaking 4.5, with excellent strength and athletic ability. Suddenly Alexander was on everyone's list and had moved up to a ranking of #19 LB in the country by November. Although the Sooners got in late on Alexander, the Longhorns also turned it up a notch when they heard that Sooner coaches were offering. In the end Alexander opted for Crimson and tutelage under coach Venables & Stoops. Alexander is expected to qualify.

*Lance Mitchell (MLB) 6-3, 240, 4.5 San Francisco CC, California
The most amazing recruiting story of the year!  Mitchell, with unbelievable size and speed, was generally regarded as the top LB in JC and among the top 3 available on any level.  Washington, USC, UCLA, Texas, Florida and Oklahoma became the early front runners.  It came down to Oklahoma and Florida with Florida winning the race on December 19th. Mitchell said his decision was based on Florida playing in the SEC. Then Spurrier left Florida, and for two days Mitchell believed he would indeed still play for Bob Stoops and Venables as the local papers were proclaiming Stoops a 'done deal' for the Gators. It never came. Then Mitchell had second thoughts, only enhanced when he heard that his former teammate was loving Norman. On or around January 20th, Lance was informed that one of his english classes would not satisfy SEC rules. Therefore Florida had no choice but to release Mitchell. The irony is that Mitchell chose Florida because of the SEC, yet SEC fine print barred him from competition. Mitchell contacted OU after learning the news and arrived in Norman on January 26. The Sooners are ecstatic as his presence will allow the excellent incoming LB's time to adjust to the speed and strength required of a national championship squad without the pressure of an immediate start.

*Davin Joseph (DT) 6-3, 265, 4.9, Hallandale, Florida
Joseph was a four-year starter in one of the nations best football districts. It's no secret that Broward and Dade counties in Florida have more D-1 prospects than most states. Joseph was the Broward County defensive player of the year in 2001. He was also named all state after recording 15 sacks from his defensive end position. When asked 'why Oklahoma?,' Joseph responded: "I feel that Oklahoma is the best place for me to reach all my goals. I have the confidence in my coaching staff that I will become the best player I can be." Davin prefers to play defense, yet most recruiters were shocked at the phenomenal skills he exhibited at offensive guard in the California - Florida All Star game where he kept California's all star DT Manuel Wright in check, and showed excellent pass protection skills as well. He also blocks well on the run, and loves to pull and trap. Joseph is already adept in the weight room and has a frame to get much bigger. As with most freshmen, Stoops & Co. will test Davin on both sides of the ball early in his career. Where he lands will depend on his abilities and projected long term strengths. Recruited by all SEC and ACC schools, Joseph narrowed it down to Miami, Michigan State, NC State, Ohio State and Oklahoma. The final cut came down to Michigan State and Oklahoma, with OU getting the nod on January 26th.

Aaron Miller (CB) 6-0, 186, 4.5, Fresno, (Edison) California
Miller is known for his ball-hawking skills, picking off eight passes his junior year,  returning three for scores while also blocking six kicks. First team California  all-state as both junior and senior. Ranked among the top ten DB's (#6) in the country,  Miller selected the Sooners over UCLA, USC, Michigan and LSU. OU coaches think Miller may develop into a Roy Williams type of dominating defensive back,  capable of big hits and outstanding effort.  "I loved my trip to Oklahoma," Miller said. "Football is a religion there, the whole state is just crazy for football. I really liked the players and coaches there and to be honest, it's a place that I felt a lot more comfortable at than I thought I would.  "It's obviously different than Los Angeles but it's a place that I think actually fits my personality better.

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