RECRUITING: Murray headlines first camp session

Las Vegas running back DeMarco Murray (pictured above) is just one of several players working out at OU's summer camp. See inside for what other prospects are in town, who has made a push for a scholarship and some news and notes on which signees from last year's recruiting class are already in Norman.

After three days of working with the young guys, the Sooner coaching staff and a super group of camp coaches from all over the country are working with high school players this weekend.

Just like at every camp, there are a bunch of players trying to get better for their high school team, but there are generally very few legitimate big-time prospects. However, there are a few and there is always a player to watch for the future.

The best pure athlete in camp is running back DeMarco Murray from Bishop Gorman High School in Las Vegas. Murray looks every bit of 6-foot-0, 185 pounds, and every bit as fast as a legit 4.5. Murray moves well, works hard and seemed to be enjoying the camp.

Murray is in camp with nine of his teammates and his coach David White is working the camp. Bishop Gorman is an amazing program and a number of their guys go to camps, usually where Coach White is working. That bodes well for the Sooners because White likes Oklahoma and the Sooners like him, and he has an invitation to work the OU camp every summer if he wants.

Murray seemed to be enjoying the camp workouts and he is doing very well in all the drills. Murray did not work out on Saturday, the first day of the camp, but spent most of the day looking around campus and checking out Norman.

A player to watch in the future from Bishop Gorman is freshman running back Keola Antolini, who is a scatback deluxe that will find his way onto the varsity this year. He has star written all over him. He is about 5-10, 170 pounds right now and super quick. He could also be a super corner prospect, and he spent half his time working with Coach Bobby Jack Wright.

Another talented prospect working in the Sooner camp is defensive tackle Seth Jensen (6'4, 270, 4.9) from Ft. Morgan, Colo. Jensen has been very impressive and he has spent a great deal of time working with OU defensive line coach Jackie Shipp.

Jensen is working to draw an offer from the Sooners after already receiving offers from Colorado, Nebraska, Colorado State, Iowa State, Kansas State, UCLA and Wyoming. And after his performanc e this weekend, there is a good chance he will have an offer from OU following the camp.

Also spending a great deal of time with Coach Shipp was All-American defensive tackle prospect Gerald McCoy (6'5, 290) from Southeast High School in Oklahoma City.

"I just went down to watch the big guys hit a little bit," said McCoy. "Coach Wilson coached the big guys quite a bit so that Coach Shipp could talk to me. I always enjoy talking to Coach Shipp."

McCoy is being heavily recruited and has been to Norman several times. He says he will go through the recruiting process, but you know the Sooners are very much in the race. McCoy says he will be back in Norman on Thursday to watch camp for a second time. He has been offered by OU, Nebraska, Iowa State, Kansas, Kansas State, LSU and Oklahoma State.

Sooner quarterback commit Sam Bradford out of Putnam City attended the camp yesterday and hung out with OU Coach Chuck Long. Bradford brought along his teammate, Myron McKinney (6'4, 302, 5.0), who will be protecting his blindside this year. McKinney is one of several big men in the state that will earn D-1 scholarships this year, but at the moment still does not have an offer from OU.

If you are looking for speed, Blanchard's Daniel Morrell looks good running around with the defensive backs. Morrell has run a 10.5 100 meters, and without question is one of the fastest players in the state. He is trying to prove to the OU coaches that he is not just a track guy trying to play football. He came to camp with the goal of impressing the OU coaches and he has caught their attention, but it remains to be seen if he will earn a scholarship offer.

What was even more impressive about the camp is watching the Sooner varsity wonder over to watch and talk to the Sooner coaches. Summer conditioning drills get underway tomorrow and today I saw freshmen DT DeMarcus Granger, DT Brian Simmons, DE Brody Eldridge, OL Jon Cooper, DE Auston English, LB Ryan Reynolds and LB Curtis Lofton.

All the freshmen signees are expected in expect for WR Juaquin Iglesias, who will not be in camp for a week or so. Center Jesse White doesn't graduate from high school until tomorrow and won't be in Norman for another two weeks. Junior college safety Allen Patrick is finishing up a math correspondence course and should be in Norman by the end of the week.

Varsity WR Quentin Chaney is working the camp pouring Gatorade and driving a golf cart running errands for the coaches. I am sure that job stopped today. I talked to LB Rufus Alexander, who says he is ready to go and be a leader on the team.

Defensive tackle Dusty Dvoracek has his cast off his torn bicep and he will go through conditioning drills tomorrow. He still can't do all the lifting drills, but he will do a bunch on other parts of his body. Also, running back Adrian Peterson and starting cornerback Marcus Walker have been cleared to go through workouts starting tomorrow.

Former Sooner linebacker Wayne Chambers is a great guy. Chambers learned last year that he could no longer play football because of a neck problem, but he hasn't let that get him down. He is working with the Sooner coaches as a coach at the camp. He always has a smile on his face and he is still very popular with the Sooner players and coaches. Former OU starting lineman Brad Davis (Sauce) is also a coach at the camp working alongside Kevin Wilson. Brad is still smilling and having a good time.

In other news, it looks like big OL Carl Johnson (6'6, 340) of Durham, N.C. has committed to Florida. The Sooners were one of the main schools in the hunt for Johnson, but he has jumped on board with with the Florida Gators.

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