Recruiting - Upon further review, the shakeout begins . . .
After the entire staff met for the last two weeks - OU has narrowed their top prospects and refined their 'active' recruiting list. We say active, because a few names have been dropped off. That only means that Oklahoma will pursue some harder than others, as offers are not actually 'withdrawn.'
We've said many times that recruiting is a numbers game, for both the school and the prospects. It's simply a process of elimination. Oklahoma knows that they are recruiting the very best prospects in the USA. They also realize that in order to get 25 commitments from this group, they'll have to offer around 150. Or, to say it another way, they hope to land 17%, (or one out of six), of the offers and know they'll lose out on at least 83%, (5 out of 6).
Of those 150 targeted prospects, 140 are already set, and the list is national in scope with players from coast to coast. Florida, always difficult to evaluate simply because of the enormous amount of talent, has finally been 'counted' as well as thetbe DL positions that were missing two weeks ago. OU is confident that these 140 players are best qualified athletically, academically and character wise to carry on the traditions of OU football.
We can expect some additions later this summer, but this is essentially the list of prospects Oklahoma will pursue until the first Wednesday in February. Here is the list of the Oklahoma targets for 2006:
Offensive Line - OU expected to take 6 or 7
We have already outlined these 29 OL prospects in earlier reports. Although some are listed at both OL and DL, Oklahoma feels like they are most likely to play on the offensive side of the ball in college.
Alex Stadler, (6-6 / 300), Bealeton, VA;
Andre Smith, (6-4 / 315), Birmingham, AL;
Antonio Logan-El, (6-6 / 320 / 5.2), Forestville, MD. (currently a Maryland commitment);
Bartley Webb, (6-6 / 280), Springdale, AR;
Butch Lewis, (6'7, 280, 4.8), Denver (Regis Jesuit Hs), Colorado;
Carl Johnson, (6-6 / 335), Durham, NC;
Cory Brandon, (6-6 / 255, 5.1), Corsicana, TX;
Corey Hobbs, OL / DT (6-5 / 310 /5.2), Oveido, FL;
Cruz Barrett, (6-4 / 315), Daytona Beach, FL;
Curtis Bailey, (6-6 / 360), Dallas Carter;
Daniel Wenger, (6-4 / 285 / 5.3), Fort Lauderdale, FL;
Jeff Adams, (6-8 / 315); Kentucky's
Daron Rose, (6-5 / 310), Tampa, (Jefferson) FL;
Ian Symonette, (6-9 / 330), St. Pius X HS, Houston, TX;
J.B. Walton, (6-3 / 270), Indian Head, MD; and
Jared Odrick, (6-6 / 285), Lebanon, PA;
Jermarcus Ricks, (6-4 / 285), Leighton, AL;
Jovon Hayes, (6-2.5 / 320 / 5.3), L.A. Dorsey, CA;
Jim Barrie, (6-5 / 305), Tampa, FL;
Josh Hawkins, (6-7 / 295), Greenville, AL;
Kenrick Ellis, OL - DL (6-5/320/5.1), West Palm Beach, FL.
Kiante Tripp, (6-6 / 250), Atlanta, Westlake;
Lee Tilley, (6-5 / 321), Springfield, OH;
Marcus Gilbert, (6-6 / 280 / 4.9), Fort Lauderdale, FL;
Matt Allen, (6-3.5 / 280 / 5.3), (LSU commit) Klein (Collins), TX;
Matt Carufel, (6-5 / 288) , Saint Paul, MN;
Maurice Hurt, (6'3 ½ / 340 / 5.7), Baldwin, Georgia.
Sam Young, (6-7 / 280 / 4.9), of Ft Lauderdale, FL;
Steve Schilling, (6-5 / 290), Bellevue, WA;
There is one new addition to report: Kenrick Ellis OL - DL (6-5/320/5.1), West Palm Beach, FL. After living the first 11 years of his life in Jamaica, Ellis played mostly soccer until he got near high school. He's been a dominating defensive tackle ever since. As a junior, he had 72 tackles, 16 for loss, and 14 quarterback sacks. "I think people underestimated me most of the year," he said. "Maybe it was because of my size, maybe they didn't think I could run or chase people down. I proved them wrong." Ellis plans on being a new man on the field this fall. "I'm training really hard now," he said. "I'm really hitting the weight room hard. I've already gained about 13 pounds since the end of last season. I'm 6-5 and 318 now. I'm going to be a lot quicker and much, much, much stronger. I'm just going to give it my best shot -- what's the worst that can happen when you do that? I'll be praying for good things to happen." Although OU likes Ellis on defense, they see a potential Jammal Brown with infinite possibilities at OT.
Any seven from the above list of 28 would be pure heaven for Bob Stoops and Kevin Wilson. They will not likely get seven, (although we'll count Corsicana's Cory Brandon as 'in' at this time), and that's where the possible new offers become viable. At this time offensive linemen Chase Beeler, (6-3 / 275), Jenks, OK. appears to be the most likely prospect to secure the next OL offer, followed by Stillwater's Jacob Seacrest, (6-3 / 275), and Chad Roark of Ada. Beeler's offer could be imminent, with the others close behind.
Defensive Line - OU expected to take 5
Defense Tackle and DE were the last group to come together this year. Although the staff believes they have identified the nation's top prospects - don't be shocked if an Auston English or Brody Eldridge emerges sometime in late summer or early fall, and is added to OU's prospect list. Here are the 20 prospects previously mentioned, many of which can play either DE, DT or another position:
A.J. Woods, OL / DL (6-4 / 327), Elton, LA.
Audie Augustine TE / DE, Ft. Lauderdale, FL;
Brandon Antwine, DL (6-2 / 270 / 4.8), Garland, TX;
Chaz Washington, DL (6-3 / 288) , Destrehan, LA;
Dedrick Epps, (6-4 227), Huguenot HS - Richmond, VA;
Derick Burton, (6-3 / 250), Muskogee, OK;
Gerald McCoy, (6-4 / 280), OKC Southeast;
Greg Banks, DE, (6-5 / 260 / 4.8), Denver, CO;
Jeff Miller, (6-6 / 250) DL Westlake Village, CA;
Jermaine Cunningham, (6-4 / 220) Stone Mountain, GA;
Jerry Brown, (6-5 / 260), St Louis, MO, (Vashon HS).
John Paul, 6-4 / 250), Immokalee, FL;
Josh Minton, (6-4 / 247) Pulaski Co, KY;
Lamar Houston, DE (6.4 / 257 / 4.6), Colorado Springs, CO;
Leslie Stirrups, (6-1 / 270), Tampa, FL;
Levirt Griffin, (6-4 / 235), Modesto, CA;
Louis Holmes, (6-6 / 270), Scottsdale, AZ;
Micah Johnson, (6-2 / 277), Fort Campbell, KY;
Ricky Sapp, (6-5 / 225), Bamberg, SC.;
Ugo Chinasa, (6-5 / 230), Richardson, TX;
The are five new additions to the Sooner DT / DE offer list:
Adam Patterson, (6-3 / 255 / 4.8) Richland HS, Columbia, SC;
Adrian Taylor, DE Mansfield TX;
Alleric Mullins, (6-2.5/295/4.9), Wendell, NC;
Bart Eddins, (6-4/260/4.9), Trinity Presbyterian, Montgomery, AL;
Na Derris Ward, (6-5/245/4.8), McClymonds HS, Oakland, CA;
Adam Patterson posses great combination of size and strength, and has a motor that just keeps going. "He is quite a physical specimen just to look at," head coach Jay Frye said. "His arms are huge and he is put together. And he's extremely quick off of the football. He is just a tremendous athlete, but he's just now learning the game. When he really learns how to cut loose and play every play as hard as he can play, he's going to be an unbelievable player. He's got a great attitude and he's a great kid." Patterson has more than 20 offers and recently trimmed his list to ten top schools. "I have narrowed it down to ten final schools in no particular order," said Patterson. "Maryland, Virginia Tech, N.C. State, Clemson, [South] Carolina, Auburn, Georgia, Michigan, Penn State, and Oklahoma. They all share a sense of pride about football. I feel like I can develop at all ten of those schools."
Adrian Taylor, a DE Mansfield, TX is a Stoops brother special at this time, with both Mike and Bob (only) offering this up to now - hidden defensive talent. No doubt when the word gets out, Taylor will mirror Brody Eldridge last summer, who suddenly burst on the scene and left recruiters everywhere shaking their heads wondering how they missed the young man.
Alleric Mullins is likely to end up as a Top 100 recruit in the Class of 2006. Many penciled him in as the top prospect in Missouri this year out of Caruthersville, Mo. However, his name won't end up in the Missouri rankings considering he transferred back to his old high school of East Wake (Wendell, N.C.). Mullins played his junior year at East Wake before moving to Caruthersville last year. "Alleric has all the physical tools to be a dominant player," said former head coach David Gilmore. "He was an extremely good middle linebacker at 280 pounds which shows his versatility and overall athleticism. He has been bounced around so much in life you know that he is mentally strong and ready to take on any challenge, as well."
Bart Eddins is a powerful defensive lineman with the speed and quickness to play end, and the size and power to move inside to defensive tackle. His brother Bret Eddins played at Auburn, and "to a degree, Auburn is on top," said Eddins. "I am still looking around. It's not 100% they are my top school right now."
Na Derris Ward has always been a TE and had 15 receptions for 400 yards and four TD's as a junior. However OU coaches see a future dominating DE here, and the possibilities, as well as Ward's projected 'upside', intrigued them into offering a scholarship recently. Ward was named first team all-city and all-East Bay. At the Cal summer camp last year, he was named the TE MVP. McClymonds head coach Alonzo Carter says of Ward, "He's a blue chip prospect. He and (OU LB recruit), Joshua Tatum are cousins, so it's great that they can push each other and make one another live up to the potential they have. They are both great players that I think can make it big on the next level." Georgia is Ward's clear leader at this point, but OU remains in contention and could move up with an excellent visit.
Some names on the DL list are very serious on Oklahoma, (such as Chaz Washington and Brandon Antwine), while others currently list OU high - but like others better, generally because they are unfamiliar with Oklahoma at this point.
One such prospect is Corey Hobbs of Oveido, Florida. Hobbs is a huge lineman, (6-5, 310, 5.2), that could play on either side of the ball in college. He had what he considers a disappointing junior season when he missed several games with a broken foot early in the year combined with the Hurricanes in Florida in 2004. He still managed to pile up 29 solo tackles and 35+ assists, two forced fumbles, and nine tackles for loss in just four games. Hobbs claims 23 offers and now says he favors Florida, LSU, USC, Oklahoma, Stanford and Alabama. "Right now out of that list, I really have more interest in Florida, LSU and Alabama than the other schools," he said. "Florida is still my leader over all the other schools right now."
Brandon Antwine, is a more likely candidate for a crimson uniform at this point. Antwine can bench 315 pounds, squats 585 and he has posted a 33-inch vertical jump. He has been offered by 37 schools at this point and is trying to weigh through the offers. "I am not breaking it down because I feel it is early," said Antwine. "I want to take the summer to research the schools, and then in the middle of my season decide where I want to visit. My main schools are USC, Florida, Texas Tech, Iowa State, OU and Nebraska. My top three schools would be USC, Florida and OU. Oklahoma is a great football program and I want to see if they have a good business program. I think my decision is going to come from my top three schools. I really like USC, but I like Florida and OU just as well."
Running Back - OU expected to take 2
We've probably seen more movement in scholarship offers in the skill positions than along either line, and running back is no exception. While there is no Adrian Peterson out there this year, the OU staff has narrowed their sights on the RB positions, and feel very good about their offers. In past reports we've covered these ten prospects, many who are capable of playing several positions, principle college 'projected' position listed first:
C.J. Gable, RB / DB / (6-1/190/4.5) - Sylmar, CA;
Charles Scott, RB (6'1 / 225 / 4.5) Jonesboro Hodge, LA;
DeMarco Murray, RB (6-0 / 180), Las Vegas (Gorman), NV;
Javarris James, RB (6-2 /205), Immokalee, FL.
Knowshon Moreno, RB (6-0 / 195), Middletown, NJ;
LeSean McCoy, RB (5-11 / 206), Harrisburg, PA;
Michael Goodson, RB (5-11 / 185 / 4,48), Klein, TX;
Brandon King, FB (6-2 /235), Doylestown, PA;
Luke Schmidt, FB (6-4 / 230), Jasper, IN:
We have confirmed several new RB offers, some of which may be for multiple positions. They are:
Chris Brown, (5-11 /195/4.5), Alexandria, LA;
D'Vontrey Richardson, (6-1 / 205 / 4.6), Leesburg, GA;
Devin Ross, RB / CB (5-11 / 180 / 4.4), Rancho Cucamonga, CA;
Evan Royster, (6-0 / 190 / 4.4), Chantilly, VA;
Mon Williams, (6-1 / 190 / 4.5), Mesquite, TX;
Stafon Johnson, (6-0 /200 /4.5), L.A. Dorsey, CA;
Lamar Houston, FB / DE (6-4 / 257 / 4.6), Colorado Springs, CO; (previously listed at DE only).
OU newcomer Nic Harris, has insisted that a junior on his high school team that was as good, if not better than Harris. Of course that athlete is running back Chris Brown. Brown jumped into the Alexandria starting lineup at running back his freshman year rushing for 667 yards in half a season in district action. As a sophomore, he exploded onto the Louisiana prep scene with 1,791 yards and 24 touchdowns, and then last year he was even better with 1,956 and 25 touchdowns. "I just prepare myself for every game to be as prepared as I possibly can," said Brown. "I try to watch Adrian Peterson and Reggie Bush and be balanced like them. From Adrian Peterson, I take his power and strength, and he has great lean. Reggie Bush always has good power, but he has great speed and good hands. Adrian is fast as well so both are complete running backs, but they have different styles."
D'Vontrey Richardson has been a three year starter at QB, but OU would like to see him switch to running back. Clemson reportedly leads at this time. Does Oklahoma even have a chance here? "OU is a great school and they are high on my list," said Richardson, "but I will just have to wait and see what position they are recruiting me for."
Devin Ross is rated as one of the top corners on the west coast. However OU projects him as an electrifying RB as well. As a junior, he had 34 carries for 334 yards and five touchdowns. He also caught three passes for 93 yards and returned a kick for a touchdown. On defense, he had 44 tackles, two fumble recoveries and one blocked punt for a touchdown. "I have great speed and tackling ability. I am very good at covering. I think I am a shutdown corner. I react well when the QB throws to the receiver," says Ross. "I've got some pretty good size for a corner and I've got great closing speed. I want to work on using my hips better when I change direction, and I want to get faster overall."
Evan Royster is one of the top running backs on the Atlantic coast. He rushed the ball 255 times for 2,160 yards and 30 touchdowns as a junior. As a sophomore he rushed for 1,690 yards and 22 scores. He has a 315 pound bench presses, squats 405, and power cleans 295. "I have a mixture of power and speed," said Royster. "I can run around you or through you. I can also catch the ball out of the backfield. That is something I am very comfortable with. I think I have lots of shifty speed and I am always working on my breakaway speed." OU may have a chance if Royster's next comment is genuine; "I am looking at tradition and playing time. I also need to fit into their scheme well, and I want an offense that can use all parts of my game."
Mon Williams from Mesquite, Texas led his district in rushing with 1,498 yards on 152 carries last year and caught 13 passes for 150 yards. Although there's still a lot of time left, Oklahoma may have waited too long to get in on Williams, (who holds over 20 offers), as he reports Florida as his early leader. "I always stay focused on the field and I stay calm during tight game time situations. When there's four or five guys on me, I just keep going for more yards and I try to fight them off. I want to work on getting better when there's just one defender on me," he said. "I'm a real humble player as well," (OK, we'll take your word for it Mon).
Stafon Johnson is one of the premiere backs on the west coast. As a junior, he rushed 209 times for 1,879 yards and 18 touchdowns. On defense, at free safety, he had 25 tackles and three interceptions. "I am great at seeing the whole field. I have great vision, power and speed. I think that I'm a very versatile back. I want to work on getting stronger and being a more powerful runner." "I'm also being recruited to play in the secondary at Cal, Miami and Washington. Those programs are offering me to play on both offense and defense. But it really doesn't matter to me what I end up playing, just as long as I'm on the field."
Receivers - OU expected to take 3
Receiver and defensive back positions have received the most dramatic changes in offers over the past ten days. OU needs three receivers, and if our 17% rule applies, that means they have to offer at least 18. Darrell Wyatt and crew have what they believe are the finest group of receivers in the country in their sights. Previously, we have listed 14 WR's and 5 primary TE's as getting OU offers:
Adron Tennell, (6-5 / 195 / 4.5), Grand Prairie, TX;
Andrey Baskins, (6-4 / 200), Camden, NJ;
Anthony Summers, (6-3 / 200 / 4.5). Olive Branch, MS;
Artrell Woods, WR / DB / RB (6-0 / 180), Bryan, TX;
Brandon Caleb, (6-0 / 195), Atlanta, GA
Damian Williams, (6-0 / 177 4.5), Springdale, AR;
Jamar Hornsby, (6-4 / 185), Jacksonville, FL,
Jermaine Gresham, (6-7 / 235), Ardmore, OK.
Justin Will, (6-2 / 185), Folkston, GA.
Markeith Summers, (6-4 / 190 / 4.6), Olive Branch, MS;
Ricky Dixon, (6'2 / 208 / 4.5), East St John, Louisiana.
Jeremy Maclin, (6'0 / 180 / 4.4), Kirkwood, Missouri.
Sam Shields, (6-1 / 175 / 4.4), Sarasota, (Booker) Florida
Terrell Reese, (6-4 / 200), from Pflugerville, TX.
Brandon Warren, TE (6-4 / 235), Alcoa, TN;
Nate Byham, TE (6-4 / 220), Franklin, PA;
Brandon King, TE (6-2 / 240), Doylestown, PA;
Luke Schmidt, TE - FB (listed above as a possible Fullback or 'H' back)
Zach Meagher, TE / DE (6'5, 248, 4.7), Cincinnati (Glen Este), OH;
New offers in the past ten days at WR and TE have gone to:
Brandon Heath, WR (6-1/195/4.5), Palm Beach, FL;
Chris Slaughter, WR (6-3/165/4.6), Fort Valley, GA;
Chykie (C.J.) Brown, WR (6-1/185/4.35), Galena Park, (North Shore), TX;
Damon McDaniel, WR / RB (6'0, 195, 4.4), Virginia Beach, VA;
DeAndre McDaniel, WR (6-1/180/4.5), Tallahassee, FL;
Jonas Mouton, WR / S (6-2/212/4.6), Los Angeles, CA;
Kenny Britt, WR (6-3 / 180 / 4.5), Bayonne, NJ;
Percy Harvin, WR (5-11 / 182 / 4.4), Virginia Beach, VA;
Richard Jackson, WR (6-2 / 195/4.6), Clermont, FL;
Richard Dickson, TE / DE (6-4 / 238 / 4.7), Ocean Springs, MS;
Trent Pupello, TE / DE (6-3/250/4.75), Tampa, (Jefferson), FL;
Florida's Brandon Heath has a load of offers to choose from, including one from the Sooners, and he is busy narrowing down his list as well as hitting camps across the south. "I have about 15 offers right now," said Heath. "I'll be going to South Carolina for camp on Saturday, and I'll be going to Miami's skill camp this month. My Top 5 right now in no order is Miami, Florida, West Virginia, Louisville, and Rutgers. I've gotten offers from all of them. I think Miami and Florida are recruiting me the hardest right now." Heath was recently named to the South Hot 100 team, and he is working hard to make sure his stock keeps rising. OU hopes he remains open minded through the summer.
Chris Slaughter, one of the top players in Georgia, had 42 receptions for 1,016 yards and 14 touchdowns as a junior. He's an acrobatic receiver that always seems to come down with the ball in traffic. The Peach County standout has once again shuffled his list of favorites. Who finds themselves in contention now? "South Carolina has jumped in there with some of the usual ones like Auburn, Georgia, Florida, Florida State, Ole Miss and Michigan." OU has recently offered and it'll be interesting to see if they can get into the race with a late start.
Chykie 'C.J.' Brown, (Houston North Shore), has the blazing speed (4.39) to play several skill positions. He is equally proficient at receiver or corner. "My speed has always been my best friend, "said Brown. "I match-up against some good receivers in Houston and at times they do get a step on me, but I have enough closing speed to make up the ground." Brown has been offered by Arizona, Oklahoma State, Texas, LSU and Oklahoma. "I want to go to a school where I can get on the field my freshman year," said Brown. "My top three schools are USC, UT and LSU. Oklahoma is another good school that I like. I am going to take a visit there, so they will be in the mix as well."
As a junior, Damon McDaniel had 68 catches for 1,125 yards and 16 touchdowns. McDaniel also added 300 yards rushing and four rushing TD's. "I have power and speed. I also have good hands. I've got a great ability of breaking tackles, using my hands well in traffic, and I'm an easy target for the quarterback. Currently, I like Virginia, Virginia Tech, Ohio State, Oklahoma, Ohio State, Florida State, Florida, Miami and LSU," said McDaniel, who has close to 30 offers. "I have always been a Miami fan since the eighth grade and I am still a Hurricane fan."
The ultimate long shot might be to go into Florida State's hometown and try to steal a top prospect. That's what the Sooners are attempting with DeAndre McDaniel (6-1, 180, 4.5) who might be the top safety recruit in the state. Despite Florida State being the local university and his cousin, Fred Rouse, being a 2005 Seminole commit, McDaniel said he'll keep an open mind, make some official visits and take his time deciding which school to attend. Currently only USC and OU count McDaniel on the offensive side of the ball, but that should change this fall. The Sooners just hope to be one of five finalists here.
A month ago the ultimate case of unrequited love was exemplified by California wide receiver - safety Jonas Mouton (6-2, 212, 4.6), who plays at Venice HS. Mouton is very high on the Sooners list, at both positions, but they did not appear to be too high on his May list. After a personal visit to his high school on May 19, that may have changed. When asked last week about his top choices, Mouton said; " I still don't have a top five. I think that by the beginning of September I'll feel I'll just really know who I'll want to include in that list. I want to get a good feel in with a coaching staff and be sure that I've got some good relationships formed with them before I begin to narrow down my list. I want to be cool with the philosophies they instill within their players and I'm also looking for a program that is going to have classes dealing with computer engineering because that's what I want to major in," he said. "Some schools that I'm definitely interested in at this point would be Michigan, Nebraska, LSU, Arizona, Oregon, USC and Oklahoma. All of those schools have offered me," he said.
Kenny Britt, is a tall, 6-3, athletic receiver uncovered when OU was looking at Myron Rolle highlights. At this time Britt is somewhat of a mystery man, but not to Oklahoma.
At this time, OU appears to be a long shot on Percy Harvin, who has received over 30 scholarship offers, but has narrowed his list of favorites to five. "My top five are USC, Miami, Florida State, Florida and Tennessee," said Harvin. Oklahoma's recent offer may be too late, as Harvin is literally being offered by everyone that sees him play. Harvin plans to take unofficial visits to his favorite schools during the summer and take official visits during the football season.
Richard Jackson is yet another Florida terror at wide receiver where he ripped opposing defenses throughout his junior season. That performance put him on the national map. He finished the year with 72 catches for over 1,200 yards and 11 touchdowns. Now college coaches everywhere are talking to him. "I have over 10 written offers already," he said. "All of my favorites have already sent me an offer. Miami, Notre Dame, and Florida State are my top three. I also like Clemson and Oklahoma too."
Those literally are the very best in the country. And it could be a reach to expect OU to land one out of six in this group. If so, don't count out Josh Marshall, (detailed in Part One), as a candidate should OU fail to get their quota off of the list above.
There were several new offers at Tight End, the first being Mississippi's Richard Dickson. Dickson has been offered by almost everyone, and he appears to be completely open, slightly favoring one school at the moment. "I'd say LSU right now. But I wouldn't say they're that far ahead of the pack." The Sooners have recently offered and we'll see if it translates into a visit.
The Sooners also like Florida's Trent Pupello of Tampa Jefferson High School. At 6-foot-3, 250 pounds Pupello is one of the biggest tight ends in Florida. Not only is he big, Pupello can also run well. His forty is in the 4.7 range which for someone his size is quite impressive. What is Trent looking for in a college, "I am looking for early playing time? I want to be able to get on the field early and contribute. I will look at the depth charts and see which team will provide me the greatest opportunity to see the field. It does not matter if its just on special teams I want to play."
Defensive Backs - OU expected to take 4 or 5
We also have several new offers at defensive back. Previously, we've chronicled these eight:
A.J. Wallace, (6-1 / 195), Pomfret, MD.
Antwine Perez, (6-2 / 200), from Camden, NJ,
C.J. Gable, (6-1 / 190), from Sylmar, CA
Darian Hagen, (6-1 / 186), L.A. CA;
Darrin Walls, (6-1 / 175), from Pittsburgh, PA
Jonathan Nelson, (6'0, 175, 4.4), of Mansfield, TX;
Myron Rolle, (6-2/210/4.5), The Hun School, Princeton, NJ;
Terrance Anderson, (5-10/161), CB Houston's Aldine Nimitz.
The seven additions to this list are:
Jai Eugene, (5-11 / 185 / 4.4), Destrehan, LA ;
Jashaad Gaines, Las Vegas, NV;
Jordon Pugh, (5-11/183/4.45), Plano, TX;
Mister Alexander, S (6-3/188/4.6), Houston, TX;
Perrish Cox, DB / Ath (6'0, 175, 4.4), Waco, Texas:
Reshad Jones, (6-2 /180/4.58), Atlanta, (B.T. Washington), GA;
Wesley Lyons, (6-5/205/4.5), Pittsburgh, (Woodland Hills), PA;
Jai Eugene is one of the best athletes in the country, and the word is out. "I'm up to about 35 offers right now," said Eugene. "Miami, Tennessee, Florida, Florida State, LSU, Oklahoma, Texas A&M, and Auburn are some of the schools that have offered. I plan on narrowing my list of schools down to about 10 sometime this summer. Right now I'm not scheduled to go to any camps, but I would like to go to Florida, Alabama, and Tennessee if I can. USC is probably recruiting me the hardest right now. Coach Carroll came by the school personally two weeks ago. I've also spoken with Coach Miles at LSU, Coach Stoops at Oklahoma, and Coach Meyer at Florida." Oklahoma hopes team mate and 'near commit' Chaz Washington can persuade Jai to visit Norman.
OU is making a last minute push for Plano's Jordan Pugh, but may be too late as favorites are already set. "My overall favorite is Texas A&M. My other two favorites are Alabama and Arkansas. If Texas and Miami offered I would probably consider them one of my favorites as well." Pugh had over 25 offers last week before getting his Oklahoma letter. Question is, Will that make a difference? "What separates me from other cornerbacks is I am more physical. I will come up and stick you. I have to work on keeping my pad level down and my vision. I need to be able to watch both the quarterback and receiver at the same time." Sounds like a Stoops defensive player to us, but can the recent OU offer turn an 'almost' Aggie around?
Mister Alexander broke into the starting line-up last season at outside linebacker and free safety and was impressive at both positions. "I really think I will be a safety in college," said Alexander. "At free safety I get to cover receivers, and that is something that I do very well. But I also get to hit and support the run, and that is also something that I enjoy." Alexander participates in the triple jump (47 3 ¼) and long jump (22) in track, and he can bench 245 pounds, squats 415 and has a vertical jump of 33 ½ inches. "I don't have a favorite at this point," said Alexander. "I am still researching all the schools and gathering information on all the schools. Right now I like Oklahoma, Nebraska, OSU, USC, Miami and LSU."
Perrish Cox, a 6-foot, 175-pound athlete from Waco, Texas, received his Sooner offer several weeks ago, but we have not had a chance to spotlight him. He's not only one of the very best players in the Lone Star State, but in the country. In fact, he is so good he could wind up playing on both sides of the ball at the next level. "Playing both ways is something that I am certainly interested in," said Cox. "Some of the college coaches tell me that it can happen and some tell me to start out at one position and then try to play both ways. I prefer cornerback, but I like wide receiver just the same. If I had to pick one, I would pick cornerback. I like Oklahoma, Oklahoma State and LSU as my top three schools," said Cox.
Apparently, OU does have a decent shot to land another Georgia newcomer, Reshad Jones, who is one of the best players in the Peach State for the class of '06 and his offer total is rapidly approaching 30. "I've gotten like 28 offers now. I like Oklahoma, Miami, Michigan and probably Florida. I don't really have a leader right now," Jones said last week. What stands out about Oklahoma? "I just like their playing style and they produce." What will the Atlanta native base his final decision upon? "I really just want to see the facilities and see how I fit on the depth chart."
OU just got into the race for Pittsburgh WR / DB Wes Lyons, (6-5, 205, 4.5), who currently favors Miami, Ohio State, West Virginia (first to offer) and Boston College. "Those are the schools I like right now, and I don't have a fifth one that I'm into," said Lyons. "Out of those four, I've got more interest in Miami and Ohio State right now." It's no secret that Lyons prefers to play receiver, and the Sooners probably like him a bit more at DB. But at 6-5 and 205, there has to be room a either spot.
Linebackers - OU expected to take 3
Linebacker is one list without changes. (Blake Collier remains without an official offer, but is expected to get one as soon as the coaches have another chance at an in-person visit). The thirteen linebacker targets are:
Akeem Hebron, (6-2 / 198 / 4.5), Wheaton, MD;
Allen Bradford, (6-0 / 222 / 4.55), Colton, CA.
Marcus Ball, (6-0 / 208 / 4.4), from Stone Mountain, GA.
Anthony Lewis, (6-2.5 / 220 / 4.6), Haltom City, TX;
Bani Gbadyu, (6-1.5 / 203 /4.6), Gaithersburg, MD;
Blake Collier, (6-1 / 210 / 4.49); Justin Northwest;
Bo Harris, (6-2 / 210 / 4.65); Conyers, GA;
Brandon Spikes, (6-4 / 230 / 4.6), Shelby, NC;
Jarrell Miller, (6-3 / 235), Highland Springs, VA;
Joshua Tatum, (6-2 / 220 / 4.5), Oakland, CA;
Mike Morgan, (6-3.5 / 185 / 4.59); Dallas (Skyline);
Sergio Kindle, (6-3 / 220 / 4.6); (Texas commit) Dallas Woodrow Wilson;
Toryn Smith, (6-0 / 241 / 4.8), Rome, GA;
Quarterback - OU expected to take 1
With Sam Bradford, (6-4 / 190), Putnam City North, already in the camp it's doubtful that OU will take another QB, unless they see a position change on the horizon, as Bradford is the quarterback they want.
We never quite know what to do with the 'Athletes' category, (aka the 'Wow!' position), but OU has offered several around the country. They are: Jarred Fayson, (6-1/195/4.40), Tampa, FL; who has played quarterback for Hillsborough HS and favored Florida and Miami, slightly ahead of Georgia prior to his OU offer.
Drew Gloster, (6-4/225/4.6), Wheaton, MD is yet another Maryland athlete making noise this year. Gloster has the size to potentially be a tight end in college, and he has the speed and athleticism to be a wide receiver. Gloster now holds over 20 offers - including a recent one from Oklahoma. In 2004, Gloster caught 29 passes for 392 yards, and two touchdowns. He ran three times for 16 yards, he tallied 29 tackles and five sacks. Showing his versatility, he also ran back three kickoffs for 111 yards and a TD.
Taylor Mays, (6-3/220/4.5). hails from Seattle, WA and most project him as a safety in college. "My seven schools of interest are Michigan, USC, Notre Dame, Nebraska, Washington, California and Oklahoma. All of those schools have offered me." Junior stats: 89 tackles/5 interceptions; 25 catches/514 yards/7 TDs; 3 punt return TDs; Bench: 315/Squat: 505/Power Clean: 315/Vert Jump: 37.5".
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