The campers went through three sessions today with the group doubling up in the afternoon session to beat a driving rain storm.
The player that made the biggest move today was linebacker Dane Zaslaw of Edmond Memorial. During inside drills, Zaslaw was a man among boys, going up five straight times against linemane that are 280 pounds or bigger and blowing up all five of them to get to the ball carrier. He just destroyed all five. Zaslaw is one of the strongest players in the country and his overall strength has been impressive thus far in camp. He has not lost an inside drill and when matched one-on-one, where strength is an issue, Zaslaw wins the battle.
However, he has also impressed all the Sooner coaches in agility drills as well and he runs a consistent 4.6 forty. That is not blazing speed, but when you consider his amazing strength and his surprising agility, the fact Zaslaw is not a blazer doesn't keep him from drawing recruiting attention. Plus, he is an inside linebacker and it's great when you can find a Torrance Marshall who can run a sub 4.5, but most inside backers run a 4.6.
OU has now offered and OU hopes this camp puts them in the lead.
If you want to see an impressive specimen then make sure you somehow get a look at Carl Pendleton. It was a hot day Tuesday morning and at the end of practice Pendleton took off the wet T-shirt to reveal a sculptured body and a six pack to boot. In no way does he resemble what we think of in offensive lineman. He looks more like a defensive end and it is easy to see why he is rated one of the top 100 players in the country. Once he gets into a collegiate weight program he will get up to 300 pounds by his sophomore year and not have an ounce of fat on him.
Pendleton is a heavy lean to OU and the OU coaches hope that he will commit to them when he leaves camp or soon after.
Robert Meachum of Tulsa Washington has also been impressive. There isn't a defensive back in camp that can hold him and he has been getting some private work with OU receiver Coach Darryl Wyatt. He also spends a lot of time talking to Bob Stoops. I wonder what they are talking about?
The group will go through two more practice sessions on Wednesday from 9:00 to 11:00 and 2:00 to 4:00.
OU FOOTBALL CAMP: Zaslaw a man among boys
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