The Final Lap . . .
The Sooner squad enters the final week of summer workouts Monday and then will take a few days off before players report for two-a-Days no later than Tuesday, August 2nd.
No doubt, Jerry Schmidt's Strength and Speed staff will be asked for their evaluations by the coaching staff sometime this coming week. Here's what we think that report will conclude:
Overall, it was a very good summer. Almost all of the newcomers started off strong and predictably 'hit a wall' a few weeks ago, but performed as well as any incoming class ever has. It appears that the squad will have more experienced and conditioned depth this year than last and almost every position has had outstanding individuals showing great effort.
Coach Schmidt will turn over a very good group of players to the coaches on August 3rd, and it will be up to the coaching staff to prepare the squad to perform as a complete football team over the course of four weeks.
Outstanding Efforts . . .
One position that was not settled in the spring is at fullback, where the Sooners are looking for a replacement for departed senior J.D. Runnels. The two leading candidates are sophomore Matt Clapp (6-2 / 240) and junior Dane Zaslaw(6-0 / 248), who are in a too-close-to-call battle for the starting spot.
Clapp, who did not redshirt last year as a true freshmen, played in eight games exclusively on special teams, and suffered a 'neck stinger' in spring drills that slowed his progress. However the promising fullback has now healed and had one of the best summer sessions on the squad.
Clapp and Zaslaw will get as much attention as any two players next month, as coaches want to see who has the strength and stamina to play the majority of the snaps this fall. While 'knockdown' blocks often make the highlight reels, the coaching staff will be more focused on consistency, assignments, and the ability to recognize and pick up a rush from many different defensive coverage's.
New OC Kevin Wilson explains what he wants.
"J.D. was always considered to be very physical, but more importantly, I would say he was very effective and reliable. You don't always need a knockdown block from the fullback. Sometimes a 'screen block' is just as effective, and you just need to identify the threat and take care of it. We'll look for the player that is the most physical, and shows that he has mastered the assignments and can best protect the quarterback on the pass and clear a path for the ball carrier on a running play."
Put down redshirt freshman Brody Eldridge as another player who used the summer to improve his stock. The converted DE was moved to TE and looks like he could easily carry 265-270 pounds on his 6-5 frame.
We've talked about promising freshman Jermaine Gresham the last few weeks, but with Eldridge making as much progress as he did this summer, he has also jumped into the TE mix with Gresham and junior Joe Jon Finley. It could be that we could see all three in the game in certain short yardage situations. Imagine two wide outs, two TE's and Gresham in the slot for example.
Regardless of how and when, it's a fact that Gresham and Eldridge have given the position a major boost over last year.
Leadership - the Missing Link . . .
Physically the Sooners have had a great summer, with minimal injuries and setbacks. They will enter August with loads of talents, but still lacking a key ingredient necessary if they are to fulfill the expectations of winning the Big 12 and going to a BCS game.
That overlooked but vital ingredient is leadership.
After the disappointing defection of two key offensive linemen and the subsequent loss to TCU last year, it was senior Davin Joseph who diffused the 'get em back on the team talk, when he stood up and said, 'This team doesn't need any quitters." That began the process of the OL not making excuses and working hard to get better, and by the end of the season the unit was playing well.
That's the kind of leadership we're referring to, and the effect that it can have on a team.
What both the offensive and defensive units need are vocal, dynamic leaders that can unify and rally a team at key times. It's the major factor why young teams do not often win championships, for leadership is a natural by-product of experience and age, and unfortunately, some of this teams' best players are only sophomores. And some of the better juniors and seniors are by nature somewhat quiet.
There is a difference between a 'rah rah' guy and a leader. One is talk, the other is validated by action and accomplishment. Young players want to win as much as anyone, but their enthusiasm often gets interpreted as just noise and clamor. Leaders on the other hand, know when to calm and when to cajole teammates.
Here are the most probable potential leaders that need to step up, and could very well do so in August.
C.J. Ah You could be the most likely candidate, as the Holiday Bowl Defensive MVP plays with steady resolve. He is respected by his teammates and with the departed Dusty Dvoracek, (now a likely starter with the Chicago Bears), Ah You could seize the opportunity.
Rufus Alexander, the senior Butkus candidate is just too nice, too quiet and easy going sometimes. If he would talk, teammates would likely listen.
Junior Carl Pendleton, ditto Alexander above.
In order for dynamic senior Larry Birdine, who is never lost for words, to emerge as the defensive leader, he would probably would have to direct more of his talk to teammates instead of opponents.
Sophomore Reggie Smith could at least get the DB's on board, but may still be too young to take over the defensive unit as a whole.
Sophomore Ryan Reynolds was a candidate for the job as he's all business on the field and in the weight room. The injury to Reynolds was key - not just from a talent standpoint, but he was one young guy that commands respect.
Although unlikely, can Reynolds still be a key from the sidelines this year while sitting out with an injury? Normally an impossible task, but he just may be able to pull it off.
Sophomore Rhett Bomar will certainly try. But still, it's very difficult for a player with only a year of experience to lead the team. It could happen if he could recycle some of his honest and natural enthusiasm into instruction. Bomar has the intelligence, talent and personality to do it however.
Junior Adrian Peterson. Who could ignore the best player in college football? A.D can and will get in your face at opportune times, and no one has ever out worked him. Peterson could actually do almost as much here as with the football tucked under his arm.
Senior Paul Thompson is a natural leader and is respected and well liked by his coaches and teammates. His ability in this area almost assures him of a start, regardless of the availability of several young receivers who may be more skilled. Like Reynolds, Thompson may also be effective from the sidelines at key times as well.
Senior Chris Messner the lone veteran on the OL, could take the place of departed Davin Joseph and keep the OL improving and intact. But with Chris it would not just be idle chatter from an old guy. While many fans are not aware that Messner had as good a year as anyone along the OL last year, the players and coaches certainly know it.
What a Difference a Year Makes . . .
Almost everyone, from the coaching staff on down, expects the Sooners to be much improved this year. Obviously, not every departed senior will be replaced by someone of the same caliber. But experience does count, and it's not always game experience. Practice sessions, workouts in the spring and summer, growth in size and strength all contribute to players getting better.
OK, beyond that, why do we believe that the Sooners CAN be a better team this year? Here are ten reasons for optimism.
1) If Adrian Peterson is healthy - the Sooners have the nations' best offensive weapon on the field. Peterson was not close to 100% for more than a few games last year. Even when he was, due to other factors, he was not always able to get his shoulders 'square' and run off tackle in a way that only he can do.
2) The maturation and confidence of sophomore quarterback Rhett Bomar who grew and matured weekly last season, and showed poise and ability in the win over #5 ranked Oregon in the Holiday Bowl. Bomar had a shaky start, first with an offensive line that allowed too much penetration and a new receiving corps, then by the loss of Peterson. However, by the end of the season Bomar had the team under control.
3) Return of Jon Cooper at center, plus the added experience of Duke Robinson and Branndon Braxton, who all showed unusual promise a true freshmen starting along the OL. The arrival of JC transfer Brandon Walker adds depth that was not available last year.
4) The development of young receivers in Malcolm Kelly, Juaquin Iglesias and the unexpected success of freshman Jermaine Gresham will boost the confidence of Bomar and at the same time make defenses respect the pass, creating more room at the line of scrimmage.
5) An aggressive, 'killer' mentality with the arrival of naming of new OC Kevin Wilson. Chuck Long, a dedicated disciple of the pro style attack, was a great coach, but Wilson should be a better fit for the college game, at least in OU's style of offense, on game day.
Many times last year the Sooners got out to big leads and squandered them away - trying to avoid turnovers and injuries to the QB, (who as we noted above, was the last weapon left standing on offense).
As OC at Northwestern, Wilson had to use all the weapons in the arsenal to combat Big 10 powers Penn State, Michigan and Ohio State. Oklahoma has far more weapons available than the Wildcats, and Wilson will use them.
We saw what he did after only a few days of practice as OC for the Holiday Bowl. Imagine what eight months have allowed. Bob Stoops was not joking when he said that we'd all see a much more diverse Adrian Peterson this season. Expect to also see more counters, isolation plays, and quarterback draws.
1) Cornerback - you simply can not efectively employ the Stoops - Venables defense with inexperienced or ineffective corners. Therefore, the top priority in the spring fell on this single position, not offensive line as everyone has suggested.
Insert Reggie Smith and Lendy Holmes' development, plus a year of experience for D.J. Wolfe and the return of junior Marcus Walker, as the key reasons the position will not be the nightmare that crippled the defense last year.
2) More overall secondary depth, (and offensive success, see above), should also help avoid the secondary being gassed and prime targets of forth quarter meltdowns due to fatigue.
3) Depletion of depth at DE also contributed to some of the fourth quarter too close for comfort calls. This year the awesome foursome of seniors Larry Birdine, C.J. Ah You, Calvin Thibodeaux and junior John Williams should not allow opposing QB's to run wild in the second half as they often did last year.
4) Although it will be difficult to replace Dusty Dvoracek, the additional support of sensational freshmen DeMarcus Granger, Gerald McCoy and sophomore Cory Bennett, should give junior Carl Pendleton far more help than he had last year.
5) Special Teams were a disaster last year, but look to be much better starting with punt returns where Reggie Smith should win the position by September 2. Smith has an awesome first step 'juke' that baffles most everyone, allowing him just enough time to try to find the seam.
On kickoffs, DeMarco Murray might get a chance to shed the red shirt and line up with a very capable Allen Patrick. Remember the height of the kicking tee has been reduced by one half in order to encourage more returns.
Recruiting . . .
The Sooners have added a few names to their active recruitment list, and a few are committed elsewhere.
The one problem of a very early commitment is that sometimes players have second thoughts. Obviously, even after a player commits, the phone still rings and text messages still are sent, almost daily. Many prospects know where they want to go very early on, some commit when they get the first big D1 offer that appeals to them. And those are potential problems when a slew of offers continue to batter the brain on a daily basis. When those inquiries are from top ten programs, the pressure only increases.
It's not the first time that KU commit Christian Ballard's (6-4 / 275 / 4.7), name has shown up on the OU radar screen. Ballard, an exceptional athlete, is from hometown Lawrence, Kansas and it'll be harder to pry him away from Mark Mangino than a three pound rib dinner, but the Sooners will try, telling Ballard to 'think about it' and see what happens this fall.
While Christian is committed to Kansas, he says there are two schools that he'd likely to visit, "I would like to see Georgia and Oklahoma," Ballard said last week. (Ballard grew up in Marietta, Georgia and lived there until moving to Lawrence about five years ago).
"I hope I can visit Georgia before schools starts this fall. I don't know as much about Oklahoma, but I do want to learn more about them and visit their campus."
Another KU commit on the 'possibly might be looking around list' is Kansas City offensive lineman Donald Stephenson, (6-6 / 280) of KC Central HS. Stephenson is a dominant offensive lineman that plays with an intensity that's hard to match.
When Ryan Miller of Littleton, CO. officially crossed Oklahoma off of his list, the Sooners simply turned their attention elsewhere.
One recipient of the attention was Iowa commit Bryan Bulaga, (6-5 / 250 / 4.8), of Marian Catholic in Woodstock, IL. Bulaga can play either side of the line and is a great talent. New OU O-Line coach James Patton has been familiar with Bulaga for several years, and we'll see if it counts for anything.
Expect for a few other names to pop up over the next few weeks as the Sooner staff tries to balance availability and possibilities.
Here are Oklahoma's current commitments for 2007:
Jontae Bumpus - DE - Muskogee, OK
Desmond Jackson - DB - Seguin, TX
Jamell Fleming - DB - Arlington, TX
Austin Box - LB - Enid, OK
Mike Reed - LB - Yuba JC, CA
Here are the prospects for approximately 10 slots that OU has offered, (or in a few cases, s close to offering), listed by position and in the order that we believe that OU has the best chance at signing.
ATHLETES: Projected: 1 - 4 / Current Commitments: 0
Every week we reinforce the fact that versatility and the ability to play more than one position are crucial this year. At present, here is OU's offer list of Athlete Prospects - with their current Super Prep/Scout national ranking ('X'), and listed in order of signing possibility - as of this date:
Travis Lewis (RB ***) S - Ath (6'2, 220, 4.4), San Antonio, TX (Lee)
Gerald Jones (19 RB) (6-1 / 190 / 4.49) OKC (Millwood)
Chad Jones (11 S) Ath (6-3 / 220 / 4.5) Baton Rouge, LA (Southern Lab)
Ben Bass (25 DE) DE/OL (6-4 / 260 / 4.9), Plano, TX (West)
Sam Proctor (RB ***) Ath (6-1 / 205 / 4.4), Pearland, TX
Jermaine Love (UR) Ath (5-11½ / 206 / 4.4), Garland, TX (North)
Kamar Aiken, (****) FS/WR, (6'2 / 205 / 4.4), Hollywood, (Chaminade Madonna Prep) FL
Doug Wiggins, (10 CB) Ath, (5-10½ / 185 / 4.5), North Miami Beach, FL
Billy Chavis, (5 TE) Ath - TE, (6'5 / 227 /4.7), Beaumont, (Westbrook), TX (future offer pending)
Cameron Jordan (UR ***) DE (6-4 / 240), Chandler, Arizona (future offer pending)
When we say that San Antonio's Travis Lewis, (6'2, 220, 4.4), is an 'athlete,' apparently other schools agree, as he's being recruited as a running back, safety and linebacker.
"Nebraska is recruiting outside linebacker, and so is USC. I haven't really talked to OU about it. I bet it is linebacker, but they are just recruiting me. Some colleges like Arizona and Houston are recruiting me to play running back. I don't have any problem with programs playing me on defense. I will play anywhere. Those guys have been putting players in positions for many years and doing it well. They will do the same for me."
Lewis has not visited anyone this summer, but says it's still a Nebraska - OU dogfight with USC a very viable option if they offer. "Right now it is Nebraska and Oklahoma and USC. USC hasn't offered, but they have talked to me a bunch this summer."
"Oklahoma is a great college. I have talked to Coach Wright a few times, but this last month I haven't been talking to anybody because it is getting close to my school year and I want to get ready for my senior year. I don't think I am going to commit early. I know some guys want to do that, but that has never been something that I wanted to do."
"I guess they need a safety net or they just know where they want to go, but I am not worried about that. I want to take some visits because I have never been out of Texas. I want to see what is out there. I want to see some of the other campuses and see what some other parts of the country look like."
Three-star athlete (quarterback/running back) Sam Proctor, (6-1, 200, 4.5) from Pearland (Texas) has scholarship offers from LSU, Oklahoma, Houston, Kansas and TCU. He favors LSU slightly over Oklahoma, Florida, Texas A&M and Alabama.
"LSU is recruiting me as a quarterback," Proctor said. "I like the overall feel of the school and coach Les Miles seems like a good guy. He's very sincere and I feel like he'd be honest with me. He said I'd be a great dual-threat quarterback in their offense."
Proctor will be attending the Tiger's camp this weekend, Saturday (July 22), and if he does not commit, it's an open race. While LSU sees Proctor as a quarterback, Oklahoma isn't quite sure yet.
"They are still telling me athlete," Proctor said. "They really impressed me when they told me that they are only a few in my class and that I was the second guy they offered. They said they have a young team and are very limited with scholarships, so it means a lot that they thought I was good enough to get one."
Proctor finished his junior season with 15 touchdowns rushing and 10 touchdowns passing with only two interceptions.
"I'm an athlete," Proctor said. "I'm a playmaker and can really turn it on during game winning situations. I can cut on a dime and once I'm in the open I can't be caught. I still want to improve my pocket presence and play more relaxed. I need to see the whole field better and improve my vision.
"I'm pursuing being a quarterback because that's what I'm going to play as a senior," Proctor said.
"We'll see what happens after this season. I think this season will answer a lot of questions that I have about my skills as a quarterback and answer a lot of questions the schools recruiting me may have."
Sam benches 305-pounds, squats 435 and has a 35-inch vertical jump.
RUNNING BACK - Projected: 1 / Current Commitments: 0
Running Back Prospects:
Lennon Creer (8) (6-1 / 195 / 4.45), Tatum, TX
Joseph Reese RB (6-2 / 190 / 4.4), of Pflugerville, TX ('Soft' A&M Commitment)
Caleb King (3) (5-11 / 197 / 4.4), Lilburn, (Parkview), GA
Lennon Creer of Tatum, Texas, said this week that he's down to four schools:
"I've narrowed it down to four," said the 6-0, 205-pound speedster. "Oklahoma State, Oklahoma, Tennessee and Miami are the four."
Of his final four he handicaps the field:
"I like Oklahoma a lot. I went up there for the spring game and it was a great atmosphere. I like the coaches and the players a lot. At Oklahoma State, it was nice up there and they are rebuilding a lot of stuff. I think it is going to be really nice in the future. I just know a little bit about Tennessee and won't know a lot about them until I visit there. The same goes with Miami, but they put out a lot of people in the NFL and that's impressive."
Creer says that he knows one thing will be a factor in his decision:
"Sending players to the NFL is important to me, and how they are developing people for the next level. The depth chart is important to me. I don't want to go someplace where they have a bunch of running backs stacked up ready to play. How a team runs the football is also important to me because I want to go somewhere that they at least run the ball."
Creer says he's going to visit Tennessee next week and then try to decide something in early August. Creer, who is a good student with a 3.0 GPA and 19 on the ACT, last season he helped lead Tatum to the Texas Class 3A championship rushing for 2,150 yards and 18 touchdowns.
We added Georgia's Caleb King (#3 RB) (5-11 / 197 / 4.4), to OU's list last week, after King had mentioned that he had an interest in the Sooners. But King did not mention Oklahoma this week, after giving them a brief blip ten days ago.
"Right now, I know there are two schools that I will visit for sure and that's USC and Notre Dame."
As we have mentioned before, if OU gets none of the above, Travis Lewis, or Sam Proctor, would likely come off of the athlete list and fill the top two slots under 'Running Back.'
RECIEVERS - Projected: 2 / Current Commitments: 0
At present, here is OU's offer list of Receiver prospects- with their current Super Prep/Scout national ranking ('X'), and listed in order of signing possibility - as of this date:
Corey Wilson, (UR) (6-0 / 185 / 4.4), Carrollton (Creekview HS), TX
Ron Brooks (6) SR (6-0 / 170 / 4.5) Irving, TX (MacArthur)
Terrance Toliver (3) WR (6-5 / 188 / 4.4), Hempstead, TX
Dez Bryant (UR ****) WR (6-1 / 203 / 4.6) Lufkin, TX
James Kirkendoll (UR ****) SR (5-11 / 178 / 4.4), Round Rock, TX
Greg Little (8 LB) WR (6-3 / 205 / 4.5) Durham, NC (Hillside)
Arrelious Benn (1) WR (6'2 / 205 / 4.4), Washington D.C. (Dunbar)
This week Corey Wilson, brother of former Sooner WR Travis Wilson, says that right now it's all OU:
"Oklahoma is still my favorite -I am not sure about Texas Tech anymore. It is pretty much just Oklahoma right now. I do have a slight interest in Baylor because of my good friend G.J. Kinne, who committed there. Basically, my only interest in Oklahoma right now."
So what's keeping Wilson from pulling the trigger?
"I am just trying to enjoy everything. I am not trying to close doors too fast. I am not saying that another school is going to jump in and change my mind, but I am just trying to enjoy the recruiting process a little bit. I will probably get into the season a little bit and then announce. I don't want it to get too far into the season before I announce, so I will probably do it then."
If he does commit, Wilson can play either the WR or slot, so all options are still open as far as others go, should Cory commit. (i.e. OU wants one WR and one 'Slot' receiver).
We've mentioned James Kirkendoll from Round Rock, TX, and some have wondered why OU would offer an 'unranked' receiver. Well, seems like maybe the OU coaches actually know football, here's what national recruiting expert Jamie Newberg said after he saw more film on Kirkendoll a few days ago.
" . . . Kirkendoll, 5-11 and 178 pounds, is so explosive. In fact, he has to be one of the most dangerous wide receivers in the entire country among the Class of '07. He reminds me of Percy Harvin from last year's group. Like Harvin he has blazing speed and exceptional quickness. He has great hips and the ability to start and stop and start once again. He also has a great burst and acceleration and will just blow right by you.
Kirkendoll has balance and vision and the ability to score from anywhere, anytime, whether it's in the passing game or returning a kick. He will beat you deep or take the short pass the distance. When watching him in action you marvel at his God given ability and just say 'wow'."
Sounds like 'Kirk' is about to move up the rankings a bit. He said a few days ago that Florida was the leader with Miami and OU right behind.
OFFENSIVE LINEMEN - Projected: 3 / Current Commitments: 0
At present, here is OU's offer list of Offensive Line prospects- with their current Super Prep/Scout national ranking ('X'), and listed in order of signing possibility - as of this date:
Matt Romine ( UR ****) OL (6-6 / 275 / 5.2) Tulsa, OK (Union)
Po'u Palelei (25) OL (6-3 / 314 / 5.8) Las Vegas (Bishop Gorman)
Lee Ziemba (6) OL (6-7 / 295 / 5.2) Rogers, AR
Javario Burkes (22) OL (6-6½ / 300 / 5.2), Phoenix, AZ (Moon Valley)
Tray Allen (2) OL (6-4½ / 290 / 5.3), Grand Prairie, TX (committed to UT, but still talking to OU).
Donald Stephenson, (6-6 / 280) Kansas City, MO (Central) (committed to KU, but still talking to OU)
Bryan Bulaga, (6-5 / 250 / 4.8), Woodstock, IL (Marian Catholic) (committed to Iowa, but still talking to OU)
The big news this week is the addition of Stephenson and Bulaga (details above), to the prospect list. As we have said, as OL prospects commit elsewhere, OU will simply replace them with others, as long as Sooner coaches believe that they have a legitimate chance to start at OU.
DEFENSIVE ENDS - Projected: 2
Jontae Bumpus - (6-4 / 220 / 4.6) Muskogee, OK. (Committed to Oklahoma)
Defensive End Prospects:
Richetti Jones (4) DE (6'3½ / 235 / 4.6), Dallas, TX (Lincoln)
Frank Alexander DE (6'4 ½ / 229 / 4.7), Baton Rouge, LA (Southern Lab)
Everson Griffen (1) DE (6-4 / 265 / 4.55), Avondale, AZ
Sam Acho, DE (6'3 / 247 / 4.67), Dallas, TX (St Mark's) (offer pending)
Tight end/defensive end Frank Alexander (6-3.5, 241, 4.8) from Baton Rouge Southern Univ. Lab said this week that he currently favors LSU slightly over Oklahoma (offer) and Miami.
"I prefer to play defensive end because as a tight end they just use me for blocking, depending on if the quarterback throws to the tight end. But I like rushing and sacking the quarterback as a defensive end. That's also my best strength - I just want to improve my speed," Alexander said. He broke down his interests in both LSU and Oklahoma.
"LSU is real close to home, and I would love to stay only 35 minutes from home during college. All my friends say I should get out of Baton Rouge and start a new life farther away, but I don't really want to get out. I like it here. It would be convenient for my parents to visit me and watch my games, and I'm lucky to have a Div I school right close to home.
"I like Oklahoma because of the fact that they are losing four senior defensive ends and they are recruiting me as a defensive end. My coach during ninth and tenth grade, Brad Davis, played at Oklahoma when he was in college and would have gone to the next level if he didn't get injured and have to get surgery. Oklahoma has a good program and I would get good exposure because they are on TV almost every week."
DEFENSIVE LINEMEN - Projected: 1 / Current Commitments: 0
Defensive Line Prospects:
Joseph Barksdale (19 OL) (6-5½ / 315 / 4.9), Detroit, MI (Cass Technical HS)
Rolando Barragan DT/DE (6-3 / 262 / 4.8) El Camino JC (CA)
DEFENSIVE BACKS - Projected: 3
Desmond Jackson, (18) - CB (6'1 / 190 /4.5), Seguin, TX. (Committed to Oklahoma)
Jamell Fleming - (UR ***) CB (5-11 / 197 / 4.5) Arlington (Sequin) TX (Committed to Oklahoma)
Christian Scott (9) (6'0½, 189, 4.4), Dallas, TX (Skyline)
Jermaine Love (UR) (5-11½ / 206 / 4.4) Garland, TX (North)
Jeremy Kerley (UR) (5-10 / 175 / 4.5) Hutto, TX
Free safety Christian Scott (6'0½, 189, 4.4), from Dallas Skyline is still OU's top DB recruit still on the board and still says OU is #1 with him as now.
LINEBACKER - Projected: 2
Oklahoma is very happy with their two LB commitments and will close the door unless there are career ending injuries or other unforeseen events.
LB Austin Box (1 - S)- (6-3 / 217 / 4.6), Enid, OK. (Committed to Oklahoma)
LB Mike Reed - (UR - JC) (6-3 / 250 / 4.6), Yuba JC, Marysville, CA. (Committed to Oklahoma)
PK / PUNTER: Projected: 0 - 1 / Current P/PK Commitments:
The Kicker / Punter Prospects:
Wesley Bryan (6-0 / 180) Fort Lauderdale St. Thomas Aquinas (Florida) (offer pending)
Stephen Hoge, (6-2 / 200), OKC PC North (offer pending)
Jimmy Stevens, (5-6 / 150), OKC Heritage Hall (offer pending)
Matt Szymanski, (6-2 / 190), A&M Consolidated, Texas ('Soft' commitment to A&M)
OU would like to wait until October to offer one of the above, and if Szymanski goes ahead with his stated plans to enroll at A&M early this fall, that would naturally eliminate him.
QUARTERBACK - Projected: 0 - 1 / Current QB Commitments: 0
At this time the Sooners are not recruiting a 'pure' QB, but prefer an athletic player that can perform in multiple skill positions. That could change as they will continue to monitor and evaluate QB's when the HS season starts in September.
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