2009 Top 100 – OU Targets

With the new trend of early commitments colleges are starting to take an even earlier approach to recruiting, and Oklahoma is no different. The initial release of the Scout.com 2009 Top 100 inspired SoonersIllustrated.com to take a look at some of the top targets on the list that have already emerged on the Sooners' radar.

Scout.com National 100 - Class 0f 2009 (Link)

Quarterback:

Russell Shepherd, 6-2/185, Houston (Tx.) Cy Ridge

The quarterback depth chart should look pretty good with Sam Bradford, Keith Nichol, and Landry Jones all on the roster, but OU fans dream about having a quarterback lining up in this offense that has the ability to move the football on the ground. Shepherd is an amazing athlete that plays quarterback. OU is not on his initial list, but it would be plausible to think that they could get on him by offering him the opportunity to be the only type of player with his specialized skill set in the QB mix after Bradford moves on.

Running Back:

Bryce Brown, 6-0/205, Wichita (Ks.) East

Once again the OU staff will have to battle against a loaded depth chart to get a quality player at the RB position. Brown is one of the best and only a couple of hours away from campus. He is a nice player that has both the size and speed to be an every down runner. The signing of is brother Arthur Brown could go a long way with snaring Bryce, but the latest rumors seem to suggest that the schools further south have an inside track with the Brown's.

Dexter Pratt, 6-1/215, Navasota (Tx.)

Pratt is another player with great size and power. He expressed an early affinity to Texas and Oklahoma and many "experts" seem to think that the Sooners would have an edge in his recruitment. With his size and strength he may also project out on defense at linebacker.

Chris Whaley, 6-3/218, Madisonville

OU landed the top runners in Texas in 2008 when they nailed down commitments from Justin Johnson and Jermie Calhoun. They have also already thrown their hat in the mix for 2009's top back Chris Whaley. Whaley is a big powerful runner who will be able to pick and choose where he wants to go to school. He is a program changing type of back.

Wide Receiver:

Rueben Randle, 6-3/195, Bastrop (La.)

Oklahoma has had some good success recruiting Louisiana when they find a prospect that they really like. Randle is a big-framed receiver with a high school program with a great history of producing top-flight recruits. Nice athleticism.

Vondrae Tostenson, 6-4/205, Omaha (Ne.) Millard South

Another player with a huge frame. When talking OU recruits always want to be the next Malcolm Kelly, and Tostensen literally could be. He does everything incredibly well, but the thing he seems to understand early on is that he can use his frame to his advantage to seal off defenders.

Offensive Line:

Thomas Ashcraft, 6-5/275, Cedar Hills (Tx.)

Ashcraft has been on the radar for a long time now. He is a nasty lineman that play in a program that is used to winning championships. A great combination. Cedar Hill has sent players all over the Big 12, and it would be a perfect time for OU to get in on the fun. With some injury concerns with some of the incoming recruits it looks like the Sooners will pursue a number of players along the line in '09.

John Martinez, 6-4/250, Salt Lake City (Utah) Cottonwood

Martinez comes from another strong program that has a history of producing great players. Martinez's teammate Lynn Katoa is strongly considering signing with OU, but Cottonwood sends many of their top players to USC. Martinez could end up playing along the offensive or defensive line in college.

Defensive Line:

Justin Chiasson, 6-4/252, Las Vegas (Nev.) Bishop Gorman

Oklahoma is definitely going to be a major player with Chiasson, who has a legitimate chance to be a five-star player at defensive end. At the US Army Combine earlier this winter he was one of the few sophomores in attendance and he was as good as any of the junior lineman that were there.

Jamarcus McFarland, 6-3/285, Lufkin (Tx.)

McFarland is yet another tremendous talent from Lufkin High. He is a big defensive tackle prospect, and will most likely be the top tackle in the entire region. He has already secured offers from most of the top schools in the nation.

Johnny Simon, 6-3/250, Cardinal Mooney (Oh.)

OU got in with the Youngstown powerhouse in this class when they nabbed Taylor Hill. Simon may be the best prospect in Ohio barring class right now, and it would be an absolute coup if they can steal him away from Ohio State or Notre Dame.

Linebacker:

Chris Williams, 6-1/212, Abilene (Tx.)

West Texas is not the typical hotbed of football recruiting in the state, but schools will be flocking in to see the versatile Williams. He currently holds one offer from Texas Tech, but it is a little early to judge who exactly will get involved.

Defensive Back:

Craig Bills, 6-2/202, Provo (Utah) Timpview

While up in Utah checking in on John Martinez the staff may as well head right over and check out the uber athletic Bills. It will be a nice year for talent in the state as there are a number of talented prospect who could be worthy of an offer.

Gabe Lynn 6-0, 195, Jenks (Ok.)

The last player to make an a major impact for the Sooners from Jenks was Rocky Calmus. Lynn may not be as highly regarded as a player like Calmus, but with his size and versatility he could be a great defensive back on the next level.

Craig Loston, 6-2.5/195, Houston (Tx.) Eisenhower

Loston made an early commitment to play for Texas A&M but very recently de-committed and named OU amongst his top three favorite schools alongside California and Florida.

Scout.com National 100 - Class 0f 2009 (Link)


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