Stoops 'Pleased,' 'Excited' About 2008 Class

Oklahoma maybe didn't get every player it went after, but it filled its needs with the group of 21 players who signed Wednesday, which was National Signing Day. The group was ranked the 12th-best class in the country by Scout.com.

No Julio, no problem.

Oklahoma head football coach made no mention of Julio Jones on Wednesday at a press conference discussing the 2008 group of signees.

There was no need.

First of all, the Foley, Ala., product, rated the No. 1 wide receiver in the country, announced earlier in the day that he would be attending Alabama, just as many had projected.

Secondly, the Sooners did just fine on signing day without Jones' signature.

Oklahoma signed 21 players – all that had committed – by the end of the day. Signing were 18 high school seniors, three of which are already on campus, and three junior college players.

The group, which includes eight players in the Scout.com top 100, features three five-star players, 11 four-stars and six three-star recruits.

The average rating of Oklahoma's signees was 3.76, third to Notre Dame's average of 3.96 and Ohio State's 3.84.

By the end of Wednesday, Oklahoma's class was ranked 12th by Scout.com. Only Ohio State with its 19 signees, was ranked higher with fewer signatures.

Alabama, with 33 commitments, was ranked No. 1. Notre Dame was second, Miami (Fla.) third, Georgia fourth and Florida State fifth.

LSU, Ohio State, Michigan, UCLA, Clemson and Florida were sixth through 11th.

"I'm really pleased with the new class and really excited about it," Stoops said. "This is a bunch of good players that are quality students and quality players."

Stoops and his staff felt they addressed their needs with the class. Signed were 10 offensive players (1 quarterback, 2 running backs, 3 wide receivers, 1 tight end and 3 offensive linemen), 10 defensive (3 linebackers, 3 defensive backs and 4 defensive linemen) and a special teamer in kicker and punter Tress Way.

"What I'm most pleased with as I look at them is the overall depth in all positions," he said. "Overall I think it's pretty obvious that we did a good job in all of our needs and that we've got quality players in all positions."

And the class without Jones? No worries. The three receivers – DeJuan Miller, Josh Jarboe and Jameel Owens – each have a four-star rating.

"The receiver position is a really special group, maybe overall the most special together when you work with them," Stoops said. "They're strong guys with great speed, great physical presence to them. All of them catch the football very well. That's an exciting group of guys who make big plays."

Following is a list of Oklahoma's current signees. Look for more thorough reports in the upcoming days and in the next edition of Sooners Illustrated magazine:

Five Stars

Jermie Calhoun, RB, Vann, (Texas), 6-0/210/4.62

Justin Johnson, RB, Gilmer (Texas), 6-1/205/4.5

R.J. Washington, DE, Fossil Ridge (Texas), 6-3/233/4.78

Four Stars

David Sims, DB, Butte College, 5-11/205/4.38

J.R. Bryant, LB, Garden City (Kansas), 6-3/225/4.5

Stacy McGee, DT, Muskogee (Okla.), 6-3/270/4.7

Jameel Owens, WR, Muskogee (Okla.), 6-3/210/4.45

Josh Jarboe, WR, Cedar Grove (Ga.), 6-3/195/4.45

DeJuan Miller, WR, Metuchen (N.J.), 6-5/200/4.60

Joseph Ibiloye, S, S. Garland (Texas), 6-2/192/4.56

David King, DE, Strake Jesuit Prep (Texas), 6-4/235/4.7

Ben Habern, C, Liberty Christian (Texas), 6-3/270/4.90

Landry Jones, QB, Artesia (N.M.), 6-5/215/4.7

Stephen Good, OT, Paris (Texas), 6-4/290/5.0

Three Stars

Mike Balogun, LB, Lackawanna College, 6-3/250/4.6

Daniel Franklin, LB, Habersham Central (Ga.), 6-3/215/4.6

Britt Mitchell, OT, Roscoe (Texas), 6-8/340/5.0

Casey Walker, DT, Garland (Texas), 6-1/290/5.22

James Hanna, TE, Flower Mound (Texas), 6-5/215/4.53

Lamar Harris, CB, Gilmer (Texas), 6-0/170

Two Stars

Tress Way, K, Tulsa Union (Okla.), 6-1/185


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