The Stars Come Out…

The rankings have been updated and most Oklahoma Sooner fans are going to be pleased with how well some of their targets and commitments fared. One of the highest risers was New Braunfels linebacker Tom Wort who rocketed in to the Top 100. Sooners Illustrated takes a look at all of the movers and shakers.

Overnight the rankings were updated and all of the Sooner commitments were at least upgraded to at least three-star status, but the good news for all of the Sooners out there is that eight of the current commitments were recognized as Top 300 talents.

The highest riser was undoubtedly Tom Wort. Hailing originally from England Wort found himself playing his first years of football in Rhode Island. After his father, Brian, took a job in Texas he quickly found himself rushed in to the recruiting limelight when his film was handed out.

Wort checks in as the 89th best player in the country, and plays like he is a guided missile that is honed in on the target… a ball carrier.

"Wort is just a freak," Texas analyst Alan Zepeda informed.

The next player to check in is Justin Chaisson. He actually slipped a little in the rankings, but maintained his four-star ranking as the 124th best player in the country and the 14th best defensive end in the country.

Ronnell Lewis went from a virtual unknown to one of the most elite players in the country. He will need to make a hard transition from eight-man football, but getting a full year of the 11-man game under his belt before he enters college will definitely benefit his development.

Eric Ward is a talented receiver and his teammate Shevodrick Beaver at Rider High in Wichita Falls, Texas got a lot of the early publicity, but it was Ward who ended up being the major target. He has is a hard knocks type of player that has home run type of ability.

Eric Ward

Jaydan Bird was the first linebacker to pull the trigger on a commitment and he is the next player to check in on the list at number 167. Bird is perfect fit in the middle for the Sooners and will remind a lot of fans of former All-American Rocky Calmus.

Steve Williams, Brandon Mahoney, and Javon Harris were not listed at all on the last edition of the Scout 300, but they made a solid appearance this time around at numbers 186, 197, and 222.

Williams played on a team stacked with talent, but stood out as the best overall prospect and earned an offer from the Sooners. At 5-foot-9, 165 pounds, he will remind people of NFL star Antoine Winfield.

Mahoney is a linebacker that will get better and better every day. He is already bigger than what he played at one year ago and has superior cover skills and the size to be an ideal OLB.

Javon Harris exploded after his film hit the recruiting circles and then he proved that he has all of the skills you look for in a defensive back at the Combine in Dallas. He has solid hips, but he is an absolute warrior coming up against the run. He could fit in perfectly at free safety position.

RB Jonathan Miller, S Will Ford, and DE Terry Franklin were also awarded three-star status.

All-in all it had to be a pleasing day for OU fans as eight of the commitments earned the distinction of being ranked in the Top 250 players in the country and there were a number of other players on the list that OU has a great shot to land.

Uncommitted Targets:

Jamarkus McFarland

Eric Shrive

Gabe Lynn

John Martinez

Craig Roh

Travis Hawkins

Kevin Brent

A.J. McCarron

Ronnie Wingo

Nathan Scheelhaase

Christine Michael Eddie Lacy

Keenan Davis

Eric Gordon

Damario Jeffrey

Knile Davis

Barkevious Mingo

Vondrae Tostensen

Joel Gray

Daytawion Lowe

Montrell Conner

Darius Jones

Stepfan Taylor

Calvin Howell

Keenan Graham

Ryan Mossakowski

Brandon Webb

Jerrod Askew

Stavion Lowe


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