Sooner Magic Insider (2-18-09)

Sooner Magic Insider takes a look at OLB Caleb Lavey, OL JaWuan James, S Eddrick Loften, and QB Scotty Young...

Caleb Lavey, a 6-foot-3, 215-pound linebacker from Celina High in Texas is one of the latest players to pick up an offer from the Oklahoma Sooners.

Lavey now has offers from schools like Texas A&M, Notre Dame, Arkansas, Oklahoma State, TCU, Arizona, Stanford, Texas Tech, and Duke.

He has been taking visits to many of his favorites to see what the schools have to offer and he has already been on OU campus twice in the past six months.

Lavey said, "I have been to OU for the TCU game. I went on an unofficial visit. I toured the campus, but I never really got an in-depth or experience as much. I did not get to see all of these different things that the university offers to student athletes."

His second trip to Norman was for the Sooners Jr. Day in January. He did not receive his offer at that time, but some key one on one time with Bob Stoops made him feel like he was still a priority recruit. So it seems that OU is still a major player.

"After going through the junior day I am just extremely impressed by what Oklahoma has to offer their student athletes both academically and with their football program."

The last player that OU recruited at Celina was defensive back D'Anton Lynn, who selected Penn State despite picking up an offer from the Sooners late in his decision making process.

Lavey kept a close eye on Lynn when he was going through the process.

"I know that D'Anton took it slow and he enjoyed the ride. That is what I am trying to do. I am trying not to get stressed out about it. I am just enjoying everything I am blessed to have all of the opportunities in recruiting."

"I think D'Anton getting recruited really helped my recruiting because we always had coaches coming down and our coaches probably said something about me. So him getting recruited in turn helped me get recruited a little bit, so D'Anton did me a favor."

Lynn took his time, but Lavey said that he would not hesitate on pulling the trigger if the timing is right or the right feeling is felt.

This past season, Lavey had 200 tackles, 5 sacks, three caused fumbles and two fumble recoveries. He has helped lead Celina to three-straight state title games as their leading tackler, winning one.


Eddrick Loften, a 6-foot-0, 205-pound safety from Nimitz High in Irving, Texas was the second player to issue a verbal commitment to the Sooners for the class of 2010.

He felt that the Sooners offered the complete package in a college football program.

"I just loved the winning atmosphere down there and the coaches," Loften said when asked about why he selected the OU so early in the process.

"I like the coaches down there. Mostly coach Venables. He is straight up with you and that is how he is. He does not beat around the bush. He is basically the coach that I have a bond with down there."

"The campus was pretty nice. I liked it a lot. The whole atmosphere down there is pretty good. It was the campus, the facilities, and the people."

Loften also feels he will have the chance to see some action early on in his career.

"I feel like it is a pretty good chance," Loften said when asked if there was a good shot to get in some action for OU once he arrives. "I just got to go out there and show what I got."

"I am just a big physical guy. I will come up and hit and cover. So I feel like that I am the complete safety."

Loften thought that making the early commitment will allow him to put the focus back on to football and helping get himself and his teammates ready for what will be his last season of prep football.

Loften said, "It is a benefit because you don't have to go through it (the recruiting process) and you can spend that last year with the other seniors. It takes some of the pressure off for the team and everything. I just feel like it should be more about the team performance and it would take some of that spotlight off of me and every thing."

Loften will also be telling other recruits about the benefits of the OU football program.

"Yeah," Loften stated when asked if he is now working on guys to make the 2010 class stronger. "I got a couple of good friends who got an offer from OU that I have grown up with and played football with. I spent a lot of time with Corey Nelson at the junior day and we are texting back and forth."

As a junior, Loften racked up 88 tackles and six sacks to earn All-District honors.


Oklahoma has now extended offers to their top two quarterback targets in Blake Bell and Connor Wood, but another top quarterback to keep an eye on is Denton Ryan High's (Texas) Scotty Young.

At 6-foot-3, 215 pounds, Young put up some huge numbers as a junior by throwing for 4,500 yards and 65 touchdowns.

The first thought when hearing those types of numbers is Texas Tech, and the Red Raiders were actually the first school to extend him a scholarship offer.

Young said, "It was a pretty big deal when I heard about it. It was pretty big deal to get that one because our school passes the ball a lot. I thought it would be a really good fit.

"I am just taking my time, but it was exciting to get the opportunity to go there if that is what comes of it."

Schools like Oklahoma, Arizona, Kansas, Texas A&M, Nebraska and Notre Dame have also been showing a strong interest in his talents.

"Now that I am talking to a lot of other schools it is really exciting to get to talk to all of these college coaches and know that they may want you to come play college football for them."

As you can assess from his statistics Young is a guy who likes to get out there and fling the ball around.

"I think the best thing I am good at doing is throwing the ball down field and getting the ball in to receivers hands that can do something with it. I have pretty good footwork in the pocket.

"My biggest weakness is probably running the ball downfield, but that is what I am working on this off-season. I am trying to get a little better."

"I am more of a pocket passer."

Oklahoma is a school that is close to home and despite missing a junior day there Young states that he has very strong interest in their program.

"I was invited to Oklahoma junior day, but I had a combine thing."

I just have always liked them. I have always grown up watching them and Texas play. It is the big time rivalry. I went to a game this year and all of the fans are crazy about the team."

Young also missed a junior day at Texas A&M, and is giving off a vibe that he is going to play it slow in the recruiting game.

"I don't really have a plan right now," Young admitted. "I am jut going to take it as it comes and see how it all works out."


After securing a commitment from Georgia native Cameron Kenney in the class of 2009 the Sooners have started to hit up the "Peach State" again in 2010 by offering the cream of the crop prospects.

CB Ryan Ayers and RB Mack Brown were the first two players to report offers from OU, and they both starred at the Combine in Atlanta last weekend.

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News has come out that Oklahoma has now also targeted one of the top wide receivers in the entire nation in Gainesville High's Tailer Jones (6-1, 175, 4.3).

"Greg, OU has just offered Tailer Jones," National Director Scott Kennedy informed me yesterday.

Jones is one of the slickest in the country and now holds official scholarship offers from schools like Oklahoma, Ohio State, Texas, Tennessee, Miami (FL), Alabama, Notre Dame, UCLA, and USC. As a matter if fact Jones already boasts an offer list that is as impressive as any other prospect in the country.

Oklahoma has also extended an official offer to Jawuan James, a 6-foot-6, 285-pound offensive lineman from North Gwinnett High in Suwanee, Ga.

The offer list is also growing by the week for the top lineman.

"I have 13 offers now. Yesterday Miami offered. Saturday I got offers from Oklahoma and Michigan State," he said.

James was one of the top offensive lineman at the US Army Combine in San Antonio back at the beginning of January.

"It's a really nice place," James informed of Texas. "The competition was pretty good. There were a lot of top kids there and it is good to rate yourself alongside some of the top kids in the nation."

James believes his consistency may be his best attribute on the field. He is a player that his QB can depend on.

"I play left tackle. I protect the quarterbacks blindside," James stated.

"I do my job. I am very consistent."

James admits that he would like to take all of his official visits before coming to a decision. He has seen a lot of schools in the south, but would like to get a look at a school like OU before finalizing anything.

"I have been to Alabama, UGA, Georgia Tech and Clemson a couple of times. "There are a lot of schools (I still want to see) that I am very interested in."

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