November 15, 2009

Commits Have Big Win, Tough Losses


BLAKE BELL - QB 6'6 - 210, Wichita (Kan.) Bishop Carroll

Bell suffered some trash talk from an opposing coach this week but let his play do the talking going 15-for-22 and two touchdowns (21, 16) along with 102-yards rushing and a 32-yard touchdown on 15-carries.

Perhaps no quarterback in the country has a bigger upside, his senior year at Bishop Carroll will be his second at the position. Blessed with a great frame and NFL bloodlines, Bell is expected to have a big senior year.
Next: Bishop Carroll (11-0) travels to Hutchinson in the state semi-finals.

BRENNAN CLAY - RB 6' - 190, San Diego (Calif.) Scripps Ranch

Clay and Scripps Ranch took one on the chin in a 55-14 loss but Clay had 84-yards and a touchdown on 14-carries.

No player has been a bigger catalyst for Oklahoma's top five ranking nationally due to his ability to network and talk to recruits from across the country. Clay is a dual-threat running back equally adept in receiving and rushing.
Next: Scripps Ranch (5-5) hosts Orange Glen in the first round of the playoffs.

Aaron Colvin - DB 6'0 - 180, Owasso, Okla.

Colvin and his teammtes finally fell short of helping a sputtering offense as the Rams fell 14-7 to Bartlesville in the first round of the playoffs.

In one summer Colvin went from relatively unknown into a guy with multiple BCS offers, his footwork and quickness made him highly coveted before his commitment.
Next: Owasso (6-5) finished their season in the first round of the playoffs.

RASHOD FAVORS - LB 6'2 - 215, Fort Worth Dunbar

Favors' season is done with an ankle injury and so is Dunbar's after a 57-6 beating at the hands of Everman in the first round of the playoffs.

Favors had a big summer prior to his senior year that left a lot of people impressed with his budding talent in spite of not a lot of experience at the linebacker position.
Next: Dunbar (7-4) finished their season in the first round of the playoffs.

ROY FINCH - RB 5'8 - 170, Niceville, Fla.

Finch and his No. 1 Niceville Eagles had the week off.

Finch, formerly of Edmond, is among the nation's most explosive running backs and seems a near perfect fit for Oklahoma's wide open passing offense.
Next: Niceville (9-0) hosts Pace in the first round of the playoffs.

AARON FRANKLIN - LB 6'1 - 206, Marshall, Texas

Franklin helped his team cement a lopsided 44-7 win over Kilgore.

If not for an injury early in his junior season Franklin would likely be regarded as one of the top linebackers in the Big 12 region, if not the nation.
Next: Marshall (8-3) meets Corsicana in the second round of the playoffs.

TREY FRANKS - WR 5'9 - 172, Orange (Texas) West Orange-Stark

Franks was suspended at mid-season for a violation of school policy.

Franks brings a level of speed to Norman that hasn't been on campus since the short-lived career of DaBryan Blanton and as such could bring an entirely new weapon to both the passing game as well as kick and punt return.
Next: N/A.

QUENTIN HAYES - DB 6'1 - 175, Lancaster, Texas

Lancaster's season came to an end at 4-6.

Hayes was a player Oklahoma found while watching current freshman cornerback Demontre Hurst and clearly liked what they saw offering him very early to play either corner or safety.
Next: N/A.

JAMES HAYNES - DB 6'0 - 181, Orange (Texas) West Orange-Stark

Haynes had a big night with seven catches for 79-yards and a two point conversion but in the end it was his final game for WO-S as they fell to Coldspring 41-36.

Haynes is yet another member of this class blessed with truly elite speed and could play either safety or cornerback for the Sooners.
Next: West Orange-Stark (8-3) finished their season in the first round of the playoffs.

AUSTIN HAYWOOD - TE 6'4 - 245, Moore (Okla.) Southmoore

Haywood sat out with a shoulder injury but Southmoore fought out a closer than expected win over Lawton Ike 34-32.

Haywood is one of the most entertaining stories of the year coming from the realm of a complete unknown to one of the state's most sought-after prospects int he matter of a few months.
Next: Southmoore (10-1) hosts Bartlesville in the second round of the playoffs.

BRONSON IRWIN - OL 6'4 - 322, Mustang, Okla.

Irwin and the Broncos suffered a shocking loss to Edmond Memorial 38-7 that ended their season.

Irwin, a lifelong Sooner fan, fulfilled a dream when he committed to the Sooners and was the first piece of a strong group of offensive lineman.
Next: Mustang (7-4) finished their season in the first round of the playoffs.

KAMEEL JACKSON - WR 6'1 - 195, Arlington (Texas) Sam Houston - 2011

Sam Houston finished the season at 3-7.

Jackson's commitment to Oklahoma, six games into his junior season, may have been the earliest in the long and proud history of Oklahoma football.
Next: N/A.

JARRETT LAKE - LB 6'2 - 205, Jenks, Okla.

Lake is not taking part in Jenks' season.

Lake will join his good friend Gabe Lynn in Norman in spite of the fact he didn't take part in Jenks' season due to an OSSAA ruling about his move from North Carolina.
Next: N/A

EDDRICK LOFTEN - S 5'10 - 195, Irving (Texas) Nimitz

Nimitz's surprising season came to an end as defending state champions Allen took them out 35-0.

Early on some wondered how Loften could work in pass coverage and although run support is definitely his strength his ability in space is better than most realize.
Next: Nimitz (7-4) finished their season in the first round of the playoffs.

JUSTIN MCCAY - WR 6'3 - 197, Shawnee (Kan.) Bishop Miege

MCay helped his team to the state semi-finals with a 35-7 win over Louisburg. In the game McCay had four carries for 120-yards and two touchdowns (34, 66).

McCay is the most highly regarded wide receiver Oklahoma has landed a commitment from since Malcolm Kelly and could be an early difference maker with his big frame and ability as a deep threat.
Next: Miege (10-2) meets Paola in the state semifinals.

SHELDON MCCLAIN - WR 6'2 - 174, Cibolo (Texas) Steele

McClain's season is over with a torn ACL but the Knights won in the opening round of the playoffs, 62-8 over Jefferson.

McClain is a track star that is still emerging as a true football player, he is a guy that could definitely surprass expectations as he continues to develop.
Next: Steele (9-2) meets Lake Travis in the second round of the playoffs.

TREY MILLARD - FB 6'2 - 245, Columbia (Mo.) Rock Bridge

Rock Bridge's season ended at 5-5.

Millard is a near perfect fit for Oklahoma's h-back role with an ability to block, run with the ball, and even catch.
Next: N/A.

CHUKA NDULUE - DE 6'3 - 240, Dallas Jesuit

Jesuit's season ended at 4-6.

Ndulue came to Oklahoma's junior day almost entirely unknown and came back for Oklahoma's summer camp as a Sooner commitment holding nearly 20 other offers.
Next: N/A.

DANIEL NOBLE - DT 6'4 - 275, Flower Mound (Texas) Marcus

Noble helped his team to a first round win over Grapevine, 48-18.

Noble was Oklahoma's first commitment for the class of 2010 and has gone almost completely quiet since while preparing for another season at a strong Dallas area program.
Next: Marcus (7-3) meets Cedar Hills in the second round of the playoffs.

TORREA PETERSON - DT 6'4 - 300, San Antonio East Central

Peterson had two tackles for loss and a forced fumble but East Central saw their season come to an end with a 31-0 loss to Brandeis.

Few defensive tackles in the country collected more offers than the talented run stuffer from the land of the Alamo, Peterson is raw but has loads of talent.
Next: East Central (4-7) finished their season in the first round of the playoffs.

JOE POWELL - WR 5'11 - 174, Dallas Skyline

Powell had three catches for 37-yards in Skyline's 38-0 first round playoff win over Rowlett..

Powell is as confident in his ability as any five-star prospect in the country. With his talent as a defensive back it will be intereting to see if he gets a shot on defense.
Next: Skyline (11-0) meets Desoto in the second round of the playoffs.

ADAM SHEAD - OL 6'4 - 315, Cedar Hill, Texas

Shead helped Cedar Hill to yet another playoff win downing Plano West 31-22.

Perhaps no player who is part of this class was more excited by the opportunity to play for the Sooners than Shead who was brought to tears when Oklahoma officially offered him.
Next: Cedar Hill (11-0) meets Flower Mound Marcus in the second round of the playoffs.

KENDAL THOMPSON - QB 6'2 - 175, Moore (Okla.) Southmoore - 2011

Thompson helped Southmoore win their first ever playoff game in heart-stopping fashion with a last minute game-winning drive. Thompson had 237-yards passing and ran for another 68-yards and a pair of scores in a 34-32 win over Lawton Eisenhower.

Thompson, the son of former Sooner quarterback Charles, has been well-known around Oklahoma since his pee-wee football days and led Southmoore to a district title in their second year of existence.
Next: Southmoore (10-1) hosts Bartlesville in the second round of the playoffs.

TYRUS THOMPSON - OL 6'6 - 278, Pflugerville, Texas

Thompson helped his team to a first round playoff win over San Antonio Reagan 10-3.

Thompson has played very little on the offensive line and spent some of his summer working with former teammate, and current Texas Longhorn, Alex Okafor on preparing for major college football.
Next: Pflugerville (7-4) meets Brandeis in the second round of the playoffs.

Daryl Williams - OL 6'5 - 269, Corinth (Texas) Lake Dallas

Williams helped Lake Dallas rush for over 350-yards in the playoff openine win over Birdville, 35-27.

Williams was a player that Oklahoma waited to offer until his appearance at their summer camp, after a strong showing he picked up an offer and waited a few months to commit while on a return trip for his official visit.
Next: Lake Dallas (10-1) meets with Arlington Heights in the second round of the playoffs.

JULIAN WILSON - DB 6'2 - 172, Moore (Okla.) Southmoore

Wilson helped his teamates to a playoff opening win with six tackles, one a game-saver, and three carries for 45-yards in 34-32 over Lawton Eisenhower.

Wilson is yet another piece of an extremely fast class, though he stars on both sides of the ball as Southmoore's first division one commitment in school history, he'll play defensive back for the Sooners.
Next: Southmoore (10-1) hosts Bartlesville in the second round of the playoffs.

AUSTIN WOODS - OL 6'5 - 290, Rockwall (Texas) Heath

Woods helped his team roll up over 400-yards of total offense but it wasn't enough as they were knocked out of the playoffs by Frisco Liberty.

As Oklahoma has learned this spring, you can never have enough depth at center and Woods brings something to the table that Oklahoma could use this year.
Next: Heath (7-4) finished their season in the first round of the playoffs.

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