June 3, 2010

Seven Sooner Commitments Make top 250

Perhaps more than any year in recent memory Oklahoma's class of 2011's commitments were a collection of uncertainties. No one was quite sure where the group of 13 prospects would fall when Rivals.com released it's first two batches of rankings, the Rivals100, and Rivals250.

Now that both have been released seven Sooners have found their way into Rivals.com's rankings.

Leading the way was Whitehouse, Texas wide receiver Trey Metoyer. The big pass-catcher has been compared to fellow former Texas high school stars, and eventual Big 12 South All-Americans, Michael Crabtree and Dez Bryant. As such it should come as no surprise that the 6-foot-2, 198-pound receiver was ranked as the No. 3 wide receiver in the country and No. 4 player in Texas.

"He is just a very complete package, he catches everything, moves well in space, and while he may not be a pure track guy, he doesn't get caught from behind very often," Rivals.com national recruiting editor Jeremy Crabtree said. "Oklahoma has landed a lot of great wide receivers in Bob Stoops time there, but he has a chance to be the best the Sooners have signed."

Last year's running back class of Brennan Clay and Roy Finch was a major coup for the Sooners not only in landing two talented all-purpose backs but going outside of their normal recruiting realms to do so.

In the class of 2011 Oklahoma has landed another star ball-carrier and this time didn't have to go far from their recruiting 'homebase' in landing Brookshire (Texas) Royal running back who came in at No. 38 in the country overall.

The 6-foot-1, 188-pound back was originally a pledge to Baylor but eventually chose to join Clay and Finch in Norman. And don't expect Williams to simply surrender playing time to the, then, more experienced members of the backfield.

"I expect to just come in and put in some work and try to start my freshman year and try to beat all the other running backs out," Williams said.

Many had wondered what relation Williams' commitment might have to Cibolo (Texas) Steele running back Malcolm Brown but it was Brown's teammate, defensive tackle Marquis Anderson, who found his way onto the Sooner commitment list last month.

He also found his way into the top 100 on Tuesday.

"I didn't even know I was up for that," Anderson laughed.

On Wednesday the Rivals250 was released and four more Sooners earned their four-star status, led by defensive tackle Jordan Wade at No. 128. The big tackle has just begun to scratch the surface of what he can be due to spending much of his time in the off-season focused on baseball stardom. While he still has a ways to go physically, some have even talked about Wade being one of Texas' most dominant linemen, offense or defense.

Joining him on Oklahoma's defensive line of the future figures to be the nation's No. 226 prospect, Klein (Texas) Oak defensive end Nathan Hughes. The massive pass-rusher committed to Oklahoma, along with his teammate and fellow Rivals250 member Max Stevenson, a month to the day he was announced as part of the 250.

While Stevenson checks in at No. 161, Oklahoma's other tight end commitment Chris Barnett of Dallas A. Maceo Smith rounds out Oklahoma's seven currently ranked commitments. The big tight end has had some questions arise from his sophomore film but his repeated strong camp performances over the past two years pushed him ahead of others.

With six other commitments in the class of 2011 that are, as of yet, unsure of where they'll end up there could be some negative feelings about Oklahoma's class but with many feeling the Sooners came out quite strongly in the first Rivals.com's rankings there is perhaps reason to think the future Sooners could again surprise many recruiting fans.

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