October 3, 2011

Shepard's Amazing Night Leads Sooner Commits

FOLLOWING THE FUTURE

DANIEL BROOKS - ATH 5'8 - 170, Port Lavaca (Texas) Calhoun

Brooks and the Sandcrabs had the week off.

Brooks committed to Oklahoma early on but has since seen his attention grow by leaps and bounds and has told several Rivals.com outlets he'll be taking several officials before National Signing Day.
Next: Calhoun (5-0) hosts Victoria East.

TY DARLINGTON - OL 6'3 - 275, Apopka, Fla.

Darlington and the Blue Darters got things on the right track on Friday night dominating Miami Hialeah-Lakes 42-6 thanks to 367-yards on the ground and five rushing touchdowns.

Darlington is the son of a former Sooner cheerleader as well as the son of Apopka head coach Rick Darlington. As the nation's No. 1 center it's safe to say he was a major coup for Oklahoma even with some of the advantages.
Next: Apopka (1-3) travels to Ocoee.

LAITH HARLOW - TE 6'5 - 240, Tallahassee (Fla.) Godby

Harlow had two catches for 20-yards in Godby's 20-8 win over Crestview.

Harlow is one of the nation's elite tight ends and was only Oklahoma's second commitment from Florida since 2004 since his commitment two other Sunshine State natives joined the commitment list.
Next: Godby (4-0) travels to Lake Oak (Fla.) Suwannee.

DEVANTE HARRIS - DB 5'11 - 160, Mesquite (Texas) Horn

Harris and the Jaguars had the week off.

Harris is the son of former Texas A&M and Philadelphia Eagles receiver, Rod. His name is growing thanks to a real emergence in the spring and summer of 2011.
Next: Horn (1-4) travels to Tyler Lee.

TREVOR KNIGHT - QB 6'3 - 190, San Antonio Reagan

Knight and the Rattlers had the week off.

Any early commmitment to Texas A&M Knight changed his plans once Oklahoma offered and will be joined in Norman by his twin brother Connor - who plans to walk-on as a tight end.
Next: Reagan (3-1) have the week off.

POLO MANUKAINIU - DE 6'6 - 256, Euless (Texas) Trinity

Manukainiu helped the Trojans through another important district win downing Hurst L.D. Bell 41-11.

Manukainiu is close friends with 2011 Sooner signing Nila Kasitati, as a fellow Trojan. His talents have been an interesting debate as some think he could play either defensive tackle, defensive end, or possibly even offensive tackle.
Next: Trinity (6-0) hosts Haltom.

KYLE MARRS - OL 6'6 - 302, San Antonio Brandeis

Marrs helped Brandeis to yet another massive performance on the ground with star junior running back Trinton Ynclan collecting 313-yards of total offense in Brandeis 42-0 win over Holmes.

Marrs was one of Oklahoma's first offers regardless of position and as a mountainous lineman he'll be an intriguing guy to watch once he hits Norman.
Next: Brandeis (6-0) hosts O'Connor.

JOHN MICHAEL MCGEE - OL 6'4 - 255, Texarkana (Texas) Texas High

McGee and his Texas high Tigers moves to 2-0 in district with a 36-17 win over Denison.

McGee is one of the nation's elite offensive lineman who brings an athleticism to the game that could see him star as a pulling guard or as an elite left tackle.
Next: Texas High (4-2) travels to Sherman.

TREY METOYER - WR 6'2- 198, Chatham (Va.) Hargrave Military Academy

Metoyer was held out of Hargrave's 30-28 win over West Virginia Wesleyan College due to an ankle sprain.

Metoyer has done all he can in the high school game but is now taking on the prep school ranks after falling just short of qualification at Oklahoma coming out of Whitehouse, Texas in 2011. The Army All-American was a five-star recruit by Rivals.com
Next: Hargrave (2-2) travels to University of Mount Union on Oct. 3.

DURRON NEAL - WR 6'1 - 195, St. Louis (Mo.) DeSmet

Neal and the Spartans weren't at their best but gathered a 35-21 victory over Oakville aided by a 44-yard touchdown catch by Neal.

Neal is yet another in a growing line of 'Show Me State' stars to head toward Oklahoma but is one of the most highly ranked players the Sooners have landed in recent years.
Next: DeSmet (5-1) travels to Miller Career Academy on Oct. 8.

ALEX ROSS - RB 6'1 - 205, Jenks, Okla.

Over lowly Putnam City West Ross wasn't really needed to down the Patriots 54-3, however he did have four carries for 71-yards, including a 44-yard touchdown catch.

Ross came out of nowhere as a junior to emerge as almost undoubtedly the state's top prospect. The big back has elite speed to go with a great frame, most are expecting a monstrous season for the Jenks star.
Next: Jenks (4-1) hosts Muskogee.

STERLING SHEPARD - WR 5'10- 175, Oklahoma City Heritage Hall - WEEK 5 MVP

Shepard had another banner knight with 10-catches for 122-yards and two touchdowns (8, 15) through the air, he also managed a two-yard rushing touchdown and a 72-yard interception return for touchdown in Hall's 61-13 demolition of Tulsa NOAH.

Shepard is a second generation Sooner; not only did his father Derick play for the Sooners but so did two of his uncles. However, make no mistake he earned his offer all his own, he has a chance to be a standout.
Next: Heritage Hall (5-0) travels to Newcastle.

ERIC STRIKER - OLB 6'1 - 190, Seffner (Fla.) Armwood

Striker had an interception in the Hawks important 20-0 win over always tough Tampa Jefferson.

Striker is a uniquely athletic player who reminds many of former Sooner standout Ontei Jones and happens to play for one of the nation's elite teams in 2011
Next: Armwood (5-0) hosts Tampa Jefferson.

CHARLES TAPPER - DE 6'4 - 245, Baltimore (Mary.) City College High

Tapper and the Black Knights defense created several turnovers but fell short of Patterson, 32-25.

Tapper is the first Maryland prep commitment for the Sooners in the Bob Stoops era, and could be one of the most promising defensive ends in the class.
Next: City College (2-2) hosts Mergenthaler Vo-Tech.


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