November 26, 2011

A Handful of Sooner Commits Still Standing


DANIEL BROOKS - ATH 5'8 - 170, Port Lavaca (Texas) Calhoun - WEEK 13 MVP

Brooks had a huge night with seven carries for 119-yards including a 63-yard touchdown run and two catches for 68-yards but it wasn't enough as Calhoun fell to Kerville Tivy in a 50-43 classic.

Brooks committed to Oklahoma early on but has since seen his attention grow by leaps and bounds and has told several outlets he'll be taking several officials before National Signing Day.
Next: Calhoun (12-1) ended their season in the third round of the playoffs.

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

Apopka (6-5) finished their season in the first round of the playoffs.

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: N/A

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

Harlow's Cougars came up just short against Wakulla, 20-14, for the second time this season though Harlow's season officially ended early after midweek back surgery.

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 (9-3) ended their season in the second round of the playoffs.

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

Horn (4-7) ended their season in the first round of the playoffs.

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: N/A

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

Knight helped Reagan with their first real test of the playoffs in a 35-28 win over McAllen Memorial going 6-for-13 for 170-yards and three touchdowns (57, 59, 19) as well as 15-carries for 59-yards and a one-yard touchdown run.

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 (12-1) takes on Cibolo Steele in the 5A division two state quarterfinals.

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

Manukainiu and the Trojans lost a nail biter with Arlington Martin 19-7.

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 (12-1) finished their season in the third round of the playoffs.

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

Brandeis (10-2) finished their season in the second round of the playoffs.

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: N/A.

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

Texas High (7-4) ended their season in the first round of the playoffs.

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: N/A

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

Metoyer and his Hargrave teammates ended their season at 4-5.

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
Next: N/A.

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

DeSmet (9-3) ended their season in the state quarterfinals.

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: N/A.

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

Ross, after a monstrous return last week, reinjured his collarbone as Jenks fell to archrival Union, 30-29 Before the injury he had 10-touches for 29-yards.

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 (10-3) finished their season in the 6A state semi-finals.

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

Shepard and the Chargers brushed aside another 3A foe, this time dropping Seminole 49-20. Shepard did a bit of everything with four-catches for 144-yards and two touchdowns; four carries for 60-yards and a TD. 1-for-2 passing for 13 yds and also had nine tackles in one half of football.

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 (12-0) meets Cascia Hall in the class 3A state semifinals.

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

Striker and the Hawks right the ship after a scare in the opening round, downing Tampa Hillsborough 23-0.

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 (12-0) takes on Gainesville in the Florida 6A state quarterfinals.

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

Tapper and the Black Knights ended their season at 5-4.

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: N/A.

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