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October 9, 2012

Future Sooners: Ford Wins Backfield Battle

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    Oklahoma's class of 2013 is hitting it's stride as we hit the mid-season and week five was no different with several big performances from numerous future Sooners.



    University of Oklahoma's Class of 2013

    Austin Bennett
    6-foot, 170-pounds
    Manvel, Texas
    Primary Recruiter: Jay Norvell
    Texas ranking: No. 56
    Wide Receiver ranking: No. 65


    Date of Commitment: June 20, 2012

    Others Considered: Arkansas, WVU, TCU

    Video Reel

    The Skinny: Bennett had a quiet night coming off an ankle injury the previous week but his Mavericks crushed rival Alvin 52-21.

    Next Week: Manvel (4-1) is hosting Pasadena Dobie.

    HATARI BYRD
    6-foot-1, 190-pounds
    Fresno (Calif.) Central East
    Primary Recruiter: Mike Stoops
    Rivals250 ranking: 168
    California ranking: No. 20
    Safety ranking: No. 14


    Date of Commitment: July 31, 2012

    Others Considered: UCLA, Notre Dame, Cal

    Video Reel

    The Skinny: Another huge week another huge performance for Byrd and the Grizzlies in a 50-22 win over Clovis Buchanan.

    Next Week: Central East (6-0) is hosting Clovis.

    MATT DIMON
    6-foot-3, 252-pounds
    Katy, Texas
    Primary Recruiter: Bobby Jack Wright
    Texas ranking: No. 67
    Defensive End ranking: No. 23


    Date of Commitment: March 13, 2012

    Others Considered: Baylor

    Video Reel

    The Skinny: Dimon and the Tigers just keep rolling this time crushing Mayde Creek 70-7.

    Next Week: Katy (5-0) is hosting Katy Taylor.

    KEITH FORD
    5-foot-11, 195-pounds
    Cypress (Texas) Ranch
    Primary Recruiter: Cale Gundy
    Rivals250 ranking: 115
    Texas ranking: No. 13
    Running Back ranking: No. 8


    Date of Commitment: March 3, 2012

    Others Considered: Florida State, Wisconsin, Alabama

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    Video Reel

    The Skinny: Week 6 MVPIn a crucial district match-up Ford turned in 25-carries for 250 yards and four touchdowns.

    Next Week: Cypress Ranch (3-2) is hosting Cypress-Lakes.

    JORDAN MASTROGIOVANNI
    6-foot-3, 225-pounds
    Dallas Jesuit
    Primary Recruiter: Tim Kish
    Texas ranking: No. 43
    Linebacker ranking: 25


    Date of Commitment: June 14, 2012

    Others Considered: Texas A&M, Notre Dame

    Video Reel

    The Skinny: Mastrogiovanni and Jesuit got back on the winning track knocking off Richardson Berkner 52-7. On the night Mastrogiovanni had numerous tackles and a sack that was negated by a penalty.

    Next Week: Jesuit (4-1) is hosting Richardson Berkner.

    DALTON RODRIGUEZ
    6-foot-6, 258-pounds
    Tulsa Union
    Primary Recruiter: Bruce Kittle
    Oklahoma ranking: No. 6
    Offensive Tackle ranking: 58


    Date of Commitment: May 5, 2012

    Others Considered: Oklahoma State

    Video Reel

    The Skinny: Rodriguez and the Redskins are setting into their typical midseason form with a 63-7 win over Enid.

    Next Week: Union (4-2) is travelling to Sand Springs.

    JORDAN SMALLWOOD
    6-foot-2, 190-pounds
    Jenks, Okla.
    Primary Recruiter: Jay Norvell
    Oklahoma ranking: No. 8
    Wide Receiver ranking: 80


    Date of Commitment: June 7, 2012

    Others Considered: Wyoming

    Video Reel

    The Skinny: Smallwood was a big part of a Jenks offense that helped lead the Trojans to a 24-7 win in the state's game of the week against fellow Tulsa area power, Broken Arrow. On the night he had three catches for 27-yards as well as one run for a 22-yard touchdown.

    Next Week: Jenks (4-2) is hosting Westmoore.

    STANVON TAYLOR
    5-foot-11, 165-pounds
    Tulsa East Central
    Primary Recruiter: Jackie Shipp
    Oklahoma ranking: No. 2
    Cornerback ranking: No. 8
    Rivals250 ranking: No. 161

    Date of Commitment: May 4, 2012

    Others Considered: Arkansas and Kansas State

    Video Reel

    The Skinny: Taylor had a 31-yard touchdown catch and the Cardinals needed every bit of contribution he could offer as East Central managed to recover from a 13-0 deficit and beat Claremore 20-19.

    Next Week: East Central (6-0) is travelling to Grove.

    AHMAD THOMAS
    6-foot-1, 199-pounds
    Miami (Fla.) Central
    Primary Recruiter: Mike Stoops
    Florida ranking: No. 70
    Safety ranking: 36


    Date of Commitment: May 23, 2012

    Others Considered: Missouri, Arkansas


    The Skinny: Thomas and his Central teammates continued playing one of the country's toughest schedules and got back to even with a 28-17 win over Miami Columbus.

    Next Week: Central (3-2) has an off week.

    CODY THOMAS
    6-5, 220-pounds
    Colleyville (Texas) Heritage
    Primary Recruiter: Josh Heupel
    Texas ranking: No. 26
    Quarterback ranking: No. 11
    Rivals250 ranking: No. 209


    Date of Commitment: May 17, 2012

    Others Considered: Arkansas, Oklahoma State, TCU

    Video Reel

    The Skinny: Thomas had yet another massive night for the Panthers. In a 69-21 win over Grapevine Thomas was 23-of-31 for 463 yards with all seven touchdowns (50, 35, 40, 26, 80, 14, 26).

    Next Week: Heritage (5-1) is travelling to Irving MacArthur.

    D.J. WARD
    6-foot-3, 245-pounds
    Moore (Okla.) Southmoore
    Primary Recruiter: Bobby Jack Wright
    Oklahoma ranking: No. 1
    Defensive End ranking: No. 6
    Rivals250 ranking: No. 132



    Date of Commitment: April 14, 2012

    Others Considered: Oklahoma State, Texas A&M

    Video Reel

    The Skinny: Ward's hardship waiver to play at Southmoore has been denied by the OSSAA and as such he will not play in the 2012 season.

    Next Week: N/A.



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