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Roundtable: Best defensive recruit

2/3/2012

Which Oklahoma defensive signee in the class of 2012 will have the best career?

DE Chaz Nelson (Garden City, Kan./Garden City CC)

OU insiders say that before he left Brent Venables raved about Nelson’s potential to impact the Sooners’ defensive line immediately. The Sooners are remarkably light on defensive prospects in this class, but playing alongside R.J. Washington and David King, Nelson could be a major factor for the defense next season.

- Jake Trotter

S Eric Striker (Seffner, Fla./Armwood)

A versatile player in the mold of Tony Jefferson and Corey Nelson, Striker should develop into a key part of the Sooners defense. He’s also a winner, having made key plays to help his team win a state title in Florida as a senior. Striker excels close to the line of scrimmage and can make plays in space. He will be an ideal replacement when Jefferson and Nelson leave and should provide solid depth early in his OU career.

- Brandon Chatmon

S Eric Striker (Seffner, Fla./Armwood)

With a name like Striker, how can you bet against him? Striker is too small for a linebacker, but he is going to find a home at safety. He has a great nose for the ball and knows how to deliver a hit. Striker is also entering college with a big chip on his shoulder. He doesn’t understand how he has only been ranked a three-star prospect, but he is ready to show everybody why they’re dead wrong on that assessment.

- Bob Przybylo

CB Kasseim Everett (Philadelphia/Pierce College)

With the graduation of cornerback Jamell Fleming, Oklahoma needs immediate help in the secondary in 2012. And Everett, who has two years of eligibility left, should step in and contribute right away. The spot opposite Demontre Hurst is open and Everett has a chance to start with a full spring's work with the Sooners. Look for big things from the junior college transfer.

- Dane Beavers