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Five safety prospects interested in OU

10/17/2011

SoonerNation's Brandon Chatmon wrote about the Sooners' change in safety recruiting strategy today. Read his story here.

Here is a look at some of the potential future playmakers at the position who have interest in Oklahoma:

1. Eric Striker (6-0, 190, Seffner, Fla./Armwood)

Striker is easily the top choice to become the next big-time safety for the Sooners. Striker, an OU commit, is playing linebacker in high school but knows his future is at safety.

“To me, it seemed like everybody was looking at me as someone who can make plays at safety,” Striker said. “I make plays. No matter where I play, I’m going to find a way to contribute.”

Despite limited time because of how dominant Armwood has been this season, Striker has returned two fumbles for touchdowns and is knocking on the door of the school’s all-time sack record.

2. Corey Coleman (5-11, 175, Richardson, Texas/Pearce)

On first glance, it might appear that Coleman is a little too small to be a safety. However, OU safety Aaron Colvin was 5-foot-11 and 170 pounds coming out of high school.

Coleman is a Baylor commit who has been shown a lot of interest from OU in the last couple of months.

Coleman has game-changing speed, especially when the ball is in the air. He is able to go to that next level when he sees the opportunity to make the play.

Coleman is making an official visit to the OU campus Nov. 4 for the Texas A&M game. He is also good friends with OU commit cornerback De’Vante Harris (Mesquite, Texas/Horn).

3. Su’a Cravens (6-1, 210, Murrieta, Calif./Vista)

Cravens is on his way to being one of the top recruits from California for the 2013 class and includes Oklahoma as one of his approximate 20 offers.

He grew up a big USC fan, but the Trojans have offered Cravens on offense when Cravens has said he prefers to play on defense.

His junior season has been spectacular. He wasn’t sure how he would perform under the spotlight, but Cravens has delivered. In his most recent game, he had an interception return for a touchdown and forced a fumble.

4. Marcell Harris (6-1, 195, Groveland, Fla./South Lake)

Harris, a 2013 prospect, already has offers from Florida and Florida State and said last month that OU is also interested.

The Sooners are fighting an uphill battle as Marcell’s father, Mike, played for the Gators in the 1990s.

However, OU made significant strides in landing three commitments for 2012 from Florida and made a good impression on Florida recruits with a victory at Florida State in September.

5. Taion Sells (5-10, 170, Irving, Texas/MacArthur)

Sells performed well at OU’s camp in the summer and his stock is improving each week for the 2013 prospect.

Sells plays safety for Irving MacArthur but was featured at cornerback at OU’s camp in the summer. Either way, he’s developed a relationship with OU coaches Brent Venables and Willie Martinez and will be worth monitoring his progress in the future.