Mike Stoops: OU will sign 5 defensive backs

April, 23, 2012
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Defensive coordinator Mike Stoops looks at his secondary and knows he needs to add additional young talent to the roster. Demontre Hurst, Lamar Harris, Jesse Paulsen and Javon Harris are seniors while key playmakers Tony Jefferson and Aaron Colvin are juniors.

Even though OU signed prep defensive backs Zack Sanchez and Gary Simon in February, signing a few talented youngsters in the class of 2013 is a top priority.

“We have to sign five quality players in the back end,” Stoops said. “We have to sign a class of quality players that can come in and play at this level.”

The Sooners are in hot pursuit of several talented secondary players including cornerbacks Maurice Smith (Sugar Land, Texas/Dulles), Cole Luke (Chandler, Ariz./Hamilton) and Antwuan Davis (Bastrop, Texas/Bastrop) along with safeties Erik Huhn (Cibolo, Texas/Steele), Tahaan Goodman (Rancho Cucamonga, Calif/Rancho Cucamonga) and Priest Willis (Tempe, Ariz./Marcos De Nila). OU is also looking at a trio of in-state defensive backs.

Brandon Chatmon | email

Oklahoma/Big 12 reporter

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