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Friday, August 10, 2012
Triple option: Florida frosh shining early

By Bob Przybylo

Every weekday morning, a member of the SoonerNation gives his take on three things happening in the Sooner sports world.

1. This is why OU is recruiting Florida and California. From all reports here early in preseason camp, three freshman who are standing out are center Ty Darlington, cornerback Gary Simon and linebacker Eric Striker. Common thread? All three are from Florida with Darlington from Apopka, Simon from St. Petersburg Gibbs and Striker from Seffner Armwood. The quality of play in Florida from a high school standpoint does a tremendous job of preparing recruits for taking a step to that next level. It would almost be a bigger shock if any of the three redshirts this season.

2.The news on the progress of LaColtan Bester has to be promising. He seems to be a little forgotten at this point. Courtney Gardner was supposed to be the big-time junior college product and now Penn State transfer Justin Brown is getting a lot of attention. Bester is quietly going about his business. Remember Bester has only been a full-time receiver for one season. The more time he puts in with Jay Norvell, the more improvement will be seen and OU fans have a reason to be a little bit giddy about that.

3. If you thought there might be a trickle effect with the loss of Delray Beach (Fla.) American Heritage-Boca Delray running back Greg Bryant, there won’t be. It appears as though Bryant’s decommitment has forced the other commits to reevaluate their positions and all of them seem to be even more committed than they were before. It’s not a blow-you-away class at this point, ranked No. 17 in the nation, but the group is tight and appear to definitely want to be Sooners.

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