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Tuesday, January 22, 2013
Sooner Snapshot: WR Dannon Cavil

By Brandon Chatmon

Each week SoonerNation will take a closer look at the Class of 2013 prospects currently committed to Oklahoma. The in-depth analysis pieces will take a look at the ranking, estimated year of impact and potential role of each future Sooner.

Vitals: Receiver Dannon Cavil (San Antonio/Madison) | 6-foot-5, 205 pounds

Committed: Jan. 14, 2013

ESPN.com grade: 83. Four-star prospect.

ESPN.com rankings: No. 239 in ESPN300, No. 35 receiver, No. 84 in Midlands region, No. 4 in Oklahoma

Picked OU over: California, Ole Miss, UCLA, Baylor, Clemson and others

State of the position: What a difference 12 months makes. Receiver has gone from a position of weakness to a position of strength despite the loss of Kenny Stills and Justin Brown after the Cotton Bowl. Jalen Saunders is superb and all four 2012 high school receiver signees have impressed at times since they stepped on campus. There is plenty of opportunity to play at outside receiver with Stills and Brown headed to the NFL.

Pros: “He's an elite size and strength athlete who possesses just enough top end speed to be a consistent vertical weapon for the next level-- Cavil is talented. Once he gets going, he is rarely caught. If he develops more quickness, he possesses the rest of the tools to be a very good No. 1 receiver on the outside..” - ESPN scouting report

Cons: “He shows average quickness off the ball, needs a few steps to get going and does not have great lateral quickness. He lacks the explosion to be great at sharp cuts and needs to improve in this area.” - ESPN scouting report

Similar to/potential role: Justin Brown. Cavil should develop into a physical mismatch at outside receiver if he shows the speed and quickness to create separation against cornerbacks. If not, he could morph into a matchup nightmare as a split tight end or big inside receiver.

Expected impact: 2013. Don’t be surprised if he finds his way onto the field as a freshman because he brings unique size and strength to the receiver spot. He could be the ideal mismatch creator in short-yardage situations. However, he could use a redshirt season to get bigger and hone his route running skills. Nonetheless, expect him to emerge as a key contributor in 2014.