Oklahoma Sooners: Jameis Winston

3-point stance: Stoops' bowl success

December, 26, 2013
1. With great fanfare 19 years ago, Joe Paterno of Penn State became the first coach to win every major bowl (Rose, Sugar, Orange, Fiesta and, for you oldsters, the Cotton). With a lot less fanfare, Bob Stoops of Oklahoma has a chance to match Paterno if the No. 11 Sooners can figure out a way to knock off No. 3 Alabama in the Allstate Sugar Bowl. Stoops is 0-1 in the Sugar; Oklahoma lost to LSU a decade ago in the BCS Championship Game.

2. Speaking of Paterno, one of his favorite methods of scouting recruits was to watch them play basketball. It gave him a different measure of their athleticism and competitive spirit. Florida State coach Jimbo Fisher, in discussing Heisman Trophy winner Jameis Winston’s prowess as a pitcher, told the Associated Press recently that he loves seeing recruits play another sport. This flies in the face of the 12-month-a-year commitment that is expected of most kids today. Here’s hoping Fisher’s message breaks through.

3. Watch the San Diego County Credit Union Poinsettia Bowl Thursday night when Northern Illinois has the ball. The Huskies have Heisman third-place finisher Jordan Lynch at quarterback and led the Mid-American Conference in every major offensive statistic. Utah State led the Mountain West in every major defensive statistic. In fact, the Aggies are the only MWC team to win by shutout this season. Utah State defeated Colorado State, 13-0, on Nov. 23.

ESPNU Signing Day Times

January, 30, 2012
ESPNU's national signing day coverage kicks off at 9 a.m. ET. Here's the list of the announcements and time for some of the top prospects.

NOTE: Bold names are announcements, all others are interviews.

Thursday's episode of RecruitingNation

January, 19, 2012
Tune in to ESPNU at 5:30 p.m. ET today for RecruitingNation. Tom Luginbill, Craig Haubert and national and local writers from RecruitingNation break down the latest recruiting news from across the country.

Thursday's show will look at the impact on Gunner Kiel’s decision to attend Notre Dame, what the pledge does for the Irish and where does LSU go now at quarterback? There will also be analysis on Mario Edwards’ decision to eliminate Texas from consideration on Thursday, what Jameis Winston is going to do and how Oklahoma is going do to recover from losing one of its best recruiters.

Luginbill and Haubert will also review the new ESPNU 150 rankings that were released on Thursday and highlight some of the big risers and fallers.

The broadcast can also be seen on WatchESPN.

Visitors for Oklahoma-Florida State

September, 15, 2011
Here’s a list of recruits planning to attend Saturday's OU-Florida State game in Tallahassee.

Recruits with OU Offers:

Eddie Goldman (No. 1 DT on ESPN.com), Collegiate Academy (Washington, D.C.)
The Sooners are one of many teams to offer the 6-foot-4, 310-pound interior defender.

Jameis Winston (No. 1 QB)*, Hueytown (Ala.)
The Sooners offered Winston before his senior year -- and before he committed to the 'Noles.

Ty Darlington (No. 2 C)**, Apopka (Fla.)
Darlington spurned an offer from FSU to commit to the Sooners. He’ll be attending the game with his brothers to cheer on his future teammates.

Nelson Agholor (No. 7 ATH), Berkeley Prep (Tampa, Fla.)
One of the top uncommitted prospects in the nation, OU has offered Agholor but has some ground to make up to become a factor in his recruitment.

Marvin Bracy (No. 14 ATH)*, Boone (Orlando, Fla.)
The Sooners offered the speedy Bracy, but the 5-foot-9, 168-pound prospect has committed to FSU.

Laith Harlow (No. 24 TE)**, Godby (Tallahassee, Fla.)
Harlow plans to attend ESPN "College GameDay" festivities then return home to watch the game with family and friends.

Recruits without an offer from OU:

Barry J. Sanders (No. 6 RB), Heritage Hall (Oklahoma City, OK)
Chris Casher (No. 3 DE)*, Davidson (Mobile, Ala.)
Josh Harvey Clemons (No. 3 OLB), Lowndes (Valdosta, Ga.)
Kent Taylor (No. 4 TE), Land O’ Lakes (Fla.)
Mario Pender (No. 5 RB)*, Island Coast (Cape Coral, Fla.)
P.J. Williams (No. 6 S)* Vanguard, (Ocala, Fla.)
Dante Fowler (No. 9 DE)*, Lakewood (St. Petersburg, Fla.)
Justin Shanks (No. 10 DT)*, Prattville (Ala.)
Alphonse Taylor (No. 21 OT)*, Davidson (Mobile, Ala.)
Evan Goodman (No. 26 OT), Lakeland (Fla.)

* FSU Commits
** OU Commits

(Special thanks to ESPN recruiting guru Corey Long for compiling the list.)


Top Position Battles Heading In To Spring
While a good portion of the country is buried in snow, spring football is underway. Adam Rittenberg looks at some of the top position battles heading in to spring practice.