Oklahoma Sooners: Jordan Brailford

All-Big 12 team: recruiting edition

February, 12, 2014
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Ranking recruits is an unscientific process. If it were, it would be easy to predict future all-conference teams. As an exercise, I’ve cobbled together what an All-Big 12 team would look like based exclusively on ESPN’s freshman recruiting rankings -- though chances are, actual All-Big 12 teams down the road will have a very different look.

Offense

QB: Justice Hansen, Oklahoma (Edmond, Okla./Santa Fe)
RB: Joe Mixon, Oklahoma (Oakley, Calif./Freedom)
RB: Donte Thomas-Williams, West Virginia (Durham, N.C./Hillside)
WR: K.D. Cannon, Baylor (Mount Pleasant, Texas/Mount Pleasant)
WR: Armanti Foreman, Texas (Texas City, Texas/Texas City)
WR: Allen Lazard, Iowa State (Urbandale, Iowa/Urbandale)
TE: Carson Meier, Oklahoma (Tulsa, Okla./Union)
OT: Alec Ruth, Kansas State (Highlands Ranch, Colo./Valor Christian)
OT: Kenyon Frison, Oklahoma (West Valley City, Utah/Granger)
OG: Natrell Curtis, Oklahoma (Phoenix/Mountain Pointe)
OG: Dontae Angus, West Virginia (Philadelphia/Martin Luther King)
C: Jacob Bragg, Kansas (Nacogdoches, Texas/ Nacogdoches)
AP: Davion Hall, Baylor (Texarkana, Texas/Liberty-Eylau)

Defense

DE: Derick Roberson, Texas (San Antonio/William J. Brennan)
DE: Jordan Brailford, Oklahoma State (Tulsa, Okla./Booker T. Washington)
DT: Poona Ford, Texas (Hilton Head, S.C./Hilton Head)
DT: Courtney Garnett, Oklahoma (New Orleans/St. Augustine)
LB: Edwin Freeman, Texas (Arlington, Texas/Bowie)
LB: Kyron Watson, Kansas (East St. Louis, Ill./East St. Louis)
LB: Gyasi Akem, Oklahoma State (Broken Arrow, Okla./Broken Arrow)
CB: Nigel Bethel II, Texas Tech (Miami/Booker T. Washington)
CB: Jermaine Roberts, Texas (New Orleans/St. Augustine)
S: Steven Parker II, Oklahoma (Jenks, Okla./Jenks)
S: John Bonney, Texas (Houston/Lamar)

A few observations on this team:
  • Oklahoma leads the way with seven players. Underscoring their strong close, the Sooners landed four of those players after their Allstate Sugar Bowl win over Alabama. In December, Oklahoma’s class ranked 24th. But it finished ranked at the top of the Big 12 and 13th nationally.
  • The Big 12 didn’t have a class ranked outside the top 60 nationally, and this list highlights that with nine teams represented.
  • TCU is the only school without a player here, though running back Shaun Nixon (Austin, Texas/Lake Travis) was slotted only five running back spots behind Thomas-Williams, whom the Mountaineers snagged on signing day. Nixon, who flipped from Texas A&M, was a huge get for the Horned Frogs.
  • Charlie Weis and his staff really delivered a solid recruiting class, despite a lack of success on the field. The Jayhawks had two players on this team, and that doesn’t even include four-star running backs Traevohn Wrench (Gardner, Kan./Gardner Edgerton) and Corey Avery (Dallas/Carter).
  • Oklahoma State and Texas Tech, known for their high-powered offenses, didn’t have an offensive player make the team. They did, however, comprise three of the defensive spots with Brailford, Akem and Bethel II.
Best players at each position who didn’t make the list:

QB: Jerrod Heard (Denton, Texas/Guyer), Texas
RB: Devon Thomas (Broken Arrow, Okla./Broken Arrow), Oklahoma State
WR: Lamar Parker (Miami/Booker T. Washington), West Virginia
TE: Mark Andrews (Scottsdale, Ariz./Desert Mountain), Oklahoma
OT: Orlando Brown Jr. (Duluth, Ga./Peachtree Ridge), Oklahoma
OG: Joseph Paul (New Orlean/St. Augustine), Oklahoma
C: Terrell Cuney (Jasper, Texas/Jasper), Texas
DE: Trey Carter (Dallas/Pinkston), Oklahoma State
DT: D.J. Williams (Lufkin, Texas/Lufkin), Kansas
LB: Davonte James (Springfield, Ohio/Springfield), West Virginia
CB: Chris Hardeman (Houston/Alief Taylor), Oklahoma State
S: Payton Hendrix (Dallas/Bishop Dunne), Texas Tech
AP: Michiah Quick (Fresno, Calif./Central East), Oklahoma

Updated ESPN 300: Big 12 analysis 

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Some top prospects headed to Big 12 schools rose in the new ESPN 300, and others fell. While one athlete saw one of the biggest jumps in recent history, a few watched their stocks plummet.

Fortunately for many Big 12 commits, the stocks rose and the expectations are high. Here are five athletes who are committed to a school in the conference or are a high target.

DB Parker makes huge leap in rankings

One look at Steven Parker II (Jenks, Okla./Jenks) during the Semper Fidelis All-American Bowl, and it’s clear to see that whatever school lands him will get a star in the making. Parker, who rose an impressive 61 spots in the ESPN 300 from 200 to 139, was extremely active in the bowl game and his play epitomized what he’s done all year as a high school senior.

Parker, who has Oklahoma, Texas A&M, Auburn and several other schools high on his list, is one of those players who could excel at multiple skill positions. Although listed as a safety, Parker can play wide receiver and cornerback effectively. The 6-foot-2, 175-pound athlete also can help out on special teams.

Big 12's 2014 impact freshmen 

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More than ever we are seeing a growing number of freshmen make instant impacts across the college football landscape. Here is a look at a few freshmen that could make a difference for their respective Big 12 programs in 2014.


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NORMAN, Okla. -- On the last Tuesday of every month, SoonerNation is going to examine Oklahoma's defensive recruiting situation by taking a look at the Sooners' commits and targets.

Here is an idea of where OU stands for the Class of 2014 heading into July. View the Sooners' full commitment list.

The number in parentheses after every position indicates the number of recruits we project OU to sign at the position.

Defensive End (2)

Committed: None


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Every Friday, SoonerNation releases the Sooner Intel, a sneak peek inside Oklahoma Sooners football recruiting with news and notes on the latest happenings around the program. Talk about it on our forum. A few things discussed in this week's update:

  • Several schools are trying to get OU's wide receiver commit to visit.
  • Will a defensive lineman become OU's next commit?
  • A 2015 QB target is enjoying getting to know OU coach Josh Heupel.
  • An in-state tight end had an eventful night before OU's camp.
  • There's a fullback target on the Sooners' radar.
  • OU made a good impression on one of its latest 2015 offers.
  • What's next for in-state DE Jordan Brailford?
  • Why OU's camp in the Dallas area can be seen as a success.

Read the Sooner Intel after the jump.


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Joshua Wariboko (Oklahoma City/Casady) stepped onto the campus of the University of Oklahoma with one goal in mind -- to show the Sooners he meant business.

The 2015 offensive line prospect participated in the first two days of the Sooners’ three-day camp at the beginning of June. OU offensive line coach Bill Bedenbaugh clearly liked what they saw from the 6-foot-4, 290-pound prospect, offering Wariboko right after the camp concluded.


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CARROLLTON, Texas -- His predecessor was ranked No. 1 in the ESPN 150, so Denton (Texas) Ryan defensive end Sekou Clark learned quickly about how the recruiting process works.

Defensive end Mario Edwards Jr. was ranked No. 1 for the Class of 2012, and a lot of people were saying Clark, a Class of 2014 prospect, wasn’t going to be a major dropoff from Edwards.

The offers were going to flow once Edwards moved on. Clark’s junior season was going to be his breakout year where he became a “can’t-miss” prospect.


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OU has productive evaluation period 

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NORMAN, Okla. -- As recruiting rivals Texas and Texas A&M continue to rack up commitments for the 2014 and 2015 classes, what about Oklahoma?

The Sooners entered the spring evaluation period with just three commits and enter the summer with eight pledges. The OU coaches are preaching patience and not trying to force recruits to commit before they're ready.

NEW COMMITS

Four-star WR Dallis Todd (La Mirada, Calif./La Mirada)
Committed: April 15


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NORMAN, Okla. -- Oklahoma’s summer camp is always a time when quality prospects solidify their reputations, newcomers emerge and future standouts start making waves with superb performances in front of the Sooners’ coaching staff.

Here are five things we learned from OU’s three-day camp:


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Top performers: Oklahoma camp 

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NORMAN, Okla. -- Some big-time prospects were unable to attend Oklahoma’s camp but that didn’t mean recruits didn’t turn heads and deliver top performances.

Here are the 13 top performers from OU’s 2013 on-campus summer camp:


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NORMAN, Okla. -- If the Saturday sessions of the Oklahoma camp were a bit on the dull side, Day Two made up for that and then some. Sunday is traditionally when the one-day campers step foot on campus and they didn’t disappoint.

Standing out above the rest was Class of 2015 running back Chris Warren III (Rockwall, Texas/Rockwall). Warren was making his second trip to OU this spring. He attended the Sooners' spring game but left at halftime and didn’t get a chance to really talk to the coaches.


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Every Friday, SoonerNation releases the Sooner Intel, a sneak peek inside Oklahoma Sooners football recruiting with news and notes on the latest happenings around the program. Talk about it on our forum. A few things discussed in this week's update:

  • Oklahoma's summer camp is this weekend and we have an updated list of visitors.
  • The Sooners are in a good spot with an East Texas defensive tackle.
  • An update on a California quarterback who will be in Norman this weekend.
  • OU is on the same page with a Dallas offensive tackle.
  • A possible 2014 offer is excited to visit the Sooners again.
  • Is a North Texas linebacker moving on from the Sooners?
  • Interest in a DE/OLB from Adrian Peterson's old high school is heating up.
  • OU appears to have parted ways with an in-state target.

Read the Sooner Intel after the jump.


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Sooners shaping up for big weekend 

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NORMAN, Okla. -- The spring evaluation period in the books, so it’s time for the summer camp season of the recruiting cycle. Oklahoma isn’t wasting any time with its on-campus three-day camp starting on Saturday.

Plenty of top recruits are headed to Norman. Here is a look at some of the top storylines and visitors heading into the camp. For a full list of camp visitors, check out the forum.


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Q&A: DE Brailford talks summer camps 

April, 24, 2013
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The Oklahoma high school scene already has two prospects rated in the ESPN 150, but there are several more who are starting to get attention, too.

When Tulsa (Okla.) Booker T. Washington defensive end Jordan Brailford visited Oklahoma for its junior day in February, he didn’t have any offers. Entering the spring evaluation period, Brailford now has offers from Tulsa, Baylor and Washington State.

Brailford was invited to OU’s spring game two weeks ago but was unable to attend. Following a trip to Oklahoma State last weekend, Brailford is ready to take it easy and see what college coaches will be coming to town during the evaluation period.


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It’s easy to think Oklahoma is lagging behind recruiting rivals Texas and Texas A&M on the recruiting trail. The Sooners enter the spring evaluation period with just three (or four, depending on Todd) commits, way behind the Longhorns and Aggies.

But OU has put itself in good position with numerous recruits going forward. And the spring evaluation period -- which starts today and goes until May 31 -- is another chance for the Sooners to make some noise.

So what should you expect from the evaluation period?


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