Oklahoma Sooners: recruiting

Sooner Snapshot: DT Quincy Russell 

January, 8, 2013
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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: Defensive tackle Quincy Russell | 6-foot-4, 308 pounds

Sooner snapshot: OT Christian Daimler 

December, 25, 2012
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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: Offensive tackle Christian Daimler, Houston/Stratford | 6-foot-6, 270 pounds


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State of the position: Defensive end 

December, 20, 2012
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After grading the performance of Oklahoma’s defensive ends in 2012, it is the perfect time to take a closer look at the defensive ends on the roster or the commitment list as SoonerNation evaluates the future at the position for Oklahoma. Here’s a look at one player who could be next in line to make a major impact, one player to keep an eye on and one current commitment who could be the future at defensive end.

Next in line: Geneo Grissom. The sophomore’s raw athletic ability and physical gifts were never in question heading into the 2012 season. After injury-filled first two seasons in Norman, Grissom started the season at tight end before moving to defensive end in the middle of the year. He immediately began earning playing time and saw significant action in November. He appears poised to be a core member of OU’s defensive end rotation in 2013.

Keep an eye on: Charles Tapper. His combination of strength and athleticism has impressed teammates since he stepped on campus last summer. The former standout basketball player has just scratched the surface of his upside on the gridiron and will have plenty of opportunities to become a key part of OU’s defense as a sophomore. His development could be a key to the overall production and depth at the position.

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Sooner snapshot: DT Kerrick Huggins 

December, 18, 2012
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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: Defensive tackle Kerrick Huggins | 6-foot-3, 285 pounds

Committed: Dec. 14, 2012

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Huggins a sign of things to come for OU? 

December, 14, 2012
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Finally.

Oklahoma fans breathed a sigh of relief on Friday when the Sooners secured the commitment of Dallas Skyline defensive tackle Kerrick Huggins. The three-star prospect decommitted from Texas A&M before choosing the Sooners over the Aggies, Texas Tech, Colorado State, SMU and others.


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Breaking down the board: 2014 offense 

December, 12, 2012
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Each week, Breaking down the board will take a deeper, position-by-position look at the prospects the Oklahoma football program is looking to land with the hope of filling its roster with elite playmakers. This week, SoonerNation ranks five offensive players with offers in the Class of 2014, with No. 1 being the player who should be OU’s top priority of the five recruits listed.

To be clear, this ranking has nothing to do with the Sooners actual recruiting board/priority list. It simply is our ranking list compiled of the recruits at the position who have expressed legitimate interest in the Sooners (or vice versa) and who could be the best fits for OU’s system.

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Max Olson/ESPN.comThe Sooners were the first to offer standout 2014 receiver K.D. Cannon.
1. Offensive lineman Braden Smith, Olathe, Kan./Olathe

Measurables: 6-foot-6, 265 pounds

Rankings: ESPN Watch List member

Current offers: Oklahoma, Texas, Michigan, Ohio State, Stanford, Texas A&M, Notre Dame and others.

He’s No. 1 because... Smith has the physical ability to become a quality tackle and multi-year starter at any program he chooses. He has high upside, good athleticism and he could gain additional weight early in his career. The Sooners are always looking for quality offensive linemen, and Smith would be a terrific addition to the program.

Bob Przybylo’s take: Kansas isn’t exactly a hotbed of recruiting, but the Sooners were quick to notice how good Smith is. Smith was one of only two sophomores invited to OU’s junior day in February, and he was also in attendance for OU’s game against Notre Dame. Offensive tackle has been a pain for the 2013 class. Building such an early relationship with Smith might help the Sooners as they look toward 2014.

2. Offensive lineman Andy Bauer, St. Louis, Mo./DeSmet

Measurables: 6-foot-6, 304 pounds

Rankings: ESPN Watch List

Current offers: OU, Alabama, LSU, Ohio State, Florida, Florida State, Notre Dame, Michigan and others.

He’s No. 2 because... the Sooners might have a better case convincing Smith to stay in the Big 12 region than pulling Bauer out of SEC country. Talent-wise, the duo are similar. Much like Smith, Bauer could be an impact player early in his career. Although he has the ability to play tackle, he could project better at guard. Regardless, he could develop into a difference maker and anchor along the offensive line during his collegiate career.

Bob Przybylo’s take: So what role will Durron Neal play into things? Bauer and Neal were tight during their time together at St. Louis DeSmet Jesuit. Bauer took an unofficial to OU with Neal during Neal’s recruitment. A lot of top schools are going to be after Bauer, so it helps OU got in the door early. No matter what happens, though, it won’t be an easy one to win.

3. Tight end Koda Martin, Manvel, Texas/Manvel

Measurables: 6-foot-6, 245 pounds

Rankings: ESPN Watch List

Current offers: OU, UCLA, Baylor, Colorado State and others.

He’s No. 3 because... Martin has unusual athleticism for his size. He has the upside to develop into a balanced tight end at the collegiate level, which can be hard to find in this era of spread offenses. Martin’s versatility makes him a valuable prospect for a Sooners program in dire need of help at tight end.

Bob Przybylo’s take: Martin saw two OU games this season and hasn’t been turned off. Hey, that should be enough. All kidding aside, it does say something that he hasn’t been turned off by the Sooners despite the lack of tight end usage right now. Martin is also teammates with OU pledge Austin Bennett and the Bennett and Martin families are very good friends, having made one of those trips together during the fall.


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Marcell Harris sets decision date 

October, 31, 2012
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ORLANDO, Fla. -- ESPN 150 safety Marcell Harris (Orlando, Fla./Dr. Phillips) has set his college decision date for Nov. 16.

The 6-foot-1, 207-pound safety will chose between Florida, Florida State, Oklahoma and Texas. Harris hyperexented his knee in Dr. Phillips game last Thursday. The injury isn't severe and will only keep him out a few weeks, but Harris said it was enough for him to rethink his recruiting strategy.

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Miller Safrit/ESPN.comMarcell Harris is ranked the No. 66 overall prospect in the ESPN 150.
"I took four official visits to Texas, Oklahoma, Florida State and Florida," Harris said. "I don't think there will be a fifth one with everything that's going on. My recruiting has been going pretty good. I've been talking with my coaches almost everyday. I think I'll have my decision by Nov. 16."

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Oklahomans making impact for K-State 

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Kansas State has made recruiting the state of Oklahoma one of the top priorities for its program. Sophomore Tyler Lockett is one of the Wildcats' most explosive players while other Oklahomans have already make a key impact on KSU's 3-0 start.

A look at the Oklahomans on K-State's roster and how they've fared for the Wildcats:

Defensive back Dante Barnett
High school: Tulsa, Okla./Booker T. Washington
Class: 2012

Impact: After a grayshirt season in 2011, Barnett enrolled in the spring and has one tackle in three games for KSU as a true freshman.

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Scott Sewell/US PresswireTyler Lockett, an Oklahoma high school product, is arguably the Wildcats' most-dynamic player.
Recruiting rating: A three-star prospect as an athlete, Barnett had a 76 rating from ESPN.com’s Scouts, Inc. when he signed with the Wildcats.

Should the Sooners have recruited him? It’s too early to say but he has good size at 6-foot-1 and 186 pounds, a trait that has become a priority under Mike Stoops, and he’s played his way out of a redshirt season as a true freshman.

Receiver/kick returner Tyler Lockett
High school: Tulsa, Okla./Booker T. Washington
Class: 2011

Impact: Lockett stepped on campus and immediately became one of the top playmakers for K-State. As a true freshman, Lockett averaged 19.1 yards per touch while earning All-American honors as a kick returner (35.19 yards per kick return). He accounted for 315 all-purpose yards against No. 3 Oklahoma State in the Wildcats’ 52-45 loss in Stillwater in 2011.

This season, Lockett is averaging 20.7 yards per touch and was named Big 12 Special Teams Player of the Week after his 96-yard kick return for a score against North Texas last Saturday.

Recruiting rating: A two-star prospect as a receiver, Lockett had a 74 rating from ESPN.com’s Scouts, Inc. when he signed with the Wildcats.

Should the Sooners have recruited him? Absolutely. Because of the threat he is as a kick returner and his knack for making big plays in critical times.

Tight End Andre McDonald
High school: Choctaw, Okla./Choctaw
Class: 2009

Impact: McDonald has played in 27 games as a Wildcat, including four starts. Known as a quality run blocker, the junior has 14 career receptions for 212 yards and one touchdown.

Recruiting rating: McDonald had no rating from ESPN.com.

Should the Sooners have recruited him? Maybe. But only because OU entered this season with no experience at tight end.

Guard Keenan Taylor
High school: Tulsa, Okla./Booker T. Washington
Class: 2009

Impact: Taylor starts at right guard for K-State and has played in 28 games. He played a backup role during his first two seasons with the Wildcats but has helped paved the way for K-State’s running game this season.

Recruiting rating: A two-star prospect as an offensive tackle, Taylor had a rating of 75 from ESPN.com’s Scouts, Inc. when he signed with the Wildcats.

Should the Sooners have recruited him? No. The Sooners have plenty of talent in the interior offensive line.

Receiver Tramaine Thompson
High school: Jenks, Okla./Jenks
Class: 2009

Impact: After a redshirt season, Thompson took over as the Wildcats punt returner as a redshirt freshman in 2010 and started six of their first seven games. His 19 receptions and 258 receiving yards placed him fifth among freshmen in school history. Last season, he started five games and made a key impact as a punt and kick returner.


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