NCF On The Trail: Quincy Russell

DT Matthew Romar is OU commit No. 21

January, 30, 2013
Two weeks ago it looked like Oklahoma was done looking for defensive tackles for its 2013 class. Assistant coach Jackie Shipp had put in major work and landed three quality commitments.

But Shipp wasn’t done. He went to Port Arthur (Texas) Memorial last weekend and offered three-star prospect Matthew Romar.

Romar saw OU’s campus for the first time this weekend and took some time to think it over before committing to the Sooners, Port Arthur Memorial coach Kenny Harrison confirmed on Wednesday afternoon.

Romar, who is 6-foot-3 and 265 pounds, also had offers from Tulsa and Baylor, among others. Once the Sooners fully entered the race, though, it became clear it was up to OU to simply close the deal.

He played a little bit of running back in high school so there was some speculation about his size. Harrison said once Shipp saw Romar in person two weeks ago, all the doubts vanished.

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During December, there was no bigger position of need for Oklahoma than defensive tackle. In the span of 31 days, OU has gone from having zero commits with panic engulfing Sooner fans to having three and looking pretty.

The latest came Saturday night, as three-star tackle Charles Walker (Garland, Texas/South Garland) confirmed he has committed to the Sooners.

Walker, who is 6-foot-4 and 280 pounds, is ranked No. 40 in the nation at defensive tackle. Injuries hampered him during his sophomore and junior seasons, but he was healthy and effective this season.

And OU defensive tackles coach Jackie Shipp noticed that. North Texas and Houston were other schools looking at Walker, but Shipp saw something in Walker that no other big-time BCS-school universities saw.

Walker was offered by OU last month and admitted he wanted to commit right there on the spot. But he held off, saying he wanted to see the campus.

That was taken care of this weekend as Walker was one of eight official visitors for the Sooners. Baylor started talking to Walker earlier this week, but OU had already put in the work to secure his commitment.

Walker tore his labrum in the summer but played his senior season anyway. He underwent successful surgery last month and said he should be good to go by March.

He saw OU practice at the Cotton Bowl two weeks ago and all it did was fire him up more about his trip to Norman. Safe to say the trip lived up to his expectations.

Walker is ranked No. 40, one spot below fellow OU commit Kerrick Huggins (Dallas/Skyline). Huggins, who flipped from Texas A&M to OU on Dec. 14, is ranked No. 39 and was OU’s first commit at the position.

The Sooners will also get some immediate help at tackle as three-star ESPN JC 100 prospect Quincy Russell (Athens, Texas/Trinity Valley) signed with OU on Dec. 19.

Weekly Commitment Roundup 

December, 21, 2012
Demarcus Robinson WR Fort Valley, Ga./Peach County
HT: 6-2 WT: 200
Position Rank: #14 WR

More on OU-bound Quincy Russell 

December, 19, 2012
Oklahoma fans can thank Bedlam for the early Christmas that is ESPN Junior College 100 defensive tackle Quincy Russell (Athens, Texas/Trinity Valley Community College).

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Russell makes choice, signs with Sooners

December, 19, 2012
(Update: Russell has now signed his letter of intent to play at Oklahoma.)

Last week Oklahoma was in dire need of defensive tackles. Today, the Sooners got stronger up front.

Three-star junior college prospect Quincy Russell (Athens, Texas/Trinity Valley) signed with Oklahoma on Wednesday, choosing the Sooners over Nebraska.

For the last month or so, it looked like the Cornhuskers were the leader for Russell, who is 6-foot-4 and 308 pounds. But OU coaches Bob Stoops and Jackie Shipp went to work on the defensive tackle, visiting him at Trinity Valley and taking in-home visits with Russell’s parents in San Antonio.

Russell, who is ranked No. 51 in the ESPN Junior College 100, made an official visit to OU for Bedlam and is now going to be on the other side of the Red River Rivalry. Russell was initially a four-star prospect signed for Texas’ 2011 class, but he failed to academically qualify.

Now Russell hopes to be a part of a couple of OU teams that take care of the Longhorns in October in Dallas.

Russell is the second defensive tackle pickup for OU in the last week. The Sooners flipped the commitment of three-star tackle Kerrick Huggins (Dallas/Skyline) from Texas A&M last Friday.

OU is gunning for three defensive tackle commits for the class. And that sense of desperation some fans had seven days ago is long gone at the position.

OU or Nebraska for DT Quincy Russell? 

December, 16, 2012
Quincy Russell (Athens, Texas/Trinity Valley Community College) is down to two.

The highly touted junior college defensive tackle on Sunday said he ultimately will choose between Nebraska and Oklahoma. When the 6-foot-4, 308-pound defensive tackle will announce, however, is still a mystery.

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Nebraska high on Quincy Russell's list 

November, 12, 2012
For a couple of weeks now, the recruiting process has been strong for junior college defensive lineman Quincy Russell (Athens, Texas/Trinity Valley Community College). The San Antonio native has been a major target for several schools all season, but his focus wasn’t on recruiting until the conclusion of Trinity Valley’s season.

Over the weekend, Russell took his second official visit, taking in the scenery of Lincoln, Neb., and watching Nebraska defeat Penn State in come-from-behind fashion. The 6-foot-4, 304-pound defensive tackle, who has visited the Nebraska campus twice, gave the visit high marks and said Nebraska is one of the schools very high on his list.

“It was a 10, but I knew it was going to be a 10,” Russell said of the visit. “I don’t plan on taking visits where it’s not going to be a 10 or more. If that was the case, I would just stay at home.

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Navarro-TVCC: Saturday's juco standouts 

September, 30, 2012
ATHENS, Texas – If there was a big winner in Saturday’s junior college showdown between Navarro College and Trinity Valley Community College, Mother Nature took that accolade. Torrential rain coupled with swirling winds made for a frustrating night for both football teams.

Navarro, however, seemed to make the necessary adjustments in the second half as it turned a first-half deficit into a 21-10 victory at Bruce Field. The Bulldogs (4-1, 2-1 in SWJCFC) scored all 21 points in the fourth quarter and found opportunities against the Cardinals (2-4, 0-3) using their run game.

Credit Navarro’s defense with an outstanding performance. Trinity Valley was held to only 148 total yards. The Cardinals fumbled eight times and lost two of them, and they only converted 2 of 16 third-down plays.

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Big 12 schools on Quincy Russell's radar 

September, 5, 2012
Quincy Russell (Athens, Texas/Trinity Valley Community College) once thought his college path would include burnt orange and white. A former Texas commit, Russell has seen his college career take a detour through the junior college ranks.

A very beneficial detour, no doubt.

Russell, a highly touted defensive tackle out of high school, has lived up to the hype on the juco level and has been a mainstay for Trinity Valley’s stingy defense. The Cardinals are 2-0 this year after defeating then-nationally ranked Coffeyville (Kan.) Community College, 35-7, on Saturday. Trinity Valley currently is ranked No. 6 in the NJCAA national poll.

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Shreveport (La.) Woodlawn defensive tackle Chris Robinson has not heard from Texas since his plans to attend the Longhorns’ junior day on Saturday fell through.

Robinson, a teammate of 2012 Texas’ commitment Torshiro Davis, was unable to make it to Austin because of car trouble. He did say he would try and make it down to Austin for a Texas summer camp.

The Longhorns currently have one defensive tackle commitment in A'Shawn Robinson (Fort Worth, Texas/Arlington Heights), and will likely only take one more. Texas already has an offer out to Justin Manning (Dallas/Kimball) and is further evaluating players like Vincent Taylor (San Antonio Texas/Madison) and former commitment Quincy Russell (San Antonio, Texas/Sam Houston/Trinity Valley Junior College).

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