Tuesday, January 10, 2012

OU football recruiting update

"Just decommitted from the University of Oklahoma," Harris posted on his Twitter account.

Harris, a four-star prospect from Horn High School in Mesquite, Texas, may have changed his mind based on reports that OU defensive backs coach Willie Martinez might be taking the defensive coordinator post at another school. Martinez was reported this week as a candidate at both Kansas and Illinois.

Recent speculation has been rampant that Bob Stoops is trying to make room on his staff for the return of his brother, Mike Stoops, who was co-defensive coordinator at OU from 1999-2003. Mike Stoops coached defensive backs at OU before leaving for Arizona, where he was head coach from 2004 to this season.

Harris played in the Under Armor All-American game in Orlando, and his decommitment caught everyone by surprise. His coach, Rodney Webb, told ESPN SoonerNation he was "at a loss because he has been such a solid commitment."

Norvell stays, Neal stays: When it was reported that wide receivers coach Jay Norvell had spoken to Bret Bielema about the offensive coordinator post at Wisconsin, wide receiver commit Durron Neal - a verbal pledge since last June - wavered just a bit.

"I would have left had coach Norvell left," Neal tweeted before playing in Saturday's U.S. Army All-American Bowl in San Antonio.

Norvell told the Tulsa World in a text message, "I'm not going anywhere."

Signing day countdown: After Harris' decommitment Saturday, the Sooners have two defensive backs committed. Of the 18 still in the fold, only six seem slotted for defense, and according to ESPN's ratings, the 11 highest-ranked prospects play offense.

There is still much work to do. The Sooners continue to target three 5-star wide receivers, perhaps hoping to land at least one. The prize, of course, would be Dorial Green-Beckham of Springfield, Mo. That would give OU the top prep wideout in the nation two years in a row (Trey Metoyer spent a year in prep school instead of coming to OU).

Although the defense needs quality bodies, the Sooners are currently making a run at running back, having handed out two new offers just this week to David Smith of Midlothian, Ill., and Akeel Lynch of Athol Springs, N.Y., to go with offers to five other running backs.

The rankings: ESPN 9th, Rivals t-7th, Scout 13th

Position watch: Defensive end

The Sooners' best position in 2011 could be its weakest in 2012 - its least experienced, to be sure.

Frank Alexander and Ronnell Lewis are off to the NFL, and seniors David King and R.J. Washington, career backups, are the only experienced players on the roster. Chuka Ndulue and Geneo Grissom are now the backups.

So immediate contributions will be needed from juco transfer Chaz Nelson and maybe even freshman Charles Tapper. Three other high schoolers, including 5-star Darius Hamilton, have received offers but are undecided. Edmond's Michael Onuoha just got his offer this week.

OU commitments (18)

Pos Player Ht Wt Last school/hometown
CB Kasseim Everett 5-11 185 Pierce (Calif.) College
TE Brannon Green 6-4 260 Fort Scott (Kan.) College
DE Chaz Nelson 6-3 240 Garden City (Kan.) College
DB Daniel Brooks 5-10 170 Port Lavaca, Texas
OL Ty Darlington 6-3 275 Apopka, Fla.
TE Laith Harlow 6-5 240 Tallahassee, Fla.
QB Trevor Knight 6-3 195 San Antonio
OL Kyle Marrs 6-6 302 San Antonio
OL John Michael McGee 6-4 260 Texarkana, Texas
TE Taylor McNamara 6-5 235 San Diego
WR Trey Metoyer 6-2 198 Hargrave (Va.) Military Academy
WR Durron Neal6-1 195 St. Louis
DB Kevin Peterson 5-11 170 Wagoner
RB Alex Ross 6-1 205 Jenks
WR Sterling Shepard 5-10 175 OC Heritage Hall
LB Eric Striker 6-1 195 Seffner, Fla.
DE Charles Tapper 6-4 255 Baltimore
WR Derrick Woods 6-1 180 Inglewood, Calif.

Source: http://www.tulsaworld.com/site/articlepath.aspx?articleid=20120108_92_B6_CUTLIN357796&rss_lnk=92

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