October 16, 2011

Sooner Commits Led by QB's District Dominance

FOLLOWING THE FUTURE

DANIEL BROOKS - ATH 5'8 - 170, Port Lavaca (Texas) Calhoun

Brooks and the Sandcrabs are quietly emerging as a very legitimate state title contender downing Gregory Portland 40-19 and Brooks did his part with 9 carries for 79-yards and a 51-yard touchdown.

Brooks committed to Oklahoma early on but has since seen his attention grow by leaps and bounds and has told several Rivals.com outlets he'll be taking several officials before National Signing Day.
Next: Calhoun (7-0) travels to Victoria West.

TY DARLINGTON - OL 6'3 - 275, Apopka, Fla.

Darlington and the Blue Darters got their third straight win downing North Miami Beach 56-6.

Darlington is the son of a former Sooner cheerleader as well as the son of Apopka head coach Rick Darlington. As the nation's No. 1 center it's safe to say he was a major coup for Oklahoma even with some of the advantages.
Next: Apopka (3-3) hosts Winter Garden (Fla.) West Orange.

LAITH HARLOW - TE 6'5 - 240, Tallahassee (Fla.) Godby

Harlow sat out of Godby's 52-7 win over Chiles but is expected back next week.

Harlow is one of the nation's elite tight ends and was only Oklahoma's second commitment from Florida since 2004 since his commitment two other Sunshine State natives joined the commitment list.
Next: Godby (6-0) travels to Rickards.

DEVANTE HARRIS - DB 5'11 - 160, Mesquite (Texas) Horn

Harris is doing all he can but the Jaguars are in a tough district and just keep falling a step short. On Friday it was Longview downing Horn 38-30 as Harris had 107-punt return yards, three tackles, and a 14-yard catch and was not thrown at.

Harris is the son of former Texas A&M and Philadelphia Eagles receiver, Rod. His name is growing thanks to a real emergence in the spring and summer of 2011.
Next: Horn (2-5) travels to Desoto.

TREVOR KNIGHT - QB 6'3 - 190, San Antonio Reagan - WEEK 6 MVP

Knight and the Rattlers set up a showdown with Madison last week downing MacArthur 52-13. Knight, as would be expected, was a big part of that going 10-for-13 for 249-yards and four touchdowns (51, 45, 46, 43) and it's worth noting the three incompletions were drops.

Any early commmitment to Texas A&M Knight changed his plans once Oklahoma offered and will be joined in Norman by his twin brother Connor - who plans to walk-on as a tight end.
Next: Reagan (6-1) hosts Madison.

POLO MANUKAINIU - DE 6'6 - 256, Euless (Texas) Trinity

Manukainiu helped the Trojans a 42-0 lead with two tackles, one for loss, and one fumble recovery in just a quarter and a half of action.

Manukainiu is close friends with 2011 Sooner signing Nila Kasitati, as a fellow Trojan. His talents have been an interesting debate as some think he could play either defensive tackle, defensive end, or possibly even offensive tackle.
Next: Trinity (8-0) hosts Grapevine.

KYLE MARRS - OL 6'6 - 302, San Antonio Brandeis

Marrs and Brandeis clinched their playoff birth with a 36-12 win over Taft.

Marrs was one of Oklahoma's first offers regardless of position and as a mountainous lineman he'll be an intriguing guy to watch once he hits Norman.
Next: Brandeis (7-1) hosts Marshall.

JOHN MICHAEL MCGEE - OL 6'4 - 255, Texarkana (Texas) Texas High

McGee and his Texas high Tigers continue to battle for a district title dropping Greenville 54-14.

McGee is one of the nation's elite offensive lineman who brings an athleticism to the game that could see him star as a pulling guard or as an elite left tackle.
Next: Texas High (5-3) travels to Mt. Pleasant.

TREY METOYER - WR 6'2- 198, Chatham (Va.) Hargrave Military Academy

Metoyer got back on the field with a 41-40 win over Loretto (Penn.) St. Francis University and had seven-catches for 80-yards and a touchdown.

Metoyer has done all he can in the high school game but is now taking on the prep school ranks after falling just short of qualification at Oklahoma coming out of Whitehouse, Texas in 2011. The Army All-American was a five-star recruit by Rivals.com
Next: Hargrave (3-3) travels to University of Pikeville on Oct. 17.

DURRON NEAL - WR 6'1 - 195, St. Louis (Mo.) DeSmet

Neal had 13-carries for 78-yards and a pair of touchdowns in DeSmet's 30-13 win over Lindbergh that sets up a district title battle next weekend against rivals SLUH.

Neal is yet another in a growing line of 'Show Me State' stars to head toward Oklahoma but is one of the most highly ranked players the Sooners have landed in recent years.
Next: DeSmet (7-1) hosts St. Louis University High.

ALEX ROSS - RB 6'1 - 205, Jenks, Okla.

Ross sat out with a collarbone injury as Jenks crushed Sapulpa 45-14.

Ross came out of nowhere as a junior to emerge as almost undoubtedly the state's top prospect. The big back has elite speed to go with a great frame, most are expecting a monstrous season for the Jenks star.
Next: Jenks (6-1) hosts Southmoore on Oct. 20.

STERLING SHEPARD - WR 5'10- 175, Oklahoma City Heritage Hall

Shepard may not have scored but did everything else in a 63-0 win over John Marshall with five catches for 78-yards, one carry for 20-yards, a 38-yard punt return, four tackles (two solo), and an interception heading into a bye week.

Shepard is a second generation Sooner; not only did his father Derick play for the Sooners but so did two of his uncles. However, make no mistake he earned his offer all his own, he has a chance to be a standout.
Next: Heritage Hall (7-0) hosts Bethany on Oct. 28.

ERIC STRIKER - OLB 6'1 - 190, Seffner (Fla.) Armwood

Striker, and his 45-yard fumble return for touchdown, were a part of a 80-0 beating of Strawberry Coast.

Striker is a uniquely athletic player who reminds many of former Sooner standout Ontei Jones and happens to play for one of the nation's elite teams in 2011
Next: Armwood (7-0) hosts Tampa Hillsborough.

CHARLES TAPPER - DE 6'4 - 245, Baltimore (Mary.) City College High

Tapper and the Black Knights got their second straight win with a dominating defensive performance, 13-6 over Digital Harbor.

Tapper is the first Maryland prep commitment for the Sooners in the Bob Stoops era, and could be one of the most promising defensive ends in the class.
Next: City College (4-2) hosts Edmondson-Westside on Oct. 20.


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