September 20, 2011

Sooner Commits Led by Striker in Week 3


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

Brooks played very little due to a high ankle sprain as Calhoun beat Cuero for the first time since 1961, 35-0.

Brooks committed to Oklahoma early on but has since seen his attention grow by leaps and bounds and has told several outlets he'll be taking several officials before National Signing Day.
Next: Calhoun (4-0) hosts Rockport-Fulton.

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

Darlington and the Blue Darters had the week off.

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 (0-2) travels to Orlando Olympia.

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

Harlow graded out at 82-percent and had six pancakes in Godby's 42-6 win over Jefferson County.

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 (3-0) travels to Crestview on Sept. 30.

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

Harris and the Jaguars stumbled against another quality opponent early in the season as Denton Guyer won 31-23 in spite of the loss the Sooner commit had seven tackles, one pass break-up, one blocked kick, and an onside recovery.

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 (1-3) hosts Stephenville.

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

Knight continued his big performances going 11-for-22 for 158-yards and two touchdowns (19, 14) along with 55-yards rushing.

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 (2-1) travels to Churchill.

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

Manukainiu made his first appearance of the season for the Trojans and helped them to a 64-0 win over Irving.

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 (4-0) hosts Colleyville Heritage.

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

Marrs helped an undermanned Brandeis offense to 13-points while the Broncos defense pitched a shutout of San Antonio Stevens.

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 (4-0) hosts San Antonio Clark.

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

McGee and his Texas high Tigers fell short of Texas power Bentonville, 36-0.

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 (2-2) travels to Royse City.

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

Metoyer's first game was a success with six catches for 75-yards in a 21-14 win over Robert Morris' JV. In a 44-17 loss to Georgia Military College he had six catches for 68-yards including a 38-yard 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
Next: Hargrave (1-2) travels to West Virginia Wesleyan College on Sept. 26.

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

Neal did a bit of everything on Friday with a 44-yard touchdown pass, 28-yards rushing, and 26-yards receiving in a 34-7 win over Vianney.

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 (3-1) hosts Chaminade.

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

Ross is still recovering from a pre-season ankle injury but in limited time managed 83-yards and two touchdowns (3, 1) on 14-carries and one-catch for 14-yards as Jenks downed Owasso 49-27.

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 (2-1) hosts Shawnee.

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

Shepard had six-catches for 154-yards and a 35-yard touchdown as Hall overcame a strong performance from Davis to win 29-13.

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 (3-0) hosts Oklahoma Centennial.

ERIC STRIKER - OLB 6'1 - 190, Seffner (Fla.) Armwood - WEEK 2 MVP

Striker and the Hawks continued their big winning ways 40-7 over Tampa Bay Tech, and Striker was a huge part of it with 13-tackles, one sack, four tackles for a loss and two hurries.

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 (3-0) hosts Tampa Leto.

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

After a huge single performance last week Tapper and the Black Knights fell to Dunbar 18-6.

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 (1-1) travels to Carver Vo-Tech.

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