October 23, 2011

Daniel Brooks Leads Sooner Commits Toward Playoffs

FOLLOWING THE FUTURE

DANIEL BROOKS - ATH 5'8 - 170, Port Lavaca (Texas) Calhoun - WEEK 7 MVP

Brooks and the Sandcrabs continued to roll with a 54-6 win over Victoria West and the long-time commitment had six carries for 118-yards and a 24-yard touchdown along with one 17-yard reception, five tackles (three solo), and one interception.

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 (8-0) hosts Jones.

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

Darlington and the Blue Darters got their fourth straight win taking out West Orange 53-22.

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 (4-3) hosts Orlando Edgewater.

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

Harlow sat out of Godby's 30-7 win over Rickards 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 played a big role in perhaps the state of Texas' most exciting game on Friday with four-catches for 126-yards and three touchdowns (47, 65, 9) but his Jaguars came up just short against Desoto, 56-50, in overtime.

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

Knight and the Rattlers continued their impressive run with their seventh straight win as the Sooners quarterback commit went 7-for-14 for 166-yards and two touchdowns (39, 52). He also rushed for 68-yards and a score in Reagan's 38-17 demolition of San Antonio power Madison.

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 (7-1) hosts Johnson.

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

Manukainiu had a sack and helped the Trojans crush yet another district opponent, taking out Grapevine 38-0.

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 (9-0) has the week off.

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

Marrs and Brandeis continue to perform as one of San Antonio's top teams downing Marshall 35-6 behind a well-balanced offense.

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 (8-1) travels to Jay.

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

McGee and his Texas high Tigers got another big win this time over Mt. Pleasant, 49-6 and have the district title on the line next week against Sulphur Springs.

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 (6-3) hosts Sulphur Springs.

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

Metoyer came up just short against the University of Pikeville falling 14-13.

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 (3-4) travels to Ashland (OH) University.

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

Neal had a huge night against Saint Louis University High with 14-carries for 160-yards and a score along with four catches for 65-yards and another touchdown but DeSmet came up just short of their rivals SLUH in overtime 37-31. Neal was held out of both overtimes with what his head coach called a 'tweaked' knee.

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 (7-2) travels to Mehlville.

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

Ross again sat out with a collarbone injury as Jenks swept aside Southmoore 54-17.

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 and the Chargers had the week off.

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 (8-0) hosts Bethany on ESPNU.

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

Striker took part in his defense's dominant 38-16 win over Hillsborough.

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 (8-0) hosts Tampa Plant.

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

Tapper and the Black Knights fell to Edmondson-Westside 18-12.

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 (4-3) hosts Southwestern.


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