November 7, 2011

The Playoffs Have Begun for Sooner Commits


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

Brooks and the Sandcrabs finished out a perfect regular season with a 49-21 win over Floresville, in which Brooks had 10-carries for 133-yards and one tackle.

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 (10-0) hosts San Antonio Lanier in the first round of the playoffs.

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

Darlington and the Blue Darters clinched a playoff berth with a 49-33 win over Wekiva and the nation's No. 1 center cleared out running lanes for running back Mike Todd, who went for 263-yards and five touchdowns.

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 (5-4) travels to Palm Bay Bayside.

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

Harlow's Godby Cougars fell for the first time in 2011, to Wakulla 24-21.

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 (8-1) hosts Tallahassee Lincoln.

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

As Horn had already clinched the playoffs Harris and some of the veteran Jaguars took some time to heal up and cheered their teamates on to a 30-28 win over rival Mesquite.

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 (4-6) takes on Copperas Cove at Waco's Floyd Casey Stadium in the first round of the playoffs.

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

Knight 11-20 for 152-yards and two scores (26, 33), eight rushes for 19-yards and a touchdown in just three quarters of a 33-7 win over Roosevelt.

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 (9-1) takes on New Braunfels at Farris Stadium on Saturday in the first round of the playoffs.

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

Manukainiu and the Trojans finished off yet another perfect season demolishing Irving MacArthur 34-7.

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 (10-0) takes on Duncanville at Irving Schools Stadium in the first round of the playoffs.

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

Marrs and Brandeis got back on the winning way with a 30-22 win over San Antonio Jay.

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 (9-1) takes on Corpus Christi King in the first round of the playoffs.

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

McGee and his Texas high Tigers had the week off.

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 (7-3) takes on Tyler John Tyler in the first round of the playoffs.

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

Metoyer had four catches for 42-yards but Hargrave lost lopsidedly to rival Fork Union.

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 (4-5)has completed their season.

DURRON NEAL - WR 6'1 - 195, St. Louis (Mo.) DeSmet - WEEK 10 MVP

Neal had another huge night with seven catches for 196-yards and three-touchdowns - including a 41-yard game winner.

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 (8-2) travels to rival St. Louis University High in the state quarterfinals.

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

Ross again sat out with a collarbone injury as Jenks got back on the winning track downing Norman 31-20.

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 (8-2) hosts Stillwater in the first round of the playoffs.

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

Shepard and the Chargers faced their first real challenge in quite some time edging Kingfisher 35-27 in a game in which Shepard was largely held in check but still managed five catches and a touchdown.

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 (9-0) hosts Chandler in the first round of the playoffs.

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

Striker helped his team twith yet another dominating win as they capped a perfect regular season with a 54-6 win over Tampa King

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 (10-0) has the week off.

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

Tapper and the Black Knights fell just short of rival Poly 22-16 and nearly stopped their perfect season.

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 (5-4) hosts Baltimore Poly.

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