October 30, 2011

Sooner Legacy Takes Reins in Week 9


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

Brooks and the Sandcrabs are making it look easy at this point, the star back had 12 carries for 122-yards and a 15-yard touchdown along with an interception and 25-yard return. Also had three tackles (two solo) as Calhoun won 55-6.

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 (9-0) travels to Floresville.

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

Darlington and the Blue Darters lost a heartbreaker in overtime to Apopka Edgewater 35-29.

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 (4-4) hosts Apopka Wekiva.

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

Harlow sat out of Godby's 43-19 win over Tate but hopes to return this 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 (8-0) hosts Crawfordville Wakulla.

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

Harris had a big night in his team's 16-13 win over North Mesquite with one catch for 16-yards, three tackles, a blocked kick.

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 (3-6) travels to Mesquite.

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

Knight and the Rattlers continued their impressive run with their eight straight win as the Sooners quarterback commit 10-for-17 passing for 134 yds and 3 TDs (5, 25, 10) he also had five carries for 32-yards and an 11-yard touchdown and finally had one catch for 33-yards in Reagan's 42-21 win over JOhnson.

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 (8-1) hosts Roosevelt.

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

Manukainiu and the Trojans had the week off.

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) travels to Irving Nimitz.

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

Marrs and Brandeis had the week off.

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 clinched a share of the district title in a 48-38 win over Sulphur Springs - in the game McGee had a two-point conversion in the third quarter.

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) has the week off.

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

Metoyer had eight catches for 86-yards as Hargrave's post-grads took home a 44-26 win.

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 (4-4) hosts Fork Union Military Academy.

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

With his DeSmet team in need of a win he stepped up with three touchdowns - two receptions (67, 25) and a 40-yard rushing touchdown as DeSmet crushed Mehlville 51-7.

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 Eureka in the first round of the playoffs.

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

Ross again sat out with a collarbone injury as Jenks fell to rival Broken Arrow 31-21.

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 (7-2) travels to Norman.

STERLING SHEPARD - WR 5'10- 175, Oklahoma City Heritage Hall - WEEK 9 MVP

Shepard and the Chargers showed out on national television downing Bethany 55-10. Shepard had 153-total yards (55-rushing and 97-receiving) and four touchdowns.

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) travels to Kingfisher.

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

Striker helped his team to a huge win over ever-talented Tampa Plant 21-0. In the fourth quarter he logged career sack No. 36, which makes him the school's career record holder.

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 (9-0) travels to Tampa King.

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

Tapper and the Black Knights crushed Southwestern 46-12.

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 (5-3) hosts Baltimore Poly.

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