September 11, 2011

Knight Leads Sooner Commits in Week 2

FOLLOWING THE FUTURE

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

In a wild game full of odd scoring situations Brooks was only needed for five yards on two carries as Calhoun crushed Tuloso-Midway 62-6.

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 (3-0) travels to Cuero.

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

Darlington helped lead the Blue Darters to over 200-yards rushing but it wasn't quite enough as Apopka fell to Lake Brantley 31-25.

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 had a leaping 13-yard touchdown grab as Godby continues to get their feet wet in a serious run toward a state title.

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 (2-0) hosts Jefferson County.

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

As is becoming the norm Lewisville Hebron avoided Harris' side of the ball throwing at him twice, and to his credit Harris got pass break-ups on each but Hebron edged Horn 21-20.

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 (1-2) hosts Denton Guyer.

TREVOR KNIGHT - QB 6'3 - 190, San Antonio Reagan - WEEK 2 MVP

In a 31-10 handling of Pflugerville, Knight went 11-for-18 for 126 yards and two scores (3, 28) adding 53 more yards and a one-yard touchdown on 13-rushing attempts.

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 Alamo Heights.

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

Manukainiu sat out of Trinity's 64-0 drubbing of Richland but is set to return next weekend for the Trojans.

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 (3-0) travels to Irving.

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

Marrs returned to the Brandeis line-up just in time as the Broncos collected a huge win over one of San Antonio's top teams, Warren 29-28 on an overtime two-point conversion.

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 (3-0) travels to San Antonio Stevens.

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

McGee and his Texas high Tigers took home a big rivalry game victory downing Texarkana Arkansas High 21-0.

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 (2-1) hosts Bentonville, Ark.

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

Metoyer missed Hargrave's first game of the year on Sept. 2.

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 (0-1) travels to Robert Morris University on Sept. 12.

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

Neal and his top-ranked Spartans suffered a surprising, and lopsided, 52-22 loss at the hands of Christian Brothers. Neal had nine carries for 40-yards.

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 (2-1) travels to Vianney.

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

Ross is still recovering from a pre-season ankle injury and as such was only about '70-percent' against arch rival Tulsa Union but by almost any standard but his 136-yards including an 85-yard touchdown on just 14-carries would be an incredible effort. Even so the Trojans fell to Union 41-19.

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 (1-1) hosts Owasso.

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

Shepard had a 26-yard touchdown and several other catches, a relatively quiet night by his lofty standard, but Hall collected a huge win over a big traditionaly power in Oklahoma, Clinton, 41-7.

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 (2-0) hosts Davis.

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

Striker and the Hawks had the week off.

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 (2-0) hosts Tampa Bay Tech.

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

According to Tapper he didn't play 'that much' but 'only' managed three sacks and two tackles for loss as City College started their season witha 40-0 beating of Baltimore Douglass.

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 (1-0) hosts Dunbar on Sat. Sept. 17.


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