Tag:Ty Darlington
Posted on: June 23, 2011 1:49 pm
Edited on: June 23, 2011 3:36 pm

Sooners land big offensive lineman

Posted by Bryan Fischer

Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops is putting together another top 15 recruiting class, and his 2012 edition reached the double-digit commitment mark Wednesday night as the Sooners landed a verbal pledge from Texarkana (Texas) offensive lineman John Michael McGee.

“When I went up to Oklahoma for junior day in January, it felt like my home away from home," McGee told 247Sports.com. "My parents went with me way back when I visited and they both liked it, too. Oklahoma has a nice campus, they win championships, have what I’m looking for academically and can help me accomplish my goals."

The 6-foot-4, 260-pounder also held scholarship offers from Notre Dame, USC, Oklahoma State and Clemson among others. The biggest reason he'll end up a Sooner, however, was the time and effort the coaching staff made in the recruiting process.

“They were the first to offer me and have been recruiting me the longest,” McGee said. “Coach (Josh) Heupel and Coach (James) Patton have come down to watch me as much as they can, including basketball games, and have shown how much they want me.”

McGee is the 10th commitment for Oklahoma's upcoming class and the fourth from the state of Texas. McGee could play either guard or tackle in college but will likely end up on the inside next to fellow 2012 offensive line commit Ty Darlington.
Posted on: June 18, 2011 3:38 pm
Edited on: June 18, 2011 3:40 pm

Sooners add big Florida center Ty Darlington

Posted by Bryan Fischer

Oklahoma has already raided the state of Florida for a tight end and the coaching staff went back to the state again this week and managed to grab a commitment from offensive lineman Ty Darlington out of Apopka (Fla.), one of the top offensive linemen from the Sunshine State.

"That sort of hit me last night when I called coach (James) Patton," Darlington told SoonerScoop.com on Thursday. "I got home real late because I had a baseball game I had to go to. Well when I got home my brothers and sisters have accumulated a lot of Oklahoma's gear and they had it on. I don't know if you knew but I'm the oldest of seven and they were all dressed up in their OU stuff, my mom was all excited. After I talked to coach Patton I called all my aunts and uncles, and my grandparents and let them know."

The 6-foot-3, 275-pound Darlington is one of the top interior linemen in the country and ranked 75th overall in the class of 2012 by MaxPreps. He held offers from Auburn, Florida State, LSU and Virginia Tech among others but his mother went to school at Oklahoma and the family ties were just too much to overcome.

"I definitely feel like I can get a great education at Oklahoma, at some other places, I felt like I had to give them a look," he said. "I've just been praying about it and realized I needed to follow my heart, and since I was a little kid I've wanted to go to Oklahoma and that's sort of been my dream, when God gives you that opportunity you need to accept it."

The second offensive line commit for the Sooners, Darlington is also the ninth commitment overall. He tight end Laith Harlow in going from Florida to Norman next fall.

The four-star's commitment marks a strong recruiting push for Oklahoma as he is the second top 100 player to commit to the school in as many weeks. Darlington will likely lineup at center when he first steps on campus.
Posted on: April 20, 2011 7:06 pm
Edited on: April 20, 2011 7:07 pm

Updated list of 2012 U.S. Army All-Americans

Posted by Bryan Fischer

The folks at the U.S. Army All-American Bowl and Rivals have compiled an updated list of all the players in the class of 2012 invited to the prestigious high school all-star game. Here's the list, which will eventually be divided into East and West teams.

Defensive lineman Arik Armstead, committed to USC
Defensive end Alex Balducci
Offensive tackle Zach Banner
Linebacker Vince Biegel
Defensive back Travis Blanks
Wide receiver Drae Bowles
Safety Deon Bush
Defensive back Joel Caleb
Wide receiver Leonte Carroo
Linebacker Josh Clemons
Offensive lineman Ty Darlington
Safety Jordan Diggs
Wide receiver Stefon Diggs
Athlete Cedric Dozier
Linebacker Ukeme Eligwe
Athlete Devin Fuller
Offensive tackle Joshua Garnett
Wide receiver Deontay Greenberry
Defensive end Darius Hamilton
Defensive end Eli Harold
Defensive back Tracy Howard
Offensive tackle D.J. Humphries
Defensive tackle Jarron Jones, committed to Penn State
Offensive tackle Kyle Kalis, committed to Ohio State
Athlete Brian Kimbrow
Quarterback Zach Kline, committed to Cal
Defensive end Javonte Magee
Offensive tackle John McGee
Defensive tackle Ellis McCarthy
Tight end Taylor McNamara
Safety LaDarrell McNeil
Offensive tackle Chris Muller
Wide receiver Davonte Neal
Wide receiver Durron Neal
Wide receiver Jordan Payton, committed to USC
Running back Mario Pender, committed to Florida State
Quarterback Zeke Pike, committed to Auburn
Linebacker Jabari Ruffin, committed to USC
Athlete Kendall Sanders, committed to Oklahoma State
Running back Barry Sanders Jr.
Cornerback Kevon Seymour
Running back Rushel Shell
Defensive tackle Justin Shanks
Defensive back Tee Shepard, committed to Notre Dame
Defensive tackle Aziz Shittu
Safety Elijah Shumate
Offensive tackle Jordan Simmons
Defensive back Geno Smith
Defensive end Noah Spence
Tight end Kent Taylor
Offensive tackle John Theus
Safety Shaq Thompson
Wide receiver Dominique Wheeler
Running back Trey Williams, committed to Texas A&M
Cornerback Yuri Wright
Running back T.J. Yeldon

Posted on: April 20, 2011 6:36 pm
Edited on: April 20, 2011 6:39 pm
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Posted on: April 3, 2011 10:40 am

4/3 Recruiting Roundup

Posted by Bryan Fischer

The Los Angeles Nike Football Training Camp is today and should feature all of the best talent from all over the West. Stay tuned to the blog where we'll have full coverage up on the blog tonight.

- Lemming Top 100 offensive lineman Ty Darlington has Auburn, Florida State, Miami, Nebraska and Oklahoma on top in his recruitment.

- Florida football signee Jacoby Brissett was impressive on the basketball court in the ESPN Rise National High School Invitational this past Thursday.

- Defensive back Ronald Geohaghan recently picked up an offer from Pitt.

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