Tag:Oklahoma
Posted on: February 1, 2012 3:50 pm
 

Report: Davonte Neal to visit Arizona

Posted by Tom Fornelli

It's important to remember that just because it's National Signing Day, that doesn't mean that all players have to sign their letters of intent to their respective schools on Wednesday. It's just that Wednesday was the first day a recruit could make things official. Others still need to take some time making a decision.

Others like wide receiver Davonte Neal.

The four-star wide receiver is one of the highest-rated recruits out there that is yet to give a commitment, and it doesn't look like he'll be giving one before the weekend. That's when Neal will reportedly be visiting Arizona on an official visit, according to his father.

Along with Arizona, Ohio State, Notre Dame, Arkansas, North Carolina and Oklahoma are all still considered in the running for Neal's services.

Neal is a 5-foot-10, 180-pound receiver out of Chapparal High School in Scottsdale, Arizona.

Keep up with all the latest from National Signing Day at CBSSports.com's National Signing Day Central.
Posted on: February 1, 2012 11:37 am
 

Top 100 WR Thomas Johnson signs with Texas A&M

Posted by Jerry Hinnen

Texas's loss was Texas A&M's gain as top 100 wide receiver and former Longhorn commitment Thomas Johnson turned the Aggies' Signing Day around in a big way by heading to College Station.

A 6'0", 180-pound three-and-a-half star prospect from Dallas's Skyline High School, Johnson chose the Aggies over local offers from teams like TCU, Baylor and Oklahoma and national programs like Cal and Oregon.

Johnson ranks as the class of 2012's No. 84 overall prospect in the Maxpreps top 100, and the nation's No. 8 wide receiver--meaning his signature will go a long way (and then some) towards easing the sting from receiver Bralon Addison's defection to Oregon earlier Wednesday.

Tom Lemming writes of Johnson:

He is a home run threat who gets significant yardage after the catch, runs precise routes, shows soft hands, brilliant speed, quickness, does a great job of beating the press, and catches the ball with his hands and away from his body. A go-to type of guy with average size and above average speed and athletic ability.

Johnson offers a big boost to a strong Aggie class that currently ranks 11th in the CBS Sports National Signing Day Top 25

For regular updates on the Aggies' Signing Day, follow our CBSsports.com Texas A&M RapidReports.

Keep up with all the latest from National Signing Day at CBSSports.com's NSD Central.
Posted on: February 1, 2012 10:30 am
Edited on: February 1, 2012 10:40 am
 

Dorial Green-Beckham chooses Missouri

Posted by Tom Fornelli

The entire college football world has been wondering where wide receiver Dorial Green-Beckham would play his college ball, and the kid known as DGB put an end to the suspense on Wednesday morning.

Green-Beckham announced that he'd be signing his letter of intent to play at Missouri, choosing to stay closer to home.

The other schools in the running for Green-Beckham's services were Arkansas, Oklahoma and Texas.

Obviously, this is a huge signing for Missouri and head coach Gary Pinkel as the school gets ready to join the SEC. You need playmakers to win in the SEC, and the Tigers may have signed the best one available.

Standing at 6-foot-6 and weighing 225 pounds, Green-Beckham is considered the top player in the country by MaxPreps, and has often been compared to Randy Moss thanks to his size, athleticism and skill.

"It's taken 17 years but I've finally found a wide receiver who is as good as Randy Moss," says Tom Lemming. "For years I've said Randy Moss was the best high school player I have seen, and Mr. Beckham has similar skills. He has great size, long arms, a true F.A.T. 100-meter time of 10.5, and superior production. The nation's No. 1 player, he appears to have no weaknesses. He will be the most celebrated prep football player in the country."

No word on whether or not this signing will lead to a giant boost in helicopter rentals. 

Keep up with all the latest from National Signing Day at CBSSports.com's National Signing Day Central.
Posted on: February 1, 2012 8:25 am
Edited on: February 1, 2012 9:00 am
 

Michael Onuoha chooses Oklahoma

Posted by Tom Fornelli

Defensive end Michael Onuoha put an end to any speculation about where he'd be commiting to on Wednesday when he tweeted "Boomer Sooner." 

The Oklahoma native told SoonerScoop.com that staying close to home played a big factor in his decision.

"I just took it upon myself, I sat down, thought about it, I prayed about it, I talked to my parents, and I can't even go into all that I went over. Ultimately I made my decision on where I should go," said Onuoha. "I made my decision on how far Missouri is from Oklahoma and family always come first for me. I don't want to be all the way in Missouri because if anything happens I want my family to have my back.

"I just felt like Oklahoma was the best place for me." 

The three-star defensive end checks in at 6-foot-7, 225 pounds. He becomes the 22nd commitment in Oklahoma's class, and the third defensive end.

Keep up with all the latest from National Signing Day at CBSSports.com's National Signing Day Central. 
Posted on: January 30, 2012 6:13 pm
 

CB Zack Sanchez switches from Baylor to Oklahoma

Posted by Tom Fornelli

There had been some question as to whether or not cornerback Zack Sanchez would switch his commitment from Baylor to Oklahoma in recent weeks, and Sanchez has put the speculation to an end.

Sanchez took to his Twitter account on Monday to make the announcement official.



Sanchez had originally committed to Baylor when Oklahoma didn't show much interest in him, but that changed once Mike Stoops replaced Willie Martinez as the Sooners secondary coach. Sanchez took an official visit to Norman over the weekend, and obviously he enjoyed the trip.

The 6-foot-1 170-pound corner becomes the 21st member of Oklahoma's 2012 class, and the second player to hop on board Monday, following tight end Sam Grant.
Posted on: January 30, 2012 5:44 pm
Edited on: January 30, 2012 6:26 pm
 

5-star OL Zach Banner chooses USC

Posted by Tom Fornelli

USC added a very large man to its offensive line on Monday afternoon.

Five-star, 6-foot-8, 295-pound offensive lineman Zach Banner announced on Monday that he has committed to USC. Obviously, this is big news for the Trojans both literally and figuratively, as Banner is one of the most coveted offensive lineman prospects in the country.

Banner has some impressive bloodlines as well. The Lakewood, Washington product is the biological son of former NFL and Washington offensive tackle Lincoln Kennedy. Needless to say, if Banner can go on to have a career similar to that of his father's, then this will be a fantastic pickup for the Trojans.

According to MaxPreps' Tom Lemming, while Banner may not be the most polished offensive lineman in the 2012 class, he has the most upside. 

Banner chose USC over Washington and Oklahoma.

Photo credit: Jeff Napier, MaxPreps 
Posted on: January 30, 2012 1:12 pm
 

Pair of defenders choose Texas A&M

Posted by Jerry Hinnen

Texas A&M will need plenty of solid defenders to match up against their new competition in the SEC West. Fortunately for Kevin Sumlin, the Aggies received pledges from two such defenders Sunday.

The first was Polo Manukainiu, 6'5" 255-pound defensive end from Euless Trinity High School in the Dallas area. A former Oklahoma commitment whose senior season was delayed by a summer knee injury, Manukainiu chose the Aggies over offers from Arkansas, Baylor, Nebraska and UCLA. 

"I love the tradition, the fans, everything," Manukainiu said of selecting the Aggies. "My mom likes it, and I like it."

But the news would get even better for the Aggies as they landed an even higher-profile commitment just minutes later: Edward Pope, a coveted athlete from Carthage, Texas who flipped to A&M from TCU. Though Pope played multiple positions for Carthage, he projects as a safety at the next level.

Pope also claimed offers from the Aggies' new SEC rivals at Arkansas and Missouri and ranks as the Maxpreps No. 14 safety in the class of 2012. Tom Lemming writes this in his preseason evaluation of Pope: 

When I watched Edward on sophomore film I was convinced he would rank among the very best FS prospects in the country. As it is he still ranks among the very best and with a good 2011 season there could be no stopping him. Edward shows great range, instincts, vision, and ball-hawking skills. He breaks and closes on the ball as well as any FS prospect in the state, is smooth in transition, and shows natural movement skills. He rarely takes a missed step. A major talent with five-star potential.

With the additions of Manukainiu and Pope, the Aggies are up to 22 commitments and could be poised for a top-10 finish in the Maxpreps team recruiting rankings. Things are quite as rosy for TCU, who lost commitments from two key recruits in Pope and new Texas commitment Daje Johnson in the span of two days.

Posted on: January 30, 2012 12:46 pm
 

TE Sam Grant chooses Oklahoma

Posted by Tom Fornelli

Oklahoma has added a tight end to its 2012 class.

According to SoonerScoop.com, Sam Grant of Ohio's St. Edward High School has committed to the Sooners.

Grant is a 6-foot-6, 245-pound tight end and is considered a three-star prospect. He's commitment number 20 for the Sooners this year, and he's also the fourth tight end in the class, joining Brannon Green, Laith Harlow, and Taylor McNamara

Grant had narrowed his options down to Oklahoma and Michigan before choosing the Sooners on Monday. 
 
 
 
 
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