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Tag:Big 12
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 31, 2012 1:20 pm
 

Bryce Cottrell flips to Texas

Posted by Tom Fornelli

Here's a bit of advice for college coaches across the country: if a player has given you his commitment already, do everything in your power to keep that recruit from visiting Texas the weekend before signing day.

Defensive end Bryce Cottrell of Texas' Plano West announced that he'd switched his commitment from Oregon to Texas on Monday night.

“I’m committed to Texas,” Cottrell told the Austin American Statesman. “Texas fit me and my family.”

Cottrell becomes the third player to visit Texas over the weekend that decided to flip his commitment, joining athlete Daje Johnson (previously committed to TCU) and linebacker Dalton Santos (was committed to Tennessee). All of which means that Texas went three-for-three on its visits over the weekend, and if my math is correct, that's a 100% conversion rate.

Cottrell becomes the 27th member of Texas' class, and is the third defensive end to join the fray, along with Hassan Ridgeway and Caleb Bluiett
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 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. 
Posted on: January 30, 2012 11:17 am
Edited on: January 30, 2012 12:36 pm
 

Coach denies Green-Beckham to Missouri report

Posted by Chip Patterson

UPDATE: CBSSports.com's Dennis Dodd spoke with John Beckham, Green-Beckham's high school coach and adoptive father, who denied the Tulsa World report.



The nation's No. 1 recruit, Dorial Green-Beckham, has the college football world scratching their heads wondering where the 6-foot-6, 225 pound wide receiver will sign on National Signing Day?

The standout from Springfield, Mo. has kept his decision-making process under wraps throughout his recruitment, only recently narrowing his list to Arkansas, Missouri, Oklahoma, and Texas. Which school will add Green-Beckham to their 2012 recruiting class has been a matter of intense debate among recruiting experts for weeks.

A report from Tulsa World reporter John Hoover on Monday morning suggested that Missouri has moved into the top spot and will be Green-Beckham's selection on Wednesday.

"Extremely good source just told me Dorial Green-Beckham to Missouri," Hoover reported from his Twitter account. "Influential visit last weekend. Things can change but I trust him."

The combination of Green-Beckham's potential and the uncertainty regarding his decision will likely lead to plenty of "sourced" reports over the next two days, but one certainly is worth some attention. To catch up on Green-Beckaham's recruitment and learn more about the school's hoping to receive his commitment, check out Stephen Spiewak's profile from Monday at MaxPreps.com.



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Posted on: January 29, 2012 6:45 pm
Edited on: January 30, 2012 1:01 pm
 

Dalton Santos switches to Texas

Posted by Tom Fornelli

As we mentioned on Saturday when we told you about Daje Johnson committing to Texas this weekend, switching his commitment from TCU, he might not be the only recruit to have a change of heart in Austin this weekend. Turns out, he wasn't.

Linebacker Dalton Santos, who had originally committed to Tennessee, changed his commitment to Texas on Sunday--going from one UT to another.

"He committed to Texas this morning and he's fired up to be a Longhorn," Dalton's father, Albert Santos, told Orangebloods.com.

An Under Armour All-American, Santos is a 6-foot-3, 252 pound linebacker out of Van, Texas. He was considered one of the best linebacker prospects in the state of Texas this season. Tom Lemming of MaxPreps called Santos "one of the more physical defensive players in the state, he's very athletic with good tools, he will come right at you on every play, and never backs down."

Santos is the 26th member of Texas' 2012 class.
Posted on: January 28, 2012 7:29 pm
 

Texas lands Daje Johnson

Posted by Tom Fornelli

Texas' 2012 recruiting class, which is already ranked as the second best in the country by MaxPreps, got a bit stronger on Saturday.

Four-star athlete Daje Johnson tweeted on Saturday that he had commited to the Longhorns while visiting the campus this weekend. The announcement makes Johnson the 25th commitment in Texas' class.

Johnson is an all-purpose player that can play either offense or defense for the Longhorns. During his senior year at Pflugerville Hendrickson, Johnson rushed for 2,075 yards and 23 touchdowns, caught another 6 touchdowns, and even returned 3 touchdowns on special teams.

Johnson had previously committed to play at TCU, but it seems his visit to Austin changed his mind.

Though signing day is on Wednesday, it's also possible that Johnson won't be the last commitment Texas lands before then. Linebacker Dalton Santos and defensive end Bryce Cottrell are also in Austin on a visit this weekend. Both players have already committed to Tennessee and Oregon respectively. 
 
 
 
 
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