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 Official  Signee Highlights
Pos
Ht
Wt
 Hometown  School
 Enrolled VideoDrew Allen
QB
6-6
210
 San Antonio, Texas  Alamo Heights
 Enrolled VideoJaydan Bird
LB
6-3
230
 Conway Springs, Kan.  Conway Springs
 Enrolled VideoJavon Harris
DB
6-0
180
 Lawton, Okla.  MacArthur
 Enrolled VideoRonnell Lewis
LB
6-3
220
 Dewar, Okla.  Dewar
 Enrolled VideoTom Wort
LB
6-1
210
 New Braunfels, Texas  New Braunfels
 7:20 a.m. VideoTerry Franklin
DE
6-4
210
 Mansfield, Texas  Legacy
 7:49 a.m. VideoTyler Evans
OL
6-5
280
 Strafford, Mo.  Strafford
 7:51 a.m. VideoGabe Ikard
TE
6-4
240
 Oklahoma City, Okla.  Bishop McGuinness
 7:56 a.m. VideoDemontre Hurst
DB
5-10
170
 Lancaster, Texas  Lancaster
 8:00 a.m. VideoTavaris Jeffries
OT
6-5
320
 Memphis, Tenn.  Coahoma CC
 8:09 a.m. VideoJamarkus McFarland
DT
6-3
285
 Lufkin, Texas  Lufkin
 8:17 a.m. VideoMarshall Musil
Ath
6-3
220
 LaCrosse, Kan.  LaCrosse
 8:22 a.m. VideoJaz Reynolds
WR
6-3
182
 Aldine, Texas  Eisenhower
 8:28 a.m. VideoCameron Kenney
WR
6-2
195
 Dacula, Ga.  Garden City CC
 8:37 a.m. VideoJosh Aladenoye
OL
6-6
340
 Mesquite, Texas  North Mesquite
 8:44 a.m. VideoGabe Lynn
DB
6-1
180
 Jenks, Okla.  Jenks
 8:49 a.m. VideoJonathan Miller
RB
6-0
187
 Garland, Texas  Naaman Forrest
 9:11 a.m. VideoKevin Brent
DB
5-11
196
 Dallas, Texas  South Oak Cliff
 9:16 a.m. VideoJeff Vinson
OL
6-8
350
 Lancaster, Pa.  Lackawanna CC
 9:18 a.m. VideoJustin Chaisson
DE
6-5
265
 Las Vegas, Nev.  Bishop Gorman
 9:43 a.m. VideoGus Jones
LB
6-2
220
 Wagoner, Okla.  Wagoner
 9:57 a.m. VideoJarrett Brown
DE
6-4
245
 Arlington, Texas  Bowie
 Feb. 5th VideoMarcus Trice
CB
5-9
175
 Mesquite, Texas  Mesquite
  
  Signing Day Webcast

Did you miss our live Signing Day webcast presented by Oklahoma Farm Bureau Insurance on SoonerSports.com? Here's your opportunity to watch host Kenny Mossman, Bob Stoops and the OU coaching staff discuss the 2009 class, provide analysis on signee highlights and preview the upcoming season. Also watch interviews with new Sooner linebackers Jaydan Bird, Ronnell Lewis and Tom Wort only on SoonerSports.com.

Video Signing Day Webcast Segment 1
Oklahoma Head Coach Bob Stoops joins Kenny Mossman to begin our live Signing Day coverage.
Video Signing Day Webcast Segment 5
Recruiting Coordinator and Running Backs Coach Cale Gundy discusses the overall class and his RBs.
Video Signing Day Webcast Segment 2
Coordinator Brent Venables discusses OU's defensive signees and analyzes highlights of his linebacker class.
Video Signing Day Webcast Segment 6
Three linebacker signees enrolled on campus join Mossman: Jaydan Bird, Ronnell Lewis & Tom Wort.
Video Signing Day Webcast Segment 3
Coordinator Kevin Wilson discusses OU's offensive signees and provides analysis of signee highlights.
Video Signing Day Webcast Segment 7
Secondary Coach Bobby Jack Wright provides insight and analysis on DBs Harris, Hurst, Lynn and Brent.
Video Signing Day Webcast Segment 4
Offensive Line Coach James Patton discusses his four new signees on the front wall and OL development.
Video Signing Day Press Conference
Head Coach Bob Stoops wraps up Signing Day 2009 with a press conference to field questions from media.
  
Josh Aladenoye
Offensive Line | 6-6 | 340 | Mesquite, Texas | North Mesquite HS

VideoHighlights | SuperPrep No. 54 player in the Southwest region 2008 ... First team all-class, all-star "Super Team" compiled by Texas Football magazine ... No. 36 offensive tackle prospect by Scout.com ... No. 42 offensive tackle by Rivals.com ... No. 76 player in Rivals' Texas Top 100 ... PrepStar All-Midlands Region team ... Nike training camp offensive lineman MVP award ... two-time all-district ... recorded 80 pancake blocks as a senior ... graded out at over 90% ... bench presses 335 lbs and posses a 23-inch vertical ... boasts a 3.4 GPA.
 
Drew Allen
Quarterback | 6-6 | 210 | San Antonio, Texas | Alamo Heights HS

VideoHighlights | PrepStar All-American top 250 nationally ... SuperPrep No. 38 player in the Southwest region ... No. 38 quarterback prospect by Scout.com ... No. 15 pro-style quarterback by Rivals.com ... No. 56 player in Rivals' Texas Top 100 ... EA Sports Golden Gun Accuracy Challenge winner ... threw for 2,315 yards and 22 touchdowns in 2008 ... rushed for over 400 yards ... held a 56% completion percentage his senior year ... threw for 2,589 yards and 28 touchdowns in 2007 with 254 yards rushing and five TDs ... clocked at 4.7 in the forty ... bench presses 265 lbs, squats 345 lbs, and power cleans 250 lbs ... boasts a 3.8 GPA.
 
Jaydan Bird
Linebacker | 6-3 | 230 | Conway Springs, Kan. | Conway Springs HS

VideoHighlights | No. 12 middle linebacker prospect by Scout.com ... No. 23 inside linebacker by Rivals.com ... No. 3 player in Rivals' Kansas Top 15 ... SuperPrep All-American and No. 26 linebacker ... SuperPreps No. 16 player in the Midlands region ... PrepStar All-Midlands Region ... led Conway Springs to the Class 3A state title ... Sunflower State's Small School Defensive Player of the Year and first team all-state selection ... Kansas Football Coaches Association First Team All-State selection ... Vype Kansas football Player of the Year ... clocked at 4.5 in the 40 ... accounted for 115 tackles, 12.5 for a loss, and three interceptions in 2008 ... also rushed for 2,435 yards and 27 touchdowns ... finished high school career with 225 tackles and 4,701 yards rushing with 56 touchdowns despite missing most of his junior campaign with an injury.
 
Kevin Brent
Defensive Back | 5-11 | 196 | Dallas, Texas | South Oak Cliff HS

VideoHighlights | No. 67 nationally by Emfinger ... No. 77 in PrepStar Dream Team top 100 ... No. 81 nationally Athlons' consensus top 100 ... No. 5 safety and No. 78 player overall by Rivals.com ... No. 105 nationally by ESPN and No. 13 safety in the country ... SuperPrep All-American and No. 26 defensive back ... SuperPrep No. 14 player in Southwest region ... No. 16 safety prospect by Scout.com ... No. 11 player in Rivals' Texas Top 100 ... 2008 second team all-class, all-star "Super Team' compiled by Texas Football Magazine ... Texas third team all-state selection ... Selected to participate in Army All-American game ... bench presses 285 lbs and power cleans 310 lbs ... clocked at 4.42 in the 40.
 
Jarrett Brown
DE | 6-4 | 245 | Arlington, Texas | Bowie High School

VideoHighlights | No. 49 defensive end by Rivals.com ... Named 2008 District 4-5A Defensive MVP ... Clocked at 4.70 in the 40 ... Also played basketball for Bowie High School.
 
Justin Chaisson
Defensive End | 6-5 | 265 | Las Vegas, Nev. | Bishop Gorman HS

VideoHighlights | SuperPrep All-American and No. 19 defensive lineman ... SuperPrep No. 14 player in West region ... No. 1 on Rivals Nevada top 20 ... Ranked No. 41 nationally by Emfinger ... No. 73 player nationally and No. 5 strong-side defensive end by Rivals.com ... No. 75 nationally in Athlons' consensus top 100 ... No. 100 player nationally and the No. 8 defensive end by ESPN ... No. 111 nationally and the No. 14 defensive end prospect by Scout.com ... PrepStar All-American top 250 nationally ... Selected to Participate in the ESPN Under Armor all-star game ... recorded 45 tackles and 10 sacks in his senior year ... had 103 tackles with 23 sacks as a junior ... timed 4.70 in the 40.
 
Tyler Evans
Offensive Line | 6-5 | 280 | Strafford, Mo. | Strafford HS

VideoHighlights | No. 47 offensive guard prospect by Scout.com ... No. 52 offensive guard by Rivals.com ... first team Missouri Class 2A all-state selection ... SuperPreps No. 61 player in the Midlands region ... PrepStar All-Midlands Region team ... graded out at 85% on the offensive line throughout high school career ... also played defensive line ... had 69 tackles, three fumbles forced and one fumble recovered in 2008 ... finished high school career with 206 tackles with 32 for loss and 13 sacks ... bench presses 330 lbs. and squats 500 lbs.
 
Terry Franklin
Defensive End | 6-4 | 210 | Mansfield, Texas | Legacy HS

VideoHighlights | SuperPrep No. 107 player in the Southwest region ... PrepStar All-Midlands Region team ... No. 59 defensive end by Scout.com ... No. 35 weak-side defensive end by Rivals.com ... No. 96 player in Rivals' Texas Top 100 ... had 59 tackles, 12 for loss, five sacks, five forced fumbles and one defensive TD in 2008 ... also had two TD receptions as a tight end ... bench presses 235 lbs, squats 370, power cleans 235 and possesses a 31 inch vertical.
 
Javon Harris
Defensive Back | 6-0 | 180 | Lawton, Okla. | MacArthur HS

VideoHighlights | No. 12 safety prospect by Scout.com ... No. 17 safety by Rivals.com ... No. 8 player in Rivals' Oklahoma Top 35 ... SuperPrep All-American and No. 23 defensive back ... SuperPrep No. 17 player in the Midlands region ... PrepStar All-Midlands Region ... recorded 83 tackles and two interceptions on defense despite missing half of senior year with an injury ... rushed for 1,078 yards and 20 touchdowns ... caught 33 passes for 348 yards and three touchdowns ... racked up 92 tackles and five interceptions on defense and over 1,000 total yards and 13 touchdowns on offense as a junior ... bench presses 280 lbs. and squats 380 lbs.
 
Demontre Hurst
Defensive Back | 5-10 | 170 | Lancaster, Texas | Lancaster HS

VideoHighlights | No. 33 player in Rivals' Texas Top 100 ... No. 37 cornerback by Rivals.com ... SuperPrep No. 56 player in the Southwest region ... No. 42 defensive back by Scout.com ... Prepstar All-Midlands Region ... had 75 tackles, three fumble recoveries, one fumble caused and five interceptions with one going back for a touchdown in his senior season ... also had two kickoff returns for touchdowns ... 2008 District MVP ... finished his junior season with 50 tackles and one fumble recovered ... benches 225, squats 365 and has a 34-inch vertical jump ... recorded a 4.5 40.
 
Gabe Ikard
Tight End | 6-4 | 240 | Oklahoma City, Okla. | Bishop McGuiness HS

VideoHighlights | No. 14 tight end prospect by Scout.com ... No. 15 tight end prospect by Rivals.com ... No. 14 player in Rivals' Oklahoma Top 35... First Team Tulsa World All-State ... SuperPreps No. 37 player in the Midlands region ... PrepStar All-Midlands Region team ... MaxPreps medium school first team All-American tight end ... No. 18 ranked tight end on ESPN ... Daily Oklahoman's District 4-A Defensive Player of the Year at defensive end ... accounted for 29 receptions for 542 yards and nine touchdowns in 2008 ... also recorded 68 tackles and two interceptions, including six sacks and one defensive touchdown ... Oklahoman First Team All-State ... Tulsa World First Team All-State ... Oklahoman Little All-City Defensive Player of the Year ... Oklahoma Coaches Association All-State ... District 4A-1 Defensive Player of the Year ... also played basketball.
 
Tavaris Jeffries
Offensive Lineman | 6-5 | 320 | Memphis, Tenn. | Coahoma CC

VideoHighlights | Listed by the Clarion Ledger as one of the top 25 Juco prospects in the nation.
 
Gus Jones
Linebacker | 6-2 | 220 | Wagoner, Okla. | Wagoner HS

VideoHighlights | No. 34 middle linebacker prospect by Scout.com ... No. 39 inside linebacker by Rivals.com ... No. 11 player in Rivals' Oklahoma top 35 ... SuperPreps No. 29 player in the Midlands region ... PrepStar All-Midlands Region ... clocked at 4.6 in the forty ... bench presses 300 lbs. and squats 420 lbs. ... voted district Most Valuable Player ... Oklahoma all-state in 2008 ... recorded 138 tackles his senior year along with five forced fumbles and six sacks ... rushed for 1,016 yards with 26 touchdowns ... racked up 170 tackles and 15 sacks and added almost 1,000 yards rushing and 15 touchdowns on offense as a junior.
 
Cameron Kenney
Wide Receiver | 6-2 | 195 | Dacula, Ga. | Garden City CC

VideoHighlights | No. 16 junior college player nationally and No. 3 wide receiver by Rivals.com ... No. 17 junior college player in SuperPrep JUCO 100 ... first team All-Jayhawk Conference in 2008 ... named 2007 All-Jayhawk Conference as a receiver, returner and punter ... 2007 Jayhawk Conference special teams player of the year ... had 40 catches for 580 yards (14.5 avg.) and five touchdowns ... also rushed the ball 12 times for 55 yards, threw an 18-yard touchdown pass, converted 11-of-13 extra point attempts, made 8-of-9 field goal opportunities (three longest were 40, 41, and 52) and punted for a 47 yard average ... 46 passes for 633 yards and three touchdowns in 2007 ... clocked at 4.48 in the 40 ... only played one year of varsity football in high school.
 
Ronnell Lewis
Linebacker | 6-3 | 220 | Dewar, Okla. | Dewar HS

VideoHighlights | No. 1 player in SoonerScoops Sooner State top 40 ... SuperPrep All-American and No. 2 linebacker ... SuperPrep No. 16 Elite 50 nationally ... SuperPreps No. 3 player in the Midlands region ... Ranked No. 41 nationally and the No. 2 strong-side linebacker prospect by Scout.com ... No. 71 nationally in Athlons' consensus top 100 ... No. 44 player nationally by Rivals.com and No. 4 outside linebacker ... No. 84 nationally by ESPN and the No. 7 outside linebacker ... No. 94 nationally by Emfinger ... PrepStar All-American top 250 nationally ... No. 2 player in Rivals' Oklahoma top 35... first team Tulsa World All-State ... unanimous first team Oklahoma all-state on both sides of the ball ... selected to Participate in the ESPN Under Armor All-Star game ... first annual small school Mr. Football Oklahoma ... rushed for 2,219 yards on 150 rushes with 33 touchdowns in 2008 along with 156 tackles ... picked off 11 passes on defense and added 2,000 yards and 40 rushing touchdowns as a junior.
 
Gabe Lynn
Defensive Back | 6-1 | 180 | Tulsa, Okla. | Jenks HS

VideoHighlights | No. 20 nationally and No. 1 cornerback by Scout.com ... No. 23 nationally in Athlons' consensus top 100 ... SuperPrep All-American and No. 4 defensive back ... SuperPrep No. 29 player nationally in Elite 50 ... SuperPrep No. 4 player in the Midlands region ... No. 40 in PrepStar Dream Team top 100 ... rated the No. 43 player nationally by Rivals.com and the No. 8 cornerback in the country ... No. 44 nationally by Emfinger ... No. 81 nationally by ESPN and No. 8 safety ... No. 1 player in Rivals' Oklahoma top 35 ... selected to participate in the Army All-American Game ... selected to All-USA first team defense... selected first team All-Football by Vype High School Sports... Oklahoman First Team All-State ... Tulsa World First Team All-State ... led team to the Class 6-A State Championship ... has a 30-inch vertical jump ... recorded 47 tackles (35 solo) his senior year ... recorded 4.5 tackles for loss senior season ... Jenks head coach, Allen Trimble, said that teams only threw to his side "eight or nine" times all season ... runs 4.50 in the 40.
 
Jamarkus McFarland
Defensive Tackle | 6-3 | 285 | Lufkin, Texas | Lufkin HS

VideoHighlights | Parade All-American ... Parade All-America top lineman nationally ... No. 2 player nationally by Emfinger ... No. 22 in PrepStar Dream Team top 100 ... SuperPrep All-American and No. 3 defensive lineman ... SuperPrep No. 9 player nationally ... SuperPrep No. 3 player in the Southwest region ... No. 13 nationally in Athlons' consensus top 100 ... No. 36 nationally by Rivals.com and No. 5 defensive tackle in the country ... No. 7 player in Rivals' Texas Top 100 ... No. 55 nationally by ESPN and the No. 6 defensive tackle in the country ... No. 11 nationally and No. 3 defensive tackle by Scout.com ... 2008 first team all-class, all-star "Super Team' compiled by Texas Football magazine ... second team Texas all-state selection... named Texas Academic all-state ... selected to participate in the Army All-American Game ... accounted for 53 tackles, 10 tackles for loss and four sacks in 2008 ... bench presses 365 lbs. and squats 485 lbs ... has a 4.85 40.
 
Jonathan Miller
Running Back | 6-0 | 186 | Garland, Texas | Naaman Forest HS

VideoHighlights | SuperPrep No. 42 player in the Southwest region ... PrepStar All-Midlands Region team ... 2008 first team all-class, all-star "Super Team' compiled by Texas Football Magazine ... No. 30 running back by Rivals.com ... No. 41 player in Rivals' Texas Top 100 ... 5A-10 Offensive District MVP ... All-District Team ... Second Team All-Area ... Texas all-state honorable mention ... broke district records in career rushing yards (4,457) and touchdowns (51).
 
Marshal Musil
Athlete | 6-3 | 220 | LaCrosse, Kan. | LaCrosse HS

VideoHighlights | No. 4 player in Rivals' Kansas Top 15 ... No. 65 safety prospect by Scout.com ... No. 49 athlete by Rivals.com ... SuperPreps No. 82 player in the Midlands region ... PrepStar All-Midlands Region ... Sunflower State's first team All-State selection ... Kansas Football Coaches Association first team All-State selection ... Featured in Sports Illustrated: Faces in the Crowd ... rushed for 1,271 yards on 110 carries and 21 touchdowns in 2008 ... also had 27 receptions for 465 yards and six touchdowns ... defensively, recorded 92 tackles, three sacks and two interceptions ... four-time unanimous Prairie League All-League selection ... three-time National Honor Society member ... Kansas state qualifier in the 300-meter hurdles and on school's 4x100 and 4x400-meter relays.
 
Jaz Reynolds
Wide Receiver | 6-3 | 182 | Aldine, Texas | Eisenhower HS

VideoHighlights | PrepStar All-Midlands Region team ... No. 92 wide receiver prospect by Scout.com ... No. 93 wide receiver by Rivals.com ... Had 31 receptions for 620 yards with five touchdowns his senior year ... Sat out most of his senior year due to an ankle injury ... had 20 receptions for 500 yards as a sophomore.
 
Marcus Trice
Cornerback | 5-9 | 175 | Mesquite, Texas | Mesquite HS

VideoHighlights | SuperPrep No. 35 player in the Southwest region ... No. 20 player in Rivals' Texas Top 100 ... No. 20 cornerback and ranked No. 178 nationally by Rivals.com ... No. 25 cornerback prospect by Scout.com ... PrepStar All-American top 250 nationally ... 2008 second team all-class, all-star "Super Team' compiled by Texas Football Magazine ... Unanimous First-Team All District Selection ... selected to participate in the Hawaii vs. Mainland All-American Bowl Game ... had 61 catches for 790 yards and five touchdowns in 2008 ... had 60 total tackles, 40 solos, 14 pass breakups and seven sacks in 2007 ... bench presses 275, squats 445 and power cleans 275 lbs ... has a 33.5 inch vertical and 4.50 40.
 
Jeff Vinson
Offensive Line | 6-8 | 350 | Lancaster, Pa. | Lackawanna CC

VideoHighlights | No. 52 junior college player by Rivals.com ... No. 73 junior college player in SuperPrep JUCO 100 ... two-year starter at and collegiate teammate of current Sooner Mike Balogun at Lackawanna CC ... two-time Northeast Football Conference All-Conference ... did not begin playing football until sophomore year of high school.
 
Tom Wort
Linebacker | 6-1 | 210 | New Braunfels, Texas | New Braunfels HS

VideoHighlights | No. 57 prospect nationally by Emfinger ... No. 86 nationally by ESPN and the No. 3 inside linebacker ... No. 86 nationally and the No. 5 weak-side linebacker prospect by Scout.com ... No. 7 inside linebacker and ranked No. 117 nationally by Rivals.com ... SuperPrep All-American and No. 13 linebacker ... SuperPrep No. 12 player in the Southwest region ... PrepStar All-American top 250 nationally ... 2008 First team all-class, all-star "Super Team' compiled by Texas Football Magazine ... Texas all-state honorable mention ... No. 14 player in Rivals' Texas Top 100 ... Selected to participate in the ESPN Under Armor all-star game ... clocked at 4.45 in the forty ... bench presses 315, squats 405 and power cleans 275 ... recorded 213 tackles of which 118 were unassisted in his Junior Season (2007)... despite playing in only seven games in 2008, recorded 62 tackles and had two interception returns for touchdowns ... had over 200 total tackles as a junior adding 15 tackles for loss, four sacks, three interceptions and one interception returned for a touchdown as a junior ... clocked at 4.45 in the 40.
 
 Signing Day 2009

With a group of prospects that could play as many as 10 different positions, Oklahoma built its roster in both quality and depth on Wednesday, the first day of the college football letter of intent signing period.
 
The class includes 23 total signees, most of whom are highly touted by various recruiting services.
 
"We approached recruiting like we do in most years," said OU Head Coach Bob Stoops. "If a player isn't leaving this year, it's possible that he'll be gone in the next one or two so it's important to maintain depth across the board.
 
"The caliber of these players will allow us to continue to compete at a high level. We like their skill, their football intelligence and their character. All classes are better judged two or three years down the road, but this one certainly gives every appearance of being one that gives us a very solid group of players and individuals."
 
Texas produced the most signees with 11 followed by Oklahoma with five, Kansas with two and Georgia, Missouri, Nevada, Pennsylvania and Tennessee.
 
"(The geographic part of recruiting) isn't real important to me," said Stoops, who played high school football in Ohio before attending college at Iowa. "This is the United States of America.  Schools and recruits need to pick the people and places that are the best fit. Naturally, we like recruiting the top players from Oklahoma, but we have to be open-minded about what is best for our program and recruit the players we feel give us the best chance to win."
 
Twenty of the recruits are from the high school ranks with three from junior colleges.
 
"We've been very happy recruiting from the junior colleges," said Stoops. "Looking back on players like Phil Loadholt, Brandon Walker, Lance Mitchell, Torrance Marshall and others, I don't think there's any question that those players have been very good for us. We approach junior college very similarly each year, not signing so many that it impacts our numbers negatively, but addressing specific needs."
 
By position, the greatest emphasis came at defensive back, linebacker and offensive line with four each.
 
"We'll still have a need at linebacker as we look for prospects next year," Stoops said, "but this group of players is one that we anticipate being very good for the program. On the line, we still have a number of players in the program that should be ready for more playing time, but we did lose four up there so we needed to replenish our numbers and we did that with a talented and good-sized group.
 
"In the secondary, we signed an athletic group that also has good size, a fact that makes it possible for us to look at them getting on the field more quickly."
 
Oklahoma also signed three defensive ends, two wide receivers and one each at running back, quarterback, tight end, defensive tackle and fullback. With signing day concluded, OU's football program now turns its sights towards spring practice which begins March 3.
 
 Quotes: Coach Stoops

"Exciting day and a good day for us here on signing day. We are announcing 22 new signees and one more just pending paperwork. It is just a formality, one other guy just finishing up and making sure things are the right way. We don't expect anything to go wrong in that area. So 22 right now and one pending with a little bit of paperwork yet to be completed.

"Speaking of those guys I really like the class and really feel like, as usual, we have a very diverse class where we have recruited all positions. We really filled some needs where we have had graduation, whether it be this year or we have some graduation that we are realizing this coming season. I really feel like our staff really worked hard and did an excellent job. Throughout the year, more and more players are making their decisions early. We had a good number of commitments early, even before the fall season began. Then we worked it through the fall and here through the winter months to really sign an excellent class.

"Again more than anything this is a class that addressed the needs for our football team and we are at the right number at this point with 23 signees. Sometimes people are signing 27-28 players to their class. We were able to hit the numbers right where we wanted to.

"In this class we have probably the biggest need graduating, five offensive linemen. We signed four, with two of them being junior college guys. Really all four guys are big talented guys that are the body types we are used to working with. We really feel they are going to help us and they are the style of players we are used to getting.

"Outside of that on offense, the 10 offensive players we signed include a quarterback in Drew Allen that again is our style of quarterback. We are really excited about Drew, who is here on campus already and again really fits our profile at quarterback. He is an excellent thrower, excellent athlete, a good size guy. We are excited to have him on campus.

"Then in the backfield with him we have Jonathan Miller, a running back. An exciting guy, really explosive, fast and has good speed. Another guy Marshall Musil, who is similar to Matt Clapp in that he is an excellent athlete and a rangy big guy that is a fullback slash H-back. So a very similar body to a Matt Clapp or a Brody Eldridge. A very versatile guy and again love the size, toughness and athletic ability of Marshall. He is a good running back and tough guy that could play linebacker, but we anticipate using him somewhere on the offensive side.

"Again we love guys like Matt Clapp and Brody Eldridge that we can use and move all over, whether they block, pass receive or are great special teams players. Marshall fits that profile. Another guy that is similar to that is Gabe Ikard. He is a tight end from Oklahoma City. Gabe is also an excellent athlete, an all-around athlete at his school that does a great job in everything that he participates in. He was a great leader on his team at tight-end.

"Then a couple of receivers, Jaz Reynolds and Cameron Kenney. A couple of guys with excellent speed, explosiveness, great hands and really good athletes. Again we really feel like they will help us at receiver.

"That is the ten offensive guys to address. The 12 defensive players currently, pending one. Again I felt that we met the needs. Our biggest needs initially were at linebacker, where we signed four guys, Ronnell Lewis, Tom Wort, Gus Jones and Jayden Bird. Three of them are here already and that is exciting because they get to go through the entire winter and go through spring. Not only did we go through the season thin at linebacker, we have four graduating seniors coming up this following year. So even though we signed four, for those recruits out there listening for next year, we are still going to be thin next year. That is with four leaving. All these guys are athletic players, they all have range and size. All of them have played really well at the schools they have been in.

"We also addressed strong needs at defensive back. We felt like we have been short in our numbers there and I really believe this group of players have some size. Guys like Kevin Brent and Javon Harris, who is already here working with us. Bigger and stronger guys and anticipate them to be in some safety positions. Then Demontre Hurst and Gabe Lynn, that are not here, but are very athletic and fast players. They are explosive, have good hands and are good athletes.

"Outside of that, up front we've got Jamarkus McFarland. A well talked about recruit, but again a guy that we are really excited about. I truly always believe that defense starts inside, with your players inside. Jamarkus comes in here with a similar style of play. He is very physical, has excellent feet and just a very tough and hard playing guy that is along the same molds as a Gerald McCoy, Tommie Harris and those type of guys that really anchor our defense from inside out. Jamarkus is a really talented player, a highly recruited player that we are awfully excited about.

"Along with him we have three guys that are very athletic. Jarrett Brown, Justin Chassion and Terry Franklin are all defensive ends that have excellent range, are very athletic and have good speed. They are good rushers on the outside. We feel that with those four guys up front we addressed our needs.

"Where everybody is from, we have five from Oklahoma, 11 from Texas, two from Kansas and then we have everything in there. We have Missouri, Pennsylvania, Georgia, Nevada and three junior college players. It's a strong class and more than anything I feel like we really addressed our needs and am excited to get ready to work with these guys. I really believe they will continue to keep our future here at Oklahoma bright and on the championship path."
 
On Tavaris Jeffries:
"He is a big, strong player that has experience. We were excited even though he was coming in on the last weekend. He's got excellent size, 6-5 about 315-to-320 lbs. He has got a great reach to him and being around him all weekend he is the body type and athleticism that we are used to having on this team. He fits the mold of those guys we just lost in Brandon Walker, Duke Robinson and those type of guys when you look at his size and range."

On the impact the wide receiver recruits can have next season:
"We anticipate all of them to be ready to play and in today's game we really don't go in anticipating or wanting to redshirt anyone. We want all of these guys to be prepared to play and we take the approach that we are going to get them ready to play. Now when we get to the point where we are ready to play and a guy isn't prepared for it then we have to consider something else. Cameron (Kenney) and Jaz (Reynolds), with us losing three receivers, we are going to do our best to have those guys prepared to play. Cameron comes in being a junior college player with a little more maturity and experience. Having played through junior college, we would anticipate him definitely being ready to help and contribute. Hopefully he will work for a starting position."

On early enrollees:
"Some guys are really truly prepared for it and handle it well. Other guys have struggled with it and it is probably that way at all schools. It is happening more and more and we take the approach that if a young man wants to do it then we will get him prepared and we'll go with it. I think it is an individual's choice and a family choice if you are going to give up your last semester of high school and enroll early and be prepared to handle the demands of a full time class load and all that goes with being in college."

On recruiting in other states:
"Proximity is a major factor for recruiting. I think everyone understands that. You look at the schools that do well and you look at the bulk of their players are from a very close proximity to their school and in-state usually. It is always tough to take another top player from another state. I think the difference with us and Texas is that we have such a presence in Texas, with us being so close to Dallas. Playing in the Cotton Bowl every year and being in the south division in our conference. I think that gives us players a little different perspective of us in the state of Texas, then maybe when you start to go to Louisiana and some other states. You get into other conferences and in other home states it is a little bit different that away."

On the OU defensive tackle tradition:
"I think first, Jackie (Shipp) has a major influence on these players being here. He has a great coaching track record when you look back at the success his players have had. Individually the success they've had and the way they have been developed. The people they have been. When you look at the examples of Tommie Harris and Gerald McCoy and how they have conducted themselves. Then you look at how their professional careers have been. Jackie has done a great job, not only recruiting, but developing these guys when they have been here to be great players and excellent people. He is a major factor in that I believe, but also it has been the proximity too to a degree. I think the bigger part would be Jackie's influence on them."

On how Jamarkus McFarland stacks up with past greats at OU:
"You know me. I know you have to ask it, but it is hard for me to say how he compares to those guys. I think he's in the same mold as all of them. To say how good or not is hard to say, but he is definitely in the same mold as all those great ones we have had coming out of high school."

 Signing Day Headlines | Boomer Bytes

• Jake Trotter of the Oklahoman: "Classes were called off Wednesday morning in Dewar. Even dressed out the band for this one. It's not every day one of its own signs a letter of intent to play college football. In fact, never has a native son of Dewar, population 919, signed a letter of intent. Before a standing...
 
• From the New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung: "While three of his teammates held a National Signing Day party at New Braunfels High School, Tom Wort was nowhere to be found. The All-American linebacker was one of five members of Oklahoma's signing class who enrolled early at the university, starting..."
 
• From the Gwinnett (Ga.) Daily Post: "Way out in Garden City, Kan., Cameron Kenney had a more low-key ceremony when he signed with Oklahoma. It lacked the pomp and circumstance of the local parties, but the eventual destination made the former Dacula standout just as happy, even if it took him a little longer..."
 
• From the Scranton Times: "Suddenly, there is a 1,410-mile pipeline between Scranton and Norman, Okla. For the second consecutive year, Lackawanna College is sending a football player to the University of Oklahoma. Offensive lineman Jeff Vinson signed a National Letter of Intent Wednesday to continue his..."
 
• From the Las Vegas Sun: "It has been nearly a year since Justin Chaisson decided he wanted to be an Oklahoma Sooner. Bishop Gorman's hulking defensive end made it official Wednesday, signing a letter of intent to continue playing football in Norman, Okla. He committed last January. Chaisson was one of..."
 
• From USA Today: "The Sooners need immediate help on the offensive line and at wide receiver, but this class is full of big-time defensive talent. DT Jamarcus McFarland was grabbed from rival Texas in what was a spirited and high-profile recruitment. DE Justin Chaisson should help the pass rush, while Tom Wort..."
 
• From the Muskogee Daily Phoenix: "Dale Condict got the telephone call last spring. It was Brent Venables, the University of Oklahoma defensive coordinator, on the other end of the line. Condict, the Wagoner High School coach, sent out videotapes of linebacker Gus Jones. Venables couldn't call back fast enough..."
 
• Mike Jones of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram: "Junior college wide receiving Cameron Kenney and freshman Jaz Reynolds could compete for immediate playing time. So could early enrollee Javon Harris, a safety, and junior college offensive linemen Tavaris Jeffries and Jeff Vinson. "We've been very happy recruiting..."
 
• From the Springfield (Mo.) News-Leader: "While Oklahoma offensive line coach James Patton told the 6-foot-6, 316-pound Evans if he didn't grow another inch or gain another pound, he would be the perfect size, they want him to gain quickness and speed. But is Evans, who was two-time all-state and..."
 
• From MaxPreps: "Marshall Musil admits to being overwhelmed when he first stepped foot on the Oklahoma campus and into the Barry Switzer Center in December 2008. For the first time, he stood in the presence of seven national championships and four Heisman trophies, and all of the tradition and dominance..."
 
• John Hoover of the Tulsa World: "Marshall Musil could be the next Nic Harris. Or the next Auston English. Or the next Trent Smith. Or the next Matt Clapp. If Musil starts out on defense, he's big and athletic enough to help out just about anywhere. Depending on how fast he absorbs the OU defense, expect..."
 
• From the Oklahoman: "Bishop McGuinness senior tight end Gabe Ikard received numerous offers. But there was really only one place he wanted to go: Oklahoma. Ikard made it official, signing with the Sooners on Wednesday morning. "I grew up an OU fan, and I felt it was the best football fit for me," he said."
 
• John Shinn of the Norman Transcript: "OU had three major priorities with this year's class: offensive line, linebacker and wide receiver. It filled the coffers in two of the three areas. Offensive linemen Josh Aladenoye, Tyler Evans, Tavaris Jeffries and Jeff Vinson should all make an impact. Each one stands at least..."
 
• From Sooners Illustrated: "Jarrett Brown, a 6-foot-4, 240-pound defensive end from Arlington Bowie High in Texas is the latest player to announce his commitment to the Oklahoma Sooners for the class of '09. "Yes sir," Brown responded when asked if he had pulled the trigger on a commitment..."
 
• From the Dallas Morning News: "Lancaster defensive back Demontre Hurst committed to Oklahoma State on Jan. 18, but changed his mind Tuesday night - mere hours before signing with the Sooners. "After evaluating things, it was best for me," Hurst said. "But I sure hated to call the coaches at Oklahoma State."
 
• From the Austin American-Statesman: "Looking at the Sooners' 22-man recruiting class, you have to wonder where the offensive stars are hidden. There have to be some, right? All the star power falls on the defensive side, with defensive backs Kevin Brent and Gabe Lynn, linebackers Ronnell Lewis..."
 
• From Scout.com: "It appears at least one team in the Big 12 is getting serious about defense. After watching teams light up the scoreboard like a pinball machine in the Big 12, the Sooners are bringing in several players capable of making early contributions including Scout's No. 1 cornerback Gabe Lynn..."
 
• From Sooners Illustrated: "Javon Harris, a 6-foot-0, 190-pound safety from Lawton MacArthur High School in Okla., never really saw himself playing at a school like the University of Oklahoma. "Basically I sent out all of my film to a lot of other schools," Javon Harris began as he recanted his journey..."
 
• Charles Ward of the Oklahoma City Examiner: "All that said, one player I'm hoping has a productive career at OU is Gabe Ikard. He seems to have the physical tools he needs for success at OU, but, as I found out while interviewing him after a couple of high-school games this season, has his head in the right spot..."
 
• From the Dallas Observer: "Not all of the district's biggest names attended, but No. 1 recruit Kevin Brent, the South Oak Cliff High defensive back, was there decked out in Oklahoma Sooner crimson and cream, and Skyline DB Steve Williams walked across the floor in Cal Bears blue and gold..."
 
• From the Dallas Morning News: "OU graduated four NFL-caliber offensive linemen. But the Sooners signed four more big bodies, including JC transfers Tavaris Jeffries (6-5, 320) and Jeff Vinson (6-8, 350) who should compete for playing time immediately. LB Ronnell Lewis will need a season to..."
 
• Jake Trotter of the Oklahoman: "Jamarkus McFarland. Chose OU over: Texas, LSU, USC. Where he fits in: DeMarcus Granger's recovery from back surgery and Stacy McGee's progress will determine if McFarland is used in the rotation next season. Long term: McFarland, the gem of this class, could..."
 
• John Hoover of the Tulsa World: "The Sooners got signatures from 23 players (one, cornerback Marcus Trice, was in by morning but was held up on a signature technicality). That included 10 on offense and 13 on defense. On offense, wide receiver was addressed foremost by the addition of junior college transfer..."
 
• Jake Trotter of the Oklahoman: "When Oklahoma offered Javon Harris a scholarship last April, he was hardly what Sooner defensive coordinator Brent Venables terms a "Johnny Five Star." The Lawton MacArthur safety was unranked by most recruiting fan sites. And he didn't make..."
 
• From ESPN: "No significant news out of Norman on signing day. It was just business as usual for the Sooners as they signed a top 10 class. This class should make defensive coordinator Brent Venables smile as it's loaded on his side of the ball with their top six prospects all defensive players..."
 
• From Sports Illustrated: "The Sooners landed another nationally regarded class, thanks mainly to the defensive group heading to Norman. The Sooners reeled in three top-50 national prospects -- Lynn, McFarland and linebacker Ronnell Lewis. Major depth was added at linebacker with head-hunter..."
 
• John Helsley of the Oklahoman: "Oklahoma's recruiting focus always centers on elite talent. Yet the latest Sooners class, signed and sealed Wednesday, also featured a heavy emphasis on filling needs, primarily on the offensive line, at linebacker and in the secondary. "We have a really diverse class where we've..."
 
• From the Tulsa World: "Demontre Hurst, a four-star Rivals.com recruit from Lancaster, Texas, has signed with Oklahoma, a February Bedlam victory for the Sooners. Hurst, a cornerback, had been an Oklahoma State commitment for weeks. But on Tuesday, he announced he was switching his commitment..."
 
• From the San Antonio Express-News: "Within weeks, coaches from across the country were filtering through the Lee field house to scout Lewis in person. He initially committed to Nebraska before Oklahoma gradually wore him down. In only one active season, he's developed into exactly the type of player recruiters projected..."
 
• Berry Tramel of the Oklahoman: "No ceremony. No scholarship. But there's a good chance Easley will take the field before any of the blue-chip prospects who dominate the football waves this time of year. And that field could be Jerry's World in Arlington, Texas. Easley will join the Sooners as a walk-on..."
 
• From Sooners Illustrated: ""Not everyone can cut it at a school like OU," Butler explained. "Jaydan has that type of work ethic. He can get the job done. I know that his personality will fit in perfectly with the personality of Jerry Schmidt (OU Director of Sports Enhancement). He is going to turn Jaydan in to an absolute monster..."
 
• John Shinn of the Norman Transcript: ""Proximity is a major factor in recruiting," Stoops said. "You look at the schools that do well and the bulk of their players are from a close proximity to their school. It's always tough to take top players from another state. "The difference is we have such a presence..."