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|| Gilmer, Texas
|| Gilmer HS
|| Artesia, N.M.
|| Artesia HS
|| Roscoe, Texas
|| Roscoe HS
| 7:01 a.m.
|| Mount Airy, Ga.
|| Habersham Central HS
| 7:29 a.m.
|| Metuchen, N.J.
|| Metuchen HS
| 7:41 a.m.
|| Flower Mound, Texas
|| Flower Mound HS
| 7:44 a.m.
|| Houston, Texas
|| Strake Jesuit Prep
| 7:47 a.m.
|| Jesup, Ga.
|| Garden City CC (Kan.)
| 8:03 a.m.
|| Decatur, Ga.
|| Cedar Grove HS
| 8:11 a.m.
|| Upper Marlboro, Md.
|| Lackawanna CC (Pa.)
| 8:19 a.m.
|| Tulsa, Okla.
|| Union HS
| 8:27 a.m.
|| Garland, Texas
|| South Garland HS
| 8:46 a.m.
|| Paris, Texas
|| Paris HS
| 8:55 a.m.
|| Gilmer, Texas
|| Gilmer HS
| 9:04 a.m.
|| Fort Worth, Texas
|| Keller Fossil Ridge HS
| 9:09 a.m.
|| Muskogee, Okla.
|| Muskogee HS
| 9:10 a.m.
|| Muskogee, Okla.
|| Muskogee HS
| 9:28 a.m.
|| Ben Wheeler, Texas
|| Van HS
| 9:34 a.m.
|| Garland, Texas
|| Garland HS
| 10:36 a.m.
|| Argyle, Texas
|| Liberty Christian HS
| 1:46 p.m.
|| Gainesville, Fla.
|| Butte College (Calif.)
5 - Noon
New assistant coach Jay Norvell reviews highlights
of the wide receivers.
NORMAN, Okla. -- With a record
five Big 12 Championships, a national title, a bowl
appearance in each of his nine seasons and six stops
at BCS games during Bob Stoops' tenure, it's more than
coincidental that Oklahoma also produces well on signing
The OU head coach and his staff have apparently
done so again, attracting a class that is roundly regarded
among the top 10 in the nation. A total of 21 prospects
inked letters of intent on the first day of the signing
"The key is finding good players that fit our
program," said Stoops. "Playing here is
not easy because the competition is good and a lot
of hard work is expected, but the young men that choose
to play here have rewarding experiences. We're excited
about this group because they seem to have a good understanding
of what it takes to play at a championship level and
they want to carry on the Sooner tradition.
"I want to congratulate our coaching staff
for working so hard to identify good prospects and
then for developing the kind of relationship it takes
to explain the benefits of our program in depth. Our
coaches do a great job for Oklahoma and for the prospects
because of the way they communicate."
The new Sooners represent a cross section of positions
with three linebackers, three offensive linemen, defensive
backs and receivers, two each at running back, defensive
end, defensive tackle and defensive back and one each
at quarterback and kicker.
Three of the signees hail from the junior college
ranks while the other 19 are coming from high school.
Three of those, quarterback Landry Jones, running back
Justin Johnson and offensive lineman Britt Mitchell
are already enrolled at OU. They are already involved
in conditioning workouts and will participate in spring
workouts as well.
Texas produced the most signees for OU with 11 followed
by Oklahoma and Georgia with three and one each from
Florida, Maryland, New Jersey and New Mexico.
Oklahoma is scheduled to open spring practices March
5. Those workouts conclude April 12 with the annual
Red/White Spring Game.
|Linebacker | 6-2 | 250 | Upper Marlboro, Md. | Lackawanna CC (Kan.)
Tabbed the Northeast Football Conference Player of
the Year ... second team All-American by the NJCAA
... named to the Northeast Football Conference first
team all-conference on defense ... racked up 86 tackles
in 2007, 72 solos ... totaled one sack with three forced
fumbles ... two interceptions for a total of 62 return
yards ... had 12 tackles in one game against Navy Prep
... coached by Mark Duda ... born: Sept. 28, 1983.
|Linebacker | 6-3 | 230 | Jesup, Ga. | Garden City CC (Kan.)
No. 34 junior college player by Rivals.com ... first
team All-Kansas Jayhawk Community College Conference
... NJCAA All-Region VI ... recorded 81 tackles and
two tackles for a loss in 2007 as well as one sack
... Garden City was ranked No. 17 in the final NJCAA
poll ... coached by Lucas Aslin ... born: Dec. 5, 1987.
|Running Back | 6-0 | 210 | Ben Wheeler, Texas | Van HS
No. 1-rated running back, No. 7 player by ESPN and
CSTV ... No. 3 player nationally by Scout.com, No.
2 in Texas ... No. 10 player nationally by Sports
/Takkle.com ... ranked No. 19 player
nationally by Rivals.com and No. 2 at running back
... No. 1 player on Rivals' Texas Top 100 ... Parade
All-American ... named the 2008 Southwest Offensive
Player of the Year by SuperPrep
... selected to play in the ESPN All
American game ... Offensive Player of the Year award
for class 3-A in the state of Texas ...... third team
All-American by EA Sports ... carried 242 times in
his senior season racking up 1,910 yards and 30 touchdowns
... threw 104 passes, completing 57 for 803 yards and
four touchdowns ... had 185 rushes in 2006 for 1,601
yards and 20 TD while adding another two scores and
128 yards on five catches ... in 2005, he racked up
1,830 yards on 230 carries with 23 touchdowns and six
catches for 145 yards and four touchdowns ... parents:
Tracy and Hank Neal ... coached by Brady Pennington
... born Oct. 12, 1988.
|Linebacker | 6-3 | 220 | Mount Airy, Ga. | Habersham Central HS
Selected to play in the U.S. Army All-American Bowl
... also participated in the Under Armour ESPN All-Star
game ... rtated No. 5 inside linebacker by ESPN ...
No. 17 weak side linebacker by Scout.com ... elected
by Rivals.com to be on their All-South team ... member
of the News Channel 32 All-Northeast Georgia team ...
named to the Georgia
all-state team ... tabbed by
first team all-area ... led team with 128
tackles in 2007 ... as a four-year starter, set school
record with 395 career tackles ... as the team captain,
he was also named the team's Defensive MVP ... parents:
Connie and Mike Franklin ... coached by Gene Cathcart
... born: Oct. 23, 1989.
|Offensive Line | 6-5 | 305 | Paris, Texas | Paris HS
Ranked the No. 2 run blocker and No. 29 overall player
by Rivals.com ... Ranked No. 7 tackle by ESPN ... Scout.com
tabbed him as the No. 3 offensive guard ... named to
the East Texas all-state team as well as the AP all-state
team in 2006 ... was elected to the all-district team
three out of four year ... was chosen to play in the
2008 Army All-American Bowl ... recorded 24 pancake
blocks in only two games as a senior ... compiled 208
pancake blocks in his high school career ... allowed
only one sack in all four years as a starter... parents:
Kim and Tommy Good ... coached by Travis Smith ...
born Feb. 5, 1990.
|Offensive Line | 6-4 | 275 |
Argyle, Texas | Liberty Christian HS
Selected as a US Army All-American ... named a Parade
All-American ... No. 3 center
nationally by ESPN and Rivals.com, No. 4 by Scout.com ... elected
to first team all-state for both offensive and defensive
line ... received all-district honors for both
offensive and defensive line while being voted the
district's most valuable player ... tabbed Denton
two-way player of the year ... also
selected to their all-area team ... his senior
year, he recorded 112 pancake blocks while not allowing
a sack, and defensively racked up 67 tackles and 11
sacks ... in 2006, he totaled 61 pancake blocks
on the offensive side of the ball and recorded 34 tackles
and five sacks on defense ... parents: Debi and
Richard Habern ... coached by Mark Bowles ... born:
July 28, 1989.
|Tight End | 6-4 | 215 | Flower Mound, Texas | Flower Mound HS
No. 32 on the Rivals.com Texas Top 100, No. 11 nationally
at tight end ... No. 20 tight end by Scout.com ...
ranked No. 13 tight end by ESPN ... district offensive
MVP in 2007 ... selected to the Texas Sports Writers
all-state team as an honorable mention wide receiver...
in 2007, he hauled in 53 catches for 765 yards with
11 touchdowns ... also returned six punts for 145 yards
and a touchdown and six kicks for 181 yards and another
score ... rushed 17 times for 131 yards ... parents:
Kim and Rick Grizzle ... his mother played volleyball
at Miami of Ohio ... coached by Cody Vanderford ...
born: July 14, 1989.
|Defensive Back | 6-2 | 180 | Gilmer, Texas | Gilmer HS
No. 35 on Rivals.com Texas 100 ... ranked the No. 26
athlete in the class by Rivals.com and the No. 44 cornerback
by Scout.com ... caught 48 passes for 734 yards and
seven touchdowns in 2007 ... as a junior, he had 42
receptions for 810 yards with 16 touchdowns ... also
that year he was credited with 16 tackles, two fumble
recoveries, three interceptions and long interception
returns of 82 and 42 yard.
|Defensive Back | 6-4 | 205
| Garland, Texas | South Garland HS
Named all-state in 2007 ... voted unanimous all-district
selection ... rated No. 16 outside linebacker by ESPN
... ranked by Rivals.com in their Top 100 at number
92, as well as their Texas top 25 at number 15 ...
No. 10 safety by Scout.com ... tabbed by The Dallas
as first team all-area player ...
racked up 72 tackles in his senior season causing one
fumble ... recovered another fumble ... blocked two
punts and had seven passes defended ... parent: Tai
Hazoome ... coached by Mickey Moss ... born: Nov. 28.
|Receiver | 6-3 | 195 | Decatur, Ga. | Cedar Grove HS
Named an Under Armour All-American ... No. 13 player
nationally by ESPN ... No. 10 wide receiver nationally
by Rivals.com, No. 18 wide receiver by Scout.com ...
selected to the Atlanta Falcons 7 on 7 all-star team
in both 2006 and 2007 ... tabbed first team all-county
in both his junior and senior seasons (2006, 2007)
... voted pre-season first team all-state in 2007 ...
a three-year player, he totaled 34 receptions for 643
yards and five touchdowns his senior season ... in
2006, he hauled in 43 catches for 873 yards and seven
scores while running the ball 22 times for 417 yards
and 3 more scores ... completed 2-for-3 in passing
for 47 yards and another touchdown ... had 15 catches
for 478 yards and seven TD in 2005 ... coached by Ray
Bonner ... born: Nov. 17, 1989.
|Running Back | 6-1 | 210 | Gilmer, Texas | Gilmer HS
No. 2 running back nationally by Scout.com, No. 14
by Rivals.com and ESPN ... named to ESPN's top 150
prospects ... had 204 carries for 2164 yards and 25
TD in 2007 ... as a junior, he logged 86 attempts for
1,015 yards and 11 TD, and as a sophomore he had 91
carries for 793 yards and eight touchdowns ... played
defense as a soph and logged 49 tackles, six sacks
and one interception.
|Quarterback | 6-4 | 210 | Artesia, N.M. | Artesia HS
Named a Parade All-American ... rated No. 3 quarterback
by ESPN ... played in the Under Armour ESPN All-American
game ... second team multi-purpose All-American by
EA Sports ... selected as New Mexico Gatorade Player
of the Year ... ranked by Rivals.com as the best player
in New Mexico, and as one of the Best Pro-Style Quarterbacks
at No. 6 ... rated by Scout.com as the No. 6 quarterback
nationally ... finalist for the Joe Montana Quarterback
of the Year ... was a member of both the 2006 and 2007
all-state teams ... threw for 3,850 yards on 366 pass
attempts and 44 TD with only 11 interceptions on his
way to a state title in 2007 ... those numbers followed
a season in which he threw for 3,432 yards and 45 scores
on his way to his first state title in 2006 ... he
also rushed in 2006 for 294 yards and nine scores ...
parents: Kellye and Kevin Jones ... coached by Cooper
Henderson ... born: April 4, 1989.
|Defensive End | 6-4 | 240 | Houston, Texas | Strake Jesuit Prep
Ranked the No. 16 strong side defensive end by
Rivals.com ... No. 11 defensive end by Scout.com ...
named the unanimous district Defensive MVP ... Elected
to the All Greater Houston team by The
... racked up 46 tackles from
his defensive end position as well as nine tackles
for a loss ... recorded 4.5 sacks and six quarterback
pressures ... also batted six passes and intercepted
one ... coached by Ron Counter ... born Dec. 27, 1989.
|Defensive Line | 6-4 | 260 | Muskogee, Okla. | Muskogee HS
Named to Rivals.com's all-state team while being ranked
in its Top 100 (86), Best Defensive Ends (8) and Oklahoma
Top 25 (2) ... No. 11 defensive tackle nationally by
Scout.com, No. 15 by ESPN ... selected to the Tulsa
all-state team ...
tabbed as the Muskogee Phoenix's
Player of the Year ...... recorded 98 tackles his senior
season while 20 of those were for a loss ... had six
sacks and forced 18 passes ... also registered two
interceptions, 8 batted passes and caused three fumbles
... for his career, he racked up 160 tackles, 38 for
a loss and 13 sacks ... totaled 6 picks and 21 broken
up passes for his career... parents: Stacy and Sabrina
McGee ... coached by Matt Hennesey ... born: Jan. 17,
|Receiver | 6-5 | 200 | Metuchen, N.J. | Metuchen HS
No. 13 wide receiver by Scout.com, No. 21 by ESPN ... elected to the AP all-state team in 2007 as a wide receiver ... finalist for the Gatorade Player of the Year Award ... four-year starter in both football and basketball, as well as the New Jersey state champion in the 200m dash ... elected to play in the Offense-Defense All-American game ... tallied 77 tackles from his safety position, as well as one interception and six passes defended ... racked up 46 receptions for 612 yards with six touchdowns ... ran 51 times for 455 yards and five touchdowns ... accounted for 14 total touchdowns ... parents: Carla and Jeremy Miller ... coached by Bob Ulmer ... born April 10, 1990.
|Offensive Line | 6-6 | 320 | Roscoe, Texas | Roscoe HS
First team all-state in 2007 after receiving second team all-state honors in 2006 ... two time all-area team member (2006, 2007) ... ranked No. 34 offensive tackle by ESPN, No. 45 by Scout.com in the offensive lineman category, while being ranked 68 byRivals.com for the same position ... totaled 64 pancake blocks his senior season although he missed four games due to injury/illness ... graded at 97 percent on his blocking assignments in 2007 ... anchored the line that blocked for an offense that averaged 455.5 yards per game ... parent: Cari Duda ... coached by Wes Williams ... born: June 9, 1989.
|Receiver | 6-3 | 200 | Muskogee, Okla. | Muskogee HS
Rated the No. 1 player in Oklahoma by Rivals.com and
the No. 8 receiver nationally ... No. 10 receiver by
ESPN ... No. 1 player in Oklahoma and No. 15 receiver
nationally by Scout.com ... top 50 prospect by Sports
/Takkle.com ... selected to both the
US Army and Parade Magazine
Most Valuable Player ...
named an all-state team member by both the Oklahoman
the Tulsa World
... caught 59 passes in 2007 racking
up 994 yards and 10 scores ... totaled 167 receptions
for 3,444 yards and 45 touchdowns as a four-year starter
... parent: Debra Owens ... coached by Matt Hennesey
... born: April 15, 1989.
|Defensive Back | 5-11 | 198 |
Gainesville, Fla. | Butte College (Calif.)
JUCO All-American ... named to both all-region and
all-state teams in 2007 ... ranked in the Rivals.com
JUCO top 60 ...racked up 70 tackles with 4.5 tackles
for loss and one sack ... intercepted six passes while
defending six others ... picked up four fumbles while
forcing one ... had three plays over 98 yards all for
touchdowns, one 99-yard fumble recovery, one 98-yard
two-point conversion return and one 100-yard field
goal return ... in 2006 he played in seven games carrying
100 times for 384 yards and five TD ... ran a 4.38
second 40-yard dash at a JUCO combine in 2007 ... coached
by Jeff Jordan ... born: Oct. 20, 1986.
|Defensive Line | 6-3 | 285 | Garland, Texas | Garland HS
Ranked by ESPN as the No. 35 defensive tackle, rated by Scout.com as the No. 39 defensive tackle nationally ... Rivals.com ranks him No. 56 nationally among defensive tackles ... recorded 22 tackles in 2007 with two sacks and two forced fumbles ... credited with seven quarterback hurries ... statistically his best season, in 2006 he totaled 25 tackles with two sacks ... also picked up a fumble and was able to get two quarterback hurries ... parents: Natalie and Chris Pipkin ... coached by Jeff Jordan ... born: Dec. 6, 1989.
|Defensive End | 6-4 | 242 | Fort Worth, Texas | Keller Fossil Ridge HS
No. 11 prospect nationally by ESPN, No. 14 by Sports
/Takkle.com ... No. 1-rated defensive
end nationally by Rivals.com, No. 2 by Scout.com ...
EA Sports All-American ... named the 2008 Southwest
Defensive Player of the year by SuperPrep
... tabbed as an All American by Parade
... elected to play in the 2008 Army
All-American Bowl ... received all state honors in
each of his last two seasons (2006, 2007) ... selected
to the Dallas
All-Area Team ... recorded 84 tackles
in 2007 with 11 sacks and 36 quarterback pressures
... holds school records in both sacks in a career
with 29 and in a game with three ... earned first-team
all-district honors in 2006 and 2007 while being named
the sophomore of the year in 2005 ... parent: Sherrilyn
Wright ... coached by Tony Baccarinni ... born March
|Kicker | 6-1 | 190 | Tulsa, Okla. | Union HS
Selected as a member of the all-state team by both
and Tulsa World
17 player in Oklahoma by Rivals.com at 17 ... No. 11
kicker nationally by Scout.com ... earned a spot in
the Oil Bowl ... named the district special teams player
of the year ... converted all 42 extra point attempts
... hit on 14-of- 19 field goals with the longest coming
from 47 yards ... handled punting duties, averaging
39.0 yards on 26 attempts ... parents: Debra and Leo
Way ... coached by Kirk Fridrich born April 18, 1990.
Coach Bob Stoops Quotes
"I'm pleased to announce
18 new signees. We've got three to make 21 for
the whole class that are already enrolled and participating
for us. I'm really pleased with the new class
and really excited about it. This is a bunch of good
players that are quality students and quality players.
I really appreciate the efforts of our coaching staff.
Every single guy on our coaching staff really contributes
in a great way of being very unselfish about it. We
never get caught up in what guys sign and how many.
To me, the whole staff recruits players. There isn't
just a recruiting coach who has that area. We do a
good job at communicating amongst ourselves and presenting
Oklahoma in a good way with these recruits.
most pleased with as I look at them is the overall
depth in all positions. We signed three offensive linemen,
three linebackers, three defensive backs, two running
backs, two defensive ends, one quarterback, one defensive
specialist and one tight end in James Hannah. He's
really an excellent player as well. Tress Way is a
kicker and a punter. Overall I think it's pretty
obvious that we did a good job in all of our needs
and that we've got quality players in all positions."
On the ability to recruit players from across the
"I think we also show the ability to recruit
nationally outside of Texas where we signed 11 players.
I felt we were really strong once again in the state
of Texas with our affiliation with the Big XII South,
and proximity with Texas being so close. We did really
well in Texas and Oklahoma as we always do. But outside
of that we've got players from Georgia, Florida,
Maryland, New Jersey and New Mexico and they're
all excellent players in their state. We're able
to draw them here to Oklahoma and that just shows the
overall strength and consistency of the program."
On the new offensive recruits:
"Starting offensively I feel like we've
got good strong players in our offensive line. Britt
Mitchell who's already here on campus is working
hard for us. Stephen Good is another really big guy
with great size and ability. Ben Habern as an inside
center or guard type of guy, so we've got inside
and outside type guys. That's what we like, we
like to get a little bit of each. A tight end in James
Hanna, who's really an excellent athlete when
you watch him run. He's a people listening tight
end kind of like Trent Smith with excellent ability
to run routes, catch the ball and I'm sure he'll
grow into being a physical presence as well.
Johnson on campus already as a running back is really
doing a nice job again in a couple of weeks. Strong
physical player like we like, along with Jeremy Calhoun,
another excellent player. The two of them are from
the state of Texas. Those are the guys that are really
going to give us some quality depth. We go into the
spring and we're going to have two backs to go
through the whole spring. Justin's going to get
a lot of snaps along with Mossis Madu. They're
coming into strengthen a strong position for us."
On the new receivers:
"The receiver position is a really special group,
maybe overall the most special together when you work
with them. Josh Jarboe out of Atlanta and Jameel Owens
from right here in Oklahoma. They're strong guys
with great speed, great physical presence to them.
All of them really catch the football very well. That's
an exciting group of guys who can make big plays."
On new freshman and quarterback Landry Jones:
"Landry Jones, one of the top quarterback in
the country, is already working here on campus. He's
a big strong guy who's got a big arm. He's
been out here working out with us the last couple of
week and has been doing really well. Here's a
guy who just won a state championship, and I think
they won all of their games last year but maybe one
and they won all of their games this year. So this
is a guy who's used to winning."
On defensive signees:
"Defensively, linebackers, there's a big
need. We signed three guys, Mike Balogun, a big physical
presence inside, Daniel Franklin and J.R. Bryant. Two
junior college guys and one high school guy. With Curtis
Loftin leaving early and loosing two other guys, this
year definitely caught us thin and even with these
three we're still a little thin at the linebacker
position. Anyway, still this group is really going
to help us with their overall ability and the ability
we've seen on tape.
"Defensive backs, we've got three guys
again. We've got Joseph Ibiloye and David Sims,
two inside safety guys who are good physical hitters.
Lamar Harris from east Texas and he gives us another
corner with good size and range. Joseph is from the
Dallas area. I think with Reggie leaving early and
then graduating Darien Williams, Marcus Walker and
D.J. Wolfe we got caught thin a little bit there. We're
still thin with signing these guys and we're
still needing to recruit guys for the secondary guys
"Rounding that out, some of the inside guys-
between R.J. Washington, David King, ranging defensive
ends with excellent quickness. Stacy McGee, a local
guy from over in Muskogee, an excellent player who's
very powerful and doing great in wrestling right now,
a very physical and quick guy. Casey Walker, another
physical and strong guy who's got a little more
weight to him. Stacy's the type of guy who will
start at defensive end, but will grow into an inside
guy. With his feet and movement, he's really
exceptional for the way he moves. He used to weigh
I think about 280 and has cut back to 255. So we'll
see, Stacey moves so well that he'll have an
opportunity to play inside or outside depending on
how he grows. "
On the new kicker/punter signee:
"Tress Way I talked about as a punter and a kicker
has a big leg. I loved recruiting him and we got a
chance to watch him here at camp last year. He's
a big guy who's got big size and a powerful leg.
At camp he was kicking the ball consistently 40-to-50
yards and that was attractive to me with Mike Knall
being a senior this year. His kick-offs were consistently
in the end zone. We're not at all displeased.
Jimmy Stevens is doing an excellent job for us and
he's come along and we'll see the power
that's there. Tress has a chance to compliment
him and maybe have a little bit longer leg when we
see it, so we'll just see. He gives you a lot
of options and he's a big strong guy with his
leg and he's going to be really good for us."
On signing two of the top three running backs in
Texas in Jermie Calhoun and Justin Johnson:
"I think the overall efforts of our staff, especially
Cale Gundy who works that area and develops relationships
with those guys, and maybe just our overall success
over the past several years too. How we have been able
to run the ball might have been attractive to them
as well. Those are good strong players who are really
fun to recruit as well. They are guys that never wavered.
I always felt good about what they were doing. In fact,
those two guys are guys that really helped assemble
the whole class because they committed early and worked
some other guys along the way."
On Justin Johnson staying at running back:
"That is the plan, but you never really know
with anyone. We recruited him as a running back. I
have a millions receivers that could be corners, and
a bunch of corners that could be receivers, but that's
not what we recruited them as."
On getting early commitments:
"It's funny, I heard people say all week
that we worked a little earlier this year. We have
worked the same way for the last nine years. We are
always talking to kids early and trying to build relationships.
We are just fortunate that we were able to build strong
relationships early and that those kids decided that
they wanted to commit early. You can't make a
kid do something that they don't want to. I know
we have had strong relationships with guys that have
gone down to the last week and we started with them
as early as we started with these guys.
"In the end,
there are always a number of factors in the decision
and I don't think you can put your finger on
any of them. Our work and how we go about it has been
consistent for a long period of time on how we recruit.
Sometimes it works sooner for you than others."
On bringing other players in for linebacker and
"We are looking more towards next year's
recruiting class. I think we will do just fine going
into this year, but we continue to graduate players
after this season and we could use some help. The guys
we signed this year in those spots we wouldn't
have signed unless we felt they were excellent players.
I think that all three of them have excellent ability.
They have great mobility for the size that they bring.
It just gets down for them being comfortable to see
if they will play this year."
On Jermie Calhoun's and Justin Johnson's
"I don't like to put them in the same boat
as Alan Patrick. All running backs are different. I
don't know that I have had any two that are the
same and really, you can think through and we haven't.
They are very physical guys who have excellent speed
and vision and that's what you want."
On being able to recruit Texas so well:
"I don't get much into that. I think that
our overall program has been strong and I think players
notice that. I think that the overall success and consistency
matters to them. Our overall ability to run, the way
we have played, the players we have moved on to the
NFL and the way we do things is attractive to them.
"I'm not comparing us to anyone else, I
am just saying that we are in the (Big 12) South and
we have won it six of the last eight years. I think
that matters to them. Winning Big 12 championships,
that is something that they want to do. I think we
have done it in a pretty decent way and our players
in all positions have had a good amount of success.
I'm just guessing,
but I think those might be some of the things that
might be attractive to them.
"Also, the relationships
and the way they have gotten to know us as a staff
would be a part of that decision. Of course, they are
coming to a great university with a chance to get a
great education from a great school."
On the middle linebacker position for spring football:
"Well, we are looking at Ryan Reynolds as a possibility
in there, as well as Lamont Robinson. So we will see.
We are going to try to move some guys around and see
who fits the best."
On signing Lamar Harris:
"That was big when you look at our secondary
situation. Lamar Harris is a very good player who can
play corner or safety and he is a very good athlete.
So that was big for us. There is no doubt about. I
always feel you are splitting hairs on who is better
than who. These guys are strong and excellent players
from what I have seen at this point."
On college football adding an early signing day:
"I think it would eliminate a lot of problems
and clean a lot of things up. I would not be for it
starting before December 20 or whenever they have the
junior college signing every year. More and more high
school guys are coming early every year and that's
not going to stop. There are valid reasons to have
an early day. Those guys would get to have a signing
ceremony as well. The three guys we have here didn't
get anything. They got to go on our website, but that's
it. So there is a good reason to do it."
On the receiver class:
"I don't think it was the height. I mean
it's an added bonus that they are all big guys,
but we were looking for the caliber of player that
can come in and contribute. The idea was more we just
loved the way they played. There were some of the smaller,
shifty guys that just didn't quite fit we were
recruiting, but that's the way it went."
On Dejuan Miller:
"Dejuan has family ties in Oklahoma City. His
parents are from the area and it was exciting to get
him. He has a great family and he is strong guy. They
came through here a couple of times, once unofficially
and then of course on his official visit. Their official
trip was actually around Thanksgiving and they stayed
a week. Not at our place, but at their families in
Oklahoma City, which was great because we were preparing
for our Oklahoma State game and they were able to come
by a couple of those days. That worked out really well."
On R.J. Washington and the rest of the defensive
"He has excellent quickness, speed and the ability
to change direction well. All of those guys we are
really fired up about. David King is a great looking
guy as well. Stacy moves great for a big guy too. Casey
has that bigger and stronger presence inside. So they
are all a great fit for us. R.J. you asked specifically
just has great speed and that is what we are looking
for on the end."
On finding Mike Balogun:
"Well, Brent Venables started researching a lot
of players. I think more than anything, when Curtis
Lofton left he really picked it up. He realized that
it was something that we needed to fill here, so here
started looking at the tape and saw Mike. He is a really
good player and an exciting guy. He has a lot of maturity
to him, and that is kind of how it all happened."
On if Adrian Peterson passed on some characteristics
to Justin Johnson:
"Maybe, you would have to ask Justin that. He
is a good guy to watch, and if you were going to pattern
yourself after someone and you have that physical presence
that is a good person to follow. Justin has that physical
presence for sure
On how the Justin Johnson, Landry Jones and Britt
Mitchell are doing so far:
"It's hard to get a feel for that, because
we have only been able to see one work-out. Some other
coaches have been able to jump into some, and they
are doing great. When I was with them Tuesday morning,
we had a team agility session and a lot of times there
has to be a guy who has to fall out and take a breath
and none of those guys had to."