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Current Starter: Javon Harris
Next Year's Replacement: Gabe Lynn (6'0", 199 pounds), Cortez Johnson (6'2", 191 pounds) or Julian Wilson (6'2", 191 pounds)
Replacing Javon Harris for Gabe Lynn probably sounds like some sort of cruel joke to most Sooner fans, especially after how the two performed for the majority of the 2011 season. However, if defensive coordinator is able to bring the most out of Harris at strong safety, why wouldn't he be able to do the same for Lynn?
Lynn came into the program as a highly-touted defensive back. According to ESPN, Lynn was the No. 1 player in Oklahoma and the No. 8 safety in the nation. Lynn, however, has spent the last two seasons playing as a reserve cornerback. For a guy who was so decorated (Army All-American game, All-USA first team defense) coming out of high school, Lynn hasn't lived up to any of his potential yet.
While Lynn has seen the majority of his playing time at the boundary corner position, making a move to strong safety could be a really great transition. When things have gone wrong for Lynn in the past, it's always been in man-to-man coverage. Making the switch to strong safety would put Lynn on less of an island and give him some space to work.
Lynn will be a senior next season, and he will be doing everything in his power to get on the field. If that means switching positions, I can guarantee he's going to do it. However, if Lynn isn't the man for the job, or if he stays at cornerback, the position will be up for grabs between transfer Cortez Johnson and sophomore Julian Wilson.
Though they are literally carbon copies of each other in terms of size, Johnson may have the upper-hand just due to his familiarity with Coach (Mike) Stoops. Stoops recruited Johnson while he was at Arizona, and he started Johnson in the Wildcats' secondary as a freshman. When Stoops came to Oklahoma, Johnson decided it would be a wise idea to follow in his footsteps.
Johnson is a versatile defender, though, and if he isn't vying for a starting spot at strong safety, he could be taking over at the boundary corner.