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Oklahoma Football Recruiting: Tracking All 2013 Commits

Andrew KulhaSenior Analyst IIIFebruary 4, 2013

Oklahoma Football Recruiting: Tracking All 2013 Commits

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    The Oklahoma Sooners' 2013 recruiting class is extremely solid, so Bob Stoops and his staff deserve a lot of credit.

    They were able to go out and get some major recruits, and the future of Oklahoma's program is extremely bright.

    Is it as bright as Oklahoma's past? That still remains to be seen, but Stoops is setting the Sooners up very nicely, and this class should end up being very good.

    Let's get to know Oklahoma's 2013 recruiting class.

     

    Note: All information via 247Sports or ESPN RecruitingNation or Scout.com unless otherwise noted. Star rankings courtesy of the 247Sports Composite Rankings.

L.J. Moore

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    Height: 6'2''

    Weight: 185 lbs.

    Position: CB

    Stars: 4-star

    High School: Central East High School (Calif.)

    Senior Stats: 37 TCK, 6 TFL, 3 SCK

    Other Finalists: Oregon State, Arizona State, California

    Commit Date: 2/6, 7:30 PM ET

    Analysis:

    L.J Moore is a very talented cornerback recruit. He has very good size at 6'2'', 185 pounds and he runs a 4.50 according to 247Sports. He could turn out to be a big pickup for the Sooners, and he could be a shutdown corner.

Quincy Russell

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    Height: 6'3''

    Weight: 305 lbs.

    Position: DT

    Star Ranking: 3-Star

    High School: Houston High School (Texas), Trinity Valley Community College

    2012 Stats: 75 TCK, 5 TFL, 2 SCK, 1 FF, 1 FR

    Other Finalists: Arkansas

    Commit Date: 12/19/12, Signed: 12/19/12

    Analysis

    Quincy Russell is a very important recruit for Oklahoma, and he'll compete to play right away for the Sooners. Oklahoma needs depth at defensive tackle now that Stacy McGee, Jamarkus McFarland and Casey Walker have all moved on. Russell will be able to come in and compete with Marquis Anderson for the starting job, and he'll at least be a big part of the rotation.

Jed Barnett

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    Height: 6'2''

    Weight: 210 lbs.

    Position: P

    Star Ranking: 2-Star

    High School: Union High School (WA), Laney College 

    2012 Stats: 40.2 PUAVG, 70 PULNG

    Other Finalists: Louisiana Tech

    Commit Date: 1/26/12, Signed: 12/19/12

    Analysis:

    Jed Barnett should be the starting punter for Oklahoma as a freshman. He's the No. 1 ranked JUCO punter according to the 247Sports Composite, so he's a big-time special teams pickup for the Sooners.

Keith Ford

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    Height: 5'11''

    Weight: 203 lbs.

    Position: RB

    Star Ranking: 5-Star

    High School: Cypress Ranch High School (Texas)

    Senior Stats: 1,868 YD, 24 TD

    Other Finalists: N/A

    Commit Date: 3/3/12

    Analysis

    Keith Ford will eventually be a star running back for Oklahoma, but he's going to have to wait his turn behind Damien Williams and Brennan Clay. He could end up being a good No. 3 option as a freshman though, or he may want to take a redshirt season. Ford is the No. 3 overall running back according to the 247Sports Composite rankings.

Dionte Savage

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    Height: 6'5''

    Weight: 330 lbs.

    Position: OG

    Star Ranking: 3-Star

    School: Arizona Western College

    2012 Stats: N/A

    Other Finalists: Baylor

    Commit Date: 2/4/13

    Analysis:

    Dionte Savage flipped from Baylor to Oklahoma just days before national signing day. He has tremendous size at 6'3'', 330 pounds and he's a big JUCO commitment for the Sooners. He's ranked as the No. 7 overall JUCO offensive guard recruit according to the 247Sports Composite.

Stanvon Taylor

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    Height: 5'11''

    Weight: 160 lbs.

    Position: WR

    Star Ranking: 4-Star

    High School: East Central High School (Okla.)

    Senior Stats: 1,100 YD, 15 TD

    Other Finalists: N/A

    Commit Date: 5/4/12

    Analysis:

    Stanvon Taylor is a big-time wide receiver recruit and he should be able to work his way into the rotation as a backup in year one. He'll be behind the likes of Jalen Saunders, Sterling Shepard, Trey Metoyer, Lacoltan Bester and Derek Woods, but look for Taylor to get a few important reps in his freshman season.

     





Hatari Byrd

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    Height: 6'1''

    Weight: 195 lbs.

    Position: S

    Star Ranking: 4-Star

    High School: Central East High School (Calif.)

    Senior Stats: N/A

    Other Finalists: UCLA

    Commit Date: 7/31/12

    Analysis

    Hatari Byrd is going to compete for starter's minutes right away at safety. He has great size for a player coming out of high school, but he also has the speed to be a difference maker. Byrd runs a 4.50 40 according to 24Sports. Look for him to compete with Gabe Lynn for reps at safety.

     

Cody Thomas

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    Height: 6'6''

    Weight: 210 lbs.

    Position: QB

    Star Ranking: 4-Star

    High School: Heritage High School (Texas)

    Senior Stats: 4,154 YD, 46 TD, 147 RUYD, 3 RUTD

    Other Finalists: Oklahoma State

    Commit Date: 5/17/12

    Analysis

    Cody Thomas is the No. 8 ranked pro-style quarterback according to the 247Sports Composite rankings, so he's a huge recruit for Oklahoma. With Landry Jones gone, Blake Bell should be the starter, but look for Thomas to put himself in position to be the next guy up after Bell. Considering the depth at quarterback, a redshirt year could be smart for Thomas.

D.J. Ward

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    Height: 6'4''

    Weight: 242 lbs.

    Position: SDE

    Star Ranking: 4-Star

    High School: Southmoore High School (Okla.)

    Senior Stats: N/A

    Other Finalists: N/A

    Commit Date: 4/14/12

    Analysis

    D.J. Ward is the No. 1-ranked recruit from Oklahoma (247Sports Composite), so he's a huge in-state win for the Sooners. He'll be talented enough to work himself into the rotation at defensive end as a freshman, and he should get some good reps right away as a sub.

Josiah St. John

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    Height: 6'6''

    Weight: 280 lbs.

    Position: OT

    Star Ranking: 3-star

    School: Trinity Valley Community College 

    Senior Stats: N/A

    Other Finalists: N/A

    Commit Date: 12/19/12

    Analysis

    Josiah St. John has incredible potential and he'll be a very valuable backup right away for the Sooners. He has good size at 6'6'', 280 pounds and he's the No. 4 ranked JUCO offensive tackle according to the 247Sports Composite. Look for St. John to get solid reps as a backup right away.

Kerrick Huggins

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    Height: 6'4''

    Weight: 283 lbs.

    Position: DT

    Star Ranking: 4-star

    School: Skyline High School (Texas)

    Senior Stats: N/A

    Other Finalists: Texas A&M

    Commit Date: 12/14/12

    Analysis

    Kerrick Huggins is a big defensive tackle recruit who should be able to get some good reps as a freshman. He has great size at 6'4'', 283 pounds and he's the No. 20 ranked defensive tackle in the 2013 class (247Sports Composite). He should end up behind Quincy Russell on the depth chart.

Ahmad Thomas

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    Height: 6'0''

    Weight: 195 lbs.

    Position: S

    Star Ranking: 3-star

    School: Miami Central High School (Fla.)

    Senior Stats: N/A

    Other Finalists: Florida State

    Commit Date: 5/22/12

    Analysis

    I really like the potential that Ahmad Thomas is bringing to Oklahoma as a safety. He has good size and he should be a very important sub as a freshman. Look for Thomas to also make a big early impact on special teams.

Matt Dimon

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    Height: 6'4''

    Weight: 255 lbs.

    Position: SDE

    Star Ranking: 4-star

    School: Katy High School (Texas)

    Senior Stats: 55 TCK, 12 SCK, 6 FF

    Other Finalists: Illinois, Missouri, Ole Miss

    Commit Date: 5/22/12

    Analysis

    Matt Dimon projects to be a good defensive end. He has good height and size at 6'4'', 255 pounds and he runs a 4.80 40 according to 247Sports. Because of his size, he could end up being very valuable against the run, so keep an eye out for him as a freshman. In time, he'll be a big player for the Sooners' defense.

Obo Okoronkwo

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    Height: 6'2''

    Weight: 220 lbs.

    Position: WDE

    Star Ranking: 3-star

    School: Alief Taylor (Texas)

    Senior Stats: N/A

    Other Finalists: Oklahoma State

    Commit Date: 12/12/12

    Analysis

    Obo Okoronkwo is another defensive end recruit with immense potential. He could also be used as an outside linebacker because of his combination of size and speed. He runs a 4.70 40 according to 247Sports. In time, Okoronkwo can be a huge playmaker for Oklahoma. He'll also be a good special-teams player.


Dannon Cavil

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    Height: 6'5''

    Weight: 205 lbs.

    Position: WR

    Star Ranking: 3-star

    School: James Madison High School (Texas)

    Senior Stats: 33 REC, 720 REC, 7 TD

    Other Finalists: Ole Miss, Cal

    Commit Date: 1/14/13

    Analysis

    Dannon Cavil is a very tall wideout, which will make him a very intriguing option in the red zone. At 6'5'', 205 he projects to be a good possession receiver for Oklahoma, so look for him to crack the rotation in a season or two. As of right now, he may want to redshirt and gain that extra year of eligibility.

Austin Bennett

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    Height: 6'1''

    Weight: 170 lbs.

    Position: WR

    Star Ranking: 3-star

    School: Manvel High School (Texas)

    Senior Stats: 42 REC, 682 REC, 8 TD

    Other Finalists: Arkansas

    Commit Date: 6/20/12

    Analysis

    Austin Bennett represent a big state of Texas commitment for Oklahoma, and he's coming in with good measurables at 6'1'', 170 pounds. Much like Cavil, a redshirt year could be the best option. The Sooners are rather set at wideout for 2013.


KJ Young

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    Height: 6'0''

    Weight: 180 lbs.

    Position: WR

    Star Ranking: 3-star

    School: Citrus Hill High School (Calif.)

    Senior Stats: 91 REC, 1,593 YD, 18 TD

    Other Finalists: Boise State, UNLV

    Commit Date: 1/13/13

    Analysis

    Depth at wide receiver is huge, so K.J. Young is a good commitment for the Sooners. He has good size at 6'0'', 180 pounds and he also represents a big California commitment. He was very productive as a senior in high school, so keep an eye out for Young in a few years.

Matthew Romar

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    Height: 6'3''

    Weight: 276 lbs.

    Position: DT

    Star Ranking: 3-star

    School: Memorial High School (Texas)

    Senior Stats: N/A

    Other Finalists: Kansas

    Commit Date: 1/28/13

    Analysis:

    Matthew Romar could end up being a surprise star from this class, and he's a big commitment for the Sooners. He has great size at 6'3'', 276 pounds, but what's really impressive is that he runs a 4.76 40 according to 247Sports. That's an elite combination of size and speed, so the expectations should be very high for Romar.

Charles Walker

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    Height: 6'3''

    Weight: 280 lbs.

    Position: DT

    Star Ranking: 3-star

    School: South Garland High School (Texas)

    Senior Stats: N/A

    Other Finalists: New Mexico

    Commit Date: 1/12/13

    Analysis

    Walker is another very fast defensive tackle, so the expectations should be high for him as well. He's 6'3'', 280 pounds and runs a 4.90 40 according to 247Sports. Considering all the defensive talent Oklahoma has acquired through this class, a redshirt could be a good option.

Jordan Smallwood

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    Height: 6'2''

    Weight: 195 lbs.

    Position: WR

    Star Ranking: 3-star

    School: Jenks High School (Okla.

    Senior Stats: N/A

    Other Finalists: N/A

    Commit Date: 6/7/12

    Analysis

    Jordan Smallwood is a big in-state recruit for Oklahoma and he has the potential to be very good. He's the No. 5 recruit from Oklahoma according to the 247Sports Composite. He has good size and could end up being a valuable sub as a freshman. 

Dominique Alexander

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    Height: 6'1''

    Weight: 185 lbs.

    Position: WR

    Star Ranking: 3-star

    School: Booker T. Washington High School (Okla.)

    Senior Stats: N/A

    Other Finalists: Arkansas

    Commit Date: 11/5/12

    Analysis

    Alexander is an important in-state recruiting win, especially considering that Arkansas was making a late push for him. A redshirt year could be the best option for Alexander, but in time, look for him to compete for reps.

Dakota Austin

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    Height: 5'11''

    Weight: 160 lbs.

    Position: CB

    Star Ranking: 3-star

    School: Lancaster High School (Texas)

    Senior Stats: N/A

    Other Finalists: UNLV, Nevada

    Commit Date: 2/2/13

    Analysis

    Dakota Austin just recently committed to Oklahoma, and he's another big commitment that the Sooners were able to land from the state of Texas. He took official visits to Nevada and UNLV late in the recruiting process, but Oklahoma was able to land him a day after an official visit to Norman. 

Christian Daimler

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    Height: 6'7''

    Weight: 260 lbs.

    Position: OT

    Star Ranking: 3-star

    School: Stratford High School (Texas)

    Senior Stats: N/A

    Other Finalists: Arizona State

    Commit Date: 12/19/12

    Analysis

    Daimler is a big commitment for Oklahoma because the Sooners were able able to flip him away from Arizona State. He has good height at 6'7'', but he may want to take a redshirt season right away so he can hit the weight room and put on a few more pounds.

Jordan Evans

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    Height: 6'3''

    Weight: 205 lbs.

    Position: OLB

    Star Ranking: 3-star

    School: Norman North High School (Okla.)

    Senior Stats: N/A

    Other Finalists: N/A

    Commit Date: 11/27/12

    Analysis

    Jordan Evans is the No. 13 ranked player from the state of Oklahoma according to the 247Sports Composite, so he's an important commitment for the Sooners. He has good size and a lot of potential, so he could end up being a great player in time.
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