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Striker (right) dominated last season.
- Kasseim Everett, 4-star (0.9059), No. 2-ranked JUCO cornerback
- Eric Striker, 3-star (0.8879), No. 24-ranked safety
- Gary Simon, 3-star (0.8857), No. 29-ranked cornerback
- Zack Sanchez, 3-star (0.8733), No. 38-ranked cornerback
A junior college transfer from Pierce College, Everett really failed to make a footprint at Oklahoma. In two seasons, the Philadelphia native only recorded 17 tackles (3.5 for loss), 1.5 sacks and two forced fumbles.
An Academic All-Big 12 first teamer, Everett’s smarts never translated onto the football field.
On the other hand, Striker has been phenomenal and has easily overachieved expectations. After rarely seeing the field as a true freshman, the Seffner, Florida, native let loose in 2013, recording 50 tackles (10.5 for loss), 6.5 sacks, one forced fumble and one fumble recovered.
The All-Big 12 second teamer should be even better this season.
Simon was another disappointment at this position. He came in as a two-sport athlete, yet never made a mark on either the basketball court or football field. He didn’t play basketball at Norman and left the football team in March of 2013.
Sanchez redshirted in 2012, but since then, he’s started every single game of his career. In 13 games, he recorded 46 tackles (0.5 for loss) and picked off two passes, returning one for a touchdown. Sanchez was a catalyst to the Sooners’ upset of Alabama in the Sugar Bowl, returning an interception 43 yards and making three tackles.
His competitiveness and athleticism will help Oklahoma in the secondary.
All stats, recruiting information and rankings used in this article are courtesy of CFBstats.com and 247Sports.
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