OU announced today that QB Kendal Thompson and RB Brandon Williams are officially on campus and attending classes. DT Marquise Anderson is expected to begin classes later this week as well. The three are the first official members of the 2011 recruiting class and OU will announce the rest of the class on signing day, February 3rd. For those not already aware, recruiting is a little odd (in more ways than one) in that these three kids will actually count towards last year's class due to their early enrollment. Obviously being on campus in the spring rather than in the fall, they will be able to participate in spring practices and get a head start on the rest of their fellow 2011 classmates. This always increases, but certainly in no way guarantees, their chances of possibly seeing the field next season. Williams is by far the most likely of the three to see playing time next year, Anderson is coming in early at a spot OU needs help/depth at so he is a possibility as well, while it would likely take an absolute disaster for Thompson to see the field so expect a redshirt.
Williams, also an Under Armour All-American, was a five-star recruit by both Rivals and Scout, both of which ranked him as the No. 3 running back nationally. As a senior, he rushed for 2,438 yards and 33 touchdowns while racking up 144 receiving yards and a pair of TDs.
In his junior season, Williams rushed for 1,815 yards and 14 TDs.
Anderson was named to the 2011 U.S. Army All-American Bowl. He was a four-star recruit by ESPN.com and Rivals.com and a three-star recruit by Scout.com. Rivals ranked Anderson the No. 8 defensive tackle nationally and the No. 15 overall player in the state of Texas.
He had 61 tackles as a senior, 21 that were unassisted. Anderson, a three-year starter had 20 tackles for loss, two sacks, 19 quarterback hurries, two fumble recoveries and three fumbles forced. As a junior, he was credited with 35 tackles, 6.5 sacks and one forced fumble.
Thompson was an Under Armour All-American. Rivals rated him the No. 2 player in the state of Oklahoma and the No. 14 quarterback nationally. He played in the first game of the season, but was forced out in the second due to injury and did not return until the final two games of the season.
For the year, he completed 25-of-34 passes for 295 yards with five touchdowns and no interceptions. He logged 42 rushing for 237 yards and one TD. Thompson, the son of former OU quarterback Charles Thompson, also caught three passes for 41 yards and one touchdown.
As a junior, Thompson completed 166 of 259 passes for 2,793 yards with 29 touchdowns while rushing for 466 yards and another 10 TDs. As a sophomore, he threw for 1,025 yards with 13 touchdowns with 76 completions in 148 attempts. He rushed for 136 yards and one TD.