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Oklahoma's 2012 Football Recruiting Class Strong And Looking To Grow

WR Trey Metoyer is ready to make an immediate impact at OU. Photo via <a href=""></a>
WR Trey Metoyer is ready to make an immediate impact at OU. Photo via

With National Signing Day just a few days away Oklahoma is making a late push on the final weekend before players sign on the dotted line. As it stands right now the Sooners have a Top 10 class by just about every recruiting service under the sun despite the recent decommits. Adding a few more commitments this weekend will only provide to add more depth to the class and possibly boost their ranking.

Here's a look at who the Sooners already have in the fold and what their possible impact could be on the team.


WR Trey Metoyer (6-2/195) Whitehouse, TX - Due to his saga with the NCAA clearing house Metoyer may be the most anticipated recruit in this class. He's got the size and tools to make and immediate impact in a depleted receiving corps. He has great hands and runs crisp routes. He is also able to make the catch in traffic and produce yards after the catch.

WR Sterling Shepard (5-10/185) OKC, OK - A member of ESPN's Top 150, Shepard has great hands and despite his size can make the catch in traffic. He has the speed and elusiveness to gain yards after the catch which will make him a candidate to gain playing time as a true freshman.

WR Durron Neal (6-1/190) St. Louis, MO - The third member of a very solid receiving corps that could end up being the best class of receivers to come through Norman. Neal has all of the intangibles of Metoyer with the exception of not running his routes as crisply. However, he's the fastest receiver in the 2012 class.

RB Alex Ross (6-1/205) Jenks, OK - Ross has the perfect balance of speed, power and vision that you look for in a running back. However, injuries have been a bit of a concern for him during his high school career. With the depth ahead of him he may very well likely be looking at a redshirt in 2012.

WR Derrick Woods (5-11/185) Inglewood, CA - Woods isn't as highly touted as the previously mentioned receivers but that doesn't mean he's short on talent. He has great hands and can catch the ball in traffic but needs to work on his routes a bit more to create separation from Big XII DB's. With the current state of Oklahoma's receivers anyone is a candidate to play but I would bet on Woods redshirting.

OL Ty Darlington (6-3/275) Apopka, FL - ESPN has Darlington rated as the second best offensive line prospect in 2012. He is a physical player with great size and excels in both pass and run blocking, He is also nimble enough to pull or trap block and get into the second level of the defense.

OL John Michael McGee (6-3/275) Texarkana, TX - Power is the best word that sums up McGee. He is a strong and punishing run blocker who can also pull and trap. He'll need to improve his foot work and pass blocking through before he makes it on the field regularly.

TE Taylor McNamara (6-5/230) San Diego, CA - Its never fair to compare a commit to a former player but McNamara is the best pass catching tight end the Sooners have landed since Jermaine Gresham. His hands are more than solid but what really separates him is how good he runs routes. Hopefully he'll bring about a resurgence of the tight end in the Oklahoma offense.

OL Kyle Marrs (6-6/317) San Antonio, TX - Marrs is massive and strong blocker who uses power to move defenders out of the way. His strength is run blocking and the coaching staff will work diligently to improve his pass blocking.

QB Trevor Knight (6-2/190) San Antonio, TX - Knight has a massive arm and is athletic enough scramble away from pressure. With Landry Jones back for his senior year and Blake Bell and Drew Allen waiting in the wings Knight is looking at a redshirt in 2012.


TE Laith Harlow (6-4/235) Tallahassee, FL - Harlow has good hands but is also a very powerful blocker. Again, you hate to draw comparisons but Brody Eldridge is the name that comes to mind when trying to describe Harlow.

DE Charles Tapper (6-3/235) Baltimore, MD - An athletic player who played both sides of the ball in high school, Tapper is fast off the edge and pursues the play very well.

S Eric Striker (6-0/190) Seffner, FL - Has great closing speed and a firm handle on zone coverages. Also is big and strong enough to provide run support.

ATH Daniel Brooks (5-9/170) Rockdale, TX - Is a versatile player who excels on both sides of the ball. He's most likely heading towards a career as a linebacker at OU.

RB David Smith (6-0/197) Midlothian, IL - Has the skill to either be a running back or a safety at the college level but will most likely be carrying the ball at OU. His athleticism will allow him to make plays in motion or from the slot as well as from the traditional running back position.

JUCO Transfers

TE Brannon Green (6-4/260) Fort Scott CC - A big blocking tight end who can slip away every now and then. Green is on campus now and will try to give the running game a boost starting this spring.

CB Kasseim Everett (5-11/185) Pierce CC - Will have a legitimate shot at earning the vacant boundary corner spot left by Jamell Fleming in spring ball.

DE Chaz Nelson (6-2/235) Garden City CC - Has the opportunity to make an immediate impact at defensive and could easily be in the rotation by the end of spring.

More good news could be coming Oklahoma's way after this weekend but as of right now the 2012 class stands at 18 players from eight different states. Its a pretty diverse group that is heavy on the offensive end.