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October 21, 2012

Future Sooners Led by Do-It-All Taylor

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    Oklahoma's commitments are closing in on their playoff runs and were led by several big performances from numerous future Sooners.



    University of Oklahoma's Class of 2013

    Austin Bennett
    6-foot, 170-pounds
    Manvel, Texas
    Primary Recruiter: Jay Norvell
    Texas ranking: No. 56
    Wide Receiver ranking: No. 65


    Date of Commitment: June 20, 2012

    Others Considered: Arkansas, WVU, TCU

    Video Reel

    The Skinny: Bennett wasn't asked to do a lot as Manvel completely overwhelmed Pasadena 70-3.

    Next Week: Manvel (6-1) is hosting Pasadena.

    HATARI BYRD
    6-foot-1, 190-pounds
    Fresno (Calif.) Central East
    Primary Recruiter: Mike Stoops
    Rivals250 ranking: 168
    California ranking: No. 20
    Safety ranking: No. 14


    Date of Commitment: July 31, 2012

    Others Considered: UCLA, Notre Dame, Cal

    Video Reel

    The Skinny: Byrd and Central seemed to be cruising for the first portion of the season but after a surprising loss last week were pummeled by Clovis North, 50-7.

    Next Week: Central East (6-2) is hosting Clovis West.

    MATT DIMON
    6-foot-3, 252-pounds
    Katy, Texas
    Primary Recruiter: Bobby Jack Wright
    Texas ranking: No. 67
    Defensive End ranking: No. 23


    Date of Commitment: March 13, 2012

    Others Considered: Baylor

    Video Reel

    The Skinny: Dimon had a crucial sack, multiple quarterback hurries and a couple of tackles for loss as Katy downed rivals Katy Seven Lakes 38-13.

    Next Week: Katy (7-0) is travelling to Houston Strake Jesuit on Sat., Oct. 27.

    KEITH FORD
    5-foot-11, 195-pounds
    Cypress (Texas) Ranch
    Primary Recruiter: Cale Gundy
    Rivals250 ranking: 115
    Texas ranking: No. 13
    Running Back ranking: No. 8


    Date of Commitment: March 3, 2012

    Others Considered: Florida State, Wisconsin, Alabama

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    Video Reel

    The Skinny: Ranch, in a huge game for their district title hopes came up just short in overtime against Cy-Woods, 40-37. On the night Ford had 28 rushes for 108-yards and a touchdown. He also had two catches for 101-yardss and another score.

    Next Week: Cypress Ranch (4-3) is hosting Cy-Fair.

    ARMANTI FOREMAN - 2014
    5-foot-11, 175-pounds
    Texas City, Texas
    Primary Recruiter: Jay Norvell
    Rivals100 ranking: N/A
    Texas ranking: N/A
    Safety ranking: N/A


    Date of Commitment: October 1, 2012

    Others Considered: N/A

    Video Reel

    The Skinny: In what was a relatively quiet night for Foreman the Stingarees collected a dominant 42-0 win over Galveston Ball.

    Next Week: Texas City (5-2) is hosting Galena Park.

    JORDAN MASTROGIOVANNI
    6-foot-3, 225-pounds
    Dallas Jesuit
    Primary Recruiter: Tim Kish
    Texas ranking: No. 43
    Linebacker ranking: 25


    Date of Commitment: June 14, 2012

    Others Considered: Texas A&M, Notre Dame

    Video Reel

    The Skinny: Mastrogiovanni and Jesuit couldn't quite get going against Lake Highlands, falling to a last second field goal 20-17.

    Next Week: Jesuit (5-2) is travelling to Richardson Pearce.

    DALTON RODRIGUEZ
    6-foot-6, 258-pounds
    Tulsa Union
    Primary Recruiter: Bruce Kittle
    Oklahoma ranking: No. 6
    Offensive Tackle ranking: 58


    Date of Commitment: May 5, 2012

    Others Considered: Oklahoma State

    Video Reel

    The Skinny: Rodriguez and the Redskins are closing in on another run toward a state title with another lopsided win, this time over Bartlesville 49-14.

    Next Week: Union (6-2) is travelling to Booker T. Washington.

    JORDAN SMALLWOOD
    6-foot-2, 190-pounds
    Jenks, Okla.
    Primary Recruiter: Jay Norvell
    Oklahoma ranking: No. 8
    Wide Receiver ranking: 80


    Date of Commitment: June 7, 2012

    Others Considered: Wyoming

    Video Reel

    The Skinny: Smallwood had his biggest night so far on the year with four catches for 130-yards including a 60-yard touchdown.

    Next Week: Jenks (6-2) is hosting Bixby.

    STANVON TAYLOR
    5-foot-11, 165-pounds
    Tulsa East Central
    Primary Recruiter: Jackie Shipp
    Oklahoma ranking: No. 2
    Cornerback ranking: No. 8
    Rivals250 ranking: No. 161

    Date of Commitment: May 4, 2012

    Others Considered: Arkansas and Kansas State

    Video Reel

    The Skinny: Week 8 MVP Taylor continues to play up to his lofty status throwing a 71-yard touchdown pass and catching two more (12, 17). He also had several other catches, including one of 45-yards and shined on defense in front of Mike Stoops, who attended the first half of the Cardinals 36-26 win over Collinsville.

    Next Week: East Central (8-0) is travelling to Tahlequah.

    AHMAD THOMAS
    6-foot-1, 199-pounds
    Miami (Fla.) Central
    Primary Recruiter: Mike Stoops
    Florida ranking: No. 70
    Safety ranking: 36


    Date of Commitment: May 23, 2012

    Others Considered: Missouri, Arkansas


    The Skinny: Thomas and his Central teammates took advantage after a week off scoring a 49-32 win over Carol City.

    Next Week: Central (4-2) is hosting Miami Northwestern.

    CODY THOMAS
    6-5, 220-pounds
    Colleyville (Texas) Heritage
    Primary Recruiter: Josh Heupel
    Texas ranking: No. 26
    Quarterback ranking: No. 11
    Rivals250 ranking: No. 209


    Date of Commitment: May 17, 2012

    Others Considered: Arkansas, Oklahoma State, TCU

    Video Reel

    The Skinny: Thomas, by his lofty standard, had a pedestrian night with just three touchdowns and 241-yards on 12-for-19 passing.

    Next Week: Heritage (6-1) is travelling to Irving Nimitz.

    D.J. WARD
    6-foot-3, 245-pounds
    Moore (Okla.) Southmoore
    Primary Recruiter: Bobby Jack Wright
    Oklahoma ranking: No. 1
    Defensive End ranking: No. 6
    Rivals250 ranking: No. 132



    Date of Commitment: April 14, 2012

    Others Considered: Oklahoma State, Texas A&M

    Video Reel

    The Skinny: Ward's hardship waiver to play at Southmoore has been denied by the OSSAA and as such he will not play in the 2012 season.

    Next Week: N/A.



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