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September 16, 2012

Sooners DE Commit Leads Future Sooners

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    All the talk is over and Oklahoma's 2012 commitments have begun their high school season, and as such Scoop brings you the breakdown of each commitments week one games.



    University of Oklahoma's Class of 2013

    Austin Bennett
    6-foot, 170-pounds
    Manvel, Texas
    Primary Recruiter: Jay Norvell
    Texas ranking: No. 59
    Wide Receiver ranking: No. 65


    Date of Commitment: June 20, 2012

    Others Considered: Arkansas, WVU, TCU

    Video Reel

    The Skinny: Bennett and the Mavericks got back on the winning track with a 42-27 win over Bellaire. On the night Bennett posted two carries for 21-yards and four catches for 30-yards.

    Next Week: Manvel (2-1) is traveling to Pasadena Memorial on Thursday Sept. 27.

    HATARI BYRD
    6-foot-1, 190-pounds
    Fresno (Calif.) Central East
    Primary Recruiter: Mike Stoops
    Rivals250 ranking: 168
    California ranking: No. 25
    Safety ranking: No. 14


    Date of Commitment: July 31, 2012

    Others Considered: UCLA, Notre Dame, Cal

    Video Reel

    The Skinny: In front of Bob Stoops Byrd and his Central East teammates put on a dominating performance defeating El Diamante 42-7.

    Next Week: Central East (4-0) is traveling to Tulare Union.

    MATT DIMON
    6-foot-3, 252-pounds
    Katy, Texas
    Primary Recruiter: Bobby Jack Wright
    Texas ranking: No. 58
    Defensive End ranking: No. 23


    Date of Commitment: March 13, 2012

    Others Considered: Baylor

    Video Reel

    The Skinny: Week 3 MVP Dimon had one sack, numerous hurries and was a huge piece of his Katy Tigers dismantling The Woodlands, 63-10.

    Next Week: Katy (3-0) is hosting Katy Morton Ranch on Thursday, Sept. 27.

    KEITH FORD
    5-foot-11, 195-pounds
    Cypress (Texas) Ranch
    Primary Recruiter: Cale Gundy
    Rivals250 ranking: 115
    Texas ranking: No. 15
    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: Ford and the Mustangs offense did all they could but in spite of Ford's 21 carries for 106-yards and three touchdowns of 11, 7, and six yards (and two more of 53 and 18 that were called back) Ranch fell 45-42 to rival Cypress Creek.

    Next Week: Cypress Ranch (0-2) is traveling to Jersey Village on Sat. Sept. 22.

    JORDAN MASTROGIOVANNI
    6-foot-3, 225-pounds
    Dallas Jesuit
    Primary Recruiter: Tim Kish
    Texas ranking: No. 41
    Linebacker ranking: 25


    Date of Commitment: June 14, 2012

    Others Considered: Texas A&M, Notre Dame

    Video Reel

    The Skinny: Mastrogiovanni and Jesuit crushed Houston Strake Jesuit 57-0.

    Next Week: Jesuit (3-0) is hosting Dallas Skyline.

    DALTON RODRIGUEZ
    6-foot-6, 258-pounds
    Tulsa Union
    Primary Recruiter: Bruce Kittle
    Oklahoma ranking: No. 5
    Offensive Tackle ranking: 58


    Date of Commitment: May 5, 2012

    Others Considered: Oklahoma State

    Video Reel

    The Skinny: Rodriguez and the Redskins got back on the winning track downing 6A title contender Broken Arrow 26-21.

    Next Week: Union (2-1) is hosting Owasso.

    JORDAN SMALLWOOD
    6-foot-2, 190-pounds
    Jenks, Okla.
    Primary Recruiter: Jay Norvell
    Oklahoma ranking: No. 9
    Wide Receiver ranking: 80


    Date of Commitment: June 7, 2012

    Others Considered: Wyoming

    Video Reel

    The Skinny: Smallwood, due to an injury, was unable to play in Jenks' 20-7 win over Owasso.

    Next Week: Jenks (1-2) is traveling to Tulsa Edison.

    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: In a huge 27-0 win over rival Booker T. Washington Taylor wasn't quite the stat stuff he might normally be but did manage a 41-yard carry, a couple of catches, and two pass break-ups on the Cardinals opening scoring drive. After fumbling a double-reverse Taylor picked the ball up and sprinted to Booker T's four yard line.

    Next Week: East Central (3-0) is hosting Tulsa Central.

    AHMAD THOMAS
    6-foot-1, 199-pounds
    Miami (Fla.) Central
    Primary Recruiter: Mike Stoops
    Florida ranking: No. 66
    Safety ranking: 36


    Date of Commitment: May 23, 2012

    Others Considered: Missouri, Arkansas


    The Skinny: Thomas and his Central teammates fought hard but came up short in yet another highly ranked battle, this time falling 44-34 to Bradenton Manatee.

    Next Week: Central (1-2) is hosting Miami Columbus.

    CODY THOMAS
    6-5, 220-pounds
    Colleyville (Texas) Heritage
    Primary Recruiter: Josh Heupel
    Texas ranking: No. 13
    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 may not have lived up to his surgical performance of the week before but was 22-for-36 for 291-yards in a 35-14 win over Flower Mound.

    Next Week: Heritage (3-0) is hosting Euless Trinity.

    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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