OU football recruiting by the numbers
Recruiting for need
There are 18 players that will not be returning to the 2009 football team. The most notables are Nic Harris, Lendy Holmes, Juaquin Iglesias, Manuel Johnson, Phil Loadholt and Duke Robinson.
QB: (1) Joey Halzle
RB: (1) Derek Gove
WR: (3) Quentin Chaney, Juaquin Iglesias, Manuel Johnson
TE: (1) Kolby Smith
OL: (6) Branndon Braxton, Jon Cooper, Kyle Johnson, Phil Loadholt, Duke Robinson, Brandon Walker
DL: (2) Cory Bennett, Alan Davis
DB: (3) Cortney Carter, Nic Harris, Lendy Holmes
P: (1) Mike Knall
The Sooners are going to need another wide receiver to step up with Ryan Broyles to try to replace Iglesias and Johnson. Also, the secondary is taking a hit by losing Holmes and Harris – especially at safety. Lastly, the offensive line will have one returning starter; this will obviously be a rebuilding year at these positions.
There are 22 players that will be incoming to the 2009 football team. The most notable is Ronnell Lewis, Gabe Lynn and Jamarkus McFarland.
QB: (1) Drew Allen
RB: (1) Jonathan Miller
FB: (1) Marshall Musil
WR: (2) Cameron Kenney, Jaz Reynolds
TE: (1) Gabe Ikard
OL: (4) Josh Aladenoye, Tyler Evans, Tavaris Jeffries, Jeff Vinson
DL: (4) Jarrett Brown, Justin Chaisson, Terry Franklin, Jamarkus McFarland
LB: (4) Jaydan Bird, Gus Jones, Ronnell Lewis, Tom Wort
DB: (4) Kevin Brent, Javon Harris, Gabe Lynn, Marcus Trice
The Sooners were only able to recruit two wide receivers – a position of need – thus far. The best aspect of this recruiting class was signing defense, especially by getting a player that could see playing time at DL, LB and DB in the players mentioned above in the incoming introduction.
-— MJ Casiano
Who will they become?
It’s not just the five-star recruits that becomes stars. Sam Bradford was a middle-of-the-pack guy. Receiver Juaquin Iglesias was the same way. The Daily’s Jarrod Yost takes a shot at predicting where this year’s recruits will end up.
Jamarkus McFarland resembles sophomore defensive tackle Gerald McCoy
The head of his high school’s student council and the nation’s top defensive prospect, according to Rivals.com, McFarland is a stellar run-stopper and an outstanding human being.
Gabe Lynn resembles former OU cornerback Marcus Walker
Similar size and speed. Lynn does not quite have the strength of Walker, but playing in the Jenks system could help him make up any difference.
Jaz Reynolds resembles former OU receiver Malcolm Kelly
Although not as highly touted as Kelly, Reynolds’ stock has been on the rise as of late. Reynolds is a taller wide out that may need to fill out his 6’3” frame in order to make plays over the middle
Jonathon Miller resembles junior running back Chris Brown
In a summer interview, Miller likened himself to Adrian Peterson. If he can be something like Chris Brown, the Sooners will be ecstatic.
Tom Wort resembles former OU linebacker Curtis Lofton
Both were highly recruited players play fast, and neither is afraid to lay the lumber.
— Jarrod Yost