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November 11, 2012

Thomas Wins Thriller, Takes Home MVP

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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 & 2014 Commitments

    DOMINIQUE ALEXANDER
    6-foot-1, 190-pounds
    Tulsa (Okla.) Booker T. Washington
    Primary Recruiter: Tim Kish
    Oklahoma ranking: No. 4
    Athlete ranking: No. 33


    Date of Commitment: Nov. 5, 2012

    Others Considered: Arkansas, Kansas State

    Video Reel

    The Skinny: In the only game of his career when he was already committed to Oklahoma Alexander suffered a tough, tough night as his Hornets were manhandled by a Jenks team that is really rolling, 59-14 in spite of Alexander's nine tackles with two for loss.

    Next Week: Booker T. (6-5) ended their season in the first round of the playoffs.

    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 and his Manvel teammates capped a big-time regular season with a 61-20 win over Pasadena South Houston, Bennett had a 14-yard touchdown catch in the win.

    Next Week: Manvel (9-1) is meeting Port Arthur Memorial at Channelview in the first round of the Texas 5A division two playoffs on Sat. Nov. 17 @ 1p.m.

    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 got another lopsided win dropping Tulare Union 55-15.

    Next Week: Central East (9-2) is hosting Bakersfield in the second round of playoffs.

    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 and the Tigers finished off a perfect season with a 41-6 win over Houston Memorial in which Dimon had 1.5 sacks and multiple tackles.

    Next Week: Katy (10-0) is hosting Houston Westbury in the first round of the Texas 5A division two playoffs.

    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: Ford and his Ranch teammates fell to rival Cy-Fallas 58-33 but Ford had 22 carries for 82-yards as well as a receiving touchdown.

    Next Week: Cypress Ranch (6-4) is meeting Aldine Nimitz at Houston Delmar in the first round of the Texas 5A division two playoffs.

    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: Foreman is just the next snap away from a big play after having just three touches on Friday night he scored 66-percent of the time with a 42-yard touchdown catch and a 65-yard touchdown run on a reverse as the Stingarees bombed Baytown Lee .

    Next Week: Texas City (8-2) is hosting Lamar Consolidated in the first round of the Texas 4A division two playoffs.

    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 finished off another strong season at Jesuit with a 59-33 win over Richardson.

    Next Week: Jesuit (8-2) is meeting McKinney Boyd at Plano's Clark stadium in the first round of the Texas 5A division two playoffs.

    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 took home a 17-14 win over Westmoore in a particularly difficult match-up for the four-time defending state champions.

    Next Week: Union (9-2) is heading to Edmond Santa Fe in the second round of the Oklahoma 6A playoffs.

    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 and the Trojans jumped all over his future teammate, Alexander, putting up 42-points in the first quarter and finishing off the Hornets 59-14. Smallwood had a pair of touchdown catches (55, 2).

    Next Week: Jenks (9-2) is hosting Edmond North in the second round of the Oklahoma 6A playoffs.

    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: Taylor, relatively speaking, had a quiet night in his team's 38-14 win over Shawnee. However, he did post several catches and even threw a hook and lateral in the win.

    Next Week: East Central (7-4) is hosting Guthrie in the second round of the Oklahoma 5A playoffs.

    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 collected another big win downing North Miami Beach 52-28.

    Next Week: Central (7-2) is meeting Archbishop McCarthy in the first round of the Florida 6A playoffs.

    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: Week 12 MVP Another week, another huge performance from Thomas. This time in a 35-30 win over Hurst L.D. Bell Thomas went 25-for-41 for 403-yards and five touchdowns (61, 2, 35, 42, 77). The 77-yard score was a game winner to Kaelin Deboskie with just a minute left in the game.

    Next Week: Heritage (9-1) is meeting Lewisville Hebron in the first round of the Texas 5A division two playoffs.

    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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