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December 3, 2012

Future Sooners: Ford Continues Ranch's Historic Run

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

    Next Week: N/A

    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 fell to future teammate Keith Ford and Cy-Ranch 43-42. Though in defeat Bennett had perhaps his biggest game of the year with eight catches for 116-yards and one carry for 7-yards.

    Next Week: Manvel (11-2) ended their season in the third round of the Texas 5A division two playoffs.

    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 came up just short of a section championship falling to Clovis North 27-10.

    Next Week: Central East (11-3) ended their season in the Division 1 CIF Central section finals.

    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 vanquished the torment of the last year after crushing LaPorte, who shockingly ended Katy's season last year, 55-10. Dimon with a sack, two tackles for loss and several more tackles led a defense that was near perfect allowing just 41-yards of total offense and forcing three turnovers against a Laporte team that was 11-1 coming in.

    Next Week: Katy (13-0) is meeting Cy-Ranch in the quarterfinals of the Texas 5A division two playoffs on Sat. Dec. 8 at 1 p.m. at Rice university.

    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: Week 15 MVPFord and his Ranch teammates pulled off the biggest win in school history upsetting mighty Manvel and future teammate Austin Bennett 43-42 thanks to two touchdowns in the final minutes including Ford's two point conversion and his game winning score with 11-seconds remaining. Against one of 5A's top teams Ford had 28-carries for 133-yards and three touchdowns (2, 9, 5) and 145-yards receiving on four catches including a 75-yard touchdown.

    Next Week: Cypress Ranch (9-4) is meeting Katy in the quarterfinals of the Texas 5A division two playoffs on Sat. Dec. 8 at 1 p.m. at Rice university.

    ARMANTI FOREMAN - 2014
    5-foot-11, 175-pounds
    Texas City, Texas
    Primary Recruiter: Jay Norvell
    Rivals250 Watch List
    Texas ranking: N/A
    Wide Receiver ranking: N/A


    Date of Commitment: October 1, 2012

    Others Considered: N/A

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    The Skinny: Texas City (9-3) ended their season in the second round of the Texas 4A division two playoffs.

    Next Week: N/A

    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: Jesuit (9-3) ended their season in the second round of the Texas 5A division two playoffs.

    Next Week: N/A

    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: Union (10-3) ended their season in the state semi-finals of the Oklahoma class 6A playoffs.

    Next Week: N/A.

    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 brought his stellar career to a close with Jenks' No. 13 state title but their first since 2007 beating Norman North in the 6A state final 55-20. On the night Smallwood managed four catches for 50-yards and two touchdowns (27, 11).

    Next Week: Jenks (12-2) ended their season as the Oklahoma 6A state champions.

    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 and the Cardinals led for much of the game but came up short of Carl Albert in the fourth quarter falling 24-8. On the night the Sooner commit had six catches for 71-yards and also threw three passes, two for 68-yards and one two-point conversion.

    Next Week: East Central (9-5) ended their season in the finals 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 defense lowered their playoff poitns allowed to 5.3 per game dominating Palm Bay 38-2.

    Next Week: Central (10-2) is meeting Naples in the semifinals 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: Heritage (10-2) ended their season in the second round of the Texas 5A division two playoffs.

    Next Week: N/A.

    DEVON THOMAS - 2014
    5-foot-11, 190-pounds
    Broken Arrow, Okla.
    Primary Recruiter: Cale Gundy
    Rivals250 Watch List
    Oklahoma ranking: N/A
    Running Back ranking: N/A


    Date of Commitment: November 18, 2012

    Others Considered: OSU, LSU, Ark., Clem.

    Video Reel

    The Skinny: Broken Arrow (8-4) ended their season in the second round of the playoffs.

    Next Week: N/A.

    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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