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A big day in Dewar as Ronnell Lewis signs with OU

BY JAKE TROTTER Modified: February 5, 2009 at 7:36 pm •  Published: February 5, 2009
But he’s carrying a lot of weight for a young man.”

Since Lewis, an early enrollee at OU, left for Norman last month, Dragons football coach Josh Been, cousin to the superintendent, has been sending daily text messages to Lewis, reminding him of his responsibility.

Said Josh Been, "I’ll text him, ‘Work hard today. A lot of people back here are counting on you.’ ”

Lewis, who will be one of five freshmen to participate with the Sooners during spring practice, was OU’s first commitment last February, even though he played 8-man football as a junior.

"When I watched his film I said, ‘I don’t care if he’s playing 4-man football,’ ” coach Bob Stoops said during his signing day press conference in Norman. "Great athlete. Great physical presence to him. A bright, fun guy to be around. The kid can play.”

Lewis joins Aaron Cummings of Bray as the second 8-man player to sign with OU under Stoops.

But unlike Cummings, who was just a 2-star prospect, Lewis is one of the top recruits in the country. According to the recruiting Web site, Lewis is the No. 2 prospect from the state of Oklahoma and the No. 44 overall recruit nationally.

The 6-foot-3, 230-pound Lewis proved worthy of that ranking in the Under Armour All-American Game last month, causing one fumble and returning another for a touchdown in a game featuring the nation’s best high school players.

So big expectations and big dreams from a small town and others just like it are going to follow Lewis to Norman.

But he says he is honored to bear that burden.

"I’m going to work real hard,” Lewis said. "I want to set an example for small-school kids everywhere and prove to everyone that anyone can do what they dream to do.”

More coverage OU’s Class
Big catch
→Demontre Hurst, CB: Sooners got a steal in the 4-star cornerback. His letter of intent makes OU’s defensive back class one of the best in the country.

One that got away
→Eric Ward, WR: Speedy slot receiver out of Wichita Falls, Texas, switched his commitment to Texas Tech last month and signed with the Red Raiders. Ward figures to be a high-impact player at a position where the Sooners had a need.

→Terry Franklin, ATH: Will be a project, after playing against junior-varsity competition at Mansfield (Texas) Legacy, which is starting up its football program. But at 6-foot-3, just 199 pounds, Franklin has plenty of room to mature physically.

"We anticipate them all being ready to play. In today’s game, we don’t go in anticipating or wanting to redshirt anyone. We want all these guys to be prepared to play. And we take the approach that we’re going to get them prepared to play.” — OU coach Bob Stoops

By Jake Trotter


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