Bob Stoops calls junior-college DT signee Quincy Russell a “huge difference maker”
Russell (6-foot-3, 300 pounds), who is expected to enroll at OU in January, originally signed with Texas out of high school, but was forced to spend two years at Trinity Valley (Texas) Community College after failing to qualify academically.
“We’re excited about him,” Stoops said.
Punter Jed Barnett, from Laney Community College, also signed with Oklahoma on Wednesday, the opening day of the junior college midterm signing period.
“Jed’s a heck of a punter too,” Stoops said. “I love his hang time and he averages over 40, and we’re losing Tress (Way).”
Oklahoma’s recruiting class, which also added a couple important offensive tackle commitments Wednesday, shot up Rivals.com’s national team rankings to No. 10.
There had been concerns about the Sooners’ lack of offensive and defensive tackles, but those concerns seem to be alleviated for now.
“They’ll be another panic tomorrow — why the sky is falling tomorrow for OU football,” Stoops joked Thursday. “Okay? Someone will dream something up to get all the fans in a tizzy.”
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