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Football recruiting: Safety Javon Harris may get playing time early in career at OU

By Jake Trotter Modified: February 3, 2009 at 12:53 pm •  Published: February 3, 2009
NORMAN — When Oklahoma offered Javon Harris a scholarship last April, he was hardly what Sooner defensive coordinator Brent Venables terms a “Johnny Five Star.”

The Lawton MacArthur safety was unranked by most recruiting fan sites. And he didn’t make The Oklahoman’s initial Super 30 ranking of the state’s top recruits.

But in the end, of all of OU’s incoming freshmen, Harris could be the first to work his way onto the playing field.

“I don’t think Javon is a guy they say, ‘He’s got to develop,’” said Lawton Mac coach Ernie Manning. “He has as good a chance as anyone to get playing time early in his career.

“He is developed, smart and he’ll go in and compete immediately for a job. That’s just me knowing his self-motivation. I’d put him up against anybody.”

After quietly having standout seasons as a sophomore and junior, the 5-foot-11, 195-pound Harris exploded as a senior in 2008. He rushed for more than 1,000 yards and 20 touchdowns as a tailback. Harris added 83 tackles, six sacks and two interceptions as a safety to earn Oklahoman first-team all-state honors.

“He’s one of the best defensive players ever to come out of Lawton Mac,” said Manning, who coached ex-Highlanders defensive standout Jammal Brown, who would go on to stardom as an offensive tackle with OU and the New Orleans Saints.

OU commitment list

Player Pos. Ht. Wt. School, hometown
Cameron Kenney WR 6-2 195 Garden City CC (Kan.), Dacula, Ga.
Jamarkus McFarland DT 6-2 290 Lufkin HS, Lufkin, Texas
Gabe Lynn DB 6-1 180 Jenks HS, Jenks
Jeff Vinson OL 6-8 340 Lackawanna CC, Philadelphia
Kevin Brent S 6-0 196 South Oak Cliff HS, Dallas
Gabe Ikard TE 6-3 240 Bishop McGuinness, Oklahoma City
Drew Allen QB 6-5 205 Alamo Heights HS, San Antonio, Texas
Jaz Reynolds WR 6-3 182 Eisenhower HS, Aldine, Texas
Marcus Trice CB 5-9 175 Mesquite HS, Mesquite, Texas
Marshall Musil FB/Ath. 6-3 221 La Crosse HS, La Crosse, Kan.
Tyler Evans OL 6-5 290 Strafford HS, Strafford, Mo.
Josh Aladenoye OT 6-5 300 Mesquite HS, Mesquite, Texas
Gus Jones LB 6-2 218 Wagoner HS, Wagoner
Justin Chaisson DE 6-4 252 Bishop Gorman HS, Las Vegas
Jarrett Brown DE 6-4 242 Arlington Bowie HS, Arlington, Texas
Tom Wort LB 6-2 212 New Braunfels HS, New Braunfels, Texas
Javon Harris S 6-0 190 Lawton MacArthur HS, Lawton
Jaydan Bird LB 6-2 220 Conway Springs HS, Conway Springs, Kan.
Jonathon Miller RB 6-1 190 Naaman Forrest HS, Garland, Texas
Terry Franklin DE/Ath. 6-4 210 Legacy HS, Mansfield, Texas
Ronnell Lewis Ath. 6-2 220 Dewar HS, Dewar
Tavaris Jeffries OT 6-4 330 Coahoma (Miss.) CC, Memphis, Tenn.


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