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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

“Javon likes to hit; he never turns down contact,” Manning said. “When he makes contact, he stops the ball carrier at the point of attack.”

But Harris’ chances of playing early have as much to do with circumstance as his ability.

Harris, an early enrollee, is already on campus and will benefit from participating with the Sooners during spring drills.

History suggests that those players tend to play sooner than those who enroll in the fall.

“Getting into their offseason is very important to learn their system and getting to practice with his teammates, that will elevate his status,” Manning said. “He’ll learn early what it takes to play at that level.”

Harris also plays a position in flux in Norman.

In 2009, the Sooners will be replacing a pair of three-year starters at safety in Nic Harris and Lendy Holmes.

And the only other safety with any playing experience, Quinton Carter, will be a senior next season, meaning in 2010, at least one starting safety spot will be up for grabs.

“When you sign with OU, you’re going to have great competition, and you have to work and stay healthy,” Manning said. “Javon will welcome the competition; he’s never shied away from that.”

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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