Josh Aladenoye→School: Mesquite (Texas) HS → Pos.: Offensive lineman →Ht/Wt.: 6-5/350 →Chose OU over: OSU, Texas Tech, Arizona, Colorado, Kansas → Where he fits in: OU loses four starters, but it’s hard to believe a freshman could come in and contribute right away. More likely, Aladenoye will provide depth or redshirt. → Long term: Probably won’t compete for a starting spot until at least 2010.
Drew Allen→School: San Antonio Alamo Heights HS → Pos.: Quarterback →Ht/Wt.: 6-5/210 →Chose OU over: OSU, Purdue, Vanderbilt, Wake Forest, Colorado, Kansas State, Ole Miss → Where he fits in: For now, Allen will be OU’s third-team QB behind Sam Bradford and Landry Jones. Barring injury to either of those two, Allen is likely to redshirt. → Long term: When Bradford finally decides to leave, Allen and Jones will compete for the starting job.
Jaydan Bird→School: Conway Springs (Kan.) HS → Pos.: Linebacker →Ht/Wt.: 6-2/220 →Chose OU over: Kansas, Kansas State → Where he fits in: The Sooners are loaded at LB, making Bird a probable redshirt candidate. → Long term: At some point, perhaps as soon as 2010, Bird will compete for playing time, probably at middle linebacker.
Kevin Brent→School: Dallas South Oak Cliff HS → Pos.: Safety →Ht/Wt.: 6-0/195 →Chose OU over: LSU, USC, Miami, Kansas, Texas, Nebraska, Notre Dame, Texas Tech, Missouri → Where he fits in: Brent, one of the most coveted recruits in this class, could see playing time immediately at safety with Nic Harris and Lendy Holmes (also a South Oak Cliff alum) both graduating. → Long term: In 2010, Brent could team up with Sam Proctor, Joseph Ibiloye and Javon Harris to form a talented, young foursome at safety.
Jarrett Brown→School: Arlington (Texas) Bowie HS → Pos.: Defensive end →Ht/Wt.: 6-4/240 →Chose OU over: Kansas State and Tennessee → Where he fits in: One of three defensive ends in this class, Brown will almost surely redshirt next season. → Long term: Brown will have the chance to be part of the defensive end rotation within a couple of years.
Justin Chaisson→School: Las Vegas Bishop Gorman HS → Pos.: Defensive end →Ht/Wt.: 6-4/250 →Chose OU over: UCLA, Arizona, Arizona State, California, Florida, Iowa → Where he fits in: With so much depth at DE in place, Chaisson likely will redshirt. → Long term: Much like with R.J. Washington, the Sooners will bring Chaisson along slowly. In 2-3 years, he could become a solid complement opposite Washington.
Tyler Evans→School: Strafford (Mo.) HS → Pos.: Offensive lineman →Ht/Wt.: 6-5/300 →Chose OU over: Kansas, Kansas State, Missouri → Where he fits in: Like most OU freshman linemen, Evans is more likely to redshirt than play right away. → Long term: The Sooners will have a spot opening up at guard in 2010 after the graduation of Brian Simmons; Evans could factor into the rotation as early as then.
Terry Franklin→School: Legacy Mansfield (Texas) HS → Pos.: Defensive end →Ht/Wt.: 6-4/210 →Chose OU over: N/A → Where he fits in: OU brings back four at end, meaning Franklin will redshirt. → Long term: Because he’s been competing against a JV schedule at Legacy Mansfield, which is starting up its football program, Franklin could be somewhat of a project. But he’s very athletic and should be able to adjust within a couple of years.
Javon Harris→School: Lawton MacArthur → Pos.: Safety →Ht/Wt.: 5-11/180 →Chose OU over: Tulsa, Kansas State → Where he fits in: Harris, an early enrollee, could be counted on to play in a reserve role as soon as next season. → Long term: Harris was lightly recruited before committing to OU last April. But he could become one of the first players from this class to win a starting job.
Demontre Hurst→School: Lancaster (Texas) HS → Pos.: Cornerback →Ht/Wt.: 5-11/170 →Chose OU over: OSU → Where he fits in: Hurst, a signing day steal, gives OU three corners in this class. One or two of those players could factor in a backup role or on special teams this season. → Long term: Hurst will be given the chance to start at corner when Brian Jackson and later Dom Franks graduate.
Gabe Ikard→School: Bishop McGuinness → Pos.: Tight end →Ht/Wt.: 6-4/245 →Chose OU over: Stanford, Notre Dame, OSU → Where he fits in: The Sooners have a bevy of tight ends returning. That probably means Ikard will redshirt. → Long term: Ikard will have his chance to succeed Brody Eldridge in 2010.
Tavaris Jeffries→School: Clarksdale (Miss.) Coahoma CC →Pos.: Offensive lineman →Ht/Wt.: 6-5/320 →Chose OU over: Marshall → Where he fits in: Jeffries is somewhat of an unknown and was lightly recruited. At best, he will add depth. → Long term: Following the graduation of Trent Williams in 2010, Jeffries will be one of many linemen who will compete for a vacant tackle starting spot.
Gus Jones→School: Wagoner HS → Pos.: Linebacker →Ht/Wt.: 6-2/220 →Chose OU over: Texas Tech, Wyoming, Missouri, North Carolina → Where he fits in: Jones will redshirt this season. →Long term: Jones will have plenty of competition, with OU signing two other inside LBs. But he’ll have a chance to prove himself in a couple seasons.
Cameron Kenney→School: Garden City CC → Pos.: Wide receiver →Ht/Wt.: 6-2/195 →Chose OU over: Georgia → Where he fits in: Will be given every opportunity to start immediately. → Long term: Kenney could be the outside presence the offense desperately needs.
Ronnell Lewis→School: Dewar HS → Pos.: Linebacker →Ht/Wt.: 6-2/220 →Chose OU over: OSU → Where he fits in: Lewis is likely to redshirt, but by enrolling early could be a factor on special teams in 2009. → Long term: The biggest key will be adapting to playing against athletes his own caliber. In 2-3 years, Lewis could assume the outside linebacker role.
Gabe Lynn→School: Jenks HS → Pos.: Defensive back →Ht/Wt.: 6-1/180 →Chose OU over: OSU, Nebraska, North Carolina → Where he fits in: Lynn, the top player from the state of Oklahoma, could be used as a reserve cornerback next year. → Long term: In 2-3 seasons, Lynn will have a terrific chance of starting at corner.
Jamarkus McFarland→School: Lufkin (Texas) HS → Pos.: Defensive Tackle →Ht/Wt.: 6-2/290 →Chose OU over: Texas, LSU, USC → Where he fits in: DeMarcus Granger’s recovery from back surgery and Stacy McGee’s progress will determine if McFarland is used in the rotation next season. → Long term: McFarland, the gem of this class, could succeed Gerald McCoy as the next great Sooner defensive tackle.
Jonathon Miller→School: Garland Naaman Forrest (Texas) HS → Pos.: Running back →Ht/Wt.: 6-1/190 →Chose OU over: Arizona, Kansas →Where he fits in: The Sooners have five RBs ahead of Miller, meaning Miller will almost surely redshirt. → Long term: It will be awhile before Miller gets a chance, similar to Mossis Madu, who saw the field in his third season.
Marshall Musil→School: La Crosse (Kan.) HS → Pos.: Athlete →Ht/Wt.: 6-2/220 →Chose OU over: TCU, Tulsa, Colorado State, Kansas, Kansas State, Louisville, Missouri → Where he fits in: Musil is a probable redshirt candidate, though he could contribute on special teams. → Long term: It’s unclear if Musil will play fullback or tight end, but it’s possible he could play a little of both. In 2010, when Matt Clapp is gone, the Sooners will be in need of a fullback; Musil could fill that role.
Jaz Reynolds→School: Aldine Eisenhower (Texas) HS → Pos.: Wide receiver →Ht/Wt.: 6-3/180 →Chose OU over: Kansas, Kentucky, Colorado → Where he fits in: OU is inexperienced at receiver, but Reynolds will be behind those inexperienced players next season. →Long term: If Reynolds doesn’t hit the ground running, it could be awhile before he gets a chance to get on the field.
Jeff Vinson→School: Lackawanna (Pa.) CC → Pos.: Offensive lineman →Ht/Wt.: 6-6/350 →Chose OU over: Rutgers, South Carolina, South Florida →Where he fits in: Vinson was recruited to provide immediate quality depth at tackle. → Long term: Vinson, because of his size, is an intriguing prospect. With Trent Williams and Jarvis Jones expected to man the tackle spots in 2009, Vinson probably won’t start next season. But Vinson will have a chance to do so in 2010.
Tom Wort→School: New Braunfels (Texas) HS → Pos.: Linebacker →Ht/Wt.: 6-2/215 →Chose OU over: USC, Texas A&M, Florida, Miami, Missouri, Nebraska → Where he fits in: If any linebacker has a chance to play as a freshman, it’s Wort, who will be an early enrollee. The hard-hitting native of England more likely will redshirt. → Long term: In time, Wort could be the heir apparent at MLB. He’s still developing, since he only started playing football after moving from England as a teen. But the skill set is intact. By Jake Trotter