Oklahoman Published: February 5, 2009
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→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



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