Jason Kersey
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Jason Kersey became The Oklahoman's OU football beat writer in May 2012 after a year covering high school sports and OSU recruiting. Before joining the newspaper in November 2006 as a part-time results clerk, he covered high school football for the Newcastle Pacer. During his time with The Oklahoman, he has also coordinated Thunder coverage, worked on the copy desk and covered several NFL games, including Super Bowl XLV. A Noble High School and OU graduate, he lives in Norman.

  • OU women's basketball: Gioya Carter getting healthy, making a difference

    By Jason Kersey | Published: Fri, Feb 5, 2016

    The junior guard from Carl Albert has scored in double figures in four of the last five games, including a season-high 17 points in Wednesday’s 71-69 home loss to Oklahoma State.

  • Signing day: Bob Stoops calls Tulsa McLain's Joshua Jacobs an 'excellent player'

    Jason Kersey | Updated: Thu, Feb 4, 2016

    NORMAN — Bob Stoops said he knew that once his staff offered Tulsa McLain’s Joshua Jacobs a scholarship, the floodgates could open. “As soon as it happened, we said, ‘Here it goes,’” Stoops said during Wednesday’s signing day news conference. “And it did.” Jacobs signed with Alabama on Wednesday, choosing the Crimson Tide over Missouri and Oklahoma. He played quarterback for McLain, rushing for 2,704 yards and 36 touchdowns last season and leading his team to the playoffs. Just in the last two weeks, Jacobs saw his recruitment go from almost nothing to insane. Stoops said his staff thought Jacobs could play slot receiver for the Sooners. He

  • OU football: Signing day odds and ends on problems with recruiting, Jon-Michael Terry, emojis and more

    Jason Kersey | Updated: Thu, Feb 4, 2016

    [brightcove]4739400308001[/brightcove] NORMAN — Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops announced his 2016 signing class Wednesday, meaning that — barring any surprise additions to the class in the next few months — we have a pretty solid idea of what next year’s team will look like. The Sooners signed 18 players this year, with another one — four-star linebacker Bryce Youngquist — to be determined based on the personal issue he’s dealing with. Here are some odds and ends from yesterday that either didn’t make Thursday’s newspaper or could use some expanding on.

  • Recruiting notebook: Sons of former OU linebackers Coats, Bowden joining up at Lamar

    By Jacob Unruh, Scott Wright and Jason Kersey | Updated: Wed, Feb 3, 2016

    Mike Coats Jr. and Jaylon Bowden grew up together and consider each other family. Their fathers Mike Coats and Joe Bowden played together at Oklahoma, becoming best friends.

  • Oklahoma football: Top-100 commitments bookend a suspenseful signing day for Sooners

    By Jason Kersey | Updated: Wed, Feb 3, 2016

    All told, the Sooners signed 18 players Wednesday — although another commitment, four-star linebacker Bryce Youngquist, didn’t sign amid an undisclosed “personal issue” — and addressed several positions of need with the 2016 class.

  • Oklahoma football: Sooner coaches confident in freshman quarterback Austin Kendall

    Jason Kersey | Updated: Wed, Feb 3, 2016

    NORMAN — Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops and offensive coordinator Lincoln Riley are both confident that true freshman Austin Kendall will be fine as the Sooners’ second-team quarterback next season. Kendall, a four-star prospect from Waxhaw, N.C., is enrolled for this semester and will work out with the team during spring practice. Trevor Knight transferred to Texas A&M and Cody Thomas will focus on baseball this spring, leaving just Baker Mayfield, Kendall and A&M transfer Kyler Murray as the only scholarship quarterbacks on the roster. Murray is ineligible to play in 2016 because of NCAA transfer rules. “He’ll be there every day, whether he’s with Baker or Lincoln, working

  • Oklahoma football: Linebacker commit Bryce Youngquist's status up in the air

    Jason Kersey | Updated: Wed, Feb 3, 2016

    NORMAN — Two days before signing day, longtime OU linebacker commitment Bryce Youngquist announced on his Twitter account that he wouldn’t sign just yet, citing “personal reasons.” The four-star prospect from Rancho Cucamonga, Calif., still came up at Bob Stoops’ signing day news conference, although because Youngquist is unsigned, Stoops couldn’t address him by him. “You just always care about the young man,” Stoops said. “Since he didn’t sign, I don’t know that I can say. All about the young man. Want him to be healthy and everything in his life to be what he needs it to be, believe he’s on that road. “It isn’t anything concerning

  • Oklahoma football: Bob Stoops confirms Dalton Wood is enrolled at OU, working with team

    Jason Kersey | Updated: Wed, Feb 3, 2016

    NORMAN — Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops confirmed during Wednesday’s signing day news conference that tight end Dalton Wood is enrolled and working out with the football team. “He looks good,” Stoops said. “Hopefully he can take over in some of that fullback/H-back role as we go.” Wood was a member of the Sooners’ 2015 signing class and showed up for summer workouts, but then left after spending less than a day on campus. The former McAlester High standout never returned, creating an oddly dramatic situation just before the start of the 2015 season. Wood contacted OU coaches midway through the season, but because he left the team before, he lost his scholarship and was forced to

  • Oklahoma football: Coaches surrounded by trophies during signing day news conference

    Jason Kersey | Updated: Wed, Feb 3, 2016

    NORMAN — Oklahoma's signing day news conference was unlike any before in terms of pageantry. Coach Bob Stoops, defensive coordinator Mike Stoops, offensive coordinator Lincoln Riley and assistant head coach/recruiting coordinator Cale Gundy addressed reporters one-by-one behind a podium that was surrounded by trophies. All nine of the Sooners’ Big 12 championship trophies, bowl trophies, Heisman Trophies and the 2000 national championship trophy were all displayed. “This is a little different setup, I guess,” Bob Stoops said with a smile as he stepped to the podium. “I wasn’t in charge of this. Everybody has their props now on signing day and I guess these are ours.

  • Oklahoma football: Chip Viney moves into special teams quality control position

    Jason Kersey | Updated: Wed, Feb 3, 2016

    NORMAN — Oklahoma defensive graduate assistant coach Courtney “Chip” Viney will stay with the program as a special teams quality control coach, Bob Stoops announced Wednesday. Viney had been a graduate assistant the last three years, and his time as a GA had run out, as he recently graduated with a master’s degree. “Courtney has been a great person for us, a great recruiter,” Stoops said. “He has a bright future, really does. He’s a great communicator and an excellent coach.” Viney, a former cornerback at UCLA and New Mexico State, is originally from Fresno, Calif. Several Sooner defensive backs have praised him in the last few years and credited him for

  • OU Football: The fallout from losing two defensive tackles to Texas

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Updated: Wed, Feb 3, 2016

    Texas won a couple Red River recruiting battles with Oklahoma on Wednesday, signing four-star defensive tackles Chris Daniels of Euless Trinity and Marcel Southall of Duncanville (Texas). Daniels has previously committed to Oklahoma. Southall had visited OU and Miami. In this video with The Oklahoman columnist Jenni Carlson, OU beat writer Jason Kersey discusses the impact on OU's recruiting class and Daniels' de-commitment.

  • OU Football: What happened to the Sooners' Texas recruiting commitment

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Updated: Wed, Feb 3, 2016

    For generations, the state of Texas has been the Oklahoma Sooners' recruiting base.   Yet there are only three Texas high school players in the Sooners' signing class of 2016: Wide receiver Zach Farrar of Carroll, defensive end Mark Jackson of Cibolo and Houston's Adrian Hardy, a player who will be tried at multiple positions. The Oklahoman's Jason Kersey explains what changed and how OU's 2016 class wound up with as many players from Lackawanna Community College as from Texas.

  • Oklahoma football: After a whirlwind experience, Erik Swenson finds a home in Norman

    By Jason Kersey | Updated: Wed, Feb 3, 2016

    NORMAN — As is the case with most big-time recruits, Erik Swenson heard a lot of coaches tell him that, if he picked their school, he would be treated like family. Given his experience over the last month, it would be understandable if Swenson was cynical about such platitudes from coaches. But during his official visit to Oklahoma last weekend, as he watched Sooners coach Bob Stoops sit and talk with Swenson's younger sister for more than an hour during a recruiting lunch, he was sold. “A lot of coaching staffs promise that they'll treat you like family and that it's their No. 1 priority, but at Oklahoma I could really see they meant that,” Swenson said in a telephone interview with The Oklahoman.

  • OU Football: Could the Sooners' signing day surprise contribute immediately?

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Updated: Wed, Feb 3, 2016

    National Signing Day started off with a Sooner surprise when four-star receiver Mykel Jones of Patterson (La.) High School signed with Oklahoma. Jones (6-0, 180 pounds) visited Alabama and Tennessee before cancelling a trip to Ole Miss last weekend in favor of a Norman visit. "He's a major get," said Jason Kersey, OU beat writer for The Oklahoman, in this video with Jenni Carlson. "They needed at least one more wide receiver with what they were losing, and in Lincoln Riley's offense you can never have enough receivers." Jones made his announcement in the Patterson gymnasium Wednesday morning. After thanking his family, friends and supporters, he acknowledged how stressful the decision had been.

  • OU women's basketball: Sooners constantly reminded of recent Bedlam embarrassment as OSU comes to town

    By Jason Kersey | Published: Tue, Feb 2, 2016

    “It’s probably the poorest game an Oklahoma team has played in the last 17 or 18 years,” said OU coach Sherri Coale.

  • Oklahoma football: Monday was all about linebackers for Sooners, who flipped Mark Jackson from Texas A&M

    By Jason Kersey | Published: Mon, Feb 1, 2016

    Jackson, ranked as the 13th-best weakside defensive end nationally by Rivals.com, is projected to play outside linebacker for the Sooners. His commitment came on the same day when longtime linebacker commit Bryce Youngquist announced that he won’t sign Wednesday due to “personal reasons.”

  • Oklahoma football: Longtime linebacker commit Bryce Youngquist won't sign Wednesday

    Jason Kersey | Updated: Mon, Feb 1, 2016

    NORMAN — Citing “personal reasons,” longtime Oklahoma linebacker commit Bryce Youngquist will not sign with the Sooners on Wednesday, he announced on his Twitter account Monday morning. A four-star prospect from Rancho Cucamonga, Calif., Youngquist gave his verbal commitment to the Sooners on July 31. Oklahoma is losing five of its top six linebackers from last year’s team. The only returning linebacker with any significant experience is senior Jordan Evans, who plays an inside position. The Sooners currently have commitments from Lackawanna College linebackers Emmanuel Beal and Kapri Doucet, as well as Victory Christian’s Jon-Michael Terry.

  • Oklahoma football: Your guide to Sooner targets' signing day announcements

    Jason Kersey | Updated: Mon, Feb 1, 2016

    NORMAN — Oklahoma has 18 players currently committed in its 2016 recruiting class, but there will some some signing day suspense Wednesday. Here’s a look at four players considering the Sooners and what time they will be announcing. I will update this post as more targets announce times for their commitments. (NOTE: All times listed are central) MARCEL SOUTHALL Position: Defensive tackle Height, weight: 6-3, 270 pounds Stars (service): 3 (Rivals); 4 (Scout); 4 (ESPN); 3 (247Sports) Hometown (school): Duncanville, Texas (Duncanville) Announcing at: 7:30 a.m. Wednesday Choosing between: Baylor, Miami, Oklahoma, Ole Miss, Texas Southall visited Norman for the

  • Oklahoma football: Sooners flip four-star defensive end Mark Jackson from Texas A&M

    Jason Kersey | Updated: Mon, Feb 1, 2016

    NORMAN — Four-star defensive end Mark Jackson flipped his commitment from Texas A&M to Oklahoma on Monday, Jackson told the San Antonio Express-News. Jackson took an official visit to Norman last weekend. He had been committed to the Aggies since last May. Ranked as the 13th-best weakside defensive end nationally by Rivals.com, Jackson is from the San Antonio suburb of Cibolo, Texas. He played at Steele High School and is a two-time San Antonio Express-News defensive player of the year. “I needed somewhere where I could not only play football, but be a better student, and I think OU (Oklahoma) is it,” Jackson told the newspaper. Jackson told the Express-News that he will primarily play

  • Oklahoma football: Junior college receiver Ryan Parker unlikely to sign with Sooners

    Jason Kersey | Updated: Mon, Feb 1, 2016

    NORMAN — Oklahoma junior college wide receiver commitment Ryan Parker is unlikely to sign with the Sooners on Wednesday because of grade concerns, sources confirmed to The Oklahoman. The news isn’t surprising. SoonerScoop.com and SoonersIllustrated.com — the OU Rivals and Scout affiliates, respectively — have removed Parker from their OU commitment lists. Parker, a four-star prospect from Tyler (Texas) Junior College, caught 41 passes for 824 yards and nine touchdowns last season. In two seasons at the school, he recorded 25 touchdown receptions. He committed to the Sooners last April.

Jason Kersey Today at 8:35 PM No kidding, I dreamed last night that Rodgers got injured next season and @Favre4Official came out of retirement, led @packers to a title
Jason Kersey Today at 8:27 PM RT @davebirkett: New Pro Football Hall-of-Famers Brett Favre and Tony Dungy https://t.co/QGM4e1owAk
Jason Kersey Today at 5:29 PM @lansdallius Absolutely. Left Hand is one of my favorites, too. Love 400 Pound Monkey
Jason Kersey Today at 4:41 PM RT @GuerinEmig: Read: @BenJohnsonTUL on Okla's disgraceful treatment of public education, and the impact on HS football: https://t.co/GAbPp
Jason Kersey Today at 4:09 PM @TroyMachir Can you or @kmattio put the squeeze on some people to get this travesty fixed? I hear NC craft beer is pretty good
Jason Kersey Today at 3:48 PM My Super Bowl tradition (having beer from states of both teams) is ruined because no Carolina breweries send their stuff to Oklahoma. Booooo
Jason Kersey Today at 2:27 PM RT @jeffpearlman: In honor of Brett Favre's selection to Hall, here's his 1989 Southern Miss football questionnaire #BrettFavre https://t.c
Jason Kersey Today at 2:22 PM Really nice story on a #Sooners legend from @TheOklahoman intern @_ClarkChristian https://t.co/m2bjGgBoIe
Jason Kersey Today at 1:41 PM You're not wrong https://t.co/PzfkAtzXPQ
Jason Kersey Today at 11:54 AM RT @ryaber: GameDay coming to Norman next Saturday for #Sooners vs. Kansas https://t.co/UijyQlEDSi
Jason Kersey Fri, Feb. 05 2016 09:51:59 PM CST @rob_backus81 Get the hell out of here with that crap!
Jason Kersey Fri, Feb. 05 2016 09:46:13 PM CST #GOBEARS https://t.co/K2JISvxF6Z
Jason Kersey Fri, Feb. 05 2016 09:14:05 PM CST @kmattio @musichead_mark You get blocked too? Seriously, that is insane.
Jason Kersey Fri, Feb. 05 2016 08:28:16 PM CST @josh_a_reyes The RNC could do something. Make him sit out a debate. Make him donate some campaign funds to charity. Something.
Jason Kersey Fri, Feb. 05 2016 08:24:59 PM CST @josh_a_reyes Point is, it was a dirty trick. Even if it didn't sway anyone, it was bad and he should pay SOME price for it
Jason Kersey Fri, Feb. 05 2016 08:23:34 PM CST OU women's basketball: Gioya Carter getting healthy, making a difference https://t.co/GWnvKxmGLc
Jason Kersey Fri, Feb. 05 2016 08:22:33 PM CST @musichead_mark @kmattio Oh damn. I'm blocked too. That is diligent
Jason Kersey Fri, Feb. 05 2016 08:21:47 PM CST @josh_a_reyes Yeah, it's suspicious. But it certainly isn't confirmation. Cruz's people were flat out wrong to do that.
Jason Kersey Fri, Feb. 05 2016 08:18:03 PM CST @josh_a_reyes No. CNN reported he was going home post-Iowa. Carson's people responded w/ the clothes thing.