Oklahoma picked up the 10th commitment of its 2015 recruiting class Monday, when longtime TCU offensive line commitment Cody Ford flipped to the Sooners.
Ford’s commitment was first reported by SoonersIllustrated.com.
The 6-foot-4, 322-pound Ford is ranked as a four-star prospect by Rivals.com, and is the Sooners’ third offensive line commitment for 2015, joining Bobby Evans and Dominique Hearne.
Ford, from Pineville, La., had been committed to TCU since March 31.
Verbal commitments are non-binding. Prospects cannot sign national letters of intent until February 4.
HAYES EMERGING AS SECONDARY LEADER
Oklahoma senior safety Quentin Hayes has come a long way since his year-long suspension in 2012.
Hayes started all 13 games at strong safety last season, and with the defensive backfield losing veterans like Aaron Colvin and Gabe Lynn, Hayes has emerged as a leader for the unit.
“It comes natural,” Hayes said. “I’ve been here five years, so I pretty much know how things go here and how the defense works. I have the answers.”
Hayes was suspended indefinitely in May 2012 along with receivers Jaz Reynolds, Kameel Jackson and Trey Franks. He didn’t play at all the following season, but quickly became a first-teamer the next spring.
Defensive coordinator Mike Stoops has said Hayes could move to nickelback this season because of his experience and knowledge of the system.
“He's just coming into his own as a player,” Stoops said. “And as good as he played a year ago, I don't think we've seen the best of him. I think this will be a great year for him.
“We ask him to do a lot of different things in our defense. He's become a more consistent and reliable player. And that bodes well. He needs to keep continuing to make plays. I think he has the capabilities and the athleticism to do that.”
MEAD IMPRESSING EARLY
Freshman wide receiver Jeffery Mead has made an early impression on co-offensive coordinator and receivers coach Jay Norvell.
Norvell said of the 6-foot-6, 184-pound Tulsa Union product: “I’ve never coached a kid that tall in my life.”
“He is an incredibly gifted athlete,” Norvell said. “He is extremely gifted agility-wise. He’s becoming a very good route runner already, and he really studies the game.”
Mead and fellow freshmen Dallis Todd and Mark Andrews are all capable talent-wise of playing this season, but Norvell said how much they’ll play remains to be seen.
“Those guys are all right on the cusp of probably having enough ability to play, but I don’t know how big a role they can earn with some of the guys in front of them,” Norvell said. “We’ve still got a couple weeks to figure that out.”
OU OPENER SOLD OUT
The OU athletics department announced Monday that the Sooners’ season opener against Louisiana Tech — scheduled for 6 p.m. Aug. 30 — is sold out.
The Sooners’ Nov. 22 game against Kansas is the only home game left with adjoining seats available. A limited number of single seats are still available to other home games.
Tickets can be purchased online at SoonerSports.com, by phone at (405) 325-2424 or toll-free at (800) 456-GoOU, or in person at the ticket office, located in the stadium’s Asp Avenue parking facility.
Sophomore tight end Taylor McNamara, on former quarterback Blake Bell’s quick adaptation to the tight end position:
“He went from having to know the whole progression to ‘Now I’ve got just one job.’ That’s not too tough for him to pick up. That’s helped him make that adjustment.”