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Oklahoma football notebook: Four-star offensive lineman Cody Ford commits to Sooners

Oklahoma picked up the 10th commitment of its 2015 recruiting class Monday, when longtime TCU offensive line commitment Cody Ford flipped to the Sooners.
by Ryan Aber and Jason Kersey Published: August 11, 2014

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.”

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by Ryan Aber
OU Athletics Reporter
Ryan Aber has worked for The Oklahoman since 2006, covering high schools, the Oklahoma City RedHawks, the Oklahoma City Barons and OU football recruiting. An Oklahoma City native, Aber graduated from Northeastern State. Before joining The...
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by Jason Kersey
OU Sports Reporter
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...
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