When he committed to Oklahoma in May, Tulsa East Central's Stanvon Taylor was expected to play defensive back when he got to Norman.
But recently, Taylor has been talking to Sooner coaches about being given an opportunity to play on offense.
“They said they've watched my films over the summer and thought I looked good there,” Taylor said after helping his Cardinals beat Del City on Friday night. “Honestly, I'd really like a chance to play on offense.”
Taylor certainly made his case Friday, with nearly 200 receiving yards and one touchdown throw to go with a couple of touchdown receptions.
MASTROGIOVANNI COMES UP BIG IN IRELAND
Sooners commit Jordan Mastrogiovanni had an eventful season opener even before the game started, as his Dallas Jesuit team opened the season in Dublin, Ireland.
Jesuit played Wilmette (Ill.) Loyola Academy at Donnybrook Stadium.
Mastrogiovanni's team came out with a 30-29 win, kicking a game-winning field goal in the final minute.
Then Mastrogiovanni (6-foot-3, 245 pounds) clinched the game with a tackle on fourth and 1 on the ensuing drive.
THOMAS HAS SOLID OPENER
Colleyville (Texas) Heritage quarterback Cody Thomas, who committed to the Sooners in May, threw for 237 yards and a touchdown Friday night as Heritage beat Duncanville 20-2.
Thomas (6-2, 220) had a somewhat shaky start, mishandling the snap on Heritage's second offensive play of the game and fumbling the ball out of the end zone.
But he settled in to lead scoring drives of 86, 81 and 73 yards to help Heritage come out with the win.
Thomas, the No. 2 quarterback in Texas according to Rivals.com, is also a highly touted baseball prospect.
FORD EJECTED IN OPENER
Friday night's game in the Houston area between Cypress (Texas) Ranch and Cinco Ranch was supposed to feature two of the best running backs in the state in Cy Ranch's Keith Ford, who is committed to OU, and Cinco Ranch's Jamel James, who is committed to Notre Dame.
But by the time halftime rolled around, both were gone.
James suffered a leg injury early after accounting for 97 yards of offense.
Ford's exit, though, was apparently self-inflicted.
Midway through the second quarter, Ford was ejected after being called for unsportsmanlike conduct. The Katy Times reported Ford threw a punch at a Cinco Ranch defender.
Even before that, Ford's night wasn't going great. He ran for 48 yards but had fumbled three times, with his team losing two.
Cy Ranch lost 34-6.
RODRIGUEZ WINS BATTLE OF COMMITS
Friday's Backyard Bowl between Jenks and Tulsa Union is routinely the top regular-season game in the state.
This year's game featured an OU commit on either side, with Tulsa Union's Dalton Rodriguez getting the best of fellow commit Jordan Smallwood of Jenks as Union won 14-7.
Rodriguez is likely to wind up on the offensive side of the ball in Norman but came up big on defense against Jenks, making several critical plays including a fumble recovery that set up the winning touchdown in the fourth quarter.
“When he had to have a pressure or sack or a turnover, Dalton was there,” Union coach Kirk Fridrich told the Tulsa World.
Rodriguez also had a pair of sacks.
2013 Oklahoma football commitment list
San Antonio (Ronald Reagan)
Fresno, Calif. (Central East)
Cypress, Texas (Cypress Ranch)
Tulsa East Central
Miami, Fla. (Central)
Colleyville, Texas (Heritage)