Tapper is from Baltimore, where he played at City College High School. He began playing football his junior year of high school.
Onuoha, from Edmond Santa Fe, played football off and on — his main sport was basketball, where he excelled — until fully committing to the gridiron before his senior season.
The 6-foot-5, 235-pound Onuoha began getting serious attention after his standout performance at OU's 2011 summer camp. The Sooners offered Onuoha a scholarship in December; his other offer came from Missouri.
IKARD UPSET OVER HARDEN TRADE
Gabe Ikard's parents and girlfriend decided they weren't going to tell him the NBA news that broke during Oklahoma's game against Notre Dame.
James Harden was Ikard's favorite Thunder player.
It didn't take long after the game for Ikard to find out via Twitter.
“I looked at them and I can't say what I said,” Ikard said. “After looking at the deal, it seems like a pretty big win for us.
“There's some sad guys because the beard is gone.”
Stoops was also asked his reaction to the Harden trade.
“I'll just say my compliments to the ownership with the Thunder, with Sam Presti,” Stoops said. “Everything they've done up there has been just fabulous. They know what they're doing. I loved watching James, but business is business. They're all big boys and I'm sure he'll be making money somewhere else.”
BROWN'S FAMILY OK
Senior receiver Justin Brown's family is safe and doing fine through Hurricane Sandy, which is causing destruction along the East coast.
Brown, a Penn State transfer, said there's rain and a little flooding, but that his family in Wilmington, Del., is all right. He thanked the reporters who asked about his family after Tuesday's practice.
Brown is believed to be the first Oklahoma football player from the state of Delaware. He arrived in August after the NCAA allowed all Penn State players to transfer with immediate eligibility in the aftermath of the Jerry Sandusky child abuse scandal.