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RB Brandon Williams shines bright in OU's recruiting class

By Jake Trotter, Staff Writer, jtrotter@opubco.com Modified: February 3, 2011 at 5:01 pm •  Published: February 2, 2011

“His size and speed combination clearly is at another level,” wrote Rivals recruiting analyst Barry Every. “He displayed superior acceleration getting to the corner and the vision to slice through the middle of the defense while at the Under Armour All-American Game. ... I don't expect him to be the starter right away, but he should gradually work his way onto the field once he shows off his big-play ability in an actual game.”

Finch is the presumptive favorite to replace Murray at starting running back. But with Finch still recovering from a stress fracture injury, Williams will have ample opportunity to make a splash during spring practice. He'll still have to contend with other backs like Jonathan Miller, Brennan Clay and Jermie Calhoun. But don't be surprised if Williams makes a push to become OU's No. 2 running back behind Finch before the start of next season.

“Brandon is really special,” Stoops said. “Just watch the speed. You have a guy this kind of size, 205 pounds, 6-1 or 6-2, has excellent speed to get to the corner … explosive.

“A guy that has made a ton of big plays, and he's got that home run ability with the speed.”

OU Recruiting: View the Sooners' 2011 class