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Recruiting notebook: Oklahoma lands Texas teammates

Edmond Santa Fe's Justice Hansen gets an offer from OU at its junior day.
by Ryan Aber and Scott Wright and Jason Kersey Published: February 2, 2013

Two targets have separated themselves, one from junior college and the other from a high school where OSU has already landed an offensive lineman.

Vili Leveni of L.D. Bell High School in Hurst, Texas, is the teammate of OSU commitment Jesse Robinson, a 6-foot-6, 275-pound offensive lineman.

Leveni, 6-foot-4, 220 pounds, is committed to Utah, but visited OSU on Jan. 25.

The Cowboys are also going strong after defensive tackle Ofa Hautau from Snow College in Ephraim, Utah.

The 6-foot-1, 290-pounder also visited Stillwater last weekend, and made the trip to Hawaii this week. He also has offers from Utah and Oregon State.


Oklahoma State apparently lost out on DeSoto, Texas, running back Dontre Wilson, an Oregon commitment who continues to look at other options after coach Chip Kelly left for the NFL.

Wilson was scheduled to visit Stillwater over the weekend, but canceled to go to Texas, according to a report from

Wilson's decision is expected to come down to Oregon, Texas and Ohio State.

The Cowboys landed Houston Cypress Ridge RB Rennie Childs late last month to go with longtime commitment Corion Webster of Atlanta, Texas, giving the class a solid running back presence.


Trinity Valley (Texas) Community College defensive tackle Quincy Russell already signed a letter of intent with Oklahoma, but likely won't join the team until the summer.

“We had one class we needed to finish up, and he had gone home for Christmas break and there was a mix-up,” said Trinity Valley coach Brad Smiley. “He's finishing up.”

Russell (6-3, 311 pounds) signed with Texas out of high school, but academics forced him to take the junior-college route. He chose OU in December over Nebraska.

The Sooners lost several senior defensive tackles from last season's team, leaving the unit thin and inexperienced entering 2013.

“He was looking at the opportunity to go in and fight for a starting job,” Smiley said. “That's what he wants.

“Plus, him being a former Texas signee, and them kinda deciding to part ways while he was at Trinity Valley, I think that played a big part in it. Oklahoma gets to play Texas, and Nebraska doesn't.”

Trinity Valley offensive tackle Josiah St. John also committed to the Sooners just a few days after Russell did.

“He's a monster ... a complete animal,” St. John said. “He's big, fast, strong.

“I'm pretty sure he's gonna make a big impact.”

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 Scott Wright
A lifelong resident of the Oklahoma City metro area, Scott Wright has been on The Oklahoman staff since 2005, covering a little bit of everything on the state's sports scene. He has been a beat writer for football and basketball at Oklahoma and...
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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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