Heritage Hall's Sterling Shepard signs to play football for the University of Oklahoma as family members applaud during the National Signing Day ceremony at Heritage Hall in Oklahoma City, Wednesday, Feb. 1, 2012. Photo by Nate Billings, The Oklahoman NATE BILLINGS

For Sterling Shepard, it was all about becoming a Sooner

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A video narrated by James Garner shown before Oklahoma football games a few years ago contained a line that Owen Field was the place “where young lads dream of one day wearing the crimson and cream.” For Sterling Shepard, truer words were never spoken. There was never any choice but the University of Oklahoma for the star wide receiver from Heritage Hall.

Cowboys signee Trace Clark comes from family of athletes

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Oklahoma State defensive end signee Trace Clark is a two-sport star, having helped Wichita Collegiate to football and basketball state titles.

Quintaz Struble's signing with Arkansas State brings closure for family of Mandrell Dean

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Loyce Dean finally has some much-needed closure. Just days past the five-year anniversary of her son Mandrell's tragic death, Loyce Dean watched her grandson, Quintaz Struble, sign a letter of intent with Arkansas State on Wednesday morning at Heritage Hall. “This day was like a brand new start,” Loyce Dean said. “It was like the dead have come alive. I'm so proud of Quintaz, I don't know what to do.”

Florida cornerback Gary Simon picks the Sooners

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St. Petersburg, Fla., cornerback Gary Simon signed with the Oklahoma football team early Wednesday morning. Simon picked OU over Iowa State and Arkansas.

Stillwater WR Jesse Vester signs with Cowboys

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Stillwater receiver/return man Jesse Vester won't have to go far when he leaves for college in the fall. Vester signed with Oklahoma State on Wednesday morning.

JUCO receiver Courtney Gardner signs with Sooners

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Sierra College wide receiver Courtney Garnder signed with Oklahoma on Wednesday. Gardner had been committed to Arkansas.

Coaches knew Jeremiah Tshimanga was something special

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It didn't take long for coaches at Richland High School to see what they had in Jeremiah Tshimanga. He was ‘bigger, faster, stronger' than anyone they played.

Oklahoma State commitment Emmanuel Ogbah. PHOTO COURTESY THE HOUSTON CHRONICLE Jerry Powers

Defensive end Emmanuel Ogbah sticking with Cowboys despite Joe DeForest's exit

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Richmond, Texas, defensive end Emmanuel Ogbah says he'll set off OSU's fax machine early on National Signing Day.


Sports recruiting news from NewsOK

  • Super 30: Lawton's Jalin Barnett defies the stereotypes

    BY RYAN ABER | Published: Fri, Jul 25, 2014

    Highly recruited offensive lineman isn’t slow, and is an honor student to boot.

  • OU freshman Joe Mixon involved in altercation in Norman

    jason kersey and andrew knittle | Updated: Fri, Jul 25, 2014

    NORMAN — Norman Police and the University of Oklahoma athletics department are investigating an alleged assault near the OU campus involving a Sooner football player. Norman police responded to the incident at Pickleman’s Gourmet Cafe in Norman just after 2:30 a.m. Friday morning. No arrests...

  • High school notebook: Douglass' Dameko Doddles commits to Wyoming

    BY JACOB UNRUH | Published: Wed, Jul 23, 2014

    Douglass’ Dameko Doddles verbally committed to Wyoming on Wednesday, Trojans coach Willis Alexander told The Oklahoman. Doddles is ranked No. 24 on The Oklahoman’s Super 30, and his lone scholarship offer came from the Cowboys. It is unclear whether Doddles will play receiver or safety at...

  • Super 30: Jenks defensive tackle Marquise Overton ready to become the latest Trojan-turned-Sooner

    By Jason Kersey | Published: Wed, Jul 23, 2014

    Jenks four-star defensive tackle Marquise Overton is ranked No. 4 on The Oklahoman’s Super 30 list of the state’s top college football prospects. With Overton’s Jan. 3 commitment, Oklahoma is set to sign a Jenks player for the fourth straight season and the fifth time in seven years.

  • Oklahoma football: Sooners get commitment from defensive end Kenneth Mann

    Ryan Aber | Published: Wed, Jul 23, 2014

    NORMAN — Oklahoma’s recruiting momentum continued Wednesday when defensive end Kenneth Mann committed to the Sooners. OU has now received two defensive line commitments in three days and picked up five overall commitments in the past two months. Mann (6-foot-4, 240 pounds) is rated as a...

  • Oklahoma gets commitment from 2015 defensive tackle Tyrell Jacobs

    Ryan Aber | Published: Mon, Jul 21, 2014

    #kennercitystandup them children in my section gone love that pic.twitter.com/Wpy86fIZYr — Tyrell Jacobs (@tyrelljacobs98) July 21, 2014 Defensive tackle Tyrell Jacobs of Metairie (La.) Rummel High committed to Oklahoma on Monday. Jacobs posted his commitment on Twitter. Jacobs (6-foot-4, 260...

  • Super 30: Akylen Mayfield gives Tulsa Edison flexibility - and a dangerous weapon when he gets the ball

    By Jonathan Greco, Staff Writer | Published: Thu, Jul 10, 2014

    The 6-foot-4, 215-pound senior, who has an offer from Arkansas State, can play almost any skill position. During his junior season, he lined up at quarterback, wide receiver, running back and cornerback.

  • OSU football: Cowboys get commitment from LB Za’Carrius Green

    Cody Stavenhagen | Published: Fri, Jun 20, 2014

    Oklahoma State got its eighth commitment of the 2015 class on Friday in Duncanville, Texas linebacker Za’Carrius Green, according to a report from GoPokes.com. Scout.com ranks Green as a three-star prospect. At 5 feet 11 inches and 190 pounds, Green could also play safety in college. Green was an...

  • Oklahoma football: Sooners get commitment from guard Dominique Hearne

    ryan aber | Published: Thu, Jun 12, 2014

    NORMAN — Oklahoma’s strong June recruiting push continued Thursday when the Sooners picked up a commitment from guard Dominique Hearne. Hearne (6-foot-3, 288 pounds) announced his commitment on Twitter. The three-star prospect is the third commitment in the last nine days for the Sooners. All...

  • High schools: Westmoore's Destinie Lookout took game to a new level

    By Jacob Unruh | Published: Sun, Jun 8, 2014

    This season, she had a batting average mostly seen in video games at .732, while hitting 31 home runs and driving in 86 to earn The Oklahoman’s All-City Player of the Year honors.

  • OU football: Sooners get commitment from 4-star cornerback P.J. Mbanasor

    BY RYAN ABER, Staff Writer, raber@opubco.com | Published: Tue, Jun 3, 2014

    NORMAN — Pflugerville (Texas) Hendrickson has once again proven fruitful for Oklahoma football. Four-star cornerback P.J. Mbanasor committed to the Sooners on Tuesday, becoming OU’s fifth commit for the 2015 class. The former TCU commit announced his decision on Twitter, posting “Let’s...

  • Casady's Josh Wariboko-Alali enjoying recruiting process

    BY JACOB UNRUH | Updated: Sun, May 25, 2014

    After de-committing in April from his verbal commitment to Oklahoma, the 6-foot-3, 310-pound offensive lineman said the Sooners are still in the mix but he will have a better idea of his top choices after making official visits.

  • Norman North QB and OSU commitment John Kolar focused on improving footwork

    BY SCOTT WRIGHT | Updated: Sun, May 25, 2014

    Last September, John Kolar was showing his athletic ability while establishing himself as a valuable wide receiver in the Norman North offense. Then quarterback David Cornwell got hurt and Kolar got to show off a whole different set of skills. The 6-foot-4, 190-pound Kolar jumped right in,...

  • Millwood's Josh Little explodes onto recruiting scene

    Updated: Sun, May 25, 2014

    Two weeks ago, Millwood defensive end Josh Little was just another promising prospect hoping Division I colleges would take notice. Now, he needs both hands to count all his D-I offers. And the 6-foot-4, 230-pound senior is compiling an impressive list of suitors. “It’s just a matter of...

  • Speed makes difference for Memorial’s Robert Charlton

    By Scott Wright | Updated: Sun, May 25, 2014

    As players mature, develop and train, they’re going to get faster. But elite speed rarely blossoms out of hard work. Either you have it or you don’t. That’s what makes prospects such as Edmond Memorial cornerback Robert Charlton a valuable commodity on the recruiting scene. Charlton’s...

  • Oklahoman Super 30 list of the state's top high school football recruits

    By Scott Wright and Jacob Unruh | Published: Sun, May 25, 2014

    Here’s a look at our updated Super 30 as of Monday, May 26.

  • High school notebook: Putnam City North's Brett McGee resigns

    By Scott Wright and Jacob Unruh | Published: Sun, May 18, 2014

    Fresh off guiding Putnam North to the Class 6A girls basketball state tournament, coach Brett McGee has resigned. McGee said he is pursuing other career opportunities.

  • Oklahoma football: Sooners get commitment from kicker Austin Seibert

    BY JASON KERSEY | Published: Fri, May 9, 2014

    Austin Seibert is ranked as the nation’s No. 1 kicker — and the No. 2 punter — in the 2015 recruiting class by Kohl’s kicking camps.

  • Sooners officially announce signing of JUCO G Dinjiyl Walker

    Ryan Aber | Published: Fri, May 2, 2014

    Oklahoma men’s basketball coach Lon Kruger announced the signing of junior college combo guard Dinjiyl Walker on Friday, a day after Walker announced his decision to sign with the school.

  • Sooners lose second commit in a week; DT Du'Vonta Lampkin decommits

    Ryan Aber | Published: Tue, Apr 22, 2014

    For the second time in a week, Oklahoma lost a football commit.

  • Three OU commits, two OSU commits on ESPN 300

    Ryan Aber | Updated: Wed, Apr 16, 2014

    ESPN released its updated ESPN 300 ranking of the top recruits of the 2015 class Wednesday.

  • Oklahoma State football: Cowboys get running back commitment

    John Helsley | Updated: Sun, Apr 6, 2014

    Oklahoma State opened its doors for fans –and recruits – to the Orange Blitz on Saturday. The blitz continued Sunday, with the Cowboys picking up a 2015 commitment from running back Ronald Jones, a four-star recruit from McKinney North High School in McKinney, Texas. Jones, who attended...

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