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.

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  • How the Wyoming football program has been successfully recruiting Oklahomans

    BY SCOTT WRIGHT | Published: Sun, Oct 19, 2014

    Kingfisher’s Kaden Jackson, Douglass’ Dameko Doddles and Broken Bow’s Jaylon Watson have verbally committed to Wyoming, and another local star — Del City’s Davion Freeman — recently took an official visit there as he weighs the five schools that have offered him.

  • Five underrated Oklahoma high school football recruiting prospects

    BY SCOTT WRIGHT | Published: Sun, Oct 19, 2014

    Here are five underrated Oklahoma high school players who aren’t yet on the radar of a lot of college programs, but have the talent to play at the next level.

  • Recruiting: Edmond Santa Fe's Keaton Torre commits to Louisville

    BY JACOB UNRUH | Published: Sat, Oct 4, 2014

    EDMOND — Edmond Santa Fe junior quarterback Keaton Torre fell in love with Louisville during a visit before the season started. He’s about to become very familiar with the Atlantic Coast Conference school. Torre announced Saturday that he has verbally committed to the Cardinals, joining...

  • Edmond Santa Fe quarterback Keaton Torre commits to Louisville

    Jacob Unruh | Published: Sat, Oct 4, 2014

    EDMOND — Edmond Santa Fe junior quarterback Keaton Torre fell in love with Louisville during a visit before the season started. He’s about to become very familiar with the Atlantic Coast Conference school. Torre announced Saturday that he has verbally committed to the Cardinals, joining Westmoore...

  • OSU basketball: Five-star guard Jawun Evans commits to Cowboys

    john helsley | Updated: Wed, Oct 1, 2014

    Oklahoma State’s 2015 basketball recruiting class received a needed jolt Wednesday, with five-star point guard Jawun Evans committing to the Cowboys. A 6-foot senior at Dallas Kimball High, Evans announced his decision via ESPN.com. He is a consensus pick as one of the nation’s premier point...

  • High school softball: Western Heights off to strong start

    BY JACOB UNRUH | Published: Wed, Sep 3, 2014

    Western Heights won just a dozen softball games all of last season. Nearly a month into this season, the Jets are nearly past that total with an 11-8 record under new coach Tami Loy. “They’re just getting out there and they’re battling through,” Loy said. “We’re not doing things perfect, but...

  • Athletes get the mic: Edmond Memorial's Warren Wand interviews teammate Robert Charlton

    Jacob Unruh | Published: Wed, Sep 3, 2014

    [brightcove]3750427378001[/brightcove] Edmond Memorial running back Warren Wand is no stranger to being interviewed. Recently at The Oklahoman‘s Media Day he had the chance to ask the questions, interviewing teammate Robert Charlton. Wand took a professional approach – much like he plays – and...

  • High school softball: Mustang pitcher Jayden Chestnut is more relaxed this season

    BY JACOB UNRUH | Published: Tue, Aug 26, 2014

    Senior has thrown two perfect games and two no-hitters in seven starts this season.

  • Oklahoma State football: Cowboys land JUCO-transfer offensive lineman Brandon Pertile

    Kyle Fredrickson | Published: Wed, Aug 13, 2014

    Oklahoma State added its second offensive lineman to its 2015 recruiting class in the last week on Wednesday. Brandon Pertile — a 6-foot-6, 300-pound offensive tackle out of Mesa Community College (Ariz.) — announced on Twitter he plans to play for Cowboys offensive line coach Bob Connelly next...

  • Ringling's Riley Daniel commits to Houston

    Jacob Unruh | Published: Mon, Aug 11, 2014

    The offer was too good for Riley Daniel to pass up. The Ringling offensive lineman verbally committed to Houston on Sunday, choosing to go with an offer that protected him should he get injured while also relieving pressure for the upcoming season. “I’m just going to focus on my senior year now,”...

  • OSU football: Cowboys land three-star OL commitment Joshua Jones

    Published: Mon, Aug 11, 2014

    Oklahoma State landed another offensive lineman in the Class of 2015 on Monday, as three-star tackle Joshua Jones committed to the Cowboys. Jones (Bush HS/Richmond, Texas) announced his commitment via Twitter on Monday. The 6-foot-6, 271 pounder has offers from TCU, Nebraska, and Texas Tech...

  • Oklahoma football: Longtime TCU offensive line commit Cody Ford flips to Sooners

    Jason Kersey | Published: Mon, Aug 11, 2014

    NORMAN — Oklahoma picked up the 10th commitment of its 2014 recruiting class Monday, when longtime TCU offensive line commitment Cody Ford flipped to the Sooners. Ford’s commitment was first reported by SoonersIllustrated.com. The 6-foot-4, 322-pound Ford is ranked as a four-star prospect by...

  • Former Oklahoma City standout Allonzo Trier commits to Arizona

    Published: Sun, Aug 3, 2014

    Allonzo Trier, a former Oklahoma City-area high school star and one of the top guards in the Class of 2015, has committed to Arizona, giving the Wildcats a third five-star player for its potential powerhouse 2015 recruiting class. "My relationship with Coach [Sean] Miller and the way they...

  • Oklahoma football: Sooners pick up commitment from wide receiver John Humphrey

    Jason Kersey | Published: Sat, Aug 2, 2014

    NORMAN — Oklahoma picked up a commitment from three-star wide receiver John Humphrey on Saturday, when the League City, Texas, native was on an unofficial visit. Humphrey — from Clear Falls High School in League City, Texas — also holds scholarship offers from Arkansas, Baylor, California,...

  • OU football: Sooners get commitment from Texas WR John Humphrey

    Published: Sat, Aug 2, 2014

    Oklahoma picked up another commitment Satuday for the Class of 2015 in wide receiver John Humphrey Jr. (Clear Falls HS/League City, Texas). Humphrey has offers from school such as Notre Dame, Arkansas, Baylor, Clemson, Missouri and Nebraska, among others. But the 6-foot, 160 pounder selected...

  • OU football: Sooners in final 5 for top defensive end Keisean Lucier-South

    Published: Mon, Jul 28, 2014

    Defensive end Keisean Lucier-South of Orange, Calif., has Oklahoma in his final five schools, according to ESPN.com. Lucier-South (6-foot-5, 218 pounds), the No. 28 overall recruit in the ESPN 300 for the Class of 2015, has narrowed his list to OU, Florida, Michigan, Oregon and UCLA....

  • 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...






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