2000 Recruiting Class

  
28 recruits
Great class Bob rated 13th in the nation by rivals100.com
We ended up with 23 freshman reporting

Great News*the NCAA approved Jammal Brown's appeal to attend OU even though he was one point short of qualifying. He is fully qualified but still may redshirt this year.
Jammal Brown
DT, 6-6, 310, Lawton, Okla. (MacArthur HS)

One of the top 10 high school defensive tackles in the nation...Earned first-team All-State honors as a defensive tackle from the Tulsa World and high school coaches association...Rated as the fifth best defensive lineman in the Midlands by PrepStar Magazine and eighth best player in the Midlands by SuperPrep Magazine...Named as the second best player in the state by First Down Publications...Was a second-team All-State selection by the Daily Oklahoman as an offensive lineman...Played both sides of the ball and ended his final high school season with 70 unassisted tackles, nine sacks and 15 quarterback hurries.

*RB Jerod Estus of Wichita Falls Hirchi, Texas will now be OU's partial
qualifier.
Jerad Estus
RB, 6-1, 180, Wichita Falls, Texas (Hirschi HS)

Member of the Dallas Morning News Top 100...Rated as the 10th best running back in the Midlands by SuperPrep Magazine and 38th best player (eighth best running back) in the entire state of Texas by Rivals100.com...Red River District 22 Offensive Player of the Year after completing his second straight season with 1,000 yards rushing...Recorded 1,143 yards and 17 touchdowns on 137 carries as a senior...Averaged 8.3 yards a carry...Also a first-team All-State selection as a kick returner...Recorded three kickoff returns of 70 or more yards last season...Ran a kickoff back 101 yards for a touchdown...Helped his squad to a 9-3 overall record and an appearance in the Class 4A Division II area playoffs...Coached by Danny Edelman...Has also found great success on the track...Will mostly qualify for the state meet this year...Advanced to the Texas Regional Track Meet last year competing in the 100-meter and spring relay.
 

WHO DID NOT MAKE IT SO FAR

 

Jerod Fields
OL, 6-7, 280, Bandera, Texas (Bandera HS)

A three-time all-district performer...A three-year starter at tight end and offensive line...Averaged nine pancakes a game...Caught four passes for 76 yards...Also a three-year starter in basketball...In averaging 16 points and four blocks for a team that is currently 21-2...Was an all-area performer the last two seasons...Coached by Mike Williamson.
*OL Jared Fields of Bandera, Texas came up short on his GPA and may not be
 eligible to play at OU this season. Fields has passed his ACT, but his GPA
 turned out to be two-tenths short of qualifying. Due to the fact he is so
close he as asked the NCAA for a waiver so that he can earn eligibility from the
NCAA.
 The NCAA has only granted an academic waiver in a couple of cases and the
 odds of them clearing Fields are not good. If Fields doesn't earn a waiver
he will  sit out the first semester and retake his ACT, hoping to raise his score so
that  he would qualify on the NCAA sliding qualification scale.

Charles Dupree
LB, 6-3, 210, Oklahoma City, Okla. (Millwood HS)

Noted as the fourth best player in the state according to First Down Publications...Listed as the eighth best linebacker in the Midlands according to PrepStar Magazine...A SuperPrep All-American who is also ranked as the 28th best linebacker in the nation by the same publication...Was a first-team All-State pick by the Daily Oklahoman, Tulsa World and high school coaches association as a linebacker...Received All-State special recognition as a tight end from the Daily Oklahoman...Was dominate at times during his senior season despite receiving double and triple teams...Ended the year with 105 tackles including 50 unassisted...Also logged eight sacks, one interception and two fumble recoveries.
* LB Charles Dupree of Oklahoma City Millwood, OK has enrolled at Rose State
 and plans to retake the ACT during this time. If he can pass the ACT during
the first semester he will enroll at OU for the second semester and go through
spring  football in 2001. This would keep him out the junior college loop and still
allow  him to play four years of Division 1 football.

Rudy Wells
RB/DB, 6-1, 200, Linden, Texas (Kildare HS)

An outstanding athlete who starred on both sides of the football...Only competed in half of his senior season due to injuries...Finished last season with 60 tackles and four sacks...Didn't see much time on offense (full back) as a senior...Ran at 4.4 in OU football camp last summer and was offered scholarship at the end of camp...Complete is Texas State Track Meets as a junior in the 100 meter (10.58)...Also a standout in state powerlifting.
 *SS Rudy Wells of Linden Kildare, Texas did not qualify out of high school.
He  has enrolled at Butler Community College, KS.

Michael Freeman
CB, 5-11, 180, Chino Hills, Calif. (Mt. San Antonio Junior College)

A second-team NJCAA All-American selection after a solid sophomore campaign at Mt. San Antonio Junior College in Walnut, Calif...Earned first-team all-conference honors while playing both cornerback and free safety...Recorded 35 tackles, three sacks and seven pass deflections last season...Also picked off four passes...Was a three-year starter at cornerback and free safety while at Damien High School in La Verne, Calif...Selected first-team all-conference as junior and senior after recording 13 interceptions in his final 22 games...Was also one of the top kick returners in the state...Also starred in track where he set school standards in the 200-meter (21.8), 400-meter (50.0) and long jump (23 feet)...Has already enrolled at OU and will participate in spring practice.
 *CB Michael Freeman of Mt. San Antonio Junior College, CA. didn't have the
 necessary progression academic hours to enroll at OU. This one is David Boren's fault not the NCAA. He has enrolled at
 Washington State where his junior college hours counted towards their
 academic degree program.

Vernon Maxwell
DB, 6-3, 215, Midwest City, Okla. (Midwest City HS)

A 1995 Parade All-American who gave up collegiate football to play professional baseball...Signed with the San Diego Padres after being selected in the second round of the 1996 amateur draft...Signed a letter of intent to play football at Tennessee, but decided on baseball instead...Was traded to the New York Yankees after one year and played with the Yankees single A team in Tampa last season...As a senior at Midwest City, Maxwell was one of the most sort after high school talents...Garned All-State, All-Region and All-District honors in 1995...Led Midwest City to the state title during his junior and senior campaigns and 28 straight wins...His sophomore team finished 11-3 while reaching the state semifinals...Rushed for 1,688 yards and 19 touchdowns on 197 carries as a senior...Had career games against Norman High School in his final year...Rushed for 268 yards and two touchdowns on 32 carries in the first round of the state playoffs...Also had 292 yards and five touchdowns in their first meeting that season...Also spent time at safety during his final season where he managed 38 tackles and five interceptions.
* Vernon Maxwell could not take the hard work and never showed for fall ball.
 

RECRUIT BIOGRAPHIES

Gayron Allen
LB, 5-10, 195, Orange, Texas (West Orange Stark HS)

Rated as the 12th best linebacker in the Midlands by PrepStar Magazine...Member of the Dallas Morning News Top 100 and SuperPrep Texas 100...Ranked as the 97th best player in the entire state of Texas by SuperPrep...Named the recipient of the Willie Ray Smith, Jr. Award the past two seasons...The award goes to the Southeast Texas Defensive Player of the Year...Two-time All-State selection and district MVP in 1999...Ended his senior season with 139 total tackles including 67 unassisted...Also caused two fumbles and recorded four tackles for losses...Set a school record for career tackles for a linebacker with 387...Also stood out on special teams...member of the National Honor Society with a GPA around 4.9.
 
 

Marcus Chretien
DE, 6-4, 240, Houston, Texas (Kilgore College)

Has already enrolled at OU and will participate in spring practice...A PrepStar JUCO All-American...A walk-on at Kilgore College who blossomed into one of the top junior college players in the nation...Played in 18 games during his junior college career...Finished his career with 156 tackles and 14 sacks...He had 53 tackles and nine sacks in his final season...Was a two-time all-conference pick and earned the honor of team MVP last season...Attended Dulles High School in Houston where he starred in both football and basketball...Played just one season of varsity football but was the basketball team MVP three straight years.

Mark Clayton
WR, 5-11, 170, Arlington, Texas (Arlington Sam High School)

Member of the Dallas Morning News Top 100, Rivals100.com Texas 100 and PrepStar Magazine all-Midlands Region squad...Was the second leading receiver in District 7-5A last season after catching 55 passes for 831 yards and 13 touchdowns...Earned honorable mention all-state honors and first-team all-district notice at wide receiver...Also a standout in track...Was born in Oklahoma City...Coached by Ken Ozee.

Dan Cody
TE, 6-4, 230, Ada, Okla. (Ada HS)

Selected first-team All-State by the state coaches and Tulsa World as a tight end...Member of the Daily Oklahoman's Red Chip List...Earned second-team All-State honors from the same publication...A solid athlete who saw playing time at quarterback, running back, fullback, tight end, receiver, linebacker, defensive end and free safety during his high school career...District 5A-3 Defensive Player of the Year...Had an outstanding senior campaign at both linebacker and tight end...Ranked third in Class 5A in receiving with 18 catches for 535 yards and seven touchdowns...While on defense he recorded 65 tackles and five passes broken up...Rated as the ninth best defensive lineman in the Midlands by PrepStar Magazine...Helped his squad to a 11-1 overall record and the quarterfinals of the state playoffs...Coached by Gary McBroom.

Lance Donley
TE, 6-4, 225, Weatherford, Okla. (Weatherford HS)

First-team All-State pick by the Daily Oklahoman, Tulsa World and state high school coaches association...Member of the Daily Oklahoman's Blue Chip List...Rated as the 49th best player in the Midlands by SuperPrep Magazine...Caught 21 passes last season for 480 yards and five touchdowns in just nine games...Ranked 12th in Class 4A in receiving yards and catches...Named District Receiver of the Year...Helped his squad post a 12-2 record and win the Class 4A title...A three-year starter at both tight end and defensive end...High school teammate of fellow Sooner signee Wes Sims...Member of the National Honor Society...Coached by Tom Cobble.

Howard Duncan
OL, 6-4, 300, Kansas City, Kan. (Butler County CC)

One of the top junior college offensive lineman in the nation...First-team NJCAA, Grid-Wire and PrepStar All-American after an outstanding sophomore season...Ranked 38th on the SuperPrep JUCO 100...A two-year starter at left tackle for Butler County Community College...Started 24 straight games and led Butler to an overall 23-1 record and two national championships during his career...Named Jayhawk Junior College Conference Offensive Lineman of the Year after last season...Played only two seasons of football in high school...Earned first-team all-state and all-conference honors as a senior...Moved to the U.S. in 1990 from Liberia.

Ataleo Ford
WR, 6-1, 178, Ardmore, Okla. (Ardmore HS)

A PrepStar All-American...Rated as the third best receiver in the Midlands by PrepStar and 38th best player in the Midlands by SuperPrep...Earned first-team All-State honors from the state coaches as well as the Tulsa World...Member of the Daily Oklahoman's Blue Chip List...A second-team All-State selection by the same publication...A three-year starter at wide receiver who helped Ardmore to a 10-2 overall record and the quarterfinals of the state playoffs as a senior...Ranked second in Class 5A in receiving last year with 36 catches for 590 yards and eight touchdowns...Averaged 14.6 yards a catch...Accounted for 46.8 percent (590 of 1,260) of the receiving yards for his squad...Ended his career with 110 receptions for 1,834 yards and 21 touchdowns...An outstanding track performer...A state qualifier with a time of 21.3 in the 200-meters...Coached by Keith Patterson.
 
 

Ronbrose Jones
LB, 6-2, 225, Bristow, Okla. (Bristow HS)

One of the highest recruited players in the state...Member of the Top 100 teams by Rivals100.com, First Down Publications, SuperPrep and PrepStar...Rated as the 27th best linebacker in the nation by SuperPrep and fourth best linebacker in the Midlands by PrepStar ...A first-team All-State pick by the Daily Oklahoman, Tulsa World and high school coaches association...Led his team to a 13-1 record and the state Class 3A state championship game in 1999...Played both linebacker and running back...Finished his senior season with 138 tackles, including 38 unassisted...Ranked sixth in Class 3A in tackles...Also recorded nine tackles for loss, two interceptions (both returned for touchdowns) and two passed broken up...Had a pair of blocked kicks, one for a safety...Logged 122 tackles as a junior...As a tailback he finished 15th in Class 3A in rushing last year with 900 yards and 12 touchdowns on 125 carries.

Ted Lehman
LB, 6-1, 228, Fort Gibson, Okla. (Fort Gibson HS)

A PrepStar and SuperPrep All-American...A first-team All-State pick by the Daily Oklahoman, Tulsa World and high school coaches association...Ranked as the sixth best player in the state by FirstDown Publications...Also ranked as the 40th best linebacker in the nation and fifth best in the Midlands by SuperPrep Magazine...Played linebacker and full back for Fort Gibson High School...Helped his squad post its best record ever (13-1) and advance to the Class 4A title game...Ended his senior season with 151 tackles, three interceptions, two sacks and three caused fumbles...Ranked fourth in state Class 4A in tackles...Led a Tiger defense that ranked third in Class 4A by allowing 211.8 yards a game...As a running back, he ranked third in rushing with 1,252 yards and 16 touchdowns on 206 carries...Averaged 6.1 yards a carry...Also handled the punting dues for the Tigers...Had a punting average of 39.6 which was the tops in Class 4A...Recorded more than 400 tackles and seven interceptions during his high school career...Coached by Lonnie Reid...Was the first commitment to the Sooners last summer.

Brian Odom
RB, 6-0, 195, Ada, Okla. (Ada HS)

The premiere running backs in the state...Tulsa World Player of the Year...First-team All-State selection by the Daily Oklahoman, Tulsa World and high school coaches association...Earned MVP honors of District 5A-3 as well as regional All-American honors from SuperPrep Magazine, PrepStar Magazine and FirstDown Publications...Member of the Daily Oklahoman's Blue Chip List...Had an amazing 344 carries in 12 games as a senior (28.6 avg.)...Led the entire state in rushing last season with a school record 2,490 yards and 40 touchdowns...Holds 11 school records, including career marks for rushing (5,918), scoring (98 touchdowns) and total offense (6,379)...Still the only Ada High School player to ever start as a freshman...Played free safety his first season...Comes from a football family...Brother Barry was a three-year starter at Missouri, while brother Brad was a linebacker on the 1993 National Championship team at East Central in Oklahoma.

Will Peoples
WR, 6-1, 185, Humble, Texas (Humble HS)

Member of the Dallas Morning News Top 100, SuperPrep Texas 100, Rivals100.com Texas 100 and PrepStar Magazine All-Midlands Region team...Rated as fifth best receiver in the entire state of Texas by SuperPrep...A sure-handed receiver who is a two-time first-team All-State pick...Recorded 27 catches for 498 yards and seven touchdowns as a senior...As a junior, he posted 27 receptions for 441 yards and three touchdowns.

Antonio Perkins
WR, 6-0, 178, Lawton, Okla. (Lawton HS)

A first-team All-State pick by the Daily Oklahoman, Tulsa World and high school coaches association...Member of the Daily Oklahoman's Blue Chip List...Named district and area Offensive Player of the Year after finishing fifth in state Class 6A in receiving...Ended his senior season with 44 catches for 951 yards and 16 touchdowns...Led his squad to a 23-2 record the past two seasons, including an 11-1 mark last year...Recorded over 90 receptions for his high school career...Also one of the state's best kick returners...Averaged 20.5 yards and scored three touchdowns (two in one game) on 20 punt returns...Also returned one kickoff for a touchdown...Coached by Clarence Madden.

Juan Prishker
DT, 6-3, 265, McAllen, Texas (Blinn Junior College)

Third-team J.C. Gridwire All-American...Ranked 73rd on the SuperPrep JUCO 100 list...Member of the 1999 Southwest Junior College Football Conference all-conference first-team...Also a first-team selection his freshman season...Was the only freshman named to the first-team defense...A starter in 19 games during his career at Blinn after injuring his knee in car accident during high school...Recorded 95 total tackles for his two-year career, including 46 unassisted...Also had 11 sacks and 22 tackles for loss in his 19 games...Finished fourth on the team in tackles last season as a noseguard with 45...Led the team with 14 tackles for loss and was second on the squad with five sacks...Coached by Everett Todd...Played high school football at McAllen High School...Was a three-year starter who earned all-state, all-district and all-area his final two seasons...Played in just four games his senior season because of the car accident...Prior to his injury he was averaging 9.8 yards a carry as a tailback and had already recorded 12 sacks...Has already enrolled at OU and will participate in spring practice.

Brandon Shelby
RB/CB, 5-10, 185, Kansas City, Mo. (Rockhurst HS)

An outstanding athlete who started at both running back and defensive back the last two seasons...A SuperPrep All-American...Won the 1999 Simone Award as the best player in the Greater Kansas City Area...Rated as the fifth best defensive back in the Midlands by PrepStar Magazine...Earned first-team All-State honors from the Kansas City Star as a senior after leading his squad to a 12-2 overall record...Rushed for more than 2,000 yards and 28 touchdowns as one of the top running backs in the state...With a solid reputation as a defensive back, opposing quarterbacks rarely threw his way.

Wes Sims
OL, 6-5, 310, Weatherford, Okla. (Weatherford HS)

One of the top high school offensive linemen in the nation...Member of the All-USA team as selected by USA Today...Just named to the 37th annual Parade All-American team...Has been listed on every recruiting service All-American and All-State squads for the past two years...Rated as the top offensive lineman by PrepStar Magazine...Ranked as the third best player in the state by First Down Publications and Rivals100.com...A four-year starter at Weatherford High School on the offensive line and defense line...Led his squad to the Class 4A state championship last season...Consistently graded out at 90 percent or better...Had two games where he graded out at 100 percent...Coached by Tom Cobble...Also a standout in track where he has set state records in the shot put (62 feet) and discus throw (185 feet).

Terrance Simms
CB, 6-1, 185, Belle Glades, Fla. (Hutchinson Community College)

First-team PrepStar JUCO All-American...Earned second-team All-American honors from Gridwire ...Rated as one of the top cornerbacks in the regional by several recruiting publications...1999 Jayhawk Conference Defensive Back of the Year...Finished his sophomore season with 45 total tackles, including two for loss...Also had 12 passes broken up, two interceptions and four fumble recoveries...Always played man coverage...As a freshman he had 20 tackles, four interceptions and seven passes broken up despite missing five games with an injury...Coached by David Willis...Was a high school All-American (SuperPrep) while at Glades Central High School.

Darren Stephens
DB, 6-3, 185, Lewisville, Texas (Lewisville HS)

A member of the Dallas Morning News State Top 100, SuperPrep Texas 100 and Prep Star Dream Team...Rated as the 12th best player in the state of Texas by Rivals100.com and as the 30th best player in the state of Texas by SuperPrep...A two-time first-team All-State pick...Recorded 133 tackles and 19 passes broken up during his senior season...Ended his career with 13 interceptions...Ran for more than 1,700 yards and 18 touchdowns as a senior...Named District Offensive Player of the Year...Has a 41-inch vertical leap...Track standout as well with a 6-11 in the high jump and 48 feet in the triple jump.

Cliff Takawana
OL, 6-3, 300, Ardmore, Okla. (Ardmore HS)

A first-team All-State pick by the Daily Oklahoman, Tulsa World and the high school coaches association...Rated as the 14th best offensive lineman in the Midlands by PrepStar Magazine and 55th best player in the Midlands by SuperPrep Magazine...District 5A-2 Offensive Lineman of the Year...Consistently graded out over 90 percent...Averaged seven pancakes a game...Helped his squad to a 10-2 overall record and the quarterfinals of the state playoffs last season...High school teammate of fellow Sooner signee Ataleo Ford...Coached by Keith Paterson.

Hunter Wall
QB, 6-4, 220, Coppell, Texas (Coppell HS)

Regarded as one of the top 50 players and top five quarterbacks in the state of Texas...An USA Today Texas All-American...A three-year starter at quarterback who recorded more than 2,000 yards passing in back-to-back seasons...Threw for more than 2,300 yards and 28 touchdowns last season while completing 57 percent of his passes...Also rushed for more than 550 yards and 11 touchdowns...Led Coppell High School to a 12-2 finish and its first playoff appearance since1963 last season...Earned second-team All-State honors from the Dallas Morning News...Was the MVP of District 11-4A...Threw for more than 1,300 yards and 19 TDs as a junior...Added 600 yards rushing that season...Finished his career with 5,258 passing yards and 47 touchdowns...Coached by Johnny Ringo...Also an outstanding basketball player...A McDonalds preseason All-American heading into his senior campaign...Averaged 18 points and 9.1 rebounds last year.

Jimmy Wilkerson
LB, 6-4, 230, Omaha, Texas (Paul H. Pewitt HS)

East Texas Player of the Year...Member of the Dallas Morning News Top 100, Rivals100.com Texas 100 and SuperPrep Texas 100...Rated as the 69th best player in the entire state of Texas by SuperPrep...Also one of the top high school linebackers in the Midlands according to PrepStar Magazine...A two-time All-State selection...Played numerous positions in high school...Ended his career with more than 1,209 yards passing, 1,430 yards rushing and 35 combined touchdowns...As a senior, he recorded 111 tackles and helped his squad to the Class 2A quarterfinals...Led his squad to the state championship in 1998.

Renaldo Works
RB, 6-1, 202, Tulsa, Okla. (Booker T. Washington HS)

Earned first-team All-State honors from the Tulsa World and high school coaches association...Was a third-team All-State pick by the Daily Oklahoman...Rated as the 62nd best running back in the nation by Rivals100.com and as an all-region player by PrepStar Magazine...The 16th best player in the Midlands by SuperPrep Magazine...Ran for 1,339 yards and 13 touchdowns on 121 carries in his senior season...Ranked ninth in Class 5A in rushing despite playing in only six games due to a ankle sprain suffered in the first game of the year...Once healthy, he rushed for 655 yards and nine touchdowns during a three-game stretch later in the season...Also a standout in wrestling and track.
 

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