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June 9, 2009
Rivals100 Stars Ready for Norman
Each and every year it seems that more and more talent arrives in Norman for Oklahoma's annual summer camp in early June. This year's camp, which starts today, has all the signs of continuing the improvement with players from not only the Big 12 region but across the country showing up to both sessions-Tuesday-Thursday and Friday-Saturday.
The camps are an important tool for evaluations with last year's camp yielding future Sooner signings like Drew Allen, Marshall Musil, Tyler Evans, and Josh Aladenoye as well as 2011 commitments Blake Bell and Eddrick Loften.
As such SoonerScoop.com will take a look at each position group and who is potentially going to be in Norman as well as those who have already confirmed their presence during the week.
Of course, as with any camp, there will be late additions and late cancellations so stick with SoonerScoop.com for all the latest from camp.
HEADLINER: Blake Bell - 2010 Wichita Bishop Carroll - Oklahoma Commitment
Of course having your quarterback commitment on campus, especially one as highly regarded as Bell, is going to be the most noteworthy moment of Josh Heupel's week but it will also be a big chance for Bell to eliminate some of the doubts about him after a few lackluster camp performances.
It will be Bell's second year at camp and much like last year when the Sooners hosted him as well as Connor Wood, the group of talented signal callers should have a distinctly junior feel.
2011 prospects like Kevonte Richardson of Oklahoma City Millwood[/db], who already holds several offers, is joined by Denton (Texas) Guyer's J.W. Walsh and Kerrville (Texas) Tivy standout Johnny Manziel as strong possibilities to be on campus in the summer before their junior seasons.
Richardson is among Oklahoma's top prospects while Walsh and Manziel are well regarded in the Lone Star State.
One player who is coming in with high hopes is Sallisaw, Okla. senior-to-be Matt Oberste who figures to shine once the coaches have a chance to watch him a bit more closely and appreciate his ability and understanding at the position.
HEADLINER: Aaron Green - 2011 San Antonio Madison
Green hasn't been entirely confirmed but it has been rumored that he will be in Norman for the camp to spend some time around Sooner running backs coach Cale Gundy. An early favorite for five-star status in 2011 Green would be an important visitor for Oklahoma at this early juncture in his recruiting.
There may not be a position with such a wide array of talent arriving than at running back in which Gundy also figures to host Kendrun Malcome of Decatur (Ga.) Southwest Dekalb as well as Denison, Texas four-star D.J. Jones. Both are powerful backs who could figure as real compliments to recent Rivals100 commitment Brennan Clay.
The most noteworthy 2011 prospect aside from Green is Oklahoma City Millwood's Emilio Gatewood who has made a name for himself as a defensive back on Rivals.com but also was quite impressive as a running back for the Falcons last season. Though he may look small next to the likes of Malcome and Jones few backs can match Gatewood's footwork.
HEADLINER: Darius White - 2010 Fort Worth Dunbar
White is the leader of a star-studded group of receivers who could be, and in several cases will be, in Norman. The nation's No. 3 player is going to headline almost any camp he attends and Oklahoma figures to be no different. He'll be attending with his two teammates, including fellow receiver Dominique Sanders, after checking out Austin last weekend. This could be a very big turn of events for the Sooners.
Scary enough another Rivals100 wide receiver is likely to show up in Norman if Justin McCay can make the trip like he plans to. The Shawnee (Kan.) Bishop Miege receiver is friends with Blake Bell and the time to catch some passes from him would likely do wonders for the Sooners recruiting effort.
And the Rivals100 receivers just seem to keep rolling with Oklahoma's No. 1 prospect, Demarco Cobbs of Tulsa Central, planning a trip to Norman for a one-day camp at some point this week. That Cobbs is coming down for a camp that he frankly didn't have to go to is a reason for optimism in regards to the 6-foot-2, 195-pound pass-catcher.
White and Sanders won't be the only wide receiver teammates to be on campus as Oklahoma expects to play host to Quincy Aldridge and Trey Metoyer a pair of 2011 receivers from Whitehouse, Texas who are already considered among East Texas' best juniors.
It tells you what an impressive group of receivers are on campus that the reality of two commitments, Sheldon McClain and Joe Powell are just now being mentioned. The two future Sooners will also have a chance to work with Bell and even during skel drills it figures that Powell will let Bell know just how open he is.
Perhaps the most intriguing prospect coming to camp is Moore (Okla.) Southmoore speed-merchant Julian Wilson who will be at both one-day camps, spending one day at receiver and the other at defensive back. Should he perform well, particularly at defensive back, an offer isn't impossible to think about.
HEADLINER: Brian Vogler - 2010 Columbus (Ga.) Brookstone School
While the list of tight ends isn't a long one Vogler is a player the Sooner coaches undoubtedly hope to make an impression upon. And for a player to come from Alabama during his summer it would seem the Sooners have a chance to show off a depth chart that is ripe for taking for a tight end.
He will be joined by Wylie, Texas standout Noah Cheshier who has quietly emerged as one of the better tight end prospects in Texas.
HEADLINER: Tyrus Thompson - 2010 Pflugerville, Texas - Oklahoma Commitment
The group of offensive linemen will be dominated by Sooner commitments with Thompson leading fellow future Sooners Bronson Irwin and Adam Shead. The key of any offensive line is the ability to build cohesion and the chance for the future tackle and two physical guards to get to know each other is something that should excite Bell.
Irwin's good friend Mason Myers of Moore (Okla.) Southmoore will also be in attendance and hopes to earn a Sooner offer.
Another player that would love to have a longer look at the Sooners is Memphis (Tenn.) Manassas offensive center O.C. Brown. The 6-foot-2, 312-pound blocker will be one of the few listed three-day campers and hopes to impressive James Patton enough to grab an Oklahoma offer.
Other players to keep an eye on include Tahlequah (Okla.) Sequoyah two-way lineman Chris Littlehead, Corinth (Texas) Lake Dallas offensive tackle Daryl Williams, and Prague, Okla. star Denton Simek who already holds numerous offers from across the Big 12.
HEADLINER: Chuka Ndulue - 2010 Dallas Jesuit - Oklahoma Commitment
It seems the defensive line group may not be as strong as years past but the lack of information about the 6-foot-3, 240-pound Ndulue makes him especially intriguing. A chance to watch his pass-rushing skill in the always highly-competitive offensive line-defensive line battles will be one of the most intriguing aspects of the entire camp.
While Littlehead may also work along the defensive line two players who will be in Norman and are worth watching are fast-rising Edmond (Okla.) Memorial 2011 defensive tackle Connor Myers and 2010 Irving (Texas) Nimitz defensive tackle Damon Williams.
Williams, of course, is the teammate of Sooner commitment Eddrick Loften, and hopes to pick up an offer from the Sooners.
HEADLINER: Jarrett Lake - 2010 Jenks, Okla.
The linebacker group is a crew that seems ripe for some surprising arrivals as the list as of now looks a bit shallow as far as number of division one guys.
Lake is a rangy athlete that people think has scary potential but the question of what position he projects to is the one that lingers for Lake. If he can prove he has the potential to play Oklahoma's 'SAM' linebacker he could sneak up and grab an offer.
A potential arrival is one of Texas' best for the class of 2011 in Anthony Wallace of Dallas Skyline. The big-rugged linebacker has picked up a ton of attention so far and has mentioned camping at Oklahoma, time will tell if he actually arrives but if he does expect a lot of attention from Brent Venables to come his way.
HEADLINER: Josh Turner - 2011 Oklahoma City Millwood
Turner is the heavy favorite for Oklahoma's top prospect in the class of 2011 and will be joined by several other in-state standouts who are hoping to pick up the offer he already holds.
Those 2010 prospects are Xavier Smith of Edmond North and Mike Thompson of Bartlesville, Okla. Smith has already camped at both Missouri and Texas A&M and made quite an impression. Thompson has flown much farther under the radar but his tremendous athletic ability; including a vertical that has been camp-tested at over 40-inches, makes him a player worth paying attention to.
Both Julian Wilson and Emilio Gatewood figure to spend some time at the position as well and could be joined by Fort Worth Poly athlete Duran Hollis who is about an even bet to arrive in Norman this week.