Thursday, June 9, 2011
ESPNU 150: Looking back and forward
By David Ubben
Yesterday, we offered a first look at the ESPNU 150 for 2012, but fans will have to wait eight months to see those players officially become future players, and over a year before any of them take the field.
But the wait will only be a couple of more months for the top recruits in the 2011 class. We took a brief look at this group on signing day to cap our review of the ESPNU 150's history, but a few have made headlines even since signing.
Since you won't have to wait long to see these guys, here's where each sits as they begin summer workouts at their respective campuses:
Texas (Seven signees)
Oklahoma (six signees)
- No. 7: Malcolm Brown, RB, Texas -- The incessant hype has increased the intrigue for Brown, but we'll see what kind of impact he can make when he joins the Longhorns this fall.
- No. 21: Quandre Diggs, CB, Texas -- Diggs, the younger brother of NFL corner Quentin Jammer, made a big impact this spring with his instincts, and it wouldn't surprise anyone if he opened 2011 as a starter.
- No. 31: Desmond Jackson, DT, Texas -- The Longhorns are well stocked on the defensive line, but Jackson joins the team this fall.
- No. 55: Steve Edmond, LB, Texas -- Edmond will have a chance to learn from two good ones this year: Keenan Robinson and Emmanuel Acho, both leaders on Texas' team.
- No. 87: Josh Turner, ATH, Texas -- One of the top players in Oklahoma, Turner kept his future position coach, Duane Akina, who came back to Texas after taking a job at Arizona this offseason.
- No. 93: Sedrick Flowers, OG, Texas -- Flowers, meanwhile, will have a new coach in Stacy Searels when he arrives to campus. The Longhorns' coaching shake-up cost them just one commit, OT Christian Westerman, an Arizona native who signed with Auburn.
- No. 133: Leroy Scott, CB, Texas -- Like Turner, Scott will try to become the next great at Texas, where Akina has turned the program into DBU.
Oklahoma State (one signee)
- No. 35: Brandon Williams, RB, Oklahoma -- Williams was the nation's No. 5 running back, and turned heads after he enrolled early this spring. He's already a likely contributor in the Sooners' rotation, alongside Roy Finch and Brennan Clay.
- No. 51: Trey Metoyer, WR, Oklahoma -- Metoyer hasn't officially qualified yet, but could add more depth to Oklahoma's receiving corps, among the best in the nation.
- No. 64: Danzel Williams, ATH, Oklahoma -- Williams is expected to play running back when he starts camp this fall.
- No. 101: Nathan Hughes, DE, Oklahoma
- No. 103: Jordan Wade, DT, Oklahoma
- No. 119: Jordan Phillips, DT, Oklahoma -- Hughes, Wade and Phillips should give Oklahoma some solid depth on the defensive line in the future.
- No. 124: Herschel Sims, RB, Oklahoma State -- Sims was the Cowboys' lone ESPNU 150 signee, but he'll join a crowded backfield behind Jeremy Smith and Joseph Randle when he arrives this fall.