Wednesday, November 4, 2009
Big 12 recruiting notes: Sooners add two commits
By ESPN.com staff
Posted by ESPN.com's Tim Griffin
I'm officially feeling old this morning.
Scouts Inc.'s Tom Luginbill informs us that Charles Thompson's son has committed to the Sooners.
Doesn't it seem like yesterday when his dad was playing for Barry Switzer and the Sooners?
But I digress. Here are some Big 12 recruiting tidbits provided by Luginbill.
QB Kendal Thompson
Class of 2011 ESPNU 150 Watch List quarterback Kendal Thompson (Moore, Okla./Southmoore) gave his pledge to coach Bob Stoops Monday, ESPN affiliate Web site OUInsider.com reports. He is the son of former Oklahoma quarterback Charles Thompson.
"It is a great feeling because being a little kid growing up here, I was probably the biggest OU fan. Now, I get a chance to wear it on the field and maybe be the starting quarterback some day," said Thompson.
This fall, he's thrown 23 touchdowns and only five interceptions, while leading his team to a 9-1 record and No. 4 ranking in Oklahoma's highest class.
Thompson, who hopes to graduate early, joins teammates Austin Haywood and Julian Wilson, who will be a part of OU's 2010 class.
TE Austin Haywood
Scouts Grade: 40
Haywood told ESPN affiliate Web site OU Insider, "I have always dreamed of playing at OU, and now I am finally going to be a Sooner."
Haywood also claims scholarship offers from Oklahoma State, Kansas, Arizona, Baylor and Colorado State.
Through eight games, Haywood has accounted for an impressive 16 touchdowns - 10 receiving, five rushing and one passing. He has caught 26 passes for 411 yards and rushed for 55 yards on 16 carries. Defensively, he has recorded four sacks and two interceptions.
Additionally, his high school teammates, 2011 ESPNU 150 Watch List quarterback Kendal Thompson and 2010 athlete Julian Wilson, have also committed to Oklahoma.
DE Kony Ealy
New Madrid, MO
New Madrid County Cent H.S.
Scouts Grade: 40
Productive 6-foot-4, 230-pound defensive end Kony Ealy of New Madrid County School (New Madrid, Mo.), has accepted a Class of 2010 offer from Missouri.
Ealy also has offers from Arkansas, Georgia Tech, Illinois, Mississippi, Nebraska, Memphis and Arkansas State.
"He's done. He's finished," Ealy's coach, Arlen Pixley told the Columbia Daily Tribune. "I've been on the horn talking to coaches, telling them, 'Thanks but no thanks.'"
The Tigers have 15 pledges.
WR O.J. Ross
Daytona Beach, FL
Scouts Grade: 80
Position Rank: 32
Mainland (Daytona Beach, Fla.) pass-catcher O.J. Ross has committed to the Boilermakers of the Big Ten for the Class of 2010.
The 5-foot-10, 175-pound receiver also considered North Carolina, South Carolina, West Virginia, Kentucky, and Rutgers. Among many others were Texas Tech, Cincinnati, Syracuse, Michigan, Arkansas and Nebraska.
Two Mainland teammates, cornerback Ricardo Allen and receiver Chevin Davis, have also picked Purdue. The Boilermakers have seven commitments from Florida.
Luginbill reports: "Danny Hope continues to add more speed and athleticism to this class and upgrade Purdue's team speed with the addition of O.J. Ross. So much so that Ross should play as a true freshman. Hope obviously knows that moving his recruiting efforts further south will enhance his chances of competing for a Big Ten championship."
As a junior, Ross caught 34 passes for 693 yards (20.4 average) and 10 touchdowns.
The Boilermakers now have 18 pledges.
WR Chevin Davis
Daytona Beach, FL
Scouts Grade: 76
Position Rank: 118
Boilermakers gain Daytona Beach WR Chevin Davis, two teammates
Wideout Chevin Davis of Mainland (Daytona Beach, Fla.) has accepted a Class of 2010 offer from Purdue over Mississippi.
The 6-foot, 180-pound prospect also had offers from Illinois, Nebraska, Michigan State, Cincinnati, Iowa State and Louisville.
Two Mainland teammates, receiver O.J. Ross and defensive back Ricardo Allen, have also picked Purdue.