Big 12: Eddie Lacy

Sooners recruit strong defensive class despite late misses

February, 4, 2009
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Posted by ESPN.com's Tim Griffin

Oklahoma attracted a typically solid group that was stacked with defensive playmakers.

The Sooners missed out Wednesday on three highly publicized offensive recruits who all opted to remain closer to home and play with Southeastern Conference schools.

Two of the more notable whiffs came for wide receiver prospects which would have met one of the Sooners' most notable recruiting needs.   

The biggest disappointment came when Rueben Randle of Bastrop, La., the nation's No. 1 wide receiver recruit, decided to play for LSU. Marlon Brown of Memphis, Tenn., the nation's No. 3 receiver, chose Georgia.

And Eddie Lacy, ESPNU's No. 143 ranked prospect and Scouts Inc.'s No. 17 running back,, announced on Wednesday he would attend Alabama.

The Sooners' class is strong defensively with all six of their ESPNU top 150 recruits defensive players. Included in that group were defensive tackle Jamarkus McFarland of Lufkin, Texas; safety Gabe Lynn of Jenks, Okla.; outside linebacker Ronnell Lewis of Dewar, Okla.; inside linebacker Tom Wort of New Braunfels, Texas; defensive end Justin Chaisson of Las Vegas Bishop Gorman High School and safety Kevin Brent of Dallas South Oak Cliff. 

The two most intriguing prospects are Lewis and Wort. Lewis played eight-man football at a small town in Oklahoma. And Wort, a potential special-teams standout, moved to America from England when he was 13 years old.

"We approached recruiting like we do in most years," Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops said in a prepared statement. "If a player isn't leaving this year, it's possible that he'll be gone in the next one or two so it's important to maintain depth across the board.

"The caliber of these players will allow us to continue to compete at a high level. We like their skill, their football intelligence and their character. All classes are better judged two or three years down the road, but this one certainly gives every appearance of being one that gives us a very solid group of players and individuals."

Eddie Lacy opts for Alabama over Oklahoma

February, 4, 2009
2/04/09
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Posted by ESPN.com's Tim Griffin

Elusive running back Eddie Lacy opted to stay close to home and accept a scholarship offer from Alabama, beating out a list of suitors that included Oklahoma.

Lacy, a 5-foot-11, 200-pounder from Dutchtown High School in Geismar, La., was ranked No. 143 nationally by ESPNU. He rushed for 1,046 yards and 17 touchdowns in 2008.

His strength and durability is expected to help him become a 25-carry back when he develops in college. But the presence of players like DeMarco Murray and Mossis Madu at Oklahoma in front of him might have helped steer him to stay within the SEC.

Texas still in mix for national recruiting championship

February, 2, 2009
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Posted by ESPN.com's Tim Griffin

Texas has a late chance to claim the mythical national recruiting championship or move up in the final ESPNU national rankings with a fast finish Wednesday on National Signing Day.

The Longhorns' chances will play out Wednesday and you can follow it during a nine-hour broadcast of "ESPNU Recruiting Insider: National Signing Day," which will start at 10 a.m. ET to 7 p.m.

Lowell Galindo will host the Signing Day special along with ESPN's Scouts, Inc. national recruiting director Tom Luginbill, ESPNU college football analyst Charles Arbuckle and former Auburn head coach Tommy Tuberville. David Amber will anchor another news desk at the Charlotte studios tracking news and developments from across the country with two other Scouts Inc. analysts -- Bill Conley and Craig Haubert. The show will also integrate fan comments from ESPN.com and ESPNU.com and will feature a matrix graphic that will display constant updates of school recruiting classes.

The Longhorns could jump from their current spot at third in ESPNU's current rankings behind No. 1 LSU and No. 2 USC. Texas is still in play with two of the top 60 players on the recruiting list -- No. 4 national prospect cornerback Dre Kirkpatrick of Gasden, Ala., and outside linebacker Jarvis Jones of Carver High School in Columbus, Ga., the 60th best prospect in the country.

Oklahoma currently ranks ninth in ESPNU's national rankings. No other Big 12 team is in the top 25.

Here are the current remaining recruiting battles involving Big 12 teams among the ESPNU's 150.

  • Kirkpatrick is considering Alabama, Texas, Florida, LSU and USC. He will make his announcement live on ESPNU.
  • Wide receiver Rueben Randle of Bastrop, La., is considering LSU, Alabama, Oklahoma, Auburn and Mississippi. Randle is ranked as the No. 10 prospect in the country.
  • Jones is still weighing scholarship offers from Georgia, Texas, Florida, LSU and USC.
  • Wide receiver Byron Moore Jr. of Narbonne High School of Harbor City, Calif., is still considering Colorado, Notre Dame and USC. Moore, the No. 71 prospect in the country, will make his announcement on ESPNU.
  • Wide receiver Denard Robinson of Deerfield Beach, Fla., is considering Kansas State along with Florida, Michigan, Georgia and Rutgers.
  • Running back Eddie Lacy of Dutchtown High School in Geismar, La., is considering Oklahoma among finalists including Alabama, Tennessee, LSU and Ole Miss. Lacy is the 144th ranked prospect in the country.

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