Midland Recruiting Notebook
Alonzo Whaley is a Cornhusker
Alonzo Whaley is a Cornhusker
Posted Jan 23, 2008

It is a busy time on the recruiting trail as schools are trying to close out their classes as the countdown to signing day has literally begun. Over the last week there has been a lot of news as far as visits and commits are concerned.


The Oklahoma Sooners balanced the news that thy were going to be losing Curtis Lofton and Reggie Smith to the NFL draft by switching gears and re-concentrating in a couple of junior college prospects.

After a great official visit weekend safety David Sims, a 5-foot-11, 205-pound safety from Butte Community College made the decision to play his ball in Norman over offers from Ole Miss, Washington State, San Jose State, San Diego State and Purdue.

A four-star prospect with 4.38 speed, Sims racked up 73 tackles, three interceptions, six pass break-ups and four fumble recoveries for the Roadrunners. He played running back in his first season at Butte.

Although he did give a verbal commitment to sign with Oklahoma it looks like Sims will be taking a look around at some other programs before actually signing his name on the dotted line.

"I committed to Oklahoma while I was there," Sims told JCFootball.com on Monday. "I'm still going to take my trip to West Virginia this coming weekend and I might take a visit to either Florida State or Purdue, but I'm not sure on that one right now.

The Sooners went for two when they pulled down their second junior college commitment of the weekend when Mike Balogun, a 6-foot-3, 25-pound linebacker who just finished up his sophomore season at Lackawanna Junior College in Pennsylvania.

Keep Your Eye On: Lamar Harris

Harris, a 6-foot-0, 170-pound athlete from Gilmer, Texas has long been committed to Texas A&M, but is scheduled to be in Oklahoma this weekend for an official visit. The Sooners have long been considered as a strong possibility to get him to make a change, as they already have a commitment from his close friend and Buckeye teammate Justin Johnson.


It is good news any time you can land a commitment away from your most bitter rival, and that was indeed the case when the Cowboys landed Victor Johnson away from the Sooners.

Johnson was basically still taking calls from recruiting writers about how his official trip to Norman went last weekend when he made up his mind to get it over with and announce his intentions to become a member of the Oklahoma State family.

“Yes, I committed to Oklahoma State tonight," Johnson informed GoPoes.com about his reasoning behind his decision. "I just know they are a good team on the way up, and they are a good family and I want to be a part of that."

In his career at Waco High Johnson compiled over 275 tackles in three seasons.

Keep Your Eye On: Kye Staley

Staley made a commitment to sign with Oklahoma State during a press conference at his school, but he is now taking a hard look at Arkansas, who is hosting him on an official visit this weekend.


Over the past week the Huskers have pulled down commitments from Texans Alonzo Whaley and Eddie Brown. Nebraska’s 2008 recruiting class seemed to be in real peril after a number of high profile defections, but newly appointed head coach Bo Pelini and his staff have left no stone uncovered in their search for talent to round out the class.

Whaley, a 6-foot-1, 210-pound linebacker from Madisonville High in Texas wanted to commit to Nebraska before he even set foot on campus for an official visit, but he was able to curb his enthusiasm until he saw the campus with his own two eyes.

“I already had it in my mind that I would, but you know, you have to see everything for yourself. But I have now and this is where I want to be,” Whaley informed. “I’m just glad everything is how I thought it would be here. I knew it would be, but feeling it and seeing it – I just feel a lot better about the situation.”

As a senior, Whaley totaled 162 total tackles, along with eight forced fumbles, five fumbles recovered and an interception.

Brown, a 6-foot-2, 265-pound defensive tackle from Waller High in Texas selected the Cornhuskers over offers from SMU and Baylor.

“Yeah, I committed,” Brown said “I liked the place and they obviously need defensive linemen right now.”

Keep a watch on Texas A&M in the race to sign Brown’s signature, as he is a lifelong fan. If the Aggies step up with a late offer we could definitely see a last second switch.

As a senior, Brown reports he had over 100 tackles and eight sacks.

Keep Your Eye On: Brodrick Smith

Nebraska is turning up the heat on wide receiver recruits and Smith, a 6-foot-3, 200-pounder from Kansas has already been in for a visit. The Huskers made a big impact on him on the visit and have put themselves near the top of his list.

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