Midlands: Major Players Commit

Josh Turner

Over the past 10 days some major things have happened in the Midlands as the dominos have started to fall and major prospects have issued their commitments. What schools have been the hottest?


Bob Stoops and the Oklahoma Sooners signed the top player in the Sooner State in seven consecutive years during his coaching tenure in Norman, but now for the second signing class in a row Mack Brown has been able to flex his recruiting muscle by offering and subsequently gaining a commitment from the states top prospect. Last year they inked versatile athlete Demarco Cobbs and this year they have snagged a verbal pledge from OC Millwood corner Josh Turner, who is thought of as one of the best pure lockdown cover corners in the country.

The Horns did not stop there as they have also regained a commitment from San Antonio defensive tackle Quincy Russell, whose commitment has already stuck a lot longer than it did the first time around, when he remained pledged for less than 24 hours. Russell is also one of the top players in the state and is a member of the Scout.com Top 100.

That would leave running backs Malcolm Brown and Aaron Green as the top two targets on the Longhorn board. A pledge from Brown would likely help land Texas near the top of the recruiting rankings and a pledge from both would likely be the cherry on the top of the proverbial recruiting sundae.


With everyone expecting top Kansas signal caller Bubba Starling to issue a commitment to Notre Dame it was Huskers who were able to convince the talented dual-sport athlete that the Lincoln served his best interest if he does indeed decided to forego a possible future in MLB. He would be able to receive the chance to play both sports after arriving on campus there and would be a valuable asset for the university no matter what sport wins out in the end. Who knows maybe he even gets drafted and comes back in to Husker fold years down the line, ala Chris Weinke (Florida State).

Bo Pelini was also able to keep a tight grip on the home-state by locking down a verbal from fast rising lineman Zach Sterup, who is a lineman of mammoth proportions at 6-foot-9, 265 pounds. Sterup was one of the quickest risers up the recruiting rankings lists after racing up double digit offers during the spring evaluation period.


The Sooners may have lost a player in Josh Turner, but they were able to keep a tight grip on the state of Kansas with a commitment from Circle High's Jordan Phillips. Phillips is a feel good story, as there are not many colleges coming through Circle High in recent years mining for D1 talent, but the monster defensive tackle is the real deal. He shows tremendous athleticism on film, and backed the film up with strong camp showings at Oklahoma, Kansas State, and Kansas. He is a legit Top 100 contender.

Other Midlands Commits

LB Derek David, Texas Tech – The Red Raiders may have secured a commit from the top player in the state for the Class of 2012.

OT Bryan Peters, Kansas – Big, strong offensive lineman that quickly pulled the trigger after other OL offers started going out.

LB Nico Ornelas, Oklahoma State – Ornelas could really develop in to a strong player with some development.

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