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Sooners Get "Tough, Hard-Nosed" Player
Missouri's Donald Stephenson is the odds on favorite to win the right tackle job. Tyler Evans is penciled in as a starter at right guard. H-back Trey Millard is in the talk to get some playing time on offense and on special teams. So there is definitely a ‘Show Me State' presence on the Sooner roster and the coaching staff has had some success of going in to the state evaluating and securing talent. Rockhurst High's Dan Tapko is slated to be the next player in line from the state to sign with OU after he issued a non-binding verbal commitment. "Yeah, I did today," Tapko confirmed via text message in regards to his commitment status to the Sooners. Tapko, a 6-foot-5, 235-pound tight end is considered as one of the best players in the state according to the authority on Missouri Prep football, J.P. Rock. "He is three-year varsity guy," Rock began as he explained what type of skills Tapko will be bringing to Norman. "He is a big kid at about 6'5, 230-235 (pounds). He is two-way starter in high school and plays defensive end and tight end." While his plays both ways in high school it appears his future is on the offensive side of the ball in college. "His future is as a tight end. He has great hands and great concentration. He gets up the field and runs good routes. He is not real fast, but he is a tough raw-boned kid that will go and make the tough catch and take the hit." When providing an example of a player to compare Tapko to - Rock hit us with a blast from the past. Tapko resembles Mark Bavaro "He is definitely a throwback," Rock started. "He reminds me of a Mark Bavaro or one of those guys who can block and catch. He is tough to be brought down by a defensive back one-on-one. He is a really good player tough, hard-nosed player – a top five kid in Missouri." The Sooners had a gritty player in Brody Eldridge who always grabbed rave reviews from the coaching staff and Millard seems to also exhibit a sort of nasty disposition, but while Tapko is nasty Rock thinks he brings some more refined offensive skills to the table. "He is actually probably more skilled than those guys catching the ball. He is not a guy to be converted to an o-lineman. He is a true tight end who runs good routes and gets down the field. He has really good hands and he can make a catch. He was probably Rockhurst's best receiver."
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