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June 15, 2010
Preseason State Rankings:
If the past NFL Draft proved anything, it showed that there is plenty of talent coming out of Oklahoma. With No. 1 pick Sam Bradford leading the way and Gerald McCoy and Jermaine Gresham also first-round picks, it showed once again the state has plenty of talent for recruiters to target.
And that's why more and more people are paying attention to the state rankings, including the newly released Rivals.com Oklahoma Top 20. Headlined by Rivals100 cornerback Josh Turner of Oklahoma City Millwood, the ranking is loaded with talent from top to bottom. The top four players in the state - Turner, athlete Dominique Petties, offensive lineman Dylan Dismuke and quarterback Kendal Thompson - are all ranked as four-star prospects.
But Turner is the one that everybody is after in Oklahoma.
The 6-foot, 175-pounder cornerback ranks as the nation's second-best and No. 55 player overall. He has offers from all over the country, but lists his top group of schools as Miami, Nebraska, Oklahoma and Texas. His coaches rave about Turner's ability both on and off the field.
"He's a near straight A student," Millwood assistant coach Kevin Cox said. "He's taken all of this recruiting stuff in stride. I've never seen a kid take on stuff like this. He's not acting like it's that big of a deal. He's something else. He's special and is only going to get better and better as he gets older. He's going to be a real asset to somebody's program."
Petties, an athlete that could project at linebacker, ranks as the No. 176 player in the nation. He has offers from Arizona, Missouri, Oklahoma, Texas Tech and Tulsa. He has a high motor and is always around the ball on the defensive side and has plenty of offensive firepower when he's got the ball in his hands.
Dismuke, a recent Oklahoma commitment, ranks as the nation's No.18 offensive tackle and No. 191 player overall. He turned down offers from Arizona, Arkansas, Kansas, Ole Miss, Missouri, Oklahoma State, Oregon State, Texas Tech and Tulsa to follow his life-long dream of playing for the Sooners.
Thompson, the nation's No. 12 dual-threat quarterback, is another life-long Sooner and committed to OU early in the process. He still is refining his passing game and has made consistent strides in that area, but the one area that he really can be a gamebreaker is with the ball in his hands in running situations.
"Has a legitimate chance at being an elusive dual-threat quarterback," Rivals.com analyst Barry Every said. "If that does not pan out, he is athletic enough and big enough to play either safety or receiver. Either way, he should have success at the next level."
What also makes the 2011 class in Oklahoma strong is its depth. Behind the top four players is a solid group of prospects all heavily recruited by both national and regional teams.
College coaches are really high on the No. 5 player Jamelle Naff, a guard from Del City, Okla., and even sleepers like Lawton receiver Tyrequek Zimmerman at No. 9 have a ton of upside. Then quality players can be found lower in the rankings with Tonkawa linebacker Jake Love, who is heading to Kansas, and Tyler Lockett, a receiver heading to K-State.
Rivals.com unveils the preseason rankings for five states in addition to Oklahoma on Tuesday. Cornerback Vance Roberts (District of Columbia), offensive tackle Tommy Jordan (Connecticut), offensive guard Paulay Asiata (Hawaii), tight end Brian Miller (Massachusetts) and athlete Nickalos Brassell (Mississippi) hold down the preseason top spots in their respective states.
Rivals.com will continue with the preseason state ranking releases on Wednesday with Texas, Delaware, Indiana, Arizona and Kansas.
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