April 6, 2009

Sooner Commits, Prospects Dominate NIKE

FORT WORTH, Texas - The TCU NIKE camp always features players who were slightly talked about before their arrival who after a big showing become well known recruits. In many of those cases, with players like Marcus Trice, Pryce Macon, and Josh Aladenoye among several others who went from relatively unknown to Sooner signees.

On Sunday next to TCU's Amon Carter stadium it wasn't so hard to find future Sooners. That's because three commitments showed up at the camp for any variety of reasons.

While Dallas Skyline receiver Joe Powell attended with his teammates, and the chance to get the NIKE workout shirt, it seems that Tyrus Thompson and Eddrick Loften simply wanted a chance to compete.

But regardless of the reason the trio couldn't help but attract attention.

"Early commitments have a tendency to sit out the camp circuit so it was great to see three big-time Oklahoma commits competing at TCU and mixing it up," Rivals.com recruiting analyst Barton Simmons. "All three have to be considered among the best in their position groups and some of the top performers at the camp.

"Loften just has a springy athleticism to him that comes out in coverage. But even on air, you can tell he has a headhunter's mentality.

"Joe Powell was one of the most productive receivers at the camp. He didn't have any drops, showed really good quickness and looks like he is going to be a dangerous player in space.

"Of the three Thompson may have the most upside. He has length a great frame and his feet are terrific. During agility drills and positional work, Thompson just looks like he is on a different level athletically."

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