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February 3, 2004

OUFans.com Juniors of the Year

With less than 24 hours until signing day for the Class of 2004, it’s time for recruits for the Class of 2005 to step forward and take their place on recruiting fans collective conscious. With the state lacking of top prospects in this most recent class – hence Oklahoma only signing two in-state players - the Class of 2005 looks to be more impressive, especially when you throw in elite recruits like Reggie Smith and Phillip Dillard.

It might be hard to single out Smith over Dillard because both have the potential to be the state junior player of the year, so that’s what OUFans.com is going to go with. Both Smith, the amazing cornerback from Edmond Sante Fe, and Dillard, the stud linebacker from Jenks, have been named the OUFans.com Juniors of the Year.

Smith, who is 6-foot and 188 pounds, does it all for Sante Fe.

“I played mostly free safety this year," Smith said. "On offense I played some quarterback, running back and wide receiver. I think I liked playing safety the best because I like making interceptions and big hits."

And he does that quite well. Smith did impress at the Oklahoma summer camp last year and the Sooners are one of his early favorites, despite him not quite yet earning any official scholarship offers.

Dillard on the other hand, reportedly already has offers from OU, OSU, Tulsa and Texas A&M. His coach, Allan Trimble, compares him favorably to Rocky Calmus when he was coming out of high school.

“We had Rocky here at Jenks, and it’s very possible that Phillip is better now as a junior than Rocky was as a senior,” Trimble said. “It should be fun to watch him play this year. He’s a tremendous player that has solid speed, is powerful and very physical. He loves to hit.

“He led us to a state championship this year and truly we were a year ahead of schedule with that. There is not a better linebacker in our region. He was voted player of the year and all-state as a junior, which is unheard of in Oklahoma.”

Here’s an early look at several other junior prospects that will be making news in the state of Oklahoma this upcoming recruiting season. Stay tuned to profiles and updates on many of these recruits over the next couple of weeks and months here on OUFans.com.

Name   Position School
Adrian Adams DB Millwood
Zac Allen OL Edmond Memorial
Ben Barisi OL Edmond North
Joe Barisi OL Edmond North
Billy Blackard OL-DL Claremore
Russell Brorsen DL Stillwater
Terrance Brown RB Edmond North
Blake Byford QB Edmond North
Phillip Dillard LB Jenks
Devin Gillespie TB/LB OKC N.E.
Zac Golden OL Claremore
Marquis Hamilton WR Edmond North
Rod Horton ATH Edmond North
Brandon Huneryager DL-OL Owasso
Steve Ihekona RB Edmond Santa Fe
Robert Earl Johnson RB Stillwater
Felix Jones RB Booker T. Washington
Gerald Jones Ath Pawnee
Jamil Jones RB Booker T. Washington
Patrick Jones CB/ATH Edmond North
Houston Jones QB/ATH OKC N.E.
John Krenger LB Bishop McGuiness
Ray Long RB  Clinton
Joe McNeil ATH Jenks
Dane Miller WR Edmond Santa Fe
Tom Moore QB Sand Springs
Craig Puckett OL-DL Coweta
Sam Pinson LB Jenks
Da'Marrean Pullen DB Putnam City
Shannon Roberts ATH Chickasha
Phillip Schultz L McAlester
Lyndell Shelby ATH Jenks
Nick Simmons WR Claremore
Reggie Smith FS Edmond Santa Fe
Ben Waldren OL-DL Owasso
Jarrodd Whitten Ath McAlester
Doug Wilson TE Edmond Memorial
Dane Wise OL Carl Albert
George Young  TE OKC N.E.
Craig Roark OL Ada

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