January 9, 2013

Strong Sooner All-American Performances

Though Oklahoma may not have had their usual annual presence in All-American games around the country it's a relative thing as there were numerous future Sooners and Oklahoma targets that were taking part in the Under Armour and Semper Fi All-American games.

With that in mind SoonerScoop.com caught up with experts who were on hand at both events to get their impressions on the talent of each player of interest to Sooner fans.

Notably was Oklahoma's most highly ranked-recruit, 5-foot-11, 195-pound running back Keith Ford, who gave Under Armour's Team Nitro their biggest play of the game on a 63-yard kickoff return. It was far from his only impressive moment while drawing strong reviews throughout the week, an assessment maintained by Rivals.com's Florida analyst Kynon Codrington.

"I watched Team Nitro a bunch. Ford showed a nice burst and vision throughout the week in practice. He was bigger than I thought and his speed surprised me a little," Codrington said of the nation's No. 10 running back.

"On Friday night he provided the game's most exciting play, a 63-yard kickoff return. He had one man to beat but got caught from behind by Rivals100 linebacker Alex Anzalone after blowing past the kicker.

"Other than that he didn't get on track in the running game. It was tough for any running back to find space. I think he will bring balance to the offense when he arrives in Norman."

As Ford is Oklahoma's most highly rated commitment, Laquon Treadwell is the Sooners most highly ranked target as the nation's No. 1 wide receiver and No. 10 overall player. And it seems that according to Codrington's time watching team Nitro he lived up to expectation.

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