Monday, March 30, 2009

Southwestern Oklahoma - 2009 Recruiting Class

Need help:
Offensive Line - Lost 3 starters, including Jerrod Hunt (1st LSC North), Jazz Kennerson and Jacob Ciesynski. Return starters Jordan Pettitt and Jake Olivarez as well as Kyle Rich and Stephen Speer who started a handful of games as freshmen.

Defensive Line - Lost Justin Cannon (2nd LSC North), Greg Franklin (2nd LSC North in 2007 as LB), James Vei, and Isacc Mason. Return Cory Summers (2nd LSC North in 2006) and Tim Stephenson

Linebackers - Lost Ruzell McCoy (1st LSC North 2007 & 2008, Co-Linebacker of the year 2008) and starter Evan Jarret. Return Jaron Burgess (1st LSC North) Curry Read, and Fred Leak.

Defensive Backs - Lost Demarcus Render (2nd LSC North), Brandon Wicks, and Pat Weaver. Return Jeff Lemon (HM LSC North), Carlos Bates, and Sam Nwafor. Iziah Perry's playing time increased as the season progressed and should have a much bigger role this year.

Need depth:
Wide Receivers - lost Kyle Wimberly (1st LSC North) and Brandon Dixon, but return Joe Sawyer (1st LSC North), Johnathan Haggerty and Erik Sykes.

Good Quality/Depth:
Quarterback - not only does Steve Day (HM LSC North) return for his senior season, several will be competing for the primary backup job.

Running Back - Luke Lundy (1st LSC North, LSC North Frosh of year) and Ovie Esalomi return, as well as several youngsters, most notably Quin Collins. Collins was red-shirted last year, but could be a key player this year.

In a reverse of recent seasons, the Bulldogs signed 23 high school recruits (no announced transfers), almost entirely from Oklahoma. Two who could make an impact this fall are QB Ryan John and DL Deonte Logan. Ryan John led Oklahoma Class 5A high schools in passing, throwing for 3,017 yards and 27 TDs and could get some game experience as Steve Day's backup. Logan is a two-time state champion power lifter and was selected to participate in the Oklahoma All-Star game. QB Houston Johnson and WR Corbin Dickerson are two others who were listed on several recruiting watch lists.

LSC Ranking 12

Overall Grade: C-
The Bulldogs lost a lot defensively and on the offensive line. With no transfers announced, they are relying on returning players and might have to play some youngsters before they are ready. This may work to their benefit in the long run, but could make for a long 2009 season.

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