LONG BEACH, Miss. - It's been quite some time since Oklahoma got a commitment from a player that so little was known about as Gulfport (Miss.) Harrison Central defensive back Tito Windham. The 5-foot-10, 181-pound prospect had the mystery removed when SoonerScoop.com made the trip to the Gulf Coast to see Oklahoma's first high school commitment from the Magnolia state in the Bob Stoops era.
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During Harrison Central's 30-0 win over Long Beach at the West Harrison jamboree Windham got a chance to answer a lot of questions about his game and how he might fit into Oklahoma's plans.
First, what position will he play?
This one is something of an interesting question with Windham's size clearly indicating cornerback but on the night in which he spent a half playing mostly quarterback and a bit of safety. However, in his time at safety Windham showed a good ability to react to a ball in the air and quickly stick his foot in the ground and drive toward a receiver or ball carrier. Though he isn't the biggest guy he is more than capable of coming up and making a play and shows it by his time spent at safety.
Second, how do his size and speed fit into the position.
Most saw Windham's film and saw a playmaker that could hardly be slowed by the competition but the questions were - was he as fast as he looked or was he simply out running lesser talent? Secondly, just how big is he?
Well the size is the easiest question to answer - standing next to Windham several times he isn't a monstrous cornerback to be but at right around 5-foot-10 and is physically reminiscent to recently departed Sooner three-year starter Demontre Hurst. And much like Hurst Windham's game is based on a high motor and great quickness of foot.
Windham's highlight of the game came on it's opening play when he took a snap out of the shotgun on a scripted quarterback sweep and though he certainly enjoyed quality blocking he simply had a gear no one on either sideline could match. After a few quick cuts to his right Windham was running free and had taken the plening play of the scrimmage 70-yards for a score.
Though rated currently as just a two-star prospect by Rivals.com it's not hard to see what the Sooner coaching staff liked when they offered Windham early. His quick feet, ability to explode in and out of cuts, and high level of athleticism could have him on the field much earlier than some more highly ranked prospects in the class of 2014.
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