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Oklahoma's commitments are closing in on their playoff runs and were led by several big performances from numerous future Sooners.

University of Oklahoma's Class of 2013 & 2014 Commitments
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DOMINIQUE ALEXANDER
>6-foot-1, 190-pounds
Tulsa (Okla.) Booker T. Washington
Primary Recruiter: Tim Kish
Oklahoma ranking: No. 4
Athlete ranking: No. 33

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Date of Commitment: Nov. 5, 2012
Others Considered: Arkansas, Kansas State
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The Skinny: Booker T. (6-5) ended their season in the first round of the playoffs.
Next Week: N/A
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AUSTIN BENNETT
>6-foot, 170-pounds
Manvel, Texas
Primary Recruiter: Jay Norvell
Texas ranking: No. 56
Wide Receiver ranking: No. 65

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Date of Commitment: June 20, 2012
Others Considered: Arkansas, WVU, TCU
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The Skinny: Bennett and his Manvel teammates fell to future teammate Keith Ford and Cy-Ranch 43-42. Though in defeat Bennett had perhaps his biggest game of the year with eight catches for 116-yards and one carry for 7-yards.
Next Week: Manvel (11-2) ended their season in the third round of the Texas 5A division two playoffs.
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HATARI BYRD
>6-foot-1, 190-pounds
Fresno (Calif.) Central East
Primary Recruiter: Mike Stoops
Rivals250 ranking: 168
California ranking: No. 20
Safety ranking: No. 14

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Date of Commitment: July 31, 2012
Others Considered: UCLA, Notre Dame, Cal
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Skinny: Byrd and Central came up just short of a section championship falling to Clovis North 27-10.
Next Week: Central East (11-3) ended their season in the Division 1 CIF Central section finals.
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MATT DIMON
>6-foot-3, 252-pounds
Katy, Texas
Primary Recruiter: Bobby Jack Wright
Texas ranking: No. 67
Defensive End ranking: No. 23

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Date of Commitment: March 13, 2012
Others Considered: Baylor
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Skinny: Dimon and the Tigers vanquished the torment of the last year after crushing LaPorte, who shockingly ended Katy's season last year, 55-10. Dimon with a sack, two tackles for loss and several more tackles led a defense that was near perfect allowing just 41-yards of total offense and forcing three turnovers against a Laporte team that was 11-1 coming in.
Next Week: Katy (13-0) is meeting Cy-Ranch in the quarterfinals of the Texas 5A division two playoffs on Sat. Dec. 8 at 1 p.m. at Rice university.
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KEITH FORD
>5-foot-11, 195-pounds
Cypress (Texas) Ranch
Primary Recruiter: Cale Gundy
Rivals250 ranking: 115
Texas ranking: No. 13
Running Back ranking: No. 8

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Date of Commitment: March 3, 2012
Others Considered: Florida State, Wisconsin, Alabama
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The Skinny: Week 15 MVPFord and his Ranch teammates pulled off the biggest win in school history upsetting mighty Manvel and future teammate Austin Bennett 43-42 thanks to two touchdowns in the final minutes including Ford's two point conversion and his game winning score with 11-seconds remaining. Against one of 5A's top teams Ford had 28-carries for 133-yards and three touchdowns (2, 9, 5) and 145-yards receiving on four catches including a 75-yard touchdown.
Next Week: Cypress Ranch (9-4) is meeting Katy in the quarterfinals of the Texas 5A division two playoffs on Sat. Dec. 8 at 1 p.m. at Rice university.
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ARMANTI FOREMAN - 2014
>5-foot-11, 175-pounds
Texas City, Texas
Primary Recruiter: Jay Norvell
Rivals250 Watch List
Texas ranking: N/A
Wide Receiver ranking: N/A

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Date of Commitment: October 1, 2012
Others Considered: N/A
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The Skinny: Texas City (9-3) ended their season in the second round of the Texas 4A division two playoffs.
Next Week: N/A
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JORDAN MASTROGIOVANNI
>6-foot-3, 225-pounds
Dallas Jesuit
Primary Recruiter: Tim Kish
Texas ranking: No. 43
Linebacker ranking: 25

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Date of Commitment: June 14, 2012
Others Considered: Texas A&M, Notre Dame
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The Skinny: Jesuit (9-3) ended their season in the second round of the Texas 5A division two playoffs.
Next Week: N/A
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DALTON RODRIGUEZ
>6-foot-6, 258-pounds
Tulsa Union
Primary Recruiter: Bruce Kittle
Oklahoma ranking: No. 6
Offensive Tackle ranking: 58
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Date of Commitment: May 5, 2012
Others Considered: Oklahoma State
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The
Skinny: Union (10-3) ended their season in the state semi-finals of the Oklahoma class 6A playoffs.
Next Week: N/A.
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JORDAN SMALLWOOD
>6-foot-2, 190-pounds
Jenks, Okla.
Primary
Recruiter: Jay Norvell
Oklahoma ranking: No. 8
Wide Receiver ranking: 80

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Date of Commitment: June 7, 2012
Others Considered: Wyoming
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The Skinny: Smallwood brought his stellar career to a close with Jenks' No. 13 state title but their first since 2007 beating Norman North in the 6A state final 55-20. On the night Smallwood managed four catches for 50-yards and two touchdowns (27, 11).
Next Week: Jenks (12-2) ended their season as the Oklahoma 6A state champions.
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STANVON TAYLOR
>5-foot-11, 165-pounds
Tulsa East Central
Primary Recruiter: Jackie Shipp
Oklahoma ranking: No. 2
Cornerback ranking: No. 8
Rivals250 ranking: No. 161
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Date of Commitment: May 4, 2012
Others Considered: Arkansas and Kansas State
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The Skinny: Taylor and the Cardinals led for much of the game but came up short of Carl Albert in the fourth quarter falling 24-8. On the night the Sooner commit had six catches for 71-yards and also threw three passes, two for 68-yards and one two-point conversion.
Next Week: East Central (9-5) ended their season in the finals of the Oklahoma 5A playoffs.
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AHMAD THOMAS
>6-foot-1, 199-pounds
Miami (Fla.) Central
Primary Recruiter: Mike Stoops
Florida ranking: No. 70
Safety ranking: 36
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Date of Commitment: May 23, 2012
Others Considered: Missouri, Arkansas

The Skinny: Thomas and his Central defense lowered their playoff poitns allowed to 5.3 per game dominating Palm Bay 38-2.
Next Week: Central (10-2) is meeting Naples in the semifinals of the Florida 6A playoffs.
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CODY THOMAS
>6-5, 220-pounds
Colleyville (Texas) Heritage
Primary Recruiter: Josh Heupel
Texas ranking: No. 26
Quarterback ranking: No. 11
Rivals250 ranking: No. 209
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Date of Commitment: May 17, 2012
Others Considered: Arkansas, Oklahoma State, TCU
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The
Skinny: Heritage (10-2) ended their season in the second round of the Texas 5A division two playoffs.
Next Week: N/A.
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DEVON THOMAS - 2014
>5-foot-11, 190-pounds
Broken Arrow, Okla.
Primary Recruiter: Cale Gundy
Rivals250 Watch List
Oklahoma ranking: N/A
Running Back ranking: N/A

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Date of Commitment: November 18, 2012
Others Considered: OSU, LSU, Ark., Clem.
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The Skinny: Broken Arrow (8-4) ended their season in the second round of the playoffs.
Next Week: N/A.
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D.J. WARD
>6-foot-3, 245-pounds
Moore (Okla.) Southmoore
Primary Recruiter: Bobby Jack Wright
Oklahoma ranking: No. 1
Defensive End ranking: No. 6
Rivals250 ranking: No. 132
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Date of Commitment: April 14, 2012
Others Considered: Oklahoma State, Texas A&M
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Skinny: Ward's hardship waiver to play at Southmoore has been denied by the OSSAA and as such he will not play in the 2012 season.
Next Week: N/A.
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