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Oklahoma's class of 2013 is hitting it's stride as we hit the mid-season and week five was no different with several big performances from numerous future Sooners.

University of Oklahoma's Class of 2013
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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 had a quiet night coming off an ankle injury the previous week but his Mavericks crushed rival Alvin 52-21.
Next Week: Manvel (4-1) is hosting Pasadena Dobie.
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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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The
Skinny: Another huge week another huge performance for Byrd and the Grizzlies in a 50-22 win over Clovis Buchanan.
Next Week: Central East (6-0) is hosting Clovis.
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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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The
Skinny: Dimon and the Tigers just keep rolling this time crushing Mayde Creek 70-7.
Next Week: Katy (5-0) is hosting Katy Taylor.
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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 6 MVPIn a crucial district match-up Ford turned in 25-carries for 250 yards and four touchdowns.
Next Week: Cypress Ranch (3-2) is hosting Cypress-Lakes.
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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: Mastrogiovanni and Jesuit got back on the winning track knocking off Richardson Berkner 52-7. On the night Mastrogiovanni had numerous tackles and a sack that was negated by a penalty.
Next Week: Jesuit (4-1) is hosting Richardson Berkner.
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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: Rodriguez and the Redskins are setting into their typical midseason form with a 63-7 win over Enid.
Next Week: Union (4-2) is travelling to Sand Springs.
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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 was a big part of a Jenks offense that helped lead the Trojans to a 24-7 win in the state's game of the week against fellow Tulsa area power, Broken Arrow. On the night he had three catches for 27-yards as well as one run for a 22-yard touchdown.
Next Week: Jenks (4-2) is hosting Westmoore.
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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 had a 31-yard touchdown catch and the Cardinals needed every bit of contribution he could offer as East Central managed to recover from a 13-0 deficit and beat Claremore 20-19.
Next Week: East Central (6-0) is travelling to Grove.
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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 teammates continued playing one of the country's toughest schedules and got back to even with a 28-17 win over Miami Columbus.
Next Week: Central (3-2) has an off week.
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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: Thomas had yet another massive night for the Panthers. In a 69-21 win over Grapevine Thomas was 23-of-31 for 463 yards with all seven touchdowns (50, 35, 40, 26, 80, 14, 26).
Next Week: Heritage (5-1) is travelling to Irving MacArthur.
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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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The
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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