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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: In the only game of his career when he was already committed to Oklahoma Alexander suffered a tough, tough night as his Hornets were manhandled by a Jenks team that is really rolling, 59-14 in spite of Alexander's nine tackles with two for loss.
Next Week: Booker T. (6-5) ended their season in the first round of the playoffs.
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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 capped a big-time regular season with a 61-20 win over Pasadena South Houston, Bennett had a 14-yard touchdown catch in the win.
Next Week: Manvel (9-1) is meeting Port Arthur Memorial at Channelview in the first round of the Texas 5A division two playoffs on Sat. Nov. 17 @ 1p.m.
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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: Byrd and Central got another lopsided win dropping Tulare Union 55-15.
Next Week: Central East (9-2) is hosting Bakersfield in the second round of playoffs.
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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 finished off a perfect season with a 41-6 win over Houston Memorial in which Dimon had 1.5 sacks and multiple tackles.
Next Week: Katy (10-0) is hosting Houston Westbury in the first round of the Texas 5A division two playoffs.
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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: Ford and his Ranch teammates fell to rival Cy-Fallas 58-33 but Ford had 22 carries for 82-yards as well as a receiving touchdown.
Next Week: Cypress Ranch (6-4) is meeting Aldine Nimitz at Houston Delmar in the first round of the Texas 5A division two playoffs.
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ARMANTI FOREMAN - 2014
>5-foot-11, 175-pounds
Texas City, Texas
Primary Recruiter: Jay Norvell
Rivals100 ranking: N/A
Texas ranking: N/A
Safety ranking: N/A

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Date of Commitment: October 1, 2012
Others Considered: N/A
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The
Skinny: Foreman is just the next snap away from a big play after having just three touches on Friday night he scored 66-percent of the time with a 42-yard touchdown catch and a 65-yard touchdown run on a reverse as the Stingarees bombed Baytown Lee .
Next Week: Texas City (8-2) is hosting Lamar Consolidated in the first round of the Texas 4A division two playoffs.
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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 finished off another strong season at Jesuit with a 59-33 win over Richardson.
Next Week: Jesuit (8-2) is meeting McKinney Boyd at Plano's Clark stadium in the first round of the Texas 5A division two playoffs.
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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 took home a 17-14 win over Westmoore in a particularly difficult match-up for the four-time defending state champions.
Next Week: Union (9-2) is heading to Edmond Santa Fe in the second round of the Oklahoma 6A playoffs.
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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 and the Trojans jumped all over his future teammate, Alexander, putting up 42-points in the first quarter and finishing off the Hornets 59-14. Smallwood had a pair of touchdown catches (55, 2).
Next Week: Jenks (9-2) is hosting Edmond North in the second round of the Oklahoma 6A playoffs.
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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, relatively speaking, had a quiet night in his team's 38-14 win over Shawnee. However, he did post several catches and even threw a hook and lateral in the win.
Next Week: East Central (7-4) is hosting Guthrie in the second round 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 teammates collected another big win downing North Miami Beach 52-28.
Next Week: Central (7-2) is meeting Archbishop McCarthy in the first round 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: Week 12 MVP Another week, another huge performance from Thomas. This time in a 35-30 win over Hurst L.D. Bell Thomas went 25-for-41 for 403-yards and five touchdowns (61, 2, 35, 42, 77). The 77-yard score was a game winner to Kaelin Deboskie with just a minute left in the game.
Next Week: Heritage (9-1) is meeting Lewisville Hebron in the first round of the Texas 5A division two playoffs.
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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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