Sooners' recruiting class leans toward defense

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Updated: 2/06/2013 5:33 pm Published: 2/06/2013 5:27 pm

NORMAN, Okla. (AP) - Attempting to stiffen up a defense that faded late for a second straight season, Oklahoma loaded up along the front line and in the secondary Wednesday on national signing day.

Coach Bob Stoops and his staff received letters of intent from seven defensive linemen and four defensive backs, making up just under half of a 23-player recruiting class. Junior college transfer Quincy Russell is among four defensive tackles in the class, with in-state products D.J. Ward at defensive end and Stanvon Taylor at cornerback highlighting those position groups.

Stoops says he believes the Sooners addressed their "major needs" through the recruiting class.

Oklahoma also added running back Keith Ford and quarterback Cody Thomas, a major-league baseball prospect who Stoops says is committed to playing football for the Sooners.

Jed Barnett  P  6-2  215 Camas, Wash. (Laney College)

Dannon Cavil  WR 6-5 205 San Antonio, Texas (James Madison HS)

Quincy Russell   DL  6-4  315  San Antonio, Texas (Trinity Valley CC)

Ahmad Thomas  S  6-1  205  Miami, Fla. (Miami Central HS)

D.J. Ward  DE 6-2 245  Moore, Okla. (Southmoore HS)

Ogbonnia OkoronkwoDE 6-3 220 Houston, Texas (Alief Taylor HS)

Keith Ford  RB 5-11 208  Cypress, Texas (Cypress Ranch HS)

Jordan SmallwoodWR 6-2 190 Jenks, Okla. (Jenks HS)

Christian DaimlerOT 6-6 270 Houston, Texas (Stratford HS)

Austin Bennett  WR 6-0 170  Manvel, Texas (Manvel HS)

Matthew Romar  DL 6-3 268 Port Arthur, Texas (Memorial HS)

Charles Walker  DL 6-3 280  Garland, Texas (South Garland HS)

Stanvon TaylorCB 5-11 175  Tulsa, Okla. (East Central HS)

Dominique AlexanderLB 6-2 195 Tulsa, Okla. (Booker T. Washington HS)

Josiah St. John  OT 6-6 305  Toronto, Canada (Trinity Valley CC)

Dionte SavageOL 6-5 345  Flint, Mich. (Arizona Western CC)

Cody ThomasQB 6-5 220 Colleyville, Texas (Heritage HS)

Matt DimonDE 6-2 252 Katy, Texas (Katy HS)

Hatari ByrdS 6-1 195  Fresno, Calif. (Central East HS)

Jordan EvansLB/KR 6-3 210 Norman, Okla. (Norman North HS)

Kerrick HugginsDL  6-3 289 Dallas, Texas (Skyline HS)

K.J. YoungWR 6-1 182  Perris, Calif. (Citrus Hill HS)

Dakota AustinCB 5-11 167  Lancaster, Texas (Lancaster HS)

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