|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)