Peterson, Bomar expected to sign with Sooners

Updated: February 4, 2004, 9:30 AM ET
Associated Press

DALLAS -- The Lone Star State can claim the nation's top high school recruit as well as its top quarterback.

Unfortunately for Texas schools, they're both headed to Oklahoma.

Palestine running back Adrian Peterson and Grand Prairie quarterback Rhett Bomar are both expected to sign with Oklahoma on Wednesday, the first day high school seniors can sign binding letters of intent.

Texas lost out on both players, but the Longhorns gained a late commitment from the state's top defensive player Tuesday night.

Lake Highlands lineman Franklin Okam, the nation's second best defensive tackle, announced his decision to attend Texas during a television interview. The 6-foot-5, 300-pound lineman was the state's highest-ranked recruit that hadn't orally committed.

Texas also snagged the nation's top defensive back in Houston Lamar's Andrew Kelson, and the Longhorns also got Cedric Dockery, the No. 2 offensive guard in the nation.

Texas A&M coach Dennis Franchione has more than 20 verbal commitments to go along with an early signee, Burnet quarterback Stephen McGee. The Aggies are expected to sign Silsbee's William Morrissey, ranked as the third best defensive tackle in the country.

Texas Tech has oral commitments from 24 players including Ennis quarterback Graham Harrell, who should fit well into Mike Leach's pass-happy offense. Harrell set high school records for state career passing yards and career touchdown passes.

This looks to be Tech's first top 25 recruiting class since the Spike Dykes era.

Baylor's recruiting class is expected to include Southlake Carroll linebacker Ben Hixon and Class 2A speedster Jacoby Jones, who gained more than 2,000 yards rushing in 2003.

UTEP's recruiting haul won't be impressive this year since new coach Mike Price came on late.

Houston has 16 oral commitments and analysts said the Cougars' first return to a bowl since 1996 is a reason their recruiting stock is rising.

Despite being one of only two Division I-A teams that went through 2003 without a win, Southern Methodist has managed to garner 11 commitments, including top 50 recruit Irving tight end Vincent Chase.

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