Sooners Add Five Newcomers For Spring

Wednesday, December 17th 2014, 7:33 pm
By: News 9

University of Oklahoma head football coach Bob Stoops has announced the signing of three junior college transfers to National Letters of Intent, as well as the addition of two high school seniors to financial aid agreements.

Junior college transfers Dede Westbrook, Jamal Danley and William Johnson will join the Sooners in January 2015 along with Rodney Anderson and Bobby Evans who will be mid-year enrollees.

“We are pleased to welcome these five student-athletes to the University of Oklahoma Football family,” said Stoops. “They are talented individuals who we believe can make contributions to our program. We look forward to their arrival on campus.”

A wide receiver, Westbrook (6'1, 170 lbs.) played the past season for Blinn Community College in Texas. He previously attended Yoe High School and hails from Cameron, Texas. In eight games this season for the Buccaneers, Westbrook ranked second in the nation with 76 receptions and led the junior college ranks with 1,487 yards and 13 touchdowns to earn First Team All-American honors by the NJCAA. In addition, Westbook lead the NJCAA with 9.5 catches per game and 185.9 receiving yards per contest. He had at least 141 receiving yards in seven of eight games this season, including three games over 200 yards, highlighted by a 370-yard, three-touchdown performance on 14 catches against Tyler Junior College on Sept. 6.

Westbrook was a four-star recruit by ESPN, Rivals and Scout, while 247Sports gave him three stars. He was ranked as the No. 3 juco wide receiver and No. 12 overall player by ESPN, while 247Sports rated him as the No. 4 juco wide receiver and No. 32 overall player and Scout ranked him 22nd overall. Westbrook was also offered by Baylor, Oklahoma State, Kansas State and Arizona State, among others.

An offensive lineman, Danley (6'5, 315 lbs.) joins the Sooners after spending the past two seasons at East Mississippi Community College. A native of Olive Branch, Miss., and graduate of Byhalia High School, Danley spent one season at Louisiana-Monroe before transferring to EMCC. He spent two seasons with the Lions as a starting right guard and helped lead the team to a pair of NJCAA national championships and a perfect 24-0 record.

A 2014 NJCAA Second Team All-American, Danley was rated as a four-star recruit by Rivals and a three-star recruit by 247Sports, ESPN and Scout. ESPN also tabbed Danley as the No. 1 juco guard and No. 37 overall juco player, while 247Sports rated him as the No. 10 offensive tackle and No. 68 overall juco player and Scout ranked him 49th overall. Danley chose OU over other schools such as Louisville, Florida, Ole Miss and Mississippi State.

A cornerback, Johnson (6'1, 175 lbs.) spent last season playing for Monroe College in New York where he tallied 12 tackles in eight games with 1.5 tackles for loss, two interceptions and 10 pass breakups this season. A native of Baltimore, Md., Johnson attended Calvert Hall College High School before joining the Mustangs.

Johnson was rated as a four-star recruit by ESPN, a three-star recruit by 247Sports and Scout and a two-star recruit by Rivals. He was ranked as the No. 2 JUCO cornerback and No. 13 player overall by ESPN, the No. 7 cornerback and No. 58 player overall by 247Sports and the 53rd overall player by Scout. Johnson chose Oklahoma over other programs such as Maryland and Ball State.

A running back, Anderson (6'1, 205 lbs.) is a native of Katy, Texas, and attends Katy High School. He has rushed for 2,308 yards and 34 touchdowns on 227 carries and caught three passes for 60 yards and another score this season to help lead Katy into the Class 6A Division II State Championship Game. Anderson has rushed for at least 100 yards in 10 of 14 games he's played in this season and has gained at least 200 yards in each of his last four contests. His season high came on Dec. 5 when he ran for 290 yards and three touchdowns on 26 carries, while another season highlight came on Nov. 28 when he scored six touchdowns and rushed for 265 yards on 18 carries.

Anderson is a consensus four-star recruit by 247Sports, ESPN, Rivals and Scout. He is ranked as the No. 2 all-purpose back and the No. 111 player overall by 247Sports, while Rivals has him as the No. 3 running back and No. 95 player overall. Scout has him 18th at running back and 137th overall, while ESPN ranks him 270th overall and the No. 23 running back in the country. Anderson also had offers from schools like Auburn, Texas, Baylor and more.

Another offensive lineman, Evans (6'5, 270 lbs.) is a senior from Allen, Texas, and has helped lead Allen High School to the Class 6A Division I State Championship Game. Like Anderson, Evans is a consensus four-star recruit by ESPN, 247Sports, Rivals and Scout. Evans is the No. 7 offensive tackle in the country according to Scout, the No. 14 tackle and the 184th ranked player overall according to ESPN, the No. 28 tackle and the No. 242 player overall by 247Sports and the No. 31 tackle according to Rivals. Evans chose the Sooners over the likes of Ole Miss, SMU and Oregon State, among others.