OU prospects fall in final ESPNU 150

The final ESPNU 150 rankings for the 2012 class released Thursday reflect exactly what is going on with Oklahoma’s recruiting class. The last couple of months have seen more questions than answers for the Sooners and many of their top prospects have taken a tumble in the list.

The highest-ranked OU commit is now wide receiver Sterling Shepard (Oklahoma City/Heritage Hall) but even Shepard slid a few spots. Shepard dropped two spots from No. 58 to No. 60 and has gone from the seventh-ranked receiver to No. 9.

Four spots below Shepard is receiver Durron Neal (St. Louis/De Smet Jesuit). Despite strong practice performances at the U.S. Army All-American Bowl, Neal dropped four spots to No. 64 and is No. 10 at receiver.

The drops for Shepard and Neal are blips on the radar compared to what happened for running back Alex Ross (Jenks, Okla./Jenks) and center Ty Darlington (Apopka, Fla./Apopka).

Ross has gone from No. 38 and the fourth-ranked back to No. 70 and No. 7 at the position. An ankle injury and a collarbone injury no doubt played a role in Ross' free-fall.

For Darlington, losing 20 pounds during the season put him at around 250 pounds for the U.S. Army game and one of the smallest lineman there. Darlington slipped 51 spots to No. 148 though he is still the second-ranked center.

The only OU commit to move up the list is receiver Derrick Woods (Inglewood, Calif./Inglewood), who went up three slots to No. 137. However, he dropped from No. 17 at receiver to No. 19.

OU’s top target remains receiver Dorial Green-Beckham (Springfield, Mo./Hillcrest), who stands pat at No. 3 on the list and No. 1 at the position.

Florida star Nelson Agholor (Tampa, Fla./Berkeley Prep) dipped a little from No. 41 to No. 47 on the list, while offensive tackle target Zach Banner (Lakewood, Wash./Lakes) moved up one spot to No. 122 and is the 15th-ranked tackle for 2012.

Despite all the uncertainty with the state of the defense, the Sooners are still ranked No. 10 for this year’s class in the team rankings.