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Pair of Arl. Martin football players commit

Arlington Martin's excursion to the third round of the Class 5A Division I football playoffs last fall is already paying dividends on the recruiting front for members of the Class of 2011.

Danzel Williams, a 5-9, 190-pound running back/free safety, announced his commitment to Oklahoma on Tuesday.

A day earlier, teammate Deryck Gildon, a 6-2, 205-pound linebacker, revealed his intention to accept a scholarship to TCU.

Williams, who was recruited as a running back, said an early commitment wasn't exactly his plan.

"But Oklahoma had everything I wanted, so why wait?" he said.

Williams said Oklahoma State and TCU were in his final three.

What are Oklahoma fans getting?

"They're looking at a crowd pleaser," he said. "I love to play to the crowd, and Oklahoma always has a nice crowd.''

Williams' junior season of over 1,200 rushing yards and 24 touchdowns included a 17-carry, 123-yard performance against eventual Class 5A Division I state champion Euless Trinity in the playoff game that eliminated Martin.

Gildon said the atmosphere around TCU was a key factor in his decision. He said SMU was a close second on the list of 10 schools courting him.

In a way, it wasn't surprising that he would choose from two area schools. Growing up, he and his family were constantly on the move because his mother was in the military.

As a junior, Gildon recorded 50 tackles and a sack.