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In maybe the closest debate in Scout.com history, Wichita, Kan. running back Bryce Brown edged out Santa Ana, Calif. quarterback Matt Barkley for the top spot in the Scout 300.
Barkley had held the spot from the initial release of the Scout 300, and the MVP Performance at the UnderArmour All-American Bowl may have cemented his spot after what can be considered a sub-par senior season by his standards. But it was another MVP performance by Bryce Brown at the U.S. Army All-American Bowl that swung the final vote his way.
National Analyst and North Manager Bob Lichtenfels has been Brown's biggest supporter this year.
"Whether you're a fan of recruiting or not you have got to love the drama that is caused at the end of the year when two players are running neck and neck for the top spot in the nation," said Lichtenfels.
After a strong performance in the U.S. Army Bowl Sooner commitment Gabe Lynn held steady as the top cornerback recruit in the country and defensive tackle Jamarkus McFarland elevated his stock to the eleventh best in the country and retained his fifth star.
“Gabe was so highly ranked because of his intangibles,” informed Midland analyst Baron Flenory. “There are people out there with better bodys, but nobody had the intangibles - breaking on the and overall cornerback savvy – of Lynn. There is no other corner out there with the lockdown abilities and college ready size like him.”
“JMac is extremely explosive and very strong at the point of attack,” Flenory continued. “He is an excellent run defender and would look good in that three technique. He sits down hard in the hole. He seemed, on film, to play lazy at times, but when he got around a high level of competition at the U.S. Army Bowl he proved that he would step his game up.”
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Perhaps the biggest news in the Sooner recruiting world was the big jump of Dewar linebacker Ronnell Lewis.
Lewis was previously unlisted in the Scout.com Top 100, but after a dominating performance at the UnderArmour All-American Bowl he is now considered as the second best strongside linebacker in the country and the 41st best player overall, which in turn earned him five-star status.
“At the UnderArmour game all of our analysts fell in love with him,” Flenory said of Lewis’ rankings rise. “I went back and watched the film and he was flying around the like his hair was on fire! He is physically built better than most other linebackers in college. The kid is just a Beast.”
Sooner Commits in the Top 300 (in order of appearance): DT Jamarkus McFarland, CB Gabe Lynn, OLB Ronnell Lewis, OLB Tom Wort, DE Justin Chaisson, S Javon Harris, MLB Jaydan Bird, MLB Brandon Mahoney, S Kevin Brent, WR Darius Jones, CB Marcus Trice.