DALLAS - When looking for a trio of top juniors, it might be smart to make a stop by Dallas (Texas) Skyline High School.
Led by two top, speedy defenders in Keanon Cooper and Spencer Reeves, college recruiters certainly had a lot to look at this spring. Their prospect list also includes a fast-rising defensive end Alfred Dupree who was on junior varsity as a sophomore. Now, he's got a Big 12 offer and can't believe how fast things have happened.
"Yeah, I've got the Oklahoma offer and I mean, I was ecstatic and excited," Dupree said. "Adrian Peterson is my favorite running back, so they're my favorite. But, I'm still looking at all the schools."
Oklahoma State and Florida State are also showing heavy interest in the defensive end. As a JV prospect, he was a linebacker and now he's a heavily recruited defensive lineman.
Dupree says it's quite a bit different switching between the junior varsity and varsity level.
"Of course the size is different," Dupree said. "I mean, everybody is a lot different on varsity. Going from linebacker and defensive end is not as different as people would think though. You're still keying on the running backs and the quarterback, so I feel comfortable there."
Athlete Cooper has been playing everywhere. He could play the defensive back spot, he's shared time at linebacker, and is being used as a defensive end to utilize his speed on defense. He admits that being 6-foot, 180 pounds doesn't make him a prototypical defensive lineman
"I'm probably not going to be a defensive end," Cooper said with a laugh. "I don't have a very big frame. I'll probably play safety or be an outside linebacker at the next level. I'm a speed guy."
Texas, Oklahoma State, Iowa, Kansas, Kansas State, TCU, North Carolina, Purdue, and Duke are just a few schools showing him interest with mail.
"I'm a Texas guy, so I've got to say they're up there," Cooper said. "Iowa was the first school to show interest in me though, so I've got to say they're up there too."
Linebacker Reeves is certainly quite the player himself. He's one of the juniors who really provides not just athleticism but also great leadership.
"I get the defense pumped up," Reeves said. "We've got a good junior class and I'm just trying to get us to work together so we can win ballgames."
Texas, Oklahoma, and Texas A&M are heavily pursuing the talented Reeves. All three are high on his list.
"Being from Texas, I'm real interested in Texas and A&M," Reeves said. "Plus, I like Oklahoma. The big thing for me is that all those schools are somewhat close to home."
Sophomore quarterback Chris Frazier is also one to watch. Already at 6-foot-1, 190, he's a true dual-threat that has been doing a solid job leading his team.