The Oklahoma Sooners added two new players to their active roster this week after the NCAA declared them eligible.
Incoming tight end Taylor McNamara, a native of San Diego, tweeted, “CLEARED!” on Wednesday upon hearing the news. McNamara is rated the No. 2 tight end by Rivals.com.
2011 wide receiver signee Trey Metoyer was also cleared this week. His father, David, confirmed Thursday his son was cleared to play and that the 5-star receiver would be on campus later in the week.
The Sooners also announced the addition of three junior college transfers and 2011 signee Jordan Wade to the active roster this morning. Cornerback Kass Everett, tight end Brannon Green and defensive end Chaz Nelson, along with Wade, have been on campus and taking classes since the beginning of the semester.
The additions of Green and McNamara are particularly important because the Sooners did not have a scholarship tight end on the roster after the departure of seniors Trent Ratterree and James Hanna. Redshirt freshman Max Stevenson also left the team after suffering a torn pectoral muscle.
Everett’s presence in the spring will also be a big boost to a secondary that lost two big commitments in DeVante Harris and Kevin Peterson this month. Everett will provide stability and leadership to a young secondary that doesn’t have a lot of experience behind the starters.
Then there is Metoyer, who, along with several other newcomers at wide receiver, will hope to fill the void left by the NCAA career leader in receptions, Ryan Broyles. Metoyer has all the physical skills to be able to do that, but only time will tell on whether or not he’s the real deal or not.
The Sooners begin spring practice on March 5, and in the month and a half before the spring game on April 14, these Sooners will learn a lot about what to expect in 2012.