November 14, 2011
SCOOP HD: Sooners Still Working at Trinity
IRVING, Texas - On the evening of Sept. 6 it seemed that Oklahoma was destined to add two Euless Trinity Trojans to it's 2012 roster with a commitment from Polo Manukainiu and Brian Nance working to get in touch with Sooner linebacker coach Brent Venables about a commitment of his own. However, since then it seems more likely that Oklahoma could end up with neither than both.
That is, considering that Manukainiu has recently made a trip to Texas A&M as well as multiple visits to Baylor. However, SoonerScoop.com had a chance to see both prospects take on Irving MacArthur in a 34-7 win for the perennial Texas power.
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Polo Manukainiu: Manukainiu played only the first half of the game and was clearly someone the Cardinals aimed to avoid in most things but he showed a good motor in spite of not being allowed to really be a focal part of the game. Manukainiu is a natural fit for Oklahoma's new defensive make-up as he could feature as a strongside defensive end in a 4-3 system, not unlike Frank Alexander currently does or he could line up and be a powerful point of attack type of defensive end in a three down linemen system.
Brian Nance: Like his highly rated fellow senior, Nance only saw action in the first two quarters but when he was out there he looked completely healed from the knee injury he suffered in the spring. Nance moves well laterally and though not a supremely physical middle linebacker he does well in space and even shows solid basic tools as a pass defender. One area where Nance seems to truly excel is off tackle, he read the play well throughout the night and did a nice job not only getting into position to make the tackle but actually forcing the play back toward the middle of the field.
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