June 28, 2011
Sells Gets His Feet Wet at Cornerback
Irving (Texas) MacArthur 2013 defensive back Taion Sells has long been a prospect of interest to the Oklahoma coaching staff but this month's Sooner summer camp was his first time to work with Oklahoma defensive backs coach Willie Martinez. The 5-foot-10, 170-pound defensive back worked a lot with the second year Sooner assistant and came away with a good review.
As much as Sells has been a Sooner target for some time he admits that the reality of playing almost exclusively as a corner in any camp setting was a big change of pace for the MacArthur safety.
"I thought the whole camp went real well," Sells said. "I was there all three days. I thought he was a real good coach, he shows you what to do and he is just a real good coach."
"Really just the whole corner position, I don't play corner, I'm not familiar with corner, I play safety but it was just about playing corner and he said I got better with it as the week went on. I felt real comfortable with it, there is always improvement."
So does Sells have any preference on where he might play in the college game?
"I'm just a player, I feel like I can do whatever the coaches put me at but I admit I kind of like safety," he said. "It's about hitting a guy going across the middle."
Sells, who has plans to camp at TCU on July 15, says that his talk with Martinez, as well as his recruiting coordinator Brent Venables, lead him to believe that the Sooners will continue their interest moving forward.
"They were just saying that they have a lot of film off of me and after the first three games they are going to look at my cutups and make a decision off of that," he explained.
Though he may not play the same position as the player that caused his interest in Oklahoma, he says there is no denying where the Sooners stand in his eyes.
"Oklahoma is always going to be my top school, they have been ever since Adrian Peterson was there," he said. "I used to play running back, I just switched over to safety in high school."
So far Sells is waiting for the first school to step up and make an offer but as he plans to wait until his senior year to make a decision there is no rush to any element of his recruitment. But that being said there area few players who are a bit closer to their decision date that grabbed the attention of the talented Dallas area rising junior.
"I liked Keon Hatcher, he was real good. Also the dude Jeffrey Thomas, and the corner, I think his name was Teriyon Gipson."
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