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January 27, 2012

Where do Things Stand with Oklahoma's Final Targets

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    The final visits before National Signing Day are now in the books and we'll continue to update this as the final few days go along leading up to Wednesday's NSD.

    Below we'll take a look at this weekend's visitors along with all the remaining targets on Oklahoma's board.

    University of Oklahoma Remaining Targets

    NELSON AGHOLOR
    6-2, 180 pounds
    Tampa (Fla.) Berkeley Prep
    Primary Recruiter: Jay Norvell
    Wide Receiver ranking: No. 3
    Rivals100 ranking: No. 18


    Level of Interest: High

    Others: Notre Dame, USC, FL, FSU

    PREDICTION: USC

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    The Skinny: The idea that Oklahoma will even have a hat on the table at his decision ceremony is a testament to the work that Norvell put in this year. Agholor could have visited anywhere in the country and though it's probably not going to be enough for the Sooners to win out it's clear how much he enjoyed his official to Norman was a surprise to him. Decision Date: National Signing Day - Feb. 1 - 11:20 a.m. (CST)

    ZACH BANNER
    6-9, 310-pounds
    Lakewood (Wash.) Lakes Counsel
    Primary Recruiter: Bruce Kittle
    Offensive Tackle ranking: No. 2
    Rivals100 ranking: No. 16


    Level of Interest: Committed to USC

    Others: N/A

    PREDICTION: USC - Correct - Jan. 30

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    The Skinny: Banner is coming off a stellar performance at the Army All-American game that helped him pick up his fifth star after spending the last year as one of the nation's elite four-stars. It was always thought the big offensive tackle would have USC and Washington in his final group but Oklahoma's run at him has shocked most everyone. That being said, the Sooners are a very, very unlikely possibility.

    COURTNEY GARDNER
    6-3, 215-pounds
    Roseville (Calif.) Sierra C.C.
    Primary Recruiter: Jay Norvell
    Junior College ranking: No. 12


    Level of Interest: High

    Others: Ark. (Committed)

    Jan. 27 PREDICTION: Arkansas

    Updated PREDICTION: Oklahoma

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    The Skinny: Gardner has bounced all over the country since early high school but finally landed in the California junior college ranks. He committed to Arkansas after his Dec. 9 official visit but has elected to wait until the final weekend to take his official visit to Norman. Norvell has done impressive work here, and has forced a change of prediction. Decision Date: National Signing Day - Feb. 1 - 1:45 p.m. (CST)

    SAM GRANT
    6-6, 240-pounds
    North Royalton (Ohio) St. Edward
    Primary Recruiter: Bruce Kittle
    Tight End ranking: No. 35
    Ohio ranking: No. 48


    Level of Interest: Committed

    Others: N/A

    PREDICTION: Michigan Incorrect - Oklahoma - Jan. 30

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    The Skinny: Grant has been incredibly quiet since taking his official visit to Norman on Jan. 6 but now does seem down to a final two between the Sooners and Wolverines after spending most of his senior year committed to Boston College. Grant made a second trip to Ann Arbor a few weeks ago which gave a lot of people the opinion he was about to commit to Brady Hoke's bunch. However, the longer the delay goes on, the more one thinks the Sooners are still in the mix, particularly following Bob Stoops's in-home visit on Tuesday.

    WILL LATU
    6-5, 315 pounds
    Santa Clarita (Calif.) College of the Canyons
    Primary Recruiter: Bruce Kittle
    Junior College ranking: No. 7


    Level of Interest: Committed

    Others: N/A

    PREDICTION: Oklahoma - CORRECT - Jan. 29

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    The Skinny: If the Sooners have had a better talent seemingly fall right into their lap, it's hard to remember when. Latu, arguably the nation's top junior college offensive lineman, had been committed to both West Virginia and Auburn in the course of his sophomore season at CoC but after a parting of the ways with the Tigers Oklahoma swept in and has him firmly set on the Sooners. Unless something goes wrong during his Jan. 27 official visit weekend, he is a Sooner.

    DAVONTE NEAL
    5-10, 175-pounds
    Scottsdale (Ariz.) Chaparral
    Primary Recruiter: Tim Kish
    Wide receiver ranking: No. 17
    Rivals250 ranking: No. 107


    Level of Interest: Low

    Others: Notre Dame, Ark., UNC, Ohio State, Ariz.

    PREDICTION: Ohio State

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    The Skinny: Until early Thursday morning Neal's name was nothing more than another on the list of top ranked skill position prospects. However after the hiring of Kish, his first order of business was to go see the Neal family and see if they might have some interest in the Sooners. It's not clear how far that interest will go and normally at this late date there would be nothing to do but watch Neal sign elsewhere but the family won't be signing next Wednesday and instead will take a few extra weeks to make their choice. What is clear is that Oklahoma now has a puncher's chance and that chance could go up if Kish can get the family to change their Feb. 10 visit date from Arizona to Oklahoma.Decision Date: Post-National Signing Day

    MICHAEL ONUOHA
    6-5, 225-pounds, 4.5
    Edmond (Okla.) Santa Fe
    Primary Recruiter: Bobby Jack Wright
    Defensive End ranking: No. 34
    Oklahoma ranking: No. 4


    Level of Interest: High

    Others: Mizzou

    PREDICTION: Oklahoma

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    The Skinny: A few months ago those familiar with Onuoha had to be on the verge of throwing their hands up in the air, players with his ability and frame don't usually go completely overlooked for much of their senior season but that's exactly how things played out for the big pass-rusher. Now though he has offers from both Missouri and Oklahoma and after visiting his two finalists over the last two weekends is nearing a decision. He is expected to choice on Monday or Tuesday. Decision Date: National Signing Day - Feb. 1

    ZACK SANCHEZ
    6-0, 172-pounds
    Keller (Texas) Central
    Primary Recruiter: Mike Stoops
    Athlete ranking: No. 37
    Texas ranking: No. 78


    Level of Interest: Committed

    Others: N/A

    PREDICTION: Oklahoma - Correct - Jan. 30

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    The Skinny: SoonerScoop.com first came across Sanchez last January at the Army All-American junior combine check-in where he talked about being a huge Sooner fan that with an offer would almost certainly findh is way to Norman. However, that offer didn't come for quite some time and in interim he pledged his future to Baylor. Just a few weeks ago the Sooners extended the offer he wanted many months before and it seems that all went to plan in Norman.

    GARY SIMON
    6-1, 177-pounds
    St. Petersburg (Fla.) Gibbs Counsel
    Primary Recruiter: Mike Stoops
    Cornerback ranking: No. 46
    Florida ranking: No. 80


    Level of Interest: High

    Others: Ia St., Ark.

    PREDICTION: Oklahoma

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    The Skinny: If there is a more under appreciated prospect in the country, the staff at SoonerScoop has yet to see him. Simon's blend of size and athleticism is a rare thing at cornerback and was quickly identified by Brent Venables before his departure to Clemson. However the ball wasn't dropped by the Sooners as both Bob Stoops and Mike Stoops have been working Simon hard. Things can change but he gave a lot of people a good feeling about Oklahoma's chances while in Norman last weekend. Decision Date: National Signing Day - Feb. 1 - 9:00 a.m.

    DAMIEN WILLIAMS
    6-1, 215-pounds
    Yuma (Ariz.) Arizona Western C.C.
    Primary Recruiter: Cale Gundy
    Junior College ranking: NR


    Level of Interest: High

    Others: ASU, T. Tech

    PREDICTION: Oklahoma

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    The Skinny: Little was known about Williams prior to early December, he had a few offers but most weren't really sure what kind of talent he was. However, after his film started to make it's way around recruiting circles it's become pretty clear why Gundy was willing to pass on both Marion Grice and Akeel Lynch to try and reel in almost undoubtedly the nation's top junior college back - even if his ranking doesn't back that claim up. He committed to Arizona State out of high school and again out of junior college but pulled back on that following the dismissal of Dennis Erickson, some think the Sooners lead but no one is completely confident. Decision Date: National Signing Day - Feb. 1



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