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March 21, 2012

What's Happening with RB in 2013?



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Just a month ago it seemed that Oklahoma's running back recruiting would be one of the more interesting storylines to follow in the class of 2013. For Sooner fans it seemed almost certainly to be one of the more enjoyable positions to keep tabs on considering Oklahoma was recruiting elite prospects from coast to coast and many of them talking up their interest in the Sooners.

However, when Keith Ford pledged his future to the Sooners and became Oklahoma's first commitment of the class the question went from who would the Sooners land at running back to would Ford be the lone pledge in the class?

And though that question hasn't been completely addressed there is plenty of reason to think that in the case of the elite national backs they've offered that were they to want to join Ford in Norman for the start of the 2013 season that avenue would be available to him.

With players like Ty Isaac, Dontre Wilson, and Derrick Green it may not amount for much as each looks unlikely to end up in Norman - though Green still has a planned trip to see both Oklahoma and Oklahoma State in the coming month.

On the other hand for some time now Greg Bryant has either claimed the Sooners as his leader or among his top handful of programs. Bryant hasn't spoken much since Ford's commitment but has been talking to Sooner running backs coach Cale Gundy.

"I actually just spoke to him about five minutes ago," Bryant said on March 20.

The 5-foot-11, 200-pound prospect who also has offers from the likes of Florida, Alabama, Florida State, Georgia, LSU, and Ohio State among many more of the nation's elite programs has talked before about an official visit to Oklahoma in the fall but recently listed a top three in which the Sooners were not a part.

It will be interesting to see if the commitment of Ford has hurt Oklahoma's chances for the nation's No. 4 running back.

Another back that was among Oklahoma's first offers and has talked about getting to Norman in the near future is Stockton (Calif.) Lincoln star Justin Davis. The 6-foot-1, 195-pound back has repeatedly been compared to former UCLA, and Carolina Panthers, star Deshaun Foster due to his upright running style and large frame. The big back hasn't talked as much about the Sooners as of late but still seems quite interested in seeing what Gundy and the program has to offer and could be an official visitor in the fall.

While Davis and Bryant are talking about visits later in the year a player who seems set to be in Norman within the next few weeks is Katy, Texas standout Adam Taylor. Another big and powerful back Taylor missed all but a couple of quarters of his junior season after suffering a knee injury in the Tigers season opening win over Galena Park North Shore.

Taylor is planning to be at Oklahoma's Red-White game on April 14 along with Katy teammate, and recent Sooner commitment, Matt Dimon. It's been discussed that Taylor could be joining his teammate in the ranks of Sooner commitments but as of yet he's not publicly discussed that possibility.

Tomorrow we'll look at Oklahoma's wide receiver recruiting.


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