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January 8, 2013

Sooners Big Finish Comes from a Small List

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    We're just a few days from National Signing Day and there is sitll much work left to be done in Oklahoma's class of 2013, so what's happening? We'll provide you an in-depth look and continue to update it over the next few weeks.

    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

    DAKOTA AUSTIN
    5-10, 160-pounds
    Lancaster, Texas
    Primary Recruiter: Mike Stoops
    Cornerback ranking: N/A
    Texas ranking: No. N/A


    Level of Interest: High

    Others: UNLV, Nevada

    PREDICTION: N/A

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    The Skinny: Austin was a player that early on many thought could end up as an Oklahoma Sooner but after a camp performance, in which he was quite good, the Sooners backed off considerably. However after a few misses the Sooners got back involved with the highly athletic cornerback and invited him in on Feb. 1 for an official visit. He was offered on Saturday morning and quickly accepted.

    DANNON CAVIL
    6-5, 205-pounds
    San Antonio (Texas) James Madison
    Primary Recruiter: Jay Norvell
    Wide Receiver ranking: N/A
    Texas ranking: No. 92


    Level of Interest: High

    Others: Cal, Ole Miss

    PREDICTION: N/A

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    The Skinny: Cavil's recruitment was a bit of a bouncing ball after committing to Ole Miss in March and then changing his commitment to Cal in mid-December. Oklahoma moved in on Cavil around the same time as his commitment to the Bears and as things continued on the Sooners had a scholarship come available with the departure of Kenny Stills. Cavil initially decided to pass on Oklahoma's last second offer but changed his plan and will enroll in Norman to start spring classes.

    TOBY JOHNSON
    6-4, 305-pounds
    Hutchinson (Kan.) Hutchinson C.C.
    Primary Recruiter: Jackie Shipp
    Junior College ranking: No. 8


    Level of Interest: Low

    Others: UGA, Tenn., Neb., Mizzou

    PREDICTION: UGA

    Feb. 4 PREDICTION: Oklahoma

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    The Skinny: A few months ago this looked like a very big potential get for the Sooners and while it still could be as word gets out on midterm grades we'll know a bit more. Need more information? Basically there is talk that Johnson may have trouble getting all of his classes to transfer, which has some unique junior college admittance rules, if so the Sooners and Nebraska are really the only two options he has and his relationship with Shipp is a very, very strong one. All this said, if he can get into the SEC, he'll be heading there.
    Decision Date: Feb. 13

    L.J. MOORE
    6-1, 177-pounds
    Fresno (Calif.) Central East
    Primary Recruiter: Mike Stoops
    Safety ranking: No. 17
    Rivals250 ranking: No. 194


    Level of Interest: High

    Others: ASU, Or. State

    PREDICTION: Oregon State

    Feb. 1 PREDICTION: Oklahoma - Correct - Feb. 6

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    The Skinny: Moore seemed highly interested in Oklahoma over the summer but the two seemed to part ways as the football season wore on. Toward the end of the season Moore was contacted by Mike Stoops and made aware that the Sooners were still very interested and almost immediately an official visit was set for Jan. 11. The talented defensive back, who could feature at safety or cornerback, raved about his trip and currently has the Sooners in his top two with Oregon State.
    Decision Date: National Siging Day - Feb. 6

    MATT ROMAR
    6-3, 268-pounds
    Port Arthur (Texas) Memorial
    Primary Recruiter: Jackie Shipp
    Defensive Tackle ranking: 48
    Texas ranking: 91


    Level of Interest: Medium

    Others: Baylor, Kan.

    PREDICTION: Oklahoma - Correct - Jan. 28

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    The Skinny: Romar is an athletic defensive tackle that has picked up a lot of interest in recent weeks and had been in touch with Tim Kish as of late. Jackie Shipp got a chance to get by Memorial and finally made his offer from the Sooners an official situation.

    DIONTE SAVAGE
    6-5, 345-pounds
    Yuma (Ariz.) Arizona Western C.C.
    Primary Recruiter: Josh Heupel
    JUCO ranking: N/A


    Level of Interest: Medium

    Others: Baylor (Committed), TTU, KU

    PREDICTION: Oklahoma - Correct - Feb. 4

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    The Skinny: Savage is a massive offensive lineman who the Sooners got involved with just over a week before National Signing Day. He has been running all over the country taking official trip to Texas Tech and KAnsas in the past week with a trip planned to Norman this week - a trip that replaced a scheduled trip to West Virginia. The Sooners turned his head quickly and are hoping he'll be interested in joining Arizona Western teammate Damien Williams.
    Decision Date: Not Yet Set

    CHARLES WALKER
    6-4, 280-pounds
    Garland (Texas) South Garland
    Primary Recruiter: Jackie Shipp
    Defensive Tackle ranking: 26
    Texas ranking: 57


    Level of Interest: High

    Others: New Mexico, North Texas, Houston

    PREDICTION: Oklahoma - Correct - Jan. 14

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    The Skinny: Just a few short months ago Walker was almost unanimously unknown thanks to several injuries as a sophomore and junior. However, he finally put together a full season as a senior - although he did suffer a serious shoulder injury - and many schools started taking notice. Once he achieved a qualifying test score the Sooners could hold off an offer no longer and he is now set to take his official visit on Jan. 11. And the current safe bet is that he'll be pleding to the Sooners during that same visit.

    KJ YOUNG
    6-0, 180-pounds
    Perris (Calif.) Citrus Hill
    Primary Recruiter: Tim Kish
    Wide Receiver ranking: N/A
    California ranking: N/A


    Level of Interest: High

    Others: Boise State, UNLV, Iowa St.

    PREDICTION: Oklahoma - Correct - Jan. 14

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    The Skinny: Oklahoma has always been proud of doing their own evaluations, and has always tried to save room for a few players that received little notoriety but produced in a major way as seniors. That said it's been a few years since Oklahoma pulled a rabbit out of the hat like Young who had several offers but was almost completely unknown amongst recruiting media just a week ago. Young has been offered as an athlete but if Treadwell ends up elsewhere will almost certainly be at wide receiver. He is dynamic and could be yet another find for the Oklahoma coaching staff.
    Sooners Targets Headed Elsewhere

    GEORGE ADEOSUN
    6-6, 294-pounds
    Alpharetta, Ga.
    Primary Recruiter: Bruce Kittle
    Offensive Tackle ranking: N/A
    Georgia ranking: 18


    Level of Interest: Medium

    Others: UVA, Purdue, Kentucky

    PREDICTION: UVA

    Feb. 4 PREDICTION: UGA - Incorrect - UVA Feb. 6

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    The Skinny: Adeosun is one of those players that happens every January seemingly coming out of nowhere to pick up one solid offer after another. And while there can be little doubt about Oklahoma being his biggest football offer to date he is a player who is looking for much more than the basic football experience of many of his peers. Can the Sooners show him there is much more to what they have to offer than quality football? If so, they'll have a real chance. After his official visit to Norman the Sooners may be thought of as the leader but with Arizona State and Georgia Tech now involved things are getting interesting.
    Decision Date: Not Yet Set

    ADRIAN BAKER
    6-1, 168-pounds
    Hollywood (Fla.) Chaminade Madonna
    Primary Recruiter: Mike Stoops
    Cornerback ranking: No. 43
    Florida ranking: No. 67


    Level of Interest: High

    Others: Clem.

    PREDICTION: Clemson - Correct - Feb. 6

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    The Skinny: At times there have been players that have been left wondering where they stand with the Oklahoma coaching staff but Baker has repeatedly commended Mike Stoops for staying in such constant contact with him and letting him know the situation. Baker was an early offer but Oklahoma backed off considerably once he committed to Florida State and fellow Stoops brother Mark. After the youngest Stoops took the head coaching job at Kentucky 'the Stoops rule' of the taboo of recruiting each others commitment's was null and Mike Stoops again got involved. Since then Baker has visited both Clemson and Oklahoma and that's who it's likely to come down to. It's a close race but something has us betting on Brent Venables' and co.
    Decision Date: National Signing Day - Feb. 6

    MAQUEDIUS BAIN
    6-3, 308-pounds
    Fort Lauderdale (Fla.) University
    Primary Recruiter: Jackie Shipp
    Defensive Tackle ranking: No. 41
    Florida ranking: No. 77


    Level of Interest: None

    Others: LSU, Miami, Tenn.

    PREDICTION: LSU - Correct - Jan. 2

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    The Skinny: Bain has taken all of his expected visits and will be deciding this week, or at this point that is the plan. However, rumors have swirled that he made his decision during his Dec. 14 LSU visit weekend. It'll be a major surprise if this isn't a win for Les Miles' bunch by this time next week.

    JAMAL CARTER
    6-1, 175-pounds
    Miami (Fla.) Southridge
    Primary Recruiter: Mike Stoops
    Safety ranking: No. 21
    Rivals250 ranking: No. 238


    Level of Interest: Low

    Others: Miami (Committed)

    PREDICTION: Miami - Correct - Feb. 6

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    The Skinny: The interesting thing about Carter is that we aren't even sure there is a decision to be made. Since he snuck to Norman on Dec. 14 with teammate Lamar Robbins, he hasn't had anything to say about the trip or where his commitment to Miami stands. The smart money is to bet on him staying with the Hurricanes since much of the chatter about the strength of his commitment occured while Al Golden was being mentioned prominently with several elite jobs around the country.

    AARON COCHRAN
    6-6, 320-pounds
    Atwater (Calif.) Buhach
    Primary Recruiter: Bruce Kittle
    Offensive Tackle ranking: No. 45
    California ranking: No. 67


    Level of Interest: High

    Others: Cal, Neb.

    PREDICTION: Oklahoma

    Jan. 17 PREDICTION: Cal - Correct - Jan. 21

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    The Skinny: It seems a few times a year Oklahoma is just in the right place at the right time. While early on many mocked their recruitment of Cochran due to his older brother being a freshman center at Cal and the expectation the younger brother would follow. However, with the firing of long-time Bears coach Jeff Tedford and the mass of coaching changes that came along with it the Sooners may see one of the nation's most unapperciated tackles fall right into their lap.

    MATT FINNIN
    6-8, 330-pounds
    Glen Ellyn (Ill.) College of DuPage
    Primary Recruiter: James Patton
    Junior College ranking: No. 37


    Level of Interest: High

    Others: Kansas, Neb., Mary.

    PREDICTION: Maryland

    Jan. 17 PREDICTION: Nebraska - Correct - Jan. 20

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    The Skinny: Finnin had the feel of a guy that was going to drop off the official visit list after he talked openly about his concern for the Sooners landing a commitment from Josiah St.John. However that didn't come to pass and it sounds as though the visit went as well as it could have. The Sooners have an uphill battle to convince Finnin about their situation at offensive tackle but it's clear they did all they could with their official visit.

    TAHAAN GOODMAN
    6-2, 185-pounds
    Rancho Cucamonga, Calif.
    Primary Recruiter: Mike Stoops
    Safety ranking: No. 4
    Rivals100 ranking: No. 80


    Level of Interest: Low

    Others: LSU, UCLA, USC

    PREDICTION: UCLA - Correct - Jan. 23

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    The Skinny: Goodman was thought to be long forgotten but Oklahoma, almost immediately after the completion of their season, got by to see the talented safety and he told Rivals.com that he would be making an official to Norman this month. He then chose to take an official visit to Norman, a visit he admits didn't go as planned after he and his Friday host lost track of one another.
    Decision Date: Jan. 23

    RAMI HAMMAD
    6-5, 320-pounds
    Irving, Texas
    Primary Recruiter: James Patton
    Offensive Guard ranking: No. 10
    Rivals250 ranking: 172


    Level of Interest: Medium

    Others: Texas, Baylor (committed), LSU, TCU

    PREDICTION: Texas - Correct - Jan. 23

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    The Skinny: Hammad had been flying a bit under the radar in his early recruitment but after a stellar performance at the Semper Fidelis All-American Bowl he has picked up offers from not only Oklahoma but also TCU and Ole Miss along with new interest from both Texas and LSU. He is expected to set up an official visit to Norman, perhaps even the upcoming Jan. 18 weekend.
    Decision Date: Jan. 23

    DESMOND HARRISON
    6-8, 305-pounds
    San Pablo (Calif.) Contra Costa C.C.
    Primary Recruiter: Bruce Kittle
    JUCO ranking: No. 34


    Level of Interest: High

    Others: Texas, ASU

    PREDICTION: Texas - Correct - Jan. 21

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    The Skinny: The massive offensive tackle liked his official visit to Oklahoma but has been incredibly tough to read after each and every one of his trips. There is some thought, and we're leaning that way ever so slightly, that his spending some time in Texas growing up could help the Longhorns here. Oklahoma has a real shot here but again no one seems certain just what he is going to do.

    CODY HAYES
    6-3, 268-pounds
    Fort Worth Eastern Hills
    Primary Recruiter: James Patton
    Offensive Tackle ranking: N/A
    Texas ranking: N/A


    Level of Interest: Medium

    Others: Texas Tech (Committed)

    PREDICTION: Texas Tech - Correct - Feb. 6

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    The Skinny: It's a bit unclear just how serious Oklahoma is in this situation. Last week Hayes apparently set up a visit to Oklahoma for this weekend but after taking his official visit to Lubbock last weekend has told some that he is done with the recruiting process and won't be taking a trip. However, this has a feel of one we won't know his true intentions, or level of interest, until after the weekend.
    Decision Date: Not Yet Set

    d'VANTE HENRY
    6-5, 205-pounds
    Yuma (Ariz.) Arizona Western C.C.
    Primary Recruiter: Tim Kish
    JUCO ranking: No. 23


    Level of Interest: None

    Others: WVU (Committed)

    PREDICTION: Oklahoma

    Jan. 14 PREDICTION: WVU - Correct - Jan. 15

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    The Skinny: Henry, a former Moore (Okla.) Southmoore standout, hails from a program that produced current Sooner starter at running back Damien Williams. There was a question where the Sooners might see him fitting into the defensive gameplan and so far Henry hasn't talked about his official visit but on Jan. 11 but there should be resolution soon between his commitment to West Virginia and trip to Oklahoma.

    DWAYNE JOHNSON
    6-6, 275-pounds
    Houston (Texas) Bellaire
    Primary Recruiter: Bruce Kittle
    Offensive Tackle ranking: N/A
    Texas ranking: N/A


    Level of Interest: Medium

    Others: Neb., Wazzu, Arkansas

    PREDICTION: Oklahoma

    Jan. 23 PREDICTION: Nebraska - Correct - Feb. 5

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    The Skinny: Johnson is a player that committed to Purdue early on and from then on had little connection with Oklahoma. When Purdue went with a coaching change it opened the door and several schools - notably Nebraska - got involved. The Sooners were expected to get a visit after they threw their hat in the ring on Jan. 14 but Johnson loved his visit to Nebraska and much like Hayes no one is sure he'll take the visit until he arrives.
    Decision Date: Not Yet Set

    DEVIN LAUDERDALE
    5-11, 170-pounds
    Houston Bellaire
    Primary Recruiter: Jay Norvell
    Wide Receiver ranking: 26
    Rivals250 ranking: 216


    Level of Interest: Medium

    Others: Texas Tech

    PREDICTION: OK. St.

    Jan. 14 PREDICTION: Oklahoma - Incorrect - Texas Tech Jan. 27

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    The Skinny: Lauderdale is an explosive receiver and in a rare trait for a slot receiver shows perhaps his biggest ability to impact a game by stretching the field. Lauderdale committed to Texas Tech almost a year ago but after the departure of Tommy Tuberville decided to open things back up and has recently named Oklahoma State as his leader. Word is the trip went exceedingly well for Lauderdale but so far he hasn't spoken about his trip to Norman.
    Decision Date: Not Yet Set

    KENDALL MOORE
    6-5, 265-pounds
    Chicago (Ill.) Simeon
    Primary Recruiter: Bruce Kittle
    Offensive Tackle ranking: 61
    Illinois ranking: 18


    Level of Interest: Medium

    Others: W. Mich (Committed), UAB, Syracuse

    PREDICTION: Oklahoma

    Feb. 4 PREDICTION: Western Michigan - Incorrect - Syracuse Feb. 5

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    The Skinny: Moore is an interesting situation who was offered by Oklahoma Thursday but interestingly enough does not have an available visit weekend. The Sooners never tried to get him to take a visit on Feb. 1 and it seems have passed on him after offering.
    Decision Date: Not Yet Set

    JOSH OUTLAW
    6-4, 290-pounds
    Lithonia (Ga.) Martin Luther King
    Primary Recruiter: James Patton
    Offensive Guard ranking: 24
    Georgia ranking: 32


    Level of Interest: Medium

    Others: TTU, TCU, Mizzou

    PREDICTION: Oklahoma - Incorrect - TTU Feb. 6

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    The Skinny: Outlaw has seen his recruiting really take off in the last few weeks but the reality is few know just what he has planned or what he is thinking. Either way the Sooners are bringing him in and he could end up a nice 'get' at the end of the class.

    DAMARIOUS RANDALL
    6-0, 185-pounds
    Mesa (Ariz.) Mesa C.C.
    Primary Recruiter: Tim Kish
    JUCO ranking: No. N/A


    Level of Interest: Medium

    Others: ASU, Ark.

    PREDICTION: ASU - Correct - Jan. 23

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    The Skinny: Randall is listed as a three-star cornerback prospect but plays all over the field for Mesa. As a former Arizona State commitment there is some question about how serious Randall is about looking around however with the talk of a lot of recent offers it seems that he will take some visits and is at least open to the idea of what is around.
    Decision Date: Not Yet Set

    LAMAR ROBBINS
    6-3, 188-pounds
    Miami (Fla.) Southridge
    Primary Recruiter: Mike Stoops
    Cornerback ranking: 32
    Florida ranking: 54


    Level of Interest: Medium

    Others: WVU, L'Ville

    PREDICTION: Oklahoma

    Jan. 17 PREDICTION: L'Ville - Incorrect - USF Jan. 27

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    The Skinny: Since the summer there has been a lot of chatter that Oklahoma has pulled ahead for Robbins and it's not exactly something he has shied away from. That being said he clearly likes West Virginia however there was talk that he was goign to make his decision during last Sunday's Offense-Defense bowl game but after missing a flight never arrived and any possibility of the Sooners picking up his commitment at that point left with the flight. That said, if the Sooners stay hard after Robbins, they could land one of Florida's most promising defensive backs.
    Decision Date: Any Day Now

    LAQUON TREADWELL
    6-1, 215-pounds
    Crete (Ill.) Monee
    Primary Recruiter: Jay Norvell
    Wide Receiver ranking: 1
    Rivals100 ranking: 5


    Level of Interest: None

    Others: Ok. State, Ole Miss

    PREDICTION: Ole Miss - Correct - Jan. 17

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    The Skinny: The big receiver is one of the nation's smoothest athletes and was once thought an incredible longshot for the Sooners. Six months ago most thought his commitment to Michigan was a foregone conclusion but for whatever reason things fell apart and if there has been one constant in his recruiting from beginning to end, it's been the Sooners. That being said it seems as though Ole Miss has done a great job selling his family on Oxford and is probably the team to beat with a few weeks to go before his decision.



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