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January 18th, 2013 08:30 AM
2013 Recruiting Update 1-17
2013 Recruiting Update 1-15
Verbal Commitments: 20 (class size 24 to 26)
DJ Ward 6-4, 235, 4.6 Lawton DE
Hatari Byrd 6-2, 195, 4.55 DB
Matt Dimon 6-3, 255, 4.8 Texas DE
Stanvon Taylor 5-11, 175, 4.4 Tulsa CB
Cody Thomas 6-5, 220, 4.6 QB Texas
Ahmad Thomas 6-0, 200, 4.5 SS Miami
Charles Walker 6-4, 280, DT 4.8 Garland TX
KJ Young 6-1,180, 4.5 WR California
Dannon Cavil WR 6-5, 205, 4.5 San Antonio
Quincy Russell 6-4, 315 DT Trinity Valley CC Tex (HS highlights)
Ogbonnia Okoronkwo 6-3, 220, 4.6 DE/LB Houston
Kerrick Hughes 6-4, 285, 4.9 DT Dallas
Jordan Smallwood 6-2, 195, 4.55 WR Jenks
Jordan Evans 6-3, 210, 4.55 LB/DE Norman
Jed Barnett 6-2, 210 Punter JUCO
Christian Daimler 6-6,280, 5.1 Houston
Josiah St. John 6-6, 310, 5.2 Trinity Valley JUCO TX
Dominique Alexander 6-2, 195, 4.5 LB/S Tulsa
Austin Bennett 6-0, 170, 4.45 WR Texas
Keith Ford 5-11, 200, 4.5 Texas RB
2012 additions (redshirting due to transfer rules)
Cortez Johnson DB 6-2, 195 from Arizona (Mike Stoops thinks that the kid can be an elite DB in college.)
Verbal/Update: OU adds three, loses one.
This time the loss was not predicted, and while not to understate the loss of Rodriguez the loss of Mastrogiovanni was a tough play to OU’s recruiting efforts. The fact that he chose ATM after the Sooners’ 3rd quarter meltdown in Jerryworld doubled the blow. Of the 3 Sooner verbals at LB, Mastro was the one mostly likely to help next year and represented hopefully the bigger every down LB that the OU defense needs for the future. Also, his senior year film was impressive. And there’s no HS LB anywhere on OU’s offer list of equivalent skill/ability. OU may have to wait until 2014 to address the LB gap. Now to the positive of the new verbals, we will lead off with the newest DT verbal Charles Walker. OU badly needs to replenish their DT ranks and Walker is the second HS DT to verbal to OU. As mentioned previously, Walker has awesome senior year film (rivals top 100 type film). It’s the best film of any DT in Texas including Manning and A’Shawn Robinson. Walker if he can stay healthy (and he played his senior hurt so he’s a pretty tough guy), could be an impact DT after a redshirt year. It’s hard to understated how important his verbal was. There’s not another DT on the previous offer list who is still considering OU. It was Walker or bust. Now the next two verbals were pretty surprising since they are listed at WR and I’ve been saying for months that WR was Laquon Treadwell or nothing. That was apparently off target. The two WR verbals could not be more surprising. One name has never appeared in a recruiting update until this one, and the other name has been off the radar for OU for almost 9 months. KJ Young appeared from out of nowhere with the claim in his local newspaper of an OU offer. Apparently, Coach Kish has a long time connection with Young’s HS coach who tipped off Kish that no one was really offering his best player, Young. Kish got hold of Young’s senior year film and within days he had an OU offer. Young somehow was ignored despite posting nearly 1600 yards receiving with 18 touchdowns, and he posted nearly 800 of those yards in 4 big playoffs games against best competition. On video, he’s a big time play maker with elite hands and excellent speed. The only thing missing is a lack of elite top end speed. It’s almost impossible to argue with the offer. His film is that good.
The most recent verbal is really out of left field. Back in the spring, I listed Dannon Cavil (related to Ben Cavil, OU player in the 90s, and Kwame Cavil, UT’s top WR for Applewhite) as a potential target. Cavil verbaled to Ole Miss way early and never followed his recruiting again.
Cavil decommited from Ole Miss and in December verbaled to Cal to play in new coach Sonny Dykes pass happy scheme.
Cavil apparently was contacted by Coach Norvell in December that OU might have a mid term ship available if he was interested if Kenny Stills left to go pro. Now, Cavil had been to an OU junior day and was very interested in the Sooners. Pretty much the Sooners were his favorite.
So Stills left for the NFL and OU who ideally needed to add a “big” WR offered Cavil. Somehow OU got Cavil up to Norman secretly and he verbaled on Monday. Cavil is a legit 6-5, 205 WR with excellent speed and agility. He could be an excellent compliment to the slot WRs (Shepard, Saunders, Bennett) and the bigger flankers (Metoyer, Woods, Neal, Smallwood, Bester) in the program. He gets to go thru spring and provides a different WR piece for the future. His junior film is limited due to an injury but his senior film is excellent. His HS is a big time running offense, so Cavil didn’t see the ball a lot. However, his average yards per reception (33 catches for 720 yards with 8 TDs) shows his big play threat potential.
OU is still ranked in the top 20 by Rivals and Espn and their Rivals rankings will only go up once Young and Walker get their new evaluation rankings (probably 3 stars).
OU has 20 commitments and 4 early enrollees in Cavil, Ahmad Thomas, DJ Ward, and Jed Barnett (sounds like Quincy Russell will need one more semester at JUCO so will enroll in June instead), OU’s class in theory could be as large as 29 kids. I fully expect some more attrition between now and signing day so OU going for a full 29 would not a big surprise if the right kids decide to be sooners. OU usually falls a little short. Still it’s going to be a mad dash to signing day. I fully expect new names to appear and old names to resurface. The recent trend has been OU loses one long time commit (let’s hope it’s over with Mastro) and OU steals someone late.
OU needs to close with at least one DB now that Tee Shepard is having to enroll at JUCO due to the eligibility mess created by his early enrollment at ND being disqualified. LJ Moore is probably the leading candidate for that one DB spot with Adrian Baker trailing as a second possibility. Tahaan Goodman just visited OU but he’s probably following Priest Willis to either UCLA, LSU or maybe USC.
Its unclear where OU stands with Lamar Robbins right now.
At OL, OU needs at least two more HS players. Aaron Cochran has been the only consistent name on the OL list as it has seen changes left and right the last 6 weeks testing the patience of Sooner fans. New names Rami Hammad and Dwayne Johnson are both excellent looking prospects from Texas with senior film far superior to their junior film. However, both players are starting to rack up other big time offers so OU will have to close quickly. In addition, OU offered former target Dan Skipper based on his senior year film. Unfortunately, that offer is probably about 4 weeks too late, and the delay has been driving the Sooner internet fan base crazy. At this point, Skipper’s visit list is full, so it does not look like OU will get a visit from him. In addition, SEC territory OG/OT Josh Outlaw appears to have an OU visit scheduled. He’s a combo OL who could play inside or outside. . I don’t think OU will land either JUCO OT left. Two August enrollee JUCO OTs does not make any real sense.
Beyond those needs, OU ideally would land one more HS LB and one true TE. Right now there are only two names and one is a complete longshot (Danny Mattingly who might visit after Oregon lost Chip Kelly) and in state prospect legacy Jackson Dillon (former OU LB Richard Dillon)
Final Class Prediction
QB: Cody Thomas (1)
RB: Keith Ford (2)
WR: Jordan Smallwood, Austin Bennett, KY Young, Dannon Cavil (7)
OL: Aaron Cochran, Christian Daimler, Dwayne Johnson, Rami Hammad,
Josiah St. John JUCO OT, (12)
DT: Quincy Russell, Kerrick Huggins, Charles Walker (15)
DE: DJ Ward, Matt Dimon, Ogbonnia Okoronkwo (18)
LB: Jordan Evans, Dominique Alexander (20)
DB: Stanvon Taylor, Hatari Byrd, Ahmad Thomas, LJ Moore, Adrian Baker, (25)
Who is left in play?
Christian Morris 6-6, 295, 5.1 Memphis – Another UCLA verbal that has blown up in recruiting. OU has offered and will try and get him on campus. He’s a big athlete who again looks like he could be a great LT/RT. OU visit seems like it’s been pushed out until 1/20. Not sure it will even happen.
Rami Hammad 6-5, 320 Dallas – Former OSU/Baylor commit who has just blown up since a dominating performance at the recent Semper Fi All Star game. He looks a little like Trent Williams on film. UT might be a favorite with an offer.
Josh Outlaw 6-4, 290, 4.9 Atlanta – Recent UF decommit. Powerful mobile OG/OT combo OL prospect. Several out of area schools including OU and TCU are offering Outlaw.
Maurice Porter 6-6, 285, 5.2 Texas – A Texas Tech verbal who as reappeared on the radar. Played OG his junior year, but played mostly tackle his senior year. Film is much improved.
Dwayne Johnson 6-6, 275, Houston – A Purdue commit who is racking up offers based on excellent senior year film. Excellent athleticism and mobility and his frame could easily carry 300+.
Aaron Cochran 6-7,330, 5.3 California – A big RT prospect from California who is still on the OU radar. He visited for the Baylor game and Cal where his brother plays may not be the leader everyone thinks. Tedford is gone. But Sonny Dykes is now hired. Will that help OU??
Desmond Harrison 6-8, 310 5.2 Cali Juco – A tall very mobile OT prospect that could turn into an absolute star. Unreal ceiling.
OU visit went well from all reports.
Matt Finnin 6-8, 330, 5.3 College of Dupage IL – Finnin is the latest OT offer. Scheduled for a visit in early January. His film looks good but his offer list is pretty average right now. His offer list could blow as folks find his film. He’s a big aggressive RT.
Matt Romar 6-3, 265, 4.8 Houston – The latest new name to appear at DT. Romar played DE most of his junior year but moved inside to DT his senior year. He looks like he could be an excellent 3 technique penetrating DT in the OU system. His frame looks like he could easily carry in the 285 range while keeping that explosive burst that OU needs out of that position. As a senior, Romar had 48 tackles with five sacks from the interior tackle spot. He was named All State 5-A at DT.
Jackson Dillon 6-6, 215, 4.7 Ringling OK – OU legacy who plays both LB/DE and TE. He looks better at TE than LB. Jackson definitely has potential.
Danny Mattingly 6-5 225, 4.6 Seattle – OU target from this spring. Decommitted from ND recently. Probably heading to Oregon. I have no info that he is even going to schedule an OU visit or if OU is even interested. But he would make a great option at TE.
Lamar Robbins 6-3, 185, 4.45 CB Florida – One of the top big CBs in Florida. Very similar to OU CB Gary Simon. Robbins visited for the OSU game and OU appeared to be leading. Right now, either Robbins is more focused on closer schools or OU is more focused on other targets. Robbins could also end up being a safety in the OU defense.
Adrian Baker 6-1, 170, 4.4 CB Florida – A big time cover CB from Florida. Verbaled to FSU, but with Mark Stoops leaving FSU along with his recruiting coach, Baker has de-committed. He’s already visited Clemson and OU and now appears ready to choose between those two teams on signing day.
LJ Moore 6-1, 185, 4.45 CB/S Fresno – OU is now back in the hunt for Moore with an official visit upcoming. Moore is an ideal hybrid between CB and safety that would fit the OU defense perfectly. Hatari Byrd has been talking up the Sooners.
Damarious Randall 6-0, 185 CB/S Juco – A late JUCO offer at DB. Not sure that OU will get a visit. But Randall could fit in several places in the Sooner secondary. CB, Nickel Back, or Dimeback.
Tahaan Goodman 6-2, 185, 4.5 California – One of the best safeties prospects in the country. His interest level in OU has been up and down. He had a good visit to OU but some hosts issues stopped it from being a grand slam. Will probably end up elsewhere.
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January 18th, 2013 09:45 AM
January 18th, 2013 09:48 AM
Of the guys you mentioned that we are still recruiting, are any leaning towards OU?
January 18th, 2013 10:28 AM
January 18th, 2013 10:47 AM
Thanks for all the good info.
January 18th, 2013 12:49 PM
Great break down. Thanks.
January 18th, 2013 02:03 PM
January 18th, 2013 02:10 PM
I was just looking at the Rivals site and saw something interesting. The nine recruits that were commits prior to this last football season have an average star rating of 3.78. The 11 that committed after the season was well underway (Nov. was first commit for this group) average 2.9 stars.
Did our play on the field cause this?
January 18th, 2013 02:24 PM
We offered the best players early. THose that were going to commit to us did it early. Then we moved on to backup plans who got offers later. Those guys aren't as good as the good as the guys we offered early, hence the later offer. Some of the elite prospects wait til signing day, and we might add one or two of those to this class late.
January 18th, 2013 03:49 PM
Another reason is that some of these players greatly improved their senior years, such as Walker, but their ratings have not caught up with their improved play YET.
Not to worry. I expect OU will close "in a great way."
January 18th, 2013 03:49 PM
Check the predicted final class for the answer.
January 18th, 2013 03:51 PM
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January 18th, 2013 03:54 PM
Atlanta, what are your thoughts on LJ Moore? Word is he nearly committed last weekend.
Is he waiting to make a big splash with his announcement?
Is he a silent commit?
January 18th, 2013 04:13 PM
Mods, can we get these video's behind tags? Holy smokes it takes forever for this page to load.
January 18th, 2013 04:21 PM
Skipped right over it, thanks!
January 18th, 2013 04:22 PM
January 18th, 2013 04:48 PM
Final class prediction is going to be wrong.
No one week to week seems to have a good handle on the remaining targets.
To me, OU's post season offers are based on senior year film improvements which often especially at OL are considerable. The various ranking services
shuffling around the top 250 kids, but they rarely rank a kid in the top 250 who they did not previously evaluate. Kids like KJ Young and Walker can
only get 3 star rankings, not able to break into the 4 star range despite their film justifying such rankings.
January 18th, 2013 07:30 PM
January 19th, 2013 08:33 AM
Thanks Atl. Any chance Mastro could switch back? I was fired up about him filling a huge need.
January 19th, 2013 10:47 AM
ATM has like 5 LB verbals. So I guess it's possible.
But to be honest, he might be the best of the verbals so I figure ATM would cut someone
else loose first.
I'm afraid that recruiting battle is over.
January 22nd, 2013 06:01 AM
So all of these 6 OL are off the board now right, or Outlaw and Porter still looking at us? Is there mention of anyone else, maybe one late surprise?
January 22nd, 2013 10:10 AM
Outlaw is allegedly still visiting.
Bob and Kittle went in home to salvage the weekend visit by Dwayne Johnson (who has become a very important recruit).
Porter?? Not sure he's supposed to be a big grade issue.
January 22nd, 2013 10:20 AM
Where does Dwayne Johnson stand now?
January 22nd, 2013 05:45 PM
According to Scout.com Tyrell Robinson a 4* OLB is still uncommitted and considering OU.
January 22nd, 2013 07:17 PM
Would his brother be part of a package? Think they would leave west coast? Do not think there has been a de-commit from Oregon as yet.
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January 22nd, 2013 08:13 PM
Damn Atlanta !! Good work. Mad we lost Greg Bryant & Jordan Mastriogiavanni ! ....but hopefully we can find some "Diamonds in the Rough" who develope well out of this bunch. Boomer Sooner from AZ !!
January 22nd, 2013 09:34 PM
Love the insight into our recruiting. Great post!
January 22nd, 2013 09:37 PM
Robinson twins are unlikely. Danny Mattingly has heard from OU recently, but I doubt it materializes to anything. Even though Chip Kelly left, the staff will remain largely unchanged and their commits are pretty happy with that.
January 23rd, 2013 12:06 AM
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Goodman announcing at 2:30 today. Any chance with this guy?
January 23rd, 2013 06:07 AM
2013 Recruiting Update 1-17
I'm not holding my breath.
January 23rd, 2013 08:36 AM
Last I heard, Goodman liked LSU
January 23rd, 2013 08:46 AM
Him and his BFF Priest Willis are both announcing today. My bet is on UCLA
January 23rd, 2013 08:50 AM
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