2014 Recruiting Update 2-6
Verbal Commitments: 2 (class size 22-24)
Armanti Foreman 5-11, 180, 4.45 Texas WR
Vontre McQuinnie 6-1, 200, 4.6 Texas Safety
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So OU now has two verbals for 2014, Armanti Foreman who is arguably the best WR in Texas verbaled back in December, and now Vontre McQuinnie safety/OLB from Lancaster. Foreman definitely will end up in the top 50 of most Texas lists. Right now based on their junior years, it’s either Armanti or KD Cannon for best WR in Texas. Armanti will continue the new tradition of fantastic slot WRs (Mark Clayton, Broyles, Saunders, Shepard). McQuinnie was offered right before OU’s junior day this weekend and verbaled while in Norman. He’s a big safety/possible nickel LB. Mike Stoops seems convinced that he needs to stockpile big safeties as a response to spread passing games with mobile QBs. Would not surprise me if the rumors of a hybrid 3-4 OU defense really. Where is McQuinnie going to be ranked? I’m not sure since the DB class in Texas is absurdly good a theme that is sure to be discussed all year long.
OU just had a very successful first junior day with over 25 kids visiting. OU got one verbal out of the weekend, and appears to have jumped into the lead for possibly a half dozen additional prospects. If OU was somewhat passive at the beginning of last year’s recruiting in making offers, then this year OU is going all out with early offers to players.
OU’s next junior day appears to be set for 2/16. With big talent pools in Texas for DBs/LBs and a good overall talent in state, it would not be a surprise to see a flurry of early verbals again. The biggest concern right now in recruiting is that it’s not a great year in Texas or Oklahoma for OL, and OU’s ability to land out of region OL prospects is suspect at best right now. And OU needs numbers at OL and ideally some players like Adam Shead/Nila/Darryl Williams who were able to be productive front line players as redshirt freshman.
1 QB: (1)
2 RB: (3)
3 WR: (6)
2 TE: (8)
5 OL: (12)
2 DT: (14)
2 DE: (17)
4 LB: (19)
5 DB: (25)
QB: 1 spot (if Cody Thomas went MLB only OU might think about signing 2 QBs)
Justice Hansen 6-3, 195, 4.6 Edmond – This name has been out there in Sooner recruiting circles for nearly two years. Hansen has been a factor at Sooner summer camps the last two years and had a fantastic Junior year showing improvement over his excellent sophomore film. Hansen has an OU offer and his dad played baseball for OU in the 90s.
David Cornwell 6-4, 205, 4.7 Norman – Small school QB has moved to Norman for his senior year. His film is excellent. It is just a shame that there are two great in state QBs in the same year. He’s probably right behind Hansen in terms of an OU offer
RB: 2 spots
OU only signed one RB last year with Keith Ford, but has 3 senior RBs graduating so two RBS in this class makes sense.
Nathan Starks 6-0, 210, 4.45 Las Vegas – It’s about time that OU signed a great RB from Bishop Gorman again. Starks is that RB and he has been very clear that OU is one of his favorites and Murray is one of his favorite RBs. A very possible 5 star RB.
Joe Mixon 6-1, 190, 4.45 California – Any RB who wears 28 and wants folks to call him the next Adrian Peterson is probably interested in hearing from OU. Mixon has an OU offer and is excellent RB with home run speed. Like Starks he has a number of big time offers.
WR 1 verbaled, 2 more?
OU surprisingly took 4 WRs in 2013 so it’s hard to know what the number will be for 2014. Bester and Saunders graduate so OU is looking at least two. Can OU take Cannon to go with Foreman since they are very similar players?
Jeffrey Mead 6-7, 170, 4.6 Tulsa – So is Mead a basketball player or a football player. His junior year showed a tall WR with great hands and excellent speed who was a consistent mismatch against smaller DBs. Seems like Mead was more interested in basketball, but offers from OU and OSU for football might make this more of a choice.
Nick Alexander 6-3, 195, 4.5 Lancaster TX – Superstar at the OU summer camp of 2012. Just dominating. Had an uneven junior year from all reports. Unfortunately, I have no footage to review to really brag on the kid. Has an OU offer.
KD Cannon 6-0, 170, 4.4 Texas – Best WR in Texas? Cannon is a legit contender to that crown. Extremely fast and elusive, KD would make an awesome slot WR for the Sooners. Can OU sign both Armanti and KD with such similar receiving games?
Dorian Leonard 6-5, 190, 4.5 Longview – Malcolm Kelly redux? He looks great on film. Big, fluid, athlete making those big down field catches that Kelly did so well in 2006/2007. Like his DT teammate he has an OU offer.
Mark Andrews 6-7, 226, 4.6 Arizona – Huge WR/TE that has been very public in his interest level for OU. Andrews on film looks like an excellent big WR, but you have to wonder if a natural move to TE is in his future.
OL: 5 at least
OU tanked again on signing day at OL, and situation is getting desperate. OU has great depth in their junior and senior OL group, but underclassman wise it’s very shallow. OU needs depth and at least 2 or 3 of these kids needs to players that can contribute quickly not in 3 years. OU has a bunch of offers out there to national OL guys. I’m going to list the guys below who are in region and appear to have an interest in OU. After the last two years, it’s hard to project OU landing a top ten national OL prospect. There isn’t an instate OL prospect right now on the offer list, and it does not appear to be a great year in Texas depth wise at OL.
Ty Barrett 6-5, 295, 5.2 Dallas – Athletic tackle prospect from Dallas Skyline. OU has numerous players from Skyline. Just visited for junior day and has an OU offer.
Braden Smith 6-6, 275, 5.0 Kansas – Nationally ranked OL prospect who starred last summer at the OU summer camp where he was probably the top prospect. OU will be in the hunt, but all the big powers have offered Smith.
Andy Bauer 6-6, 300, 5.0 Missouri – Former teammate of Duron Neal might be a top five OL in the country. Bama is after him along with a host of other teams. OU could get a visit in the spring.
Jovan Pruitt 6-6, 290, 5.2 Dallas – Recent OU and ND offer according to Twitter. Huge framed kid looks a little stiff in his stance but shows some power on film.
Blake Blackmar 6-5, 300 Houston – Blackmar has some flexibility by playing center in HS so he could play anywhere on the OL. Blake has expressed interest in OU previously
Jacob Bragg 6-3, 290,5.2 Nacogdoches – If OU wants to recruit a pure center Bragg would be a great target. Bragg has previously expressed interest in OU and looks like an excellent center prospect.
OU struck out at TE in 2013. So two tight ends would make a lot of sense for 2014. OU really needs to use the TE more in their offense. Hopefully McNamara and Grant return the TE position to relevance this fall.
Koda Martin 6-6, 250, 4.8 Texas – Looking for a big prototype blocking TE? Martin is it. Last year he started showing some receiving skills as well. The only question is like Eric Winston does he grow into an elite mobile OT or stay at TE.
Dalton Schultz 6-5, 220, 4.7 Utah – Top ranked national TE that has received an OU offer. No sure at this point where OU stands.
Nic Weishar 6-5, 220, 4.6 Illinois – Excellent pass receiving TE from the Chicago area. Shows excellent speed with the ability to stretch the field down the seams.
Mike’Quan Deane 6-4,220, 4.6 Tulsa – A possible Sooner from Tulsa Memorial!! Go Chargers. Big WR/TE target. Shows excellent receiving skills and speed, but not much in the way of blocking footage/skills. No offer yet, but he was just at the OU junior day.
OU is not quite in the desperate place for DTs that they were in 2013 recruiting. Still you’d like to see OU sign a top DT every year. No prospects in Oklahoma right now, and Texas does not look to have a deep pool of candidates right now.
Zaycoven Henderson 6-2, 285, 5.0 Longview TX – Recent OU offer and junior day attendee. His film is excellent and shows run stopping and pass rushing ability. Nice combination of burst and strength. He might be the best DT in Texas.
Khairi Clark 6-3, 310, 5.0 Florida – All I know about Clark is that he’s showing an OU offer and the entire world is recruiting him. His film is elite. Massive frame, explosive burst, playmaking ability on the other side of the LOS.
Travonte Valentine 6-3, 285, 4.9 Florida – Valentine has verbaled to Louisville and now UF, but he has a listed OU offer.
OU signed an excellent 3 player DE class but I’m guessing BJW still has the great light to add 2 top flight DE if he can find them. OU has offers out to national DE targets like DaShawn Hand but I don’t see it going anywhere.
Solomon Thomas 6-3, 260, 4.8 Dallas – Probably the overall DL prospect in Texas. Thomas could be a 3-4 DE or possibly grow into a DT. OU has offered and he just visited for junior day. Very impressive film.
Myles Garrett 6-4, 230, 4.7 Dallas – After Thomas, Garrett is getting a lot of attention as the next best DE.
Deondre Clark 6-4, 240, 4.8 OKC – After Hansen, Clark is probably the top prospect in OK. Unfortunately he has a brother at OSU playing hoops and seems very interested in LSU who have offered. OU is recruiting and offered but he seems focused elsewhere.
Last year it was DTs, this year’s desperate recruiting position that has the message boards worried a year before signing day is LB. Tim Kish has already been labeled a disaster. Fortunately, it’s a great year for LBs from Texas (unlike last year) and Kish has made some excellent connections with these prospects. In addition, two excellent LBs from Illinois have expressed serious interest in OU. Kish could very quickly dismiss the problem coach label with some early verbals at LB.
Otaro Alaka 6-3,210, 4.5 Texas – Wow. I love this film as an OLB to help OU deal with spread attacks. Alaka does a great job attacking the perimeter and also in coverage. Great range, power.
James David 6-3, 226, 4.6 Texas – Might be the best MLB in Texas. David though torn his ACL last year so there’s some question when he will be back on the field. His junior year film is great. James is the younger brother of Derek David whose career has been derailed by off the field legal issues.
Gyasi Akem 6-2, 215, 4.6 Broken Arrow – Best looking OLB prospect in state. Very physical and excellent speed. Probably is leaning to OSU and join his teammate Devon Thomas.
Cameron Hampton 6-2, 210, 4.6 Dallas Carter – Another great looking OLB prospect.
Josh Mabin 6-2, 225 Spring TX – With David hurt, Mabin might be the best MLB prospect in Texas. Very physical, does a great job in coverage and stopping the run with some power inside.
Niles Morgan 6-2, 215 4.5 Illinois – OU has already offered this speedy physical OLB. OU has a connection back to David Smith so a visit is not out of the question. Has a lot of big time offers.
Zach Whitley 6-2, 215, 4.6 Houston – Have not heard a great deal about Whitley. He might be leaning to UT.
Christian Sam 6-2, 205, 4.5 Texas – Just visited for OU’s first junior day. No offer yet but his film is excellent.
Clifton Garrett 6-2, 225, 4.6 – If Morgan is the speed LB from Illinois, then Garrett is the power LB. Entire Big Ten has offered. OU has offered and a visit would not be a surprise.
DB 3 or 4
It might be the best and deepest talent pool for DBs from Texas in forever. There’s legitimately 15 to 16 4 star type DBs in state. It’s going to be nearly impossible to really rank the guys the talent level is that high. The top 50 in Texas could easily be populated with 20 DBs.
OU has to take advantage of this group and sign 3 or 4 kids.
Darrion Johnson 5-10, 185, 4.5 Brenham – OU offer. Visited for the junior day. Very physical CB with excellent cover and open field tackling skills.
Arrion Spring 5-11, 190, 4.5 San Antonio – OU offer. Visited for junior day. Safety prospect who is excellent in coverage and very physical in run support. Excellent tackler.
Edwin Freeman 6-2, 190, 4.5 Arlington – OU offer at safety. Huge frame with excellent speed and range.
Dylan Sumner-Gardner 6-2, 190, 4.5 Mesquite – OU offer at safety. Visited for first junior day. Was verbaled to Clemson.
Nick Watkins 6-1, 185, 4.5 Dallas – Best Big CB in Texas? His offer list (OU included) sure lends credence to that statement.
Nick Harvey 5-11, 180, 4.5 Lancaster – Might be the best CB in Texas. Verbaled to ATM. OU offer and OU will try to get him on campus for a junior day.
Tony Brown 6-1, 180, 4.5 Beaumont – Okay Brown might be the best DB in Texas. OU offer, rumored to be a lean to LSU.
Steven Parker 6-2, 185, 4.5 Jenks – Best DB prospect in Oklahoma. Has an OU offer and was a star at the OU summer camp.
Michiah Quick 6-0, 175, 4.4 Fresno – Despite his HS having 3 big time DBs just sign LOIs, Quick might be the best one overall. OU after signing Byrd and Moore will be all over this California offer. Quick was also all decked out in OU gear at Byrd/Moore's signing day event.
Jamal Adams 6-1, 190, 4.5 Lewisville – Both OU and UT are after this big talented safety. Might be the best safety in Texas.
John Bonney 6-0, 185, 4.5 Houston – OU offer out of the Houston area. Has not visited yet for a junior day.