Wednesday, October 2, 2013
Early Offer: OU going back to Cali
By Jeremy Crabtree
The Early Offer is RecruitingNation's regular feature, giving you a daily dose of recruiting in the mornings. Today's offerings: Oklahoma hopes its talent pipeline to California hasn’t dried up, ESPN 2 and ESPNU have Friday night broadcasts that feature around 10 ESPN 300 prospects; and even without a head coach USC remains active on the recruiting trail.
Bob Stoops has never shied away from bringing in prospects for game weekends, and Saturday’s Big 12 Conference matchup against TCU is another opportunity for the Sooners to impress. Five-star cornerback Adoree' Jackson (Gardena, Calif./Serra), four-star running back Joe Mixon (Oakley, Calif./Freedom), four-star linebacker Dwight Williams (Gardena, Calif./Serra), four-star athlete Michiah Quick (Fresno, Calif./East), four-star receiver Dallis Todd and four-star defensive tackle Ainuu Taua (Lompoc, Calif./Lompoc) will be in town for official visits. The Sooners have had a lot of success out West in the past and hope to keep their Golden State pipeline open. “California is right there with Oklahoma and Texas as far as importance to us,” one Sooner insider said. “We believe we can go into California and compete with Pac-12 schools because we have a lot to offer, and we have been quite successful attracting talented players to come to OU.” The Sooners currently have nine California players on its roster, including impact players like running back Brennan Clay, receiver Jalen Saunders and running back Damien Williams.
Get your DVRs ready because ESPN2 and ESPNU has two Friday night broadcasts that feature some of the nation’s best high school football prospects. Starting at 8 p.m. ET on ESPN 2, the Geico ESPN High School Football Showcase features River Ridge (La.) against New Orleans St. Augustine. Then at 10 p.m. ET another Geico ESPN High School Football Showcase game pits Miami Booker T. Washington against Las Vegas Bishop Gorman. The John Curtis-St. Augustine game includes the nation’s No. 1 player RB Leonard Fournette, five-star WR Malachi Dupre, ESPN 300 and Texas CB commit Jermaine Roberts and ESPN 300 S Mattrell McGraw. ESPN 300 LB and Miami commit Chad Thomas, ESPN 300 WR and West Virginia commit Lamar Parker, ESPN 300 CB and Miami commit Nigel Bethel, ESPN 300 ATH and Florida State commit Treon Harris, QB Randall Cunningham III, and ESPN Junior 300 TE Alize Jones are the showcase players in the Booker T. Washington-Gorman game.
USC remaining active
USC doesn’t have a coach, but that hasn’t stopped the remaining coaches on staff from moving forward with the recruiting plan that was already in place. USC assistant Tommie Robinson stayed in Arizona following the ASU game, and he extended scholarships to three players at Scottsdale (Ariz.) Chaparral High School. USC offered four-star CB and ASU commit Tyler Whiley, three-star TE and Arizona commit Trevor Wood and 2015 standout lineman Keenan Walker. Walker called the offer “a tremendous opportunity to have this option early in the process," but Wood said he is “still a Wildcat.”