Oklahoma Sooners: Indiana Hoosiers

The first visit to Oklahoma was a good one for offensive lineman Alex Dalton (Troy, Ohio/Troy). Dalton and his father had a great time in Norman, Okla., last month, but something was missing.

His mother. If any school is going to be in serious consideration for Dalton, his mom would have to see the campus, as well. OU is now in serious consideration, as Dalton and both of his parents returned to campus last weekend.

Oklahoma first-year offensive line coach Bill Bedenbaugh has been putting in a lot of work since coming to OU from West Virginia. And it’s clear his connections with some recruits have carried over and put the Sooners squarely in the mix for some linemen prospects.

One example is offensive tackle Alex Dalton (Troy, Ohio/Troy). Offered by Bedenbaugh at West Virginia, he was offered again by Bedenbaugh for OU last month and made an unofficial visit to campus last week.

Dalton has offers from schools such as Indiana, Kentucky and Michigan State, but last week was the first time he flew to a campus as he saw OU and Stanford on his spring break.


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OL coach James Patton headed to Indiana

February, 11, 2013
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Interior offensive line coach James Patton, who joined Oklahoma in 2006, is leaving the Sooners to become an assistant at Indiana, both schools announced Monday.

Patton, who is reuniting with former OU assistant Kevin Wilson, will be the recruiting coordinator, special teams coordinator and assistant defensive line coach for the Hoosiers.

"We appreciate the contributions that James made to our program over the past seven seasons," Bob Stoops said in a release. "He was a valued member of a staff that helped us win five Big 12 championships. We wish James and his family the best in this opportunity with Kevin Wilson at Indiana."

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Some of the country's biggest programs have sat down in Larry Cox's office at West Chester (Ohio) Lakota West. Many will be back again this month and again in April and May.


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Quarterback David Cornwell (Jones, Okla./Jones) came out of nowhere to have an exceptional junior season and is now unquestionably one of the top in-state prospects for the Class of 2014.

Problem is, though, neither Oklahoma nor in-state power Oklahoma State have shown much interest. Cornwell camped at OU and had good contact with former OSU quarterbacks coach Todd Monken.

With Monken’s departure to become the Southern Mississippi head coach combined with little interest from OU quarterbacks coach Josh Heupel thus far, right now it looks like one of the state’s best prospects will have to look elsewhere.

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Q&A: 2014 Texas RB Xavier Turner 

December, 12, 2012
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Oklahoma was the first to notice Class of 2014 running back Xavier Turner (North Richland Hills, Texas/Birdville). But after the junior season he just had, it won’t take long before a bevy of other schools enter the race.

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Turner was an unknown when he visited OU for its spring game in April but people are going to know his name now.

He had 207 carries for 1,586 yards and 31 touchdowns despite missing time with a high ankle sprain early in the season. He also had 22 receptions for 358 yards and four more scores.

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Three-star offensive tackle Kyle Meadows (West Chester, Ohio/Lakota West) walked into school Wednesday with news for his coach, Larry Cox.

“Kyle walked in today and said ‘I’m going to visit Oklahoma on Friday,’ ” Cox said.

Earlier this week, Cox spoke with Oklahoma offensive tackles coach Bruce Kittle, and that really got the ball rolling in the Sooners’ pursuit of the 6-foot-5, 275-pound Meadows. The Oklahoma staff has tried to get in contact with Meadows for several weeks but could never hook up with the tackle, who is ranked No. 42 nationally.

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Oklahoma saw something early in 2014 wide receiver Nick Alexander (Lancaster, Texas/Lancaster). At the Sooners' three-day camp in June, Alexander showed himself to be an outstanding pass-catching receiver with a big body and an even bigger will to achieve.

At Lancaster, Alexander’s role remains the same, but in three games, he’s shown an ability to use his 6-foot-3, 195-pound frame more for blocking purposes. Alexander only has three catches for 48 yards in Lancaster’s run-based offense, but he has been a top contributor in an offense that is averaging almost 30 points and nearly 250 rushing yards per game.

Consider his blocking ability an additional characteristic on his budding football resume.

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Junior college tight end Beau Sandland (Woodland Hills, Calif./Pierce College) is making the most of his first foray into the recruiting process. A non-qualifier out of high school, the 6-foot-5, 250-pound athlete turned in an impressive showing on the recruiting trail this offseason. Beginning in February, Sandland said it felt as though he collected an offer -- and sometimes two -- each day, through the end of spring. Though things have slowed considerably since then with the end of the spring evaluation period and fall camps starting, Monday proved that it isn’t over completely, as Tennessee stepped forward with a scholarship offer.

“It’s been fun,” Sandland said of recruiting. “This is the first time I’ve ever gone through it, so I didn’t fully know what to expect. You hear stories and see the sophomores from last year, but it’s been a really exciting and fun time. It can get a little hectic, but in a good way. It’s been really humbling talking to these schools and having offers from some of the top programs in the nation.”

Several SEC heavyweights extended offers to Sandland, including Florida, Georgia, LSU and Mississippi, though he took opportunities this summer to get a better feel for programs in other conferences. Pac-12 programs Arizona State, California and UCLA received unofficial visits, while Nebraska was the recipient of an official visit. This weekend, Sandland will travel for Oklahoma for his second official visit.

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Cornerback Stanvon Taylor (Tulsa, Okla./East Central) has reached double digits in scholarship offers with the help of a strong 36 hours occurring between all of Monday and Tuesday morning.

Taylor, a 5-foot-11, 165-pound junior cover back, picked up his eighth and ninth offers from Ole Miss and Iowa State, respectively, on Monday. His 10th offer came on Tuesday, as Arizona State extended a scholarship opportunity. Taylor has additional offers from Arkansas, Kansas State, Texas Tech, Arkansas State, Indiana, Tulsa and Utah State.

Taylor said he’s being recruited to Ole Miss by co-defensive coordinator Wesley McGriff and defensive line coach Chris Kiffin. He’s being recruited to Iowa State by receivers coach Luke Wells and to Arizona State by secondary coach Chris Ball and defensive coordinator Paul Randolph.

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Watch List DE earns Tennessee offer 

December, 1, 2011
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Avon, Ind., junior defensive end Elijah Daniel added another impressive offer Thursday night.

Daniel, a member of the ESPNU 150 Watch List, talked with Tennessee linebacker coach Peter Sirmon, who extended the offer to Daniel.

“I’ve been trying to reach him for a couple weeks,” Daniel said, who added it was the first time he’s talked with Sirmon.

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