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Chatmon's mailbag: Any help on the way?

9/6/2012

Oklahoma was, um, less than dominant in its 24-7 win over UTEP on Sept. 1. And yet Friday's mailbag is recruiting heavy with questions and answers about the Sooners recruiting along the offensive and defensive lines as well as a couple of basketball inquires. If you have any questions email Brandon Chatmon at bchatmonespn@gmail.com. So without further ado...

ZackD18 (via Twitter) asks: What are the chances the Sooners get some legit OL and DL commits? Maybe the UCLA commits?

Brandon Chatmon: There’s a pretty decent chance the Sooners land defensive tackle Justin Manning (Dallas/Kimball), the younger brother of Demarcus Granger. Manning would be a great get for an OU defense that continues to search for difference makers in its interior.

After Manning the outlook gets bleak. Junior college defensive tackle Toby Johnson (Hutchinson, Kan./Hutchinson Community College) could be the best option. At 6-foot-4, 290 pounds, Johnson would bring terrific size to the defensive tackle position.

On the offensive line, the Sooners already have a couple of quality commits in Matt Beyer and Dalton Rodriguez. Both players could develop into quality tackles in crimson and cream.

On the interior, OU has work to do with John Michael McGee’s decision to leave the program. The Sooners are in hot pursuit of Caleb Benenoch (Katy, Texas/Seven Lakes) but could be facing an uphill battle with Texas and, most recently, UCLA in the mix for the standout guard.

For something a little different this week, how about a basketball question or two:

WindsorSooner (via Twitter) asks: What are our chances in getting Damian Jones to decommit from Vandy? Do we have a real shot at (Julius) Randle?

Brandon Chatmon: Landing Jones could have been one of the biggest coops of Lon Kruger’s time in Norman but it’s unlikely the Sooners are able to get the lanky forward to decommit. He would have brought athleticism, length and perimeter skills for the Sooners, and OU looked in good position after his official visit in late August. Ultimately, however, Vandy is probably the place he ends up.

As far as Randle, it depends on what you consider real. Are the Sooners the favorite to land Randle, the 6-9 power forward ranked No. 3 on the ESPN100? No.

Nonetheless, Randle continues to list OU as one of the schools amongst his favorites.

But Kentucky and Florida have already landed official visits from him and are going to be very tough to beat. I’d rate the chances of landing him at 8 percent. In other words, don’t hold your breath Sooners fans.