Oklahoma Sooners: Virginia Cavaliers

CLIFTON, Va. -- Five-star defensive tackle Tim Settle, No. 10 in the ESPN 300, will not be making an early commitment, that much has been known from the start. What is also known about Settle is that he intends to go through the entire process and take all five of his official visits.

What wasn’t known is that Settle has started to think about what schools will make the cut.

“I’m going to trim it down in August to 14,” said Settle, who earned an invitation to The Opening Saturday after a stellar performance at the Nike Football Training Camp at Centreville High School in Clifton, Va. “The reason I’m going to trim it down in August is two-a-days and getting ready for the season. I don’t want a lot of pressure on me. I just want to play and have fun my senior season.

1. Oklahoma quarterback Blake Bell is moving to tight end, which makes the Sooners coaching staff the absolutely last people to look at the 6-6, 252-pound Bell and think, “Isn’t this guy out of position?” The truth is Bell remained Oklahoma’s best option at quarterback until Trevor Knight matured enough to take the job. Knight answered that question at season’s end. Bell’s move, taken with the Sooners’ great close to recruiting season, means Oklahoma is a step closer to ending that three-year Big 12 title drought.

2. That said, Sooners coach Bob Stoops almost didn’t win Best Recruiting Class in his family. Kentucky coach Mark Stoops, 2-10 last season, signed the No. 20 class. Mark Stoops said Facebook and Twitter deserve a big assist in overcoming the stigma for the Wildcats, who have lost 16-straight SEC games. “I think it's easier in some ways because of all the social media that you have,” he said. “These players understand what we're doing….(W)e're working right now for 2015, and the 2015 recruits know what's going on with 2014. That has an effect. Again, it's all this information they get very quickly.”

3. They might not be playing championship football in the state of Virginia, but they’re creating some kind of a story. Virginia, also coming off a 2-10 season, signed a top-25 recruiting class. Is that strictly because Mike London and his staff can still recruit? Is it because Virginia Tech coach Frank Beamer has entered the retirement spiral (15-11 the last two seasons) as he moves toward 300 wins (266 and counting)? This has gotten fun.
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- ESPN 300 defensive tackle Tim Settle (Manassas, Va./Stonewall Jackson) already has 17 offers, but the main schools he’s considering are the ones that he’s been to. That’s why it was so important for Alabama to get him on campus this week.

Settle visited Tuscaloosa on Sunday and Monday, where took part in the Crimson Tide’s camp.


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George Adeosun gets taste of OU culture 

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Offensive tackle George Adeosun (Alpharetta, Ga./Alpharetta) started the weekend as a William & Mary commit. Oklahoma fans were hoping he would end the weekend as a Sooners commit.


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Offers rising for Adeosun, sleeper OL 

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During an interview with George Adeosun (Alpharetta, Ga./Alpharetta), a funny thing happened. It started out like any other, with the 6-foot-5, 300-pound offensive lineman giving his thoughts on his first two BCS offers -- Virginia and Oklahoma.

“Oklahoma is notable for its alumni association, and Virginia is well known for its academics,” Adeosun said.

But toward the end of his answer, a familiar sound occurred as a tweet was sent out. It was from his coach.


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#BlueChipBattles: Nov. 9

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Max Redfield, Leon McQuayTom Hauck for ESPN.comMax Redfield is out at USC -- is Leon McQuay in?
Think USC was left reeling after Max Redfield (left) decommitted this week? Not really. The Trojans appear to be zeroing in on Leon McQuay III (right). And then there's the nation’s No. 1 recruit, Robert Nkemdiche, who decommitted Thursday. It's an open market in this week’s #BlueChipBattles Insider.

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DB Priest Willis has a top 16 

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Priest Willis (Tempe, Ariz./Marcos De Niza) planned to release a list of his top 15 schools shortly after the opening, but settled on a final 16 when it became too difficult to cut an additional program.

The schools that made the cut for Willis are Arizona, Arizona State, California, Florida, Florida State, LSU, Michigan, Nebraska, Notre Dame, Oklahoma, Oregon, UCLA, USC, Utah, Virginia and Washington.

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Oklahoma advanced to the Charlottesville Regional final with a 5-4 win Sunday night over host Virginia:

How the game was won: Dillon Overton threw a career-high 136 pitches, while handcuffing the UVA offense through eight innings. After Overton left the game, the Cavaliers brought the winning run to the plate, but a groundout to first base ended the game.

Player of the game: Who else? Overton went 8 1/3 innings, giving up seven hits and two walks while striking out 11. Overton threw his fastball in the 90s all game.

Stat of the game: The Sooners nearly let UVA come all the way back with poor defense in the ninth inning, including a ball that should have been caught in right field that allowed the Cavaliers to cut the deficit to 5-4. OU now has committed eight errors in its three regional games.

Unsung hero: Jack Mayfield came through with a 3-RBI triple that cleared the bases in the fourth inning. With the OU bats previously scuffling, Mayfield’s base hit finally got the Sooners offense going.

What it means: The Sooners are two wins over Appalachian State away from advancing to a Super Regional. The first game will be at 3 p.m. Monday.
Two years ago, Oklahoma used Charlottesville, Va., as a springboard to the College World Series.

The Sooners hope the Old Dominion State will be just as kind this time around.

Monday, OU (38-22) was awarded the No. 2 seed in Charlottesville, where it will play No. 3 Appalachian State (39-16) in its opener Friday. Host Virginia (38-17-1) is the No. 1 seed, and will face No. 4 Army (41-13).

The winner of the Charlottesville Regional will meet the Columbia Regional winner, which includes No. 8 national seed and back-to-back national champion South Carolina.

The last team to defeat the Gamecocks in the postseason was OU. In 2010, the Sooners knocked off Virginia in Charlottesville in a Super Regional, blasting the Cavaliers 11-0 in the third and final game to advance to Omaha. The Sooners beat South Carolina 4-3 in the first game. But after losing to Clemson, OU was eliminated by the Gamecocks in extra innings. South Carolina went on to win the national championship, then steamrolled through the postseason in 2011 without losing a game to repeat as champs.

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