Sooner Intel: Recruiting news and notes 

August, 23, 2012
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Every Thursday, SoonerNation releases the Sooner Intel, a sneak peek inside Oklahoma Sooners football recruiting with news and notes on the latest happenings around the program. Talk about it on our forum. A few things discussed in this week's update:

• A three-star defensive end isn't ruling out the Sooners.
• OU offers a junior college teammate of a 2012 signee.
• Are the Sooners targeting an offensive lineman from a school with a Sooners commit?
• Why a four-star prospect including OU in his top six wasn't a shock to one OU commit.
• There's another in-state defensive end to keep an eye on in the 2014 class.

Read the Sooner Intel after the jump.

Mixon not ruling out Sooners

There was a strong feeling that OU was going to be done with its defensive end recruiting after it offered Arizona State commit Dimarya Mixon (Mesquite, Texas/West Mesquite) in late May.


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Dimarya Mixon is committed to Arizona State but will likely take other official visits.


Mixon committed to the Sun Devils earlier that month but had expressed a big interest in OU. But it’s almost September now and Mixon remains committed to ASU.

“Right now I’m really trying to just focus on my senior season,” Mixon said. “As we get closer to signing day or when the season ends, I’ll think about it more.”

That’s not to say the three-star prospect has forgotten about the Sooners. He said there was something special about getting the OU offer, and he has had contact with Bobby Jack Wright throughout this summer.

“Last time I spoke to him was probably two weeks ago,” Mixon said. “I think I have a pretty good relationship with him. I need to get on the phone more, but we still talk a lot.”

ASU, OU, West Virginia and Missouri were the schools Mixon mentioned when discussing the possibility of official visits. He is not sure who the fifth one will be.

One thing the Sun Devils have in their favor is that first-year coach Todd Graham is a native of Mesquite, Texas, which allowed Mixon and Graham to build an immediate rapport with each other.

There was some thought OU might consider moving Mixon to defensive tackle, but he said that’s not the case right now. Also, he said he hasn’t put on weight like he did last summer. He said he is a comfortable 250 pounds heading into his senior season.

Gregory excited by OU offer

If OU cannot turn Mixon into a commitment, maybe the answer is in the junior college ranks. The Sooners offered Randy Gregory (Yuma, Ariz./Arizona Western CC) on Monday.

Gregory signed with Purdue for the 2011 class but didn’t qualify academically. He is once again committed to the Boilermakers but said it’s an honor to be noticed by OU.

“It’s great. It’s really exciting,” Gregory said. “The coaching staff here said they had talked to OU a couple of days ago and said the offer might be coming. They came to a couple of spring practices so I already have a good start with Coach Wright.”

It’s a good start, but right now it’s not enough to sway Gregory away from West Lafayette, Ind. The OU offer is illustrating something to Gregory that he wanted to see during the recruiting process this time around.

Coming out of high school in Fishers, Ind., Gregory was viewed more as a regional prospect. With offers now from Utah, OU, Ole Miss and several others, Gregory is seeing coast-to-coast attention. And attention is going to mean a lot to Gregory.

“I need a school to show me a lot of love,” Gregory said. “I can’t even talk about official visits yet because I’m not sure which schools are the most serious about everything. We play our games Saturdays, too, so it’s going to be tough to plan those visits.”

Gregory said he sees both sides of the story regarding distance. He would love to come back home so his family could watch him play at Purdue. But he has also enjoyed the college life of being on his own.

One thing he focused on was getting his weight up. It worked.

“I played last year around 215 pounds,” Gregory said. “This year I’m at least 240, put on more than 25 pounds. But I have a real quick first step, and I move real well for as big as I am.”

Gregory said he has watched OU on TV for years and knows the Sooners have had a lot of success sending defensive players into the NFL. But he admits to knowing nothing about the campus and said he would need to visit if anything is going to change.

Gregory is a former teammate of OU running back Damien Williams. Gregory said Williams had nothing but great things to say about OU the last time they spoke to each other.

Korona an option at tackle

OU coaches are trying to make things easier for themselves. It seems like they have found a school in San Antonio Regan that they want to keep targeting.

And why not? OU found its 2012 quarterback in Trevor Knight. The Sooners have the commitment of 2013 four-star offensive tackle Matt Beyer. Now OU might be targeting Beyer’s counterpart in three-star tackle Sterling Korona.

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