Sooner Intel: Recruiting news and notes 

September, 6, 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 Florida defensive back talks more about his appreciation for Mike Stoops.
• The Sooners have one big-time visitor in town this weekend.
• OU has made an impression on two UCLA commmits.
• Tim Kish isn't giving up on a linebacker committed to another Big 12 school.
• Will the state's top-ranked recruit play football this season?

Read the Sooner Intel after the jump.

Robbins needs visit to confirm feelings

Last month three-star cornerback Lamar Robbins (Miami/Southridge) surprised some by implying that he was close to a commitment and that his best relationship is with OU defensive backs coach Mike Stoops.

It’s now September and the commitment hasn’t come. Should OU fans be worried? Nope, not at all.

“Coach Stoops was actually the first coach to call me Saturday,” said Robbins, about the first day coaches could call recruits again. “He was just checking up on me. We’re trying to find a date that will work for an official visit.”


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Defensive back Lamar Robbins is itching to take a visit to OU.


But that looks like it is going to be more difficult than anticipated. And unfortunately, the visit is very crucial to Robbins.

Coincidentally, the Sooners have two defensive back commits that haven’t seen the campus yet in Miami Central’s Ahmad Thomas and Fresno (Calif.) Central East’s Hatari Byrd. Robbins made it pretty clear he will not commit until he sees the campus.

“Coach Stoops right now is the only coach I’ve talked to,” Robbins said. “I want to see how I interact with some of the other coaches and the players. And of course I want to see the campus.”

The problem right now is OU and Miami Southridge’s schedules aren’t compatible. On weeks where Miami Southridge plays on Thursday, the Sooners are on the road. When it looks like OU could bring in Robbins, he is not able to make the trip.

Robbins is fine with that, saying he has no problems waiting until after the season to make a visit. Three months, though, is a long time, especially with all the defensive backs the Sooners are targeting.

There is one thing Robbins would miss if he isn’t able to visit during the season.

“I would love to be there as they come out of the tunnel,” Robbins said. “Stuff like that is a once in a lifetime experience. It would be good to see a game and see how the coaches work.”

Robbins’ positive feeling of OU has not gone away. He also said he is considering West Virginia, but there is one thing that is helping Stoops stand out to Robbins.

“He’s so composed and straight up about everything,” Robbins said. “Some of these coaches want me to keep calling them. I’m busy, too. I can’t get around to everything and call like four times a week. Coach Stoops just tells me to get around to it when I can. I love his attitude.”

Big weekend for OU, Mixon

When your first home game is against Florida A&M, the expectations aren’t high as it pertains to visitors. But three-star defensive end Dimarya Mixon (Mesquite, Texas/West Mesquite) is here to save the day.

Mixon, an Arizona State commit, is taking his official visit to OU this weekend. It doesn’t matter to him about the opponent.

“No, that’s not a big deal,” Mixon said. “The coaches wanted me to come down for this game and meet me and things like that.”

Mixon said OU defensive ends coach Bobby Jack Wright and Arizona State are the two schools that have contacted him. Wright called him Saturday.

Not only will Mixon be in Norman on Saturday, but he is excited about Wright watching him play Friday night, too.

Mixon was one of several recruits scheduled to visit OU for the Red-White spring game in April that didn’t make it because of the severe weather.

“I don’t think about how things could have been different if I had made that trip,” Mixon said. “Things are working out for me, and I can’t complain.”

The visit won’t be so much about exploring the campus. Mixon said he camped at OU last summer and got an extensive tour of the campus. This visit is about the connection he will have with Wright and the other coaches.

Though on the surface it doesn’t look like visiting for FAMU is a good idea, it might actually benefit Mixon.

“I don’t know how many other kids are going to be there. I just know they wanted me to show up so I figured why not make it an official visit,” Mixon said. “If there aren’t many kids there, I definitely think I’m going to get a lot of one-on-one time and that will be good.”

The biggest thing for Mixon, he said, is to not compare OU to ASU. He still intends to take an official to ASU, but this weekend he wants to see how OU stands all on its own.

Kittle makes impression on Dowling

Three-star offensive tackle Sean Dowling (Fallbrook, Calif./Union) had no idea what type of interest he was going to receive so when UCLA came knocking at his door, he committed in April.

He’s still with the Bruins, but it wasn’t a coach from UCLA that called him first Saturday. That was OU offensive tackles coach Bruce Kittle.


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UCLA offensive tackle commit Sean Dowling is planning to enroll early.


“It didn’t surprise me, knowing coach Kittle,” Dowling said. “I was pleased to see he was the first call. He actually woke me up. I had spent Friday night looking at film and didn’t wake up Saturday until his call.”

Dowling didn’t mind the wakeup call. In fact, he hasn’t minded at all whenever Kittle has tried to get in touch with him or asked Dowling to call him.

“He’s one of those coaches I really enjoy talking to. I have a great relationship with him,” Dowling said. “I have a tight bond with the UCLA coaches, too, but coach Kittle is a great guy to talk with.”

Dowling received his OU offer after pledging to the Bruins, and the Sooners definitely have his interest. How much? Enough for Dowling to confirm he will take an official visit to OU on Oct. 19, for the Kansas game.

Dowling said he is also looking at potential visits to Michigan State and Vanderbilt. But he made a promise that OU would be his first visit, and it’s the only one he has officially set up.

It’s going to be a busy fall for Dowling because he is taking three AP classes to make sure he can graduate in the winter and enroll early for college.

The summer was pretty interesting, too. Dowling said he finished his junior season around 280-285 pounds. Through extensive footwork training, he is down to 260 pounds. But Kittle is OK with that.

“He likes that I’m nimble and athletic,” Dowling said. “I don’t like to toot my own horn, but I think my general athleticism is my biggest strength.”

Dowling said his slimmer size is allowing him to dominate against high school defenders. But he also understands he cannot be a 6-6, 260-pound college offensive tackle and knows he will have to put on weight to succeed at the next level.

Sooners looking at another Bruins commit

If Kittle cannot have any luck with Dowling, he has already taken a look at another UCLA commit, three-star offensive tackle Christian Morris (Memphis, Tenn./East).

Unlike Dowling, there is no question about Morris’ size at 6-6 and 293 pounds. However, there was also some initial confusion about where Morris stood with the Sooners.

“I think I have an offer, but I’m not 100 percent sure,” Morris said earlier this week. “They saw me in the spring and said they liked what they saw. But I haven’t heard from OU in a couple of months.”

That changed Wednesday night as Morris confirmed the Sooners have now offered Morris.

Even if OU didn't make the move, it's not like Morris doesn’t have a lack of suitors. Michigan State and Nebraska have recently entered the mix, and he is still contemplating potential visits to Ole Miss and Arkansas.

“OU would definitely get an official visit if I knew the interest was there,” Morris said earlier this week. “I’ve been interested in them for a long time. They have always been one of my favorites.”

And with the offer, OU should be in the mix for the visit.

Morris said he didn't feel disrespected at all by OU and would definitely see what the school has to offer. The question will be when will everything come together for Morris and the Sooners for a potential official visit.

Kish not giving up on Davis

Linebacker recruiting is always a hot topic right now. As Sept. 1 has come and gone, the expectation is there should be a slew of new offers at the position.

Well, unless you feel you might have a shot with a couple of committed recruits. One recruit OU linebackers coach Tim Kish is not souring on is Raaquan Davis (Heath, Texas/Rockwall-Heath).

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