Przybylo's Mailbag: Harris questions 

January, 9, 2012
Following an eventful week for Oklahoma verbal commits and targets in the Under Armour All-America Game and U.S. Army All-American Bowl, it appeared the week would end quietly. But four-star prospect De’Vante Harris (Mesquite, Texas/Horn) changed all that when he de-committed on Saturday. Bob Przybylo answers your recruiting questions each week. Have a question? Send it to his mailbag at

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Davide De Pas for ESPN.comIt's still unclear why cornerback De'Vante Harris de-committed from the Sooners.
Andy in Dallas asks: Why, De’Vante, why?

Bob Przybylo: I’ve had so many different versions of this question on Twitter and the inbox, but I liked how this one was phrased. At this point, I still do not know the exact reason why Harris de-committed from the Sooners on Saturday.

There are plenty of rumors about why he's looking around, but I haven't been able to reach him for an extended comment. I do know that Harris had a meeting with OU defensive coordinator Brent Venables on Friday night, and that’s when the wheels started to fall off. Whatever happened there had an impact on Harris. He already has scheduled an official visit to Oregon for this weekend and is trying to see if there is a spot for him at Texas A&M. Harris’ father, Rod, was a star receiver for the Aggies.

His potential will be missed but so, too, will his presence. If there was one face of this OU class, you could make a strong argument that it had been Harris. He had been everywhere talking up the Sooners since the spring. OU commits don’t have the answers and until Harris addresses the situation, nobody really knows what happened this weekend.

John in San Diego asks: You keep saying Zach Banner should be OU’s top priority. But honestly, do the Sooners really have a chance with him?

Bob Przybylo: Based on what he told everyone last week, yes, the Sooners are still in the mix for offensive tackle Zach Banner (Lakewood, Wash./Lakes). Banner listed OU, USC and Washington as his top three schools. He had a great time on his visit to Norman in September and that visit remained his favorite until the Washington visit in December. He never said the Washington visit was better, but he did say it was on par with the Sooners visit.

He still has one more official visit left, which will be at USC, though the date for that visit is not set in stone. OU was in his home in December, and I believe tackles coach Bruce Kittle and Bob Stoops need to make that trip to Washington. The Sooners need at least one more offensive lineman, and Banner seems to have a great future at right tackle.

Sam in Tulsa, Okla., asks: I’ve heard a lot about D.J. Ward and Brayden Scott so take those two out, who is the best offensive and defensive prospect in the state for 2013?

Bob Przybylo: Good question because there is no doubt that it appears that defensive end D.J. Ward (Lawton, Okla./Lawton) and quarterback Brayden Scott (Tahlequah, Okla./Sequoyah) are going to be the top two prospects in the state for the class of 2013.

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