Triple Option: QB recruiting in 2013 

January, 18, 2012
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Three thoughts this morning:

1. Oklahoma's quarterback recruiting under coach Josh Heupel has evolved and it will be interesting which way the Sooners go for the class of 2013. Since Heupel became the quarterbacks coach in 2005, here's the list of OU quarterbacks: Sam Bradford, Joey Halzle, Keith Nichol, Landry Jones, Drew Allen, Blake Bell and Kendal Thompson. Every quarterback since 2008 (Jones) has been a dual-threat, and the trend continues with the 2012 QB Trevor Knight, who rushed for 943 yards and 15 touchdowns this season to go along with 2,092 passing yards and 27 passing touchdowns. In 2013, the Sooners seem to have an early list of four quarterbacks that they're targeting: two pro-style and two NFL-style, drop back passers. Those are Tyrone Swoopes and J.T. Barrett for the former category, and Kelly Hilinski and Brayden Scott for the latter category. And though none have been offered yet, Heupel will surely have to make up his mind soon. If it were me, I'd go with Barrett who, right now, is more of a polished passer than Swoopes.

2. Looking ahead for Oklahoma basketball, virtually all of the Sooners' rotation will return next season. Their only seniors are C.J. Washington, Barry Honoré and T.J. Franklin. Can they compete for a Big 12 title next season with this roster? Not likely. But they have to get more production out of forward Cameron Clark, who has had a disappointing sophomore season. Most projected him to have a breakout campaign, but his stats are down across the board and he's playing just 24 minutes per game, down from 34 last season. Clark was No. 32 overall on the 2010 ESPNU 100 and his athleticism is off the charts. But he has yet to put it together on the court, and if the Sooners want to contend in 2012-2013, Clark must improve tremendously.

3. Which Sooner will get taken first in the 2012 NFL draft? Most people think defensive end/outside linebacker Ronnell Lewis will get taken in the first two rounds, but my vote is for cornerback Jamell Fleming, who was the only OU player selected to the Senior Bowl. I don't know how fast he'll run the 40-yard dash or if he'll impress much at the NFL combine in March, but he can play in the pros. And I think his game tape is much more impressive than the extremely raw Lewis. I'll predict both Fleming and Lewis get drafted late in the second round.
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