A win against Texas can be a push in the right direction for Oklahoma, giving the Sooners the edge in head-to-head recruiting battles. And looking ahead to 2013, there could be some good ones between the Red River rivals.
Many 2013 prospects are expected to attend Saturday's OU-Texas game, and three notable 2012 recruits who have committed elsewhere will be on hand. What’s at stake this weekend? Here are some of the notable visitors:
Mario Edwards, DE, Denton (Texas) Ryan. Edwards, ranked No. 1 in the ESPNU 150, is still a pretty solid Florida State commit. However, OU is making it interesting. Edwards was on hand two weeks ago against Missouri. He’ll be at the Cotton Bowl this week and his father said they would like to schedule an official visit to OU. An impressive showing by the Sooners cannot hurt their chances.
Torshiro Davis, DE, Shreveport (La.) Woodlawn. Davis has been an LSU commit for a long time but has mentioned OU and Texas. OU assistant coach Jackie Shipp has worked hard on Davis and Davis seems to be high on Texas. It is interesting that Davis opted for the Red River Rivalry instead of LSU, as the Tigers host Florida on the same day. A win for OU could push the Sooners ahead of the Longhorns in the chase. And admittedly there are a lot of top LSU games Davis can attend.
Corey Coleman, WR/DB, Richardson (Texas) Pearce. If you’re looking for a commit who could be swayed, it’s Coleman. Right now he’s a Baylor commit, but OU commit De’Vante Harris has worked hard on trying to pursue Coleman. OU defensive backs coach Willie Martinez visited Coleman last month and Coleman has scheduled a visit to OU for the Texas A&M game. I will be at Coleman’s game against Wylie East tonight to confirm that he will be there Saturday and will have a much better feel after this weekend about where he stands.
Jake Raulerson, OT, Celina (Texas). Not much news to report about Raulerson, easily one of the most coveted prospects for 2013. He visited OU two weeks ago, was at Florida and Alabama last week. He has 20 offers, including OU, and it’s just another chance to show Raulerson what his future could be with the Sooners.
Tyrone Swoopes, QB, Whitewright (Texas). At 6-foot-4 and 220 pounds, Swoopes has quickly become one of the top quarterback targets in the nation. He already has offers from Texas A&M and TCU and is being recruited hard by Texas and OU.
J.T. Barrett, QB, Wichita Falls (Texas) Rider. Barrett is an interesting case as it was surprising that he made the trip to OU two weeks ago. He envisions himself as a James Franklin-like quarterback who can make plays with his arms and legs. However, he said he is a QB first and would rather throw the ball than run.
Dontre Wilson, RB, DeSoto (Texas). OU and Texas are already two of his favorites. Recruiting experts are impressed with his speed and ability to make plays. The fact that he will not reveal which sideline he plans to watch the game from is interesting. It will be a battle for his services.
A’Shawn Robinson, DT, Arlington (Texas) Heights. Defensive tackle has been a tough spot for the Sooners to fill in 2012. Why not get an early start for 2013? Robinson is another recruit receiving interest from both OU and Texas and said the No. 1 thing he’ll be watching Saturday is the technique of the linemen for both teams.
Deon Hollins Jr., OLB, Missouri City (Texas) Marshall. Already with an offer from Texas Tech, Hollins is receiving a lot of attention from the Sooners and Longhorns and is on the ESPNU Watch List for 2013. Could this be the start of OU going into the Houston area in 2013?
Quan Jones, WR, and Marcell Ateman, WR, Wylie (Texas) East. Looping the teammates in together because that’s how they’ve been on the recruiting trail. Both visited OU two weeks ago. Both were at TCU last weekend and both intend to be in Dallas on Saturday. Two receivers taller than 6-4 on the same high school team is rare and both are being recruited by the Longhorns and Sooners. Both have offers from Baylor, Arizona and Tennessee. I am going to watch both in person tonight against Richardson Pearce.
Ra’Shaad Samples, WR, Dallas (Texas) Skyline. Yet another top wide receiver prospect who will be on hand. Samples already has offers from Big 12 schools Kansas, Kansas State and Texas Tech, and from Houston and California.
Jake Oliver, WR, Dallas (Texas) Jesuit. Oliver has offers from all over the country, including schools like Michigan and Mississippi State to go with regional schools Texas A&M, Texas Tech and Baylor.
Chevoski Collins, ATH, Livingston (Texas). Had listed TCU as a favorite in the summer but now also has Texas as one of his top schools. On his second tier, he lists OU and Texas A&M.
Christian Morgan, TE, Plano (Texas) Prestonwood Christian. Being recruited by just about every major school but doesn’t have an official offer. OU has already offered TE Derrick Griffin (Rosenberg, Texas/Terry), but Griffin is also considering playing basketball.
Travon Blanchard, OLB, West Orange Stark (Texas). Made a name for himself with his performances at OU in the summer. Being recruited by the Sooners, Texas and Texas A&M, among several others.