Sooner Intel: Recruiting news and notes 

August, 9, 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 Miami defensive back wants to make a decision soon
• OU's lone Florida commitment is solid to the Sooners
• One thing about his visit stood out to OU's most recent 2014 cornerback offer
• In-state 2014 cornerback is now focused on one sport
• Introducing the state's new dominant defensive duo

Read the Sooner Intel after the jump.

Robbins eyeing Sooners

When you’re ambitious, good things can often happen. OU has been very ambitious in trying to land top Florida high school prospects.

One area in particular has been the secondary. OU already has the commitment of Miami Central three-star safety Ahmad Thomas. The Sooners have offered a bevy of other top defensive backs in the Sunshine State to mixed results.


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Lamar Robbins is developing a dynamic with OU defensive coordinator Mike Stoops.


But another recruit that OU is in good position with is Miami Southridge three-star cornerback Lamar Robbins. OU was among Robbins’ first offers although that offer list has grown immensely since the spring. And he has had a busy summer.

“Everything went real well,” Robbins said. “I went to Alabama, Memphis, Miami, Ole Miss and took an unofficial to Clemson. It was a lot of fun.”

Robbins, however, isn’t looking to drag the process out much longer. He said he hopes to have a decision within the next month. And when asked about his favorites, OU was the first school he mentioned.

“I used to play with them all the time when I was younger in video games,” said Robbins, who is is 6-foot-2 and 175 pounds and ranked No. 58 at cornerback. “I mean it’s like they were always ranked No. 1 going into the season. That made me think, you know, hold on, these guys are really good.”

Robbins also said he likes West Virginia, UCLA and Nebraska, among others. One positive is the relationship he is developing with defensive backs coach Mike Stoops.

“It’s a tight bond right now,” Robbins said. “We’ve become real close. I feel like I can talk to him about anything.”

Robbins said he spoke to Stoops less than a week ago and plans on taking an official visit in the fall although no date has been set.

In terms of making his decision, Robbins said he doesn’t feel any pressure about having it done before his senior season. He’s doing it for another reason.

“I’m trusting my gut,” Robbins said. “I’m starting to feel really good about a couple of schools and think I might be ready.”

Healthy Thomas ready for big senior season

With last week’s decommitment of Delray Beach (Fla.) American Heritage-Boca Delray running back Greg Bryant, OU is down to just one commitment from Florida.

But this commit, safety Ahmad Thomas, said OU fans have nothing to worry about. Thomas said he has been so solid with his commitment that other schools have finally started to back away.

“They got the message,” Thomas said. “It’s Boomer Sooner, baby!

"I never got to talk to Greg. When I heard about it, I just wondered ‘why would he do it?’ but that’s something I can’t answer.”

Now Thomas can focus on his senior season, a season he hopes he can stay healthy for. Toward the end of his junior season, Thomas injured his meniscus. He said he didn’t really notice it at first, and it only really started to bother him during track season.

He has been cleared to play, and he said he is not worried at all about reinjuring it.

“No, because it was a different type of pain,” Thomas said. “It wasn’t that sharp, severe pain. It was more like a bothering pain that I just didn’t know what it was.”

Thomas said the biggest change in his game will be he is going to play closer in the box, and it’s something he has talked to both Mike and Bob Stoops about.

Thomas was able to speak with the Stoops brothers last week to continue developing their relationship and about how he will be used in the OU defense.

He still hasn’t seen the OU campus, something he wants to correct immediately. He is definitely going to take an official visit, but it hasn't been set up yet. We might have known when the visit would be if it wasn’t for the media. Yep, Thomas was talking with Mike Stoops about his official visit last Saturday during OU media day when Mike Stoops was told it was time to address the media.

“It’s not a big deal. I’m sure we’ll get it taken care of here shortly,” Thomas said.

Paris taking everything in stride

It was a big Thursday last week as Texas officially opened its doors to 2014 recruits. The term “approved for an offer” has been around for a while, but the Longhorns have gone away from that.

Texas already has four commits from the more than 20 offers it sent out. But don’t expect one from Mansfield (Texas) Timberview safety Ed Paris anytime soon.

It isn’t Paris’ dream to play at Texas. In fact, college football really wasn’t his dream.

“I really wasn’t a college football fan. I didn’t grow up rooting for a team or anything like that,” Paris said. “It’s only been in the last couple of years I’ve started to care.”

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