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Przybylo's Mailbag: More on Mike Mitchell

8/17/2012

Bob Przybylo answers readers' questions about Oklahoma football and basketball recruiting in his mailbag every week. Got a question for Bob? Send it to his mailbag at bprzybyloespn@gmail.com.

Tom in Miami asks: I know things went well for Mike Mitchell on his visit. How close are we to getting him at this point?

Bob Przybylo: No doubt it was a good weekend for OU and four-star linebacker Mike Mitchell (Plano, Texas/Prestonwood Christian). But I wouldn’t say the Sooners are close to getting his verbal at this point. It’s all about context. What last weekend did was put OU in the conversation, which is where it wasn’t at this point two weeks ago. Just because Tim Kish made a good impression on Mitchell doesn’t mean the same hasn’t occurred at other schools.

What is working in OU’s favor is obviously the distance. With two of Mitchell’s favorites being Ohio State and Florida State, those aren’t exactly bus rides to get to from Plano.

Mitchell is good friends with teammate and Florida State commit Christian Morgan. Though Morgan has pledged to the Seminoles, he has always had good things to say about OU and its coaching staff. Now that Mitchell has seen it himself up close, that should help OU down the road.

If Kish is gunning for bigger linebackers as was suggested by Dallas Jesuit commit Jordan Mastrogiovanni, you could do a lot worse than Mitchell.


Bill in Muskogee, Okla., asks: What’s the deal with Adam Taylor? Does anybody really know? If he’s not committed, should we take a shot?

Bob Przybylo: It's been an interesting week regarding four-star running back Adam Taylor (Katy, Texas/Katy). Taylor committed to LSU in the spring but was later told he had an uncommittable offer. In other words, there was another running back the Tigers were hoping to hear from first.

HornsNation’s Max Olson was at Katy this week and Taylor is adamant he is a pledge to the Tigers and the situation has been cleared up. Our friends at GeauxTigerNation believe he is still not an official part of the 2013 class.

It’s a tricky situation. But if LSU backs down from Taylor, then OU needs to jump in as fast and as hard as it can. Taylor missed most of his junior season because of a torn ACL so his name didn’t get there all that much.

Now healthy, he should have a big senior season. OU offered him and his teammate and current OU commit Matt Dimon around the same time in February and has tried to keep in touch. Dimon should also be of some assistance on that front.


SoonerNation subscriber madbrad55 asks: I know there may be more than one, but of the recruits right now, who do you feel will come in and make an immediate impact?

Bob Przybylo: I've got my eyes on a couple of four-star prospects in athlete Stanvon Taylor (Tulsa, Okla./East Central) and Fresno (Calif.) Central East safety Hatari Byrd.

Because of his broken ankle last season, Taylor snuck by under the radar in the spring. He performed well in big-time showcase events this summer and can help OU in a couple of ways. It was obvious he was recruited by Mike Stoops to be a cornerback, but Taylor has shined at wide receiver during the summer. He has that type of two-way talent where I’m not sure where he was best suit the Sooners.

Byrd, meanwhile, has been on Stoops’ radar since Byrd’s sophomore season. Stoops liked what he saw of Byrd then and likes even more what he sees in him now.

Because of the success of some of the Cali transplants at OU, it’s tough to not have faith in Byrd. He feels like the safety of what Stoops wants in terms of size, strength and mentality.