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14 in '14: Oklahoma's top defensive targets

9/29/2012

With several months to go until national signing day for the Class of 2013, it's never too early to look at Oklahoma’s top prospects for 2014 with a 14 for ’14 wish list.

Up first was the offense and now it’s time to look at defense where the Sooners have not been bashful offering the top prospects across the nation.

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Defensive back Tony Brown has offers from several top schools across the nation.

S Jamal Adams (Lewisville, Texas/Hebron, 6-0, 195, OU Offer: Yes): Adams hasn't been vocal about a list of favorites, but it’s clear OU has started off in the right direction. He was offered during an unofficial visit in August, attended last weekend’s game vs. Kansas State and is getting very familiar with the Sooners and the campus.

LB Gyasi Akem (Broken Arrow, Okla./Broken Arrow, 6-2, 210, OU Offer: No): He's still a bit of a question mark. Akem has all the physical tools to become one of the top linebackers for the 2014 class. A torn ACL took away his sophomore season so things should pick up considerably once his junior film gets out there.

CB Tony Brown (Beaumont, Texas/Ozen, 6-0, 179, OU Offer: Yes): Brown could very well end up being the most sough-after cornerback in the class. There isn’t a top program that hasn’t offered him, and it’s going to be a battle until the end. Brown got to talk with OU coaches at the Houston satellite camp in June and then visited the campus for a non-OU event in July and enjoyed his time seeing everything.

DE Deondre Clark (Oklahoma City/Douglass, 6-4, 235, OU Offer: Yes): If Edmond (Okla.) Santa Fe quarterback Justice Hansen is the No. 1 fan favorite for offense, then Clark earns that honor on defense regarding in-state recruits.mAlready offered by OU, the Sooners biggest competition is going to come from LSU. Clark has been a fan of the Tigers for a long time. The only hesitation there would be distance as Clark seems destined to stay closer to home.

DE Sekou Clark (Denton, Texas/Ryan, 6-3, 217, OU Offer: No): Sitting behind Mario Edwards last season, Clark didn’t get to showcase his skills too often. That’s not a problem now. He is still waiting for that first offer although almost every major program has knocked on his door. He has camped at OU the last three summers and attended his first Sooners game three weeks ago.

LB James David (Rockdale, Texas/Rockdale, 6-1, 217, OU Offer: Yes): A couple of connections here. Freshman running back Daniel Brooks is from Rockdale. Brooks is going to redshirt this season. And then OU was after James’ older brother, Derek, until off the field issues kept the Sooners from pursuing him. OU has made animpression on James and on the David family.

LB Clifton Garrett (Plainfield, Ill./South, 6-2, 218, OU Offer: Yes): The definition of a wish list linebacker. It’s going to be incredibly tough to get Garrett out of the Big Ten area as almost every school there has offered him. OU has a shot, though, with Garrett’s connection to freshman running back David Smith. The two were both members of Core 6, a training program for the top athletes in the Chicagoland area.

ATH Davion Hall (Texarkana, Texas/Libery Eylau, 6-3, 185, OU Offer: No): Hall showed flashes of brilliance during his three days at OU’s camp in June. The question remains which position he'll play in college. Originally thought to be a wide receiver, for sure, there has been some speculation the secondary might suit him better. Either way, he’s a tremendous talent.