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Alexander, Luke among top OU visitors

10/26/2012

There is no shortage of top visitors coming to Oklahoma for Saturday’s showdown with fifth-ranked Notre Dame.

From the official visitors to the unofficial visitors, recruits are coming from all over the country to visit Norman, Okla.

For a full list of visitors, read the SoonerNation forum. But here are 10 notable visitors and what their presence means to OU:

Dominique Alexander (Tulsa, Okla./Booker T. Washington, 6-0, 190, No. 118 ATH): An Arkansas commit, this is OU’s chance to try to flip his commitment. A three-star athlete, Alexander has been recruited as a safety by the Razorbacks. However, it looks like he could be a hybrid between a linebacker and safety for the Sooners. Alexander was offered by OU last week and is excited about making his first trip to OU this season.

Adrian Baker (Hollywood, Fla./Chaminade-Madonna, 6-1, 165, No. 18 ATH): A four-star athlete and Florida State commit, Baker has had the Sooners in his top three for a long time. He has no expectations for the visit and isn’t sure if he even would flip his commitment, but it’s a positive sign he will see the campus for the first time. Baker is being recruited as a cornerback by the Sooners. (Update: Baker will not be making the visit to OU. Here's why.)

Hatari Byrd (Fresno, Calif./Central East, 6-1, 192, No. 14 S): The only OU commit on the list because this is the first time Byrd will see the OU campus. Regardless whether or not his teammates L.J. Moore and Johnny Johnson Jr. join him, this is the weekend to end all speculation about Byrd’s commitment. An added bonus would be if ESPN Watch List member teammate Michiah Quick joins Byrd on the trip.

2014 DE Deondre Clark (Oklahoma City/Douglass, 6-4, 235, ESPN Watch List): Clark was supposed to see OU a couple of weeks ago against Texas, but he didn’t make the trip. Clark has not seen an OU game this season and has LSU as his favorite. This is an opportunity for OU to make an impression on Clark and show him why he should stay at home for college.

Greg Gilmore (Hope Mills, N.C./South View, 6-4, 285, No. 9 DT): Going into this week, nobody knew just how serious Gilmore was about the Sooners. But not only is Gilmore making the official visit, he said OU is in his final three. He admits to being clueless about OU and said he is excited to see what everything is all about. His tentative plan is to visit LSU next week and announce his decision between OU, LSU and Florida on Nov. 8.

E.J. Levenberry (Woodbridge, Va./Hylton, 6-3, 230, No. 12 ILB): Another Florida State commit making an official visit, this will be Levenberry’s third trip to campus. He was among OU’s very first offers for the 2013 class in the summer of 2011. Still a firm commit to the Seminoles, the Sooners have never stopped pursuing Levenberry. Bob Stoops took the lead and now Tim Kish has been the man in charge in trying to recruit Levenberry.

Cole Luke (Chandler, Ariz./Hamilton, 6-0, 165, No. 33 CB): Not the highest-ranked recruit coming to town, but Luke could be the most important recruit of the weekend. He is down to OU, Texas and Notre Dame and has made his official visits to Texas and Notre Dame. Since the beginning of his junior season, he has mentioned OU in his top two. This weekend will be his first time in Norman.

Dimarya Mixon (Mesquite, Texas/West, 6-4, 250, No. 69 DE): This will be the third time Mixon has seen OU in person this season. He was in Norman for his official visit last month against Florida A&M. And saw the Sooners once again two weeks ago for OU’s impressive outing against Texas. Still an Arizona State commit, Mixon and OU defensive ends coach Bobby Jack Wright have been in constant contact for the last several months.

Julius Randle (Plano, Texas/Prestonwood Christian, 6-9, 225, No. 1 PF): On this football list, yes, there is a basketball player. Every time Randle cuts his list, it is expected OU will be out of the picture. Now in late-October, and the Sooners are still there for Randle. OU is among six finalists for the third-ranked player in the ESPN 100. OU is still a longshot to land Randle, but the fact the Sooners are in it is a testament to what Lon Kruger is doing.

Lamar Robbins (Miami/Southridge, 6-2, 175, No. 69 CB): If you want the No. 1 choice for a commitment, it goes to Robbins. Already with official visits to Purdue and West Virginia under his belt, Robbins has been eyeing a trip to Norman for a long time. Robbins has a strong connection with Mike Stoops and is hoping his official visit can seal the deal. He said he would never commit until he saw the campus.