Clark, Parker among 2014 Bedlam battles 

November, 20, 2012
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Round one goes to Oklahoma. With the commitment of 2014 ESPN Watch List running back Devon Thomas (Broken Arrow, Okla./Broken Arrow) to OU on Saturday night, the Sooners have struck the first blow in potential Bedlam recruiting battles of in-state prospects for the 2014 class.

Who will be round two? Which school will win round two? Here is a look at five more potential in-state prospects that OU and OSU could target in the Class of 2014:

LB Gyasi Akem (Broken Arrow, Okla./Broken Arrow, 6-2, 210)

[+] EnlargeDeondre Clark
Bob Przybylo/ESPN.comClass of 2014 defensive end Deondre Clark was offered by both Oklahoma and Oklahoma State this summer.
Akem doesn’t have an offer from either Bedlam school but that will likely change when his junior film is released. Akem missed his entire sophomore season because of a torn ACL but was dynamic and explosive throughout this season.

Texas A&M has shown a strong interest in Akem, and he made an unofficial visit to College Station a few weeks ago.

Akem is friends with Thomas so he could be swayed by playing with a teammate if the Sooners start showing more interest. But he has also made it clear he grew up an OSU fan so if the Cowboys come in strong, they will be in great position.

ESPN Watch List DE Deondre Clark (Oklahoma City/Douglass, 6-4, 235)

By July, Clark had an offer from both the Sooners and Cowboys. He dominated at OU’s camp in June to earn an offer, while OSU had already liked what it had seen before its summer camp.

Clark’s childhood connection is with the Sooners because his cousin is former OU great Gerald McCoy. But his recent connection could be with OSU because of his brother.

Clark’s older brother, Stevie, is an ESPN 100 point guard prospect for 2013. OSU is considered the favorite to land Stevie Clark, who is tentatively set to sign in the spring.

If Stevie lands in Stillwater, it's not a stretch to see Deondre follow his brother. LSU is also going to be in the mix for the ESPN Watch List defensive end.

QB David Cornwell (Jones, Okla./Jones, 6-5, 215)

Cornwell was known by absolutely nobody coming into this season. That’s not the case anymore as he has developed a relationship with OU quarterbacks coach Josh Heupel and OSU quarterbacks coach Todd Monken.

He has already seen OSU in person this season and is hopeful he can attend Saturday’s Bedlam contest at OU.

Cornwell has offers from Auburn and Indiana, has visited Michigan and Alabama and is receiving numerous letters from LSU and Alabama. When it comes to Cornwell, it might not just be a Bedlam battle.

RB Lawrence Evitt (Wagoner, Okla./Wagoner, 5-8, 165)

Another prospect that has emerged this season is Evitt. An admitted huge OSU fan, it was OU and running backs coach Cale Gundy that made the first move.


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