Friday, December 14, 2012
Recruiting faceoff: Biggest visitor?
By Bob Przbylo and Brandon Chatmon
Each week SoonerNation recruiting writers Bob Przybylo and Brandon Chatmon will face off on one issue regarding Oklahoma recruiting.
This week’s question: Banquet weekend is a huge recruiting opportunity for OU. Who is the biggest and most important visitor coming to town?
Adrian Baker is still committed to Florida State but his visit to Oklahoma is a good sign for the Sooners.
Bob Przybylo: No. 1-ranked wide receiver Laquon Treadwell (Crete, Ill./Crete-Monee) is going to draw the attention, but my eyes are on ESPN 300 member and Florida State commit Adrian Baker (Hollywood, Fla./Chaminade-Madonna).
What it has taken to get Baker to take this official visit should be a sign of just how interested he really is in the Sooners program.
When told by Mike Stoops to not visit for the Notre Dame game because of a conflict of interest with his brother, Mark Stoops, most kids could have and maybe would have turned their back on OU.
But Baker was impressed by the loyalty Mike showed to his brother. With Mark now gone from FSU, as is Baker’s primary recruiter Eddie Gran, it’s all wide open.
Baker can fill a need on either side of the ball. If OU cannot get Treadwell, Baker could play wide receiver. And if the Sooners find what they’re looking for at receiver, Baker can move to his natural cornerback position.
Baker said Mike Stoops watched Baker’s 2012 highlight film and is convinced Baker is an athlete -- not a cornerback as FSU and Clemson are saying. They are keeping the door open for Baker to make an imprint on either side of the ball.
And with as much talent as Baker has, it’s not the worst idea in the world.
Brandon Chatmon: The most important visitor is Laquon Treadwell, it's important the Sooners impress the Crete-Monee receiver, because he brings elite playmaking ability to the table.
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Is receiver a need for the Sooners? No. Is there any guarantee Treadwell would start from day one at OU? No. Are there recruits coming to town at positions of bigger need for the Sooners this weekend? Absolutely.
Yet Treadwell remains the most important visitor this weekend in Norman. It speaks to his high upside, elite ability and the potential for him to make an immediate impact at any school. His combination of size, speed and ball skills is difficult to duplicate.
Though the Sooners have several talented receivers on campus already, they should pursue Treadwell as though they don't. Legitimate difference-makers are hard to find. And Treadwell shows all the signs of being that type of playmaker.