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Sunday, December 23, 2012
Treadwell, Mitchell top OU Christmas list

By Bob Przybylo

Christmas felt like it came early for Oklahoma in the last two weeks with commitments of offensive tackles Christian Daimler (Houston/Stratford) and ESPN JC 100 prospect Josiah St. John (Athens, Texas/Trinity Valley).

Add in the commitment of three-star defensive tackle Kerrick Huggins (Dallas/Skyline) and the signing of ESPN JC 100 defensive tackle Quincy Russell (Athens, Texas/Trinity Valley), and it has been a banner couple of weeks for the Sooners.

But OU isn’t done yet. OU coach Bob Stoops said the Sooners weren’t done -- not by a longshot. So in the spirit of the season, here is OU’s recruiting Christmas list to close out the 2013 class.

ATH Adrian Baker (Hollywood, Fla./Chaminade-Madonna, 6-1, 165, No. 198 ESPN 300)

Following his visit to OU, Baker decommitted from Florida State. Is that a sign of things to come? Too early to know, but Baker would be a huge boost to OU at wide receiver or cornerback.

It’s going to be a marathon with Baker in January between Clemson and OU. He made official visits to both campuses in December, and both schools will make in-home visits with Baker in the next month.

Baker can contribute on either side of the ball. Bottom line, though, is he can contribute.

OT Aaron Cochran (Atwater, Calif./Buhach, 6-8, 364, No. 22 OT)

It will be tough for Sooners to get Cochran out of the west coast, but OU is certainly giving it a try. Cochran made an official visit to OU in November, and OU coaches Bruce Kittle and Bob Stoops have already made visits to the mammoth tackle.

Nebraska, Cal and Arizona are also in the mix. Cochran’s older brother, Matt, just finished his freshman season with the Bears.

S Tyler Foreman (Encino, Calif./Crespi Carmelite, 6-2, 161, No. 32 S, Committed to Wisconsin)

With all the coaching changes at Wisconsin, why can’t the Sooners get back into the race for Foreman? UCLA has picked up its intensity in a major way since Bret Bielema left Wisconsin to go to Arkansas.

Foreman made an official visit to OU in September, and OU defensive backs coach Mike Stoops was among the first coaches to notice the type of potential Foreman has.

DT Toby Johnson (Hutchinson, Kan./Hutchinson CC, 6-4, 305, No. 4 ESPN JC 100)

It’s going to be tough to see the Sooners pull this one out, but OU defensive tackles coach Jackie Shipp is on a roll right now following Huggins and Russell.

Shipp hasn’t given up on Johnson, another player who could make an immediate impact. But it feels like Georgia is in the lead. The Sooners are in fantastic shape for Garland (Texas ) South Garland tackle Charles Walker. He picked up an OU offer last week and will visit OU on Jan. 11.

LB Mike Mitchell (Plano, Texas/Prestonwood Christian, 6-4, 216, No. 121 ESPN 150)

OU looks like it’s set at linebacker for 2013. But this is a wish list, right? And if Mitchell looked like he wanted to head to Norman, nobody in their right mind would pass that up.

OU linebackers coach Tim Kish has developed a solid rapport with Mitchell, but Ohio State has jumped on Mitchell. And without a bowl game to prepare for, Buckeyes coach Urban Meyer has been able to spend a lot of quality time with Mitchell.

TE Jason Reese (Euless, Texas/Trinity, 6-5, 222, No. 21 TE-H)

The Sooners missed out on tight ends in the junior college ranks, but Reese would be a quality pickup from high school prospects.

OU got one Arizona State commit to switch in Daimler, and Reese might be the next. Reese decommitted from the Sun Devils two weeks ago, and OU is making a strong run. If the Sooners can get Reese to campus on Jan. 11 combined with his friendship with OU quarterback commit Cody Thomas (Colleyville, Texas/Heritage), things will look real good for OU’s chances with Reese.

CB Lamar Robbins (Miami/Southridge, 6-2, 175, No. 68 CB)

Robbins felt like an OU commit in August, but the Sooners are still waiting for him to officially pledge.

He made an official visit for Bedlam, and OU is squarely in the lead against West Virginia and Purdue. Robbins has wanted to look around, but the Sooners are still the program showing the most attention. It’s possible OU gets a late Christmas present with a commitment from Robbins at the Offense-Defense Bowl next weekend.

WR Laquon Treadwell (Crete, Ill./Crete-Monee, 6-3, 195, No. 20 ESPN 150)

No. 1 on OU’s list. No. 1 on a lot of programs’ list. Wide receiver isn’t even close to a position of need, but the Sooners and Treadwell have been talking with each other for a long time.

Treadwell had a good time on his official visit last weekend, but Ole Miss and Oklahoma State are going to make serious runs of their own. The Rebels appear to have a slight edge, with a visit to Stillwater lined up for next month.

If OU can only get one recruit on its Christmas list, it would love for it to be Treadwell, ranked the No.  1 receiver in the nation.