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Friday, January 18, 2013
Target board: OU's most-wanted recruits

By Bob Przybylo

While so much of Oklahoma’s class has been decided, there is still much to come in the next three weeks.

Top targets are changing on almost a daily basis but heading into this weekend, here are OU’s top 10 targets still left on the board.

Adrian Baker (Hollywood, Fla./Chaminade-Madonna, 6-1, 165, No. 19 ATH, No. 200 ESPN 300)

Adrian Baker
ESPN 300 prospect Adrian Baker seems to be down to Oklahoma and Clemson.
You could argue there is no bigger target than Baker. On some days, it feels like Clemson is the leader. On others, it looks like maybe OU has crept back in front. Either way, it’s going to be a lengthy battle between the Sooners and Tigers. More specifically, it’s going to be interesting to see what happens with OU defensive backs coach Mike Stoops against Clemson defensive coordinator Brent Venables, the longtime OU assistant before taking the Clemson job last season. In-home visits with both schools are on the horizon and could dictate a lot.

Aaron Cochran (Atwater, Calif./Buhach, 6-8, 364, No. 20 OT)

The biggest question will be answered this weekend. If Cochran is still on the board following his official visit to California, the Sooners won’t go away. Cal has felt like the leader, although Cochran has never said that is the case. Cochran's brother, Matt, is at Cal, giving it an advantage in that respect. Cochran has remained non-committal about Cal until getting to know new coach Sonny Dykes. He’s going to get that opportunity this weekend.

Matt Finnin (Crete, Ill./College of Dupage, 6-7, 315, Three-star juco OT)

OU is looking at a few junior college tackles, but Finnin looks like the most likely of those to head to Norman. Coming off a very positive official visit to OU, offensive tackles coach Bruce Kittle made an in-home visit to Finnin on Thursday. Finnin has a busy couple of weeks on his agenda, but OU made the best possible impression it could. OU is in his top three, but for how long?

Rami Hammad (Irving, Texas/Irving, 6-5, 314, No. 31 OG)

A recent offer, Hammad has exploded with schools like OU, Texas and TCU all showing late interest. Expected to be on OU’s campus this weekend, the Baylor commit has changed his course and will now be visiting Texas. Hammad has wanted an offer from the Longhorns for a long time. If he does get one, things will look awfully bleak for OU going forward.

Dwayne Johnson (Houston/Bellaire, 6-6, 275, No. 42 OT)

Once a Purdue commit, the Sooners are also making a late run with Johnson. And like just about every other top target at this point, the next few weeks will be intense for him. Trips to Arkansas and Nebraska are also included, and he has never seen the OU campus. A strong first impression is not just vital, but incredibly necessary.

Devin Lauderdale (Houston/Bellaire, 5-11, 170, No. 45 ATH)

Perhaps OU can get some help with Johnson via his teammate, Lauderdale. He made his official visit to OU last weekend and came away impressed. He is scheduled to visit Notre Dame next weekend and a December visit to Oklahoma State certainly has the Cowboys in the mix. The Sooners don’t need a fifth wide receiver at all, but OU wouldn’t pass up Lauderdale.

L.J. Moore (Fresno, Calif./Central East, 6-0, 164, No. 28 CB)

Might want to put a circle around this name. Moore is another target that feels like a must get for OU’s class to reach its full potential. He has OU and Oregon State as his top two. He’s visiting Arizona State this weekend and then all bets are off. The Sooners are riding a strong wave of momentum with Moore, but the Beavers have been there from the very start. Will the prospect of playing with Hatari Byrd and being coached by Mike Stoops be enough?

Josh Outlaw (Lithonia, Ga./Martin Luther King, 6-4, 275, No. 25 OG)

Things have been quiet lately for Outlaw and now it’s starting to pick up some steam. A one-time Florida commit, there is no question about his potential or about whether or not he is a four-star talent. He is scheduled to visit OU on Jan. 25 but that’s not set in stone. If he doesn’t see the campus, the Sooners do not stand a shot in this one.

Damarious Randall (Mesa, Ariz./Mesa City CC, 5-11, 185, Three-star juco DB)

The Sooners haven’t been bashful about offering juco kids, but Randall is the lone juco defensive back to get issued the offer at this point. A one-time Arizona State commit, it still looks like the Sun Devils are in the lead, followed by Arkansas. So far a visit to OU has only been discussed, with no date set whatsoever. His stock has also increased greatly in the last two weeks.

Matthew Romar (Port Arthur, Texas/Memorial, 6-3, 265, No. 50 DT)

Offered on Wednesday, it does look like OU is gunning for a fourth defensive tackle. Well, at least if it’s somebody as talented as Romar. A visit to Cincinnati in the books, and TCU and Missouri have joined OU as schools showing late interest in Romar. He is excited about his upcoming trip to Norman, and it’s possible OU can get another recruit to commit on his visit. Though versatile and played some running back in high school, he is clearly a defensive tackle prospect in college.