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Friday, January 25, 2013
Georgia tackles top OU's target board

By Bob Przybylo

In the stretch run, and while so much of Oklahoma’s class has been decided, plenty more will happen in the next two weeks.

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

Former Florida commit Josh Outlaw is visiting the Sooners this weekend.
George Adeosun (Alpharetta, Ga./Alpharetta, 6-5, 305, NR OT)

If ever there was a feel-good story of this recruiting cycle, it is Adeosun. Virginia, Purdue and Kentucky join the Sooners among schools that have offered Adeosun in the last two weeks. The definition of a late bloomer, it sure feels like OU could seal the deal this weekend with Adeosun taking an official visit to Norman.

Adrian Baker (Hollywood, Fla./Chaminade-Madonna, 6-1, 165, No. 19 ATH, No. 197 ESPN 300)

As the month has gone on, it’s looking a lot more like Clemson is the favorite to land Baker. The Sooners are still in it, according to Baker, but the Tigers are making the most noise. Auburn has also entered the race. When it comes time for next week’s list, don’t be surprised to see Baker officially off the board based on the mutual interest going away.

Cody Hayes (Fort Worth, Texas/Eastern Hills, 6-6, 260, No. 97 OT)

The Sooners offered Hayes, a Texas Tech commit, in the last week. He recently made his visit to Texas Tech and it was said to be a very positive experience. If OU cannot get Hayes on campus, there’s nothing to see here. Move along.

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

Is Johnson still in play? The longer he doesn’t commit to Georgia, you have to believe that’s a good sign. There have been some rumblings about Johnson’s academic status with SEC schools. If he cannot qualify, that wipes out Georgia, Mississippi State, Missouri and Auburn -- in other words, the four other schools to which he made official visits. OU had an in-home with him this week, so Sooners haven’t thrown in towel just yet.

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

News that teammate Dwayne Johnson has eliminated OU shouldn’t be a factor at all for Lauderdale. The fact that schools like Ohio State and Oklahoma State are in the running for him is a real cause for concern. He had a great OU visit, but with Lauderdale active on the trail, that might get lost in the shuffle. He is visiting Texas Tech this weekend, and he was a one-time Red Raiders commit.

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

Moore, in my opinion, has vaulted to No. 1 on the overall board. This is a huge need and would be a big-time pickup. With UCLA taking four defensive backs in the last week, Moore can’t look at Bruins. But he might be looking at Cal, where he is expected to take an unofficial visit this weekend. Arizona State and Oregon State are definitely still in the hunt, too.

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

OU offensive tackles coach Bruce Kittle attacked Georgia, and Outlaw was his No. 1 target. The Sooners will get Outlaw on campus this weekend. If the visit is as good as everybody hopes, don’t be surprised to hear of another offensive lineman commit during the early part of next week. The pieces seem to be coming together for Outlaw and OU.

Lamar Robbins (Miami/Southridge, 6-2, 175, No. 70 CB)

There is nothing to suggest Robbins and OU have rekindled their relationship, but if Baker and/or Moore look elsewhere, Robbins might get another look. Louisville has entered the picture, and he is taking an official visit to South Florida this weekend, so it’s possible he won’t let OU back in and could make his call this weekend.

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

Port Arthur Memorial coach Kenny Harrison confirmed Romar will be making an official visit to OU this weekend. This is another important piece of the puzzle for OU, especially with the uncertainty of the academic standing of Kerrick Huggins (Dallas/Skyline). OU defensive tackles coach Jackie Shipp has made a big impression in last two weeks.

Javon Wilson (Scottsdale, Ariz./Scottsdale CC, 6-4, 260, Three-star juco TE)

If the Sooners are still targeting a TE, it’s Wilson. Scottsdale coach Doug Madoski said Wilson has been talking to Kansas State a lot lately. OU was talking to him earlier but not as much now, as OU continues to try to figure out how necessary a tight end is. Madoski said Wilson’s God-given talent is what makes him such an intriguing prospect.

Off the board from last week: OT Aaron Cochran (Atwater, Calif./Buhach), OT Matt Finnin (Crete, Ill./College of Dupage), OL Rami Hammad (Irving, Texas/Irving), OT Dwayne Johnson (Houston/Bellaire), DB Damarious Randall (Mesa, Ariz./Mesa CC).