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Friday, February 1, 2013
Sooners' board dwindling in final week

By Bob Przybylo

NORMAN, Okla. -- We've hit the stretch run for the Sooners' 2013 recruiting class. And while so much of Oklahoma’s class has been decided, there is still much to settle by Feb. 6.

Heading into this final weekend before national signing day, here are OU’s top targets still left on the board:

George Adeosun (Alpharetta, Ga./Alpharetta, 6-5, 305, N0. 56 OT)

L.J. Moore
Four-star cornerback L.J. Moore isn't tipping his hand to which school he's leaning.
The offers haven’t stopped for Adeosun, who added Arizona State and Georgia Tech this week. But, after visiting Norman, he knows what OU has to offer. Now he knows he can thrive with OU’s academic program and got a feel of what campus life will be like. Matching him up with Gabe Ikard was a logical choice for OU on the visit. If Adeosun is comfortable being that far away from home, the Sooners are looking pretty good right now.

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

There’s nothing left to be said regarding Baker at this point. OU has made its pitch. Clemson has made its pitch. Some days he wants to be a Sooner. Some days he wants to be a Tiger. His plan is to call both schools’ coaches Tuesday before announcing his decision Wednesday morning.

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

Johnson revealed earlier this week the Sooners are in his final four, and for anybody expecting a signing day surprise, don’t. According to Hutchinson coach Rion Rhoades, Johnson is most likely going to make his decision after signing day. The date Feb. 13 has been thrown around as a potential decision day but nothing is scheduled.

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

OU made its last stand with Moore this week with an in-home visit from Mike Stoops on Tuesday. The Sooners are in a great spot as Stoops has developed an incredible relationship with Moore. Add in teammate Hatari Byrd being committed to OU, and there’s real drama leading up to Wednesday. Problem is Oregon State, Arizona State and California are much closer to home than OU.

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

OU gave its best shot with Outlaw last week with an incredible official visit. But TCU did that the week before. And Missouri did that earlier this week. And Texas Tech will attempt the same this weekend. OU and Outlaw are on the same page regarding him playing tackle at the next level, but who knows if that will be enough for the Sooners to earn his pledge.

Dionte Savage (Yuma, Ariz./Arizona Western, 6-5, 340, NR OG)

The only new name to the list because he’s the only new face the Sooners coaches have pursued this week. Savage committed to Baylor last week but has been busy on the trail. Following trips to Texas Tech and Kansas earlier this week, OU gets its shot this weekend. OU has been gunning for two juco tackles and might have found one incredibly late in the game.

Off the board from last week: OT Cody Hayes (Fort Worth, Texas/Eastern Hills), ATH Devin Lauderdale (Houston/Bellaire), CB Lamar Robbins (Miami/Southridge), DT Matthew Romar (Port Arthur, Texas/Memorial, committed to OU), TE Javon Wilson (Scottsdale, Ariz./Scottsdale CC).