Monday, February 4, 2013
Sooners' 2013 class coming into focus
By Bob Przybylo
NORMAN, Okla. -- It might have taken a while to get there, but Oklahoma almost has all of its puzzle pieces in place to wrap up its 2013 recruiting class.
Less than 72 hours away from national signing day, there are a few loose ends to tie. For the most part, however, there won’t be nearly as much drama as it looked like there could be a couple of weeks ago.
As signing day approaches, Bob Stoops and the Sooners have few remaining targets.
OU picked up commitment No. 22 on Saturday in cornerback Dakota Austin (Lancaster, Texas/Lancaster). Austin was on his official visit to OU this weekend. He didn’t enter the weekend with an offer, but he left the weekend pledged to the Sooners.
With Austin’s commitment, speculation is running rampant with OU fans about what that means for the Sooners' two top cornerback targets -- ESPN 300 athlete Adrian Baker (Hollywood, Fla./Chaminade-Madonna) and four-star prospect L.J. Moore (Fresno, Calif./Central East).
Baker is set to decide at 9:45 a.m. CT on Wednesday, while Moore is scheduled to announce at 5 p.m. CT on Wednesday. The curious part about Moore’s announcement time is it’s scheduled for two hours after the announced time for OU coach Bob Stoops’ news conference discussing the 2013 class.
Getting Austin feels like an indicator that OU is not going to land both Baker and Moore, but one of them is definitely still in play. The growing feeling has been that Baker is leaning toward Clemson over the Sooners. Moore, though, doesn’t look as clear with Arizona State, Oregon State and OU squarely in the mix.
The other additions OU can see this week are at offensive line, and one of them could happen before Wednesday. Three-star offensive guard Dionte Savage (Yuma, Ariz./Arizona Western CC) said he wanted to announce on Sunday night between OU and Baylor. But he has yet to make his decision.
A Baylor commit, Savage was OU’s other official visitor for the weekend. Savage said Sunday afternoon that it’s down to the Bears and Sooners, and he doesn’t plan to wait until Wednesday if he feels like he’s ready to announce.
Savage is set to play offensive guard, while the Sooners are eyeing a couple of Georgia high school products at tackle in four-star prospect Josh Outlaw (Lithonia, Ga./Martin Luther King) and three-star prospect George Adeosun (Alpharetta, Ga./Alpharetta).
Adeosun made his official visit to Arizona State, but his weekend started with a bang even before that with an offer from Georgia on Friday. So many schools have entered the picture with Adeosun that it looks like OU might fall a little short.
There is reason for optimism with Outlaw, though. After taking his Missouri official visit earlier in the week, Outlaw was scheduled to visit Texas Tech but reports are he never made it to Lubbock, Texas. Outlaw potentially could be making his announcement Wednesday.
Another major development happened at defensive tackle, as OU’s chances with ESPN JC 100 prospect Toby Johnson (Hutchinson, Kan./Hutchinson CC) received a boost.
Johnson said he is going to announce his decision a week after signing day, with OU, Auburn and Mississippi State all in the running. It appears the Tigers are in the lead, but the longer the Sooners hang around, the better their chances look to be.