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Thursday, February 7, 2013
Oklahoma: 2014 prospects to watch

By Bob Przybylo

Oklahoma has two commits for its 2014 class, which is two more than the Sooners had for their 2013 group following last year’s signing day.

Numerous targets still remain on OU’s board to join commits Watch List wide receiver Armanti Foreman (Texas City, Texas/Texas City) and outside linebacker Vontre McQuinnie (Lancaster, Texas/Lancaster). Here are five recruits, all on the ESPN Watch List, that OU has its sights set on:

Steven Parker
Mike Stoops offered 2014 DB Steven Parker on the spot after watching him practice.
1. OT Ty Barrett
Dallas Skyline
OU was the first school to recognize Barrett’s talents a couple of years ago, and the Sooners offered him last weekend at junior day. There won’t be a shortage of suitors for Barrett, but OU has made sure it doesn’t get lost in the shuffle. A lot of major schools are pursuing him, but Barrett did say OU coaches James Patton and Bruce Kittle have made a big impression on him.

2. LB Cameron Hampton
Dallas Carter
The Sooners have gotten back into the mix with Hampton. He became enamored with OU and linebackers coach Tim Kish following OU’s camp in June. But in the fall, communication waned a bit, despite the fact he has an OU offer, opening the door for Texas and Texas A&M. OU is once again hot on Hampton’s trail, and it will need to be if it is going to land one of the nation’s top linebacker prospects.

3. QB Justice Hansen
Edmond (Okla.) Santa Fe
The golden boy, Hansen has been talked about as OU’s quarterback for the 2014 class since he was a freshman. It couldn't become a reality unless he picked up the offer. The invitation was extended last weekend at junior day. Hansen said he still wants to visit some other schools for spring practice, but OU quarterbacks coach Josh Heupel has let Hansen know he is Heupel’s guy for the class.

4. S Steven Parker
Jenks (Okla.) High
If feels like a matter of when Parker commits to OU more than if he commits. But the longer he takes, the more speculation will run that maybe Parker isn’t as much of a lock to the Sooners as it appeared. OU defensive backs coach Mike Stoops was the first coach to recognize Parker’s potential, offering him last spring. A move from cornerback to safety for his junior season enhanced Parker’s stock. He is among the best in-state prospects for 2014.

5. RB Nathan Starks
Las Vegas Bishop Gorman
You can never guarantee an out-of-state recruit as a commitment, but the Sooners are clearly the leader for Starks. It’s not just perception, as Starks has had no problems admitting OU is out in front. The Sooners have found success at running back before at Bishop Gorman, as DeMarco Murray was a four-year star for the Sooners. OU running backs coach Cale Gundy has been busy making frequent trips to visit Starks. If OU can get him on campus from Las Vegas, a commitment seems likely.