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Tuesday, February 5, 2013
Looking at Oklahoma's final four targets

By Bob Przybylo

After a crazy month, there isn’t too much drama for Oklahoma heading into national signing day. There is a little bit, though.

The Sooners will enter Wednesday morning with 23 commits, and the goal is to close with 25 signees.

Four candidates, two spots. Who will the Sooners get? Here's a look at the four targets still alive on OU’s board for signing day.

L.J. Moore
Cornerback L.J. Moore has a tough choice to make.
George Adeosun (Alpharetta, Ga./Alpharetta, 6-foot-5, 305 pounds, No. 56 OT)

The finalists: OU, Georgia, Arizona State and Virginia

Why OU: Based on football tradition, only the Bulldogs can compete with the Sooners. But Adeosun was only able to make an official visit to OU. Georgia coaches did visit him Sunday night, but he never got a chance to explore the campus. The Sooners also could have an edge because it was after the OU offer that things started to pick up considerably for Adeosun.

Why not OU: If you grow up in Oklahoma, your dream is to be a Sooner. If you grow up in Georgia, you want to be a Bulldog. Do you need an official visit to confirm what you feel you might already know? Adeosun did visit Arizona State and Virginia, and the Cavs are certainly in the race, too. Both Virginia and Georgia are a lot closer to home than Norman, Okla.

Prediction: Georgia.

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

The finalists: OU, Clemson

Why OU: Baker has seemingly wanted to be a Sooner for a while. He had every reason to move on from OU in the fall, but he simply never wanted to do it. Following a great official visit, the Sooners have been right there. He has developed a terrific relationship with OU defensive backs coach Mike Stoops. Fans will know pretty early, as Baker will announce at 9:45 a.m. CT.

Why not OU: The growing feeling is that it has been Clemson all along, here in the last month, but Baker didn’t want to publicly say it. Baker has developed a great bond with Clemson coaches Dabo Swinney and Brent Venables. His official visit to Clemson in December blew him away, and the Tigers had multiple in-home visits with him in January.

Prediction: Clemson

L.J. Moore (Fresno, Calif./Central East, 6-0, 164, No. 29 CB)

The finalists: OU, Oregon State, Arizona State

Why OU: Moore’s teammate, ESPN 300 safety Hatari Byrd, is an OU commit, and Byrd has been pushing hard to get Moore to join him. Moore has listened, asking Byrd several questions along the way about OU. The Sooners want one more top-notch cornerback, and Moore would solidify a strong secondary group. A great official visit in January gives OU a strong close in February. Moore is going to announce at 5 p.m. CT.

Why not OU: The Sooners had a great official visit with Moore, but Oregon State has been there since the beginning. His official visit to Corvallis, Ore., was incredible in the fall. Add that it’s a lot closer to home, and it’s easy to see why Oregon State could be the choice.

Prediction: OU

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

The finalists: OU, Missouri, TCU, Texas Tech

Why OU: OU offensive tackles coach Bruce Kittle never forgot about Outlaw. Though the offer and visit came in January, Kittle had been talking to Outlaw since late summer and kept in constant contact. Combine that with OU and Outlaw being on the same page about playing tackle instead of guard, and it looks good for the Sooners when Outlaw announces at 9 a.m. CT.

Why not OU: Outlaw took so many visits in such a short time that it’s so tough to say what really distinguished one from the other. With all the schools being in the same general location, it doesn’t set one apart from the rest. All schools give Outlaw a great chance to succeed, but he hasn’t tipped his hand to let anybody know whether there is a clear favorite.

Prediction: OU

(The Sooners are still recruiting junior college defensive tackle Toby Johnson out of Hutchinson, Kan., Community College, but he is taking an official visit to Mississippi State this weekend and will not commit on signing day.)