Thursday, February 21, 2013
Roundtable: Must-get recruit for OU in '14
By SoonerNation staff
Every Thursday, the SoonerNation staff will answer a roundtable question about OU football. Leave a comment or talk about it in our "There's Only One" forum.
Name one recruit who is a must-get for the Sooners in the Class of 2014:
Oklahoma's lone quarterback offer has been handed out to in-state signal-caller Justice Hansen.
• The Sooners have major needs along the front seven. Landing the likes of Deondre Clark (Oklahoma City/Douglass), Peyton Newell (Hiawatha, Kan./Hiawatha), Zaycoven Henderson (Longview, Texas/Longview) or James David (Rockdale, Texas/Rockdale) would be huge. But anytime you have a potential franchise quarterback who grew up a Sooner fans who lives in your backyard, it's a must-get. Justice Hansen (Edmond, Okla./Santa Fe) could end up ranking as one of the top QBs in the country. The Sooners are pretty loaded at QB for the future with Trevor Knight and Cody Thomas. But no position is more important than QB, and the more blue-chip guys you can land, the better. Especially when they're seemingly yours for the taking.
-- Jake Trotter
• This one's pretty simple. Unless you want me to put on 50 pounds and take a go at the tight end position, OU needs to land Koda Martin (Manvel, Texas/Manvel). Martin has the Sooners in his top three schools, so it's really just a matter of showing the ESPN Watch List tight end that OU is the right program for him. And saying tight end is a need position is putting it mildly, with Trey Millard set to complete his eligibility in 2013 and inexperience remaining on the roster at tight end. Martin shows terrific athleticism and versatility and could potentially project into a Millard-type player who can do multiple things to help the Sooners offense. Thus the combination of need and versatility should catapult Martin to the top of OU's wish list.
-- Brandon Chatmon
• Quarterback is not a huge position of need, but from a national perception it would look bad if the Sooners couldn't secure the signature of Watch List quarterback Justice Hansen (Edmond, Okla./Santa Fe). OU quarterbacks coach Josh Heupel is very diligent in his offer process, but even Heupel has decided Hansen is worthy of an offer. With Hansen's father a member of OU's 1994 College World Series team, the OU colors run strong in the Hansen family. Hansen is the first quarterback offer for 2014, and Heupel and OU fans are optimistic it will be the only one necessary. Not a traditional dual-threat signal-caller, Hansen is deceptively fast and tough to go along with being a solid passer. With Texas A&M and Auburn among the other schools who have offered, OU needs to close the show early and make sure Hansen stays home.
-- Bob Przybylo