Wednesday, May 15, 2013
Tales From The Road: Oklahoma
By Bob Przybylo
Every Wednesday, the SoonerNation staff will take a quick-hit look at some of the top recruits and storylines facing Oklahoma recruiting for the week.
This week’s targets: OU will never be hurting at wide receiver as long as Jay Norvell remains the wide receivers coach. OU already has the commitment of one four-star wideout in Dallis Todd (La Mirada, Calif./La Mirada), but Norvell is going after some big guns in Texas. He is visiting ESPN 150 receiver K.D. Cannon (Mount Pleasant, Texas/Mount Pleasant) and four-star WR Nick Alexander (Lancaster, Texas/Lancaster). Both have visited the campus multiple times, but both are going to be incredibly tough to land. Norvell, though, is never afraid to aim high, and OU is squarely in the mix for them.
Area of interest: The Houston area was very kind to the Sooners for the Class of 2013. OU plucked five from the region, including its top-rated signee in running back Keith Ford. Last year was an adjustment period for linebackers coach Tim Kish, who is the man in charge in Houston. This year he has his footing, and OU is once again knocking on the door for top kids. The Sooners have their targets set on four-star prospect Koda Martin (Manvel, Texas/Manvel), wide receiver Keenen Brown (Houston/Alief Taylor) and four-star safety John Bonney (Houston/Lamar). OU is in good shape with all three prospects.
Prospect performance: SoonerNation was able to attend the first day of spring football practice for ESPN 150 quarterback and OU commit Justice Hansen (Edmond, Okla./Santa Fe). Hansen has always carried himself like a leader. And now that he’s committed to OU, not a thing has changed. Hansen is right where he needs to be and looked sharp throwing the ball. He’s not afraid of the pressure of being the hometown kid going to OU. Hansen is ranked No. 94 in the ESPN 150.
Word on the street: OU offered center Connor Mayes (Van Alstyne, Texas/Van Alstyne) on Monday. SoonerNation member cardsfan7701 wants to know if a commitment will come. Not sure a commitment will come, but the offer is a great sign. Mayes is the sort of recruit OU was hesitant to offer the last two summers, only to finally offer when it was too late. The Mayes offer gives OU options in case lineman Alex Dalton (Troy, Ohio/Troy) looks another direction. Also, the possibility of Mayes at center and Dalton at guard is something OU fans can be excited about.
What to watch: SoonerNation will continue to tour the state of Oklahoma for spring football. Jenks is scheduled to have its spring game Friday evening. You could make the case four-star safety Steven Parker is the No. 1 overall target for the Sooners. OU was the first school to offer him last spring. He now has 22 offers from the nation's elite. Parker really likes OU, but he also wants to see what else is out there. He is a vital piece to OU’s 2014 class, and it is imperative OU defensive coordinator Mike Stoops seal the deal with Parker.