Wednesday, May 22, 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: Louisiana isn’t usually a typical recruiting area of interest for Oklahoma. But with 11 prospects in the ESPN 150 from the state, OU coaches are migrating there. One recruit in particular stands out, as defensive line coach Jerry Montgomery is doing everything he can to secure the commitment of ESPN 150 defensive tackle Garrald McDowell (Covington, La./Covington). OU wasn’t there in the beginning for McDowell, ranked No. 105 in the ESPN 150, but Montgomery is making sure the Sooners will be there until the end. With OU in desperate need for defensive tackle help, McDowell would be exactly what OU is looking for.
Area of interest: Midlands recruiting coordinator Damon Sayles was at an East Texas combine over the weekend, and OU coaches sure wish they could attend something like that. East Texas has become a big area of interest for the Sooners on both sides of the ball. Wide receivers coach Jay Norvell is targeting ESPN 150 receiver K.D. Cannon (Mount Pleasant, Texas/Mount Pleasant) and receiver Dorian Leonard (Longview, Texas/Longivew). OU is also trying to make an imprint in Lufkin, as the Sooners have made an offer to Class of 2014 defensive tackle D.J. Williams and 2015 ATH Keke Coutee.
Prospect performance: SoonerNation continued to hit the Oklahoma high school scene, and as great as the Class of 2014 is, the Class of 2015 is shaping up to be strong, too. The 2015 group looks to be focused on the big uglies, as linemen are dominating right now. One name to watch is Moore (Okla.) Southmoore defensive lineman Bobby Henry. The Henry family has produced some top kids, and it’s possible Bobby ends up being the best. A defensive end now, he could grow into a defensive tackle as he continues to fill out. OU coaches will get a chance to work with Henry next weekend as he confirmed he is going to be at OU’s camp.
Word on the street: OU offered Tulsa (Okla.) Union tight end Carson Meier late last week. SoonerNation member Only One Oklahoma wonders: “Are we looking at him to be an actual TE, or is he another Lane Johnson type?” Meier is 6-foot-6 and 220 pounds and thought for the longest time his future was in basketball. He will not be another Lane Johnson project where he is moved to offensive tackle. Meier confirmed he is being looked at purely at tight end. Meier was very productive as a pass-catcher last season and is a lot more than just a blocking tight end. Schools like Wisconsin and Oregon State have also offered, but Meier said the OU offer does mean something different.
What to watch: Lawton (Okla.) High has been kind to the Sooners before, and the Wolverines have a big Class of 2015 target to be on the watch for. Offensive tackle Jalin Barnett visited the OU campus in early April. Two days later he was offered, and then he returned for the spring game. He grew up an Oklahoma State fan, but the Sooners and offensive line coach Bill Bedenbaugh have put in the work to turn that around. Lawton has its end of spring practice scrimmage on Friday morning. SoonerNation will be in attendance.