Tuesday, June 18, 2013
ESPN 300 targets: Oklahoma
By Bob Przybylo
Oklahoma isn’t even halfway done with its Class of 2014, but its nine commits have the Sooners off to a solid start.
Here is a look at 10 of OU’s biggest and most realistic targets as we hit the summer, ranked from most likely to least likely to commit to the Sooners:
1. S Steven Parker (Jenks, Okla./Jenks) 6-foot-2, 175 pounds ESPN 300 rank: No. 233
ESPN 300 safety Steven Parker isn't in a rush to commit to a school.
Why they want him: Parker has been priority No. 1 for OU for a long time. OU defensive coordinator Mike Stoops was the first coach to really notice Parker as the Sooners were the first school to offer him 13 months ago.
Who else wants him: Just about every other major school. Parker has made unofficial visits to Texas and Texas A&M and Bedlam rival Oklahoma State remains in Parker’s top group. He is hoping to make more visits this summer.
Why they want him: There’s no denying the Sooners need help at linebacker, and with Evans’ ties to the program, it feels like a natural fit. OU has done all the evaluation it needed and has determined he is somebody it wants for the class.
Who else wants him: Stanford feels like the biggest competition. But after getting the OU offer last week, it almost feels like all it’s going to take is a return visit to Norman to seal the deal.
Odds they get him: 60 percent.
3. OT Ty Barrett (Dallas/Skyline) 6-5, 310 ESPN 300 rank: NR, No. 33 OT
Why they want him: OU was the first school to start actively recruiting Barrett, and the relationship between Barrett and first-year offensive line coach Bill Bedenbaugh is fantastic right now. OU should be in the hunt until the very end.
Who else wants him: Barrett released his top seven two weeks ago. Regional schools such as Texas Tech and TCU are included, but watch out for Kentucky. With Mark Stoops running the show, Big Blue Nation is off to a tremendous start for 2014.
Odds they get him: 55 percent.
4. TE Mark Andrews (Scottsdale, Ariz./Chaparral) 6-6, 220 ESPN 300 rank: No. 295
Why they want him: At tight end or receiver, he’s a good fit for the Sooners. Already visited OU for junior day and his older brother is attending OU medical school. One of a number of top wide receivers the Sooners are in great standing for, as ESPN 150 prospects K.D. Cannon and Corey Holmes also come to mind.
Who else wants him: Andrews is being pursued by just about everybody. He is set to visit Texas A&M next month and has already visited Michigan, Notre Dame and Ohio State.
Why they want him: Defensive tackle is a huge need for OU’s class, and first-year defensive line coach Jerry Montgomery has targeted Williams to be one of the answers. A late bloomer, OU hopes to have found a hidden gem.
Who else wants him: So far Williams hasn’t exploded in the recruiting ranks. Miami (Fla.) is the only other school to offer him. OU is in a great position but will need an on-campus visit to put the icing on the cake.
Why they want him: The interior line for OU has been ravaged by career-ending injuries here lately, and Kee is the big body the Sooners desperately need. He has already visited campus and said he hopes to have a decision in the next month.
Who else wants him: Kee has made it clear. It’s OU, Oklahoma State, TCU, Baylor and Texas Tech. Visiting all five schools in a month span and hopes to be ready to make the call after that.
Odds they get him: 50 percent.
7. DE Justin Hollins (Arlington, Texas/Grace Prep) 6-5, 207 ESPN 300 rank: NR, not evaluated
Why they want him: His size and speed is impressive, and he is already putting on weight without any problems. Getting to watch him at camp only solidified the offer and why Montgomery is so high on Hollins.
Who else wants him: Not a well-kept secret anymore, Hollins is starting to branch out. Schools such as Missouri and Oregon will definitely be in the mix.
Odds they get him: 50 percent.
8. LB Christian Sam (Allen, Texas/Allen) 6-1, 206 ESPN 300 rank: NR, No. 66 OLB
Why they want him: Sam has felt like OU’s No. 1 target at linebacker for a long time. With Evans getting an offer, it can’t hurt OU’s chance to pull off an Allen High combo special.
Who else wants him: Two schools to be on the lookout for are Ole Miss and Baylor. The Rebels have really stepped it up, while Baylor is so close to home that it makes it an appealing option.
Odds they get him: 40 percent.
9. S John Bonney (Houston/Lamar) 6-0, 182 ESPN 300 rank: NR, No. 19 safety
Why they want him: OU started pursuing Bonney more than a year and hasn’t let up. Two unofficial visits to campus last fall, and a great conversation with the staff two weeks ago at the satellite camp has OU in good position.
Who else wants him: Ohio State and Stanford look like two non-regional schools to be on the watch for, while Texas remains squarely in the picture, too.
Why they want him: The Fresno Central East pipeline is strong right now at OU, and the Sooners want to continue it with Quick. OU defensive coordinator Mike Stoops has been talking to Quick for the last 14 months now.
Who else wants him: Another pretty cut and dry scenario. USC, UCLA, Alabama and Notre Dame are all in the picture. A decision won’t come anytime soon for the Under Armour All-American.