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Monday, June 24, 2013
2014 Oklahoma recruit tracker: Offense

By Bob Przybylo

NORMAN, Okla. -- On the last Monday of every month, SoonerNation is going to examine Oklahoma's offensive recruiting situation by taking a look at the Sooners' commits and targets.

Here is an idea of where OU stands for the Class of 2014 heading into July. View the Sooners' full commitment list.

The number in parentheses after every position indicates the number of recruits we project OU to sign at the position.

Quarterback (1)

Justice Hansen
ESPN 300 quarterback Justice Hansen, an Oklahoma commit, has played a big in recruiting receivers for the Sooners.
Committed (1): Justice Hansen (Edmond, Okla./Santa Fe). Done. The search is over as OU quarterbacks coach Josh Heupel has his man in Hansen, an ESPN 300 prospect. Other positions will have a lot more targets to watch, but this is one spot where OU fans can breathe and relax. Heupel made one offer and, after Hansen committed in April, it ended any drama.

Running Back (2)

Committed (1): Samaje Perine (Pflugerville, Texas/Hendrickson). Built like a fullback, this four-star prospect is going to be one tough cookie to bring down. Incredible size, but also has speed and can be elusive. Currently the No. 1-ranked running back in Texas.

Favorite: Joe Mixon (Oakley, Calif./Freedom). It didn't look like Mixon would become a factor for OU when the year started. But Mixon and the Sooners have been quietly developing a nice rapport the last couple of months. Mixon’s love of former OU great Adrian Peterson is a nice start.

Next in line: Nathan Starks. No coach has built more of a relationship with Starks than Cale Gundy, but the uncertainty of Starks' future following his dismissal from Las Vegas Bishop Gorman has got to be a concern. He seems set at going to school in Colorado this season, but will he be eligible? What impact will it have, if any, if he isn't able to play his senior season?

On the radar: Xavier Turner (North Richland Hills, Texas/Birdville). A frequent visitor to OU in the last year, Turner could still be an option this fall. He really likes OU and stays in touch with Gundy regularly. A big senior season combined with chips falling into place elsewhere could put Turner in Norman.

Fullback (1)

Committed: None

Favorite: Kendrick Igbinoba (Richardson, Texas/Richardson). The Sooners need to replace Trey Millard, and Igbinoba is the leader in the clubhouse. All other schools recruiting him view him as a fullback/H-back type of player, and he’s comfortable in the role. He has been in constant communication with Gundy, so don’t be surprised by an offer in the fall.

Next in line: MikeQuan Deane (Tulsa, Okla./Memorial). Deane had a solid showing at OU’s camp at tight end, but he doesn’t quite have the build of a tight end or the speed of a receiver. He could develop into a fullback, though. This is in the early stages of discussion.

On the radar: Michael Farmer (Edmond, Okla./North). A three-star prospect committed to Arizona State, Gundy has told Farmer he should be somebody with the ball in his hands. The Sooners have shied away from Farmer lately after he tore his ACL. If Farmer can show he is still a force, he could be a factor again.

Wide Receiver (3)

Committed (2): You can always count on wide receivers coach Jay Norvel to make a splash, and he has with Dallis Todd (La Mirada, Calif./La Mirada), an ESPN 300 prospect, and Jeffery Mead (Tulsa, Okla./Union). Todd is still being pursued by several top schools but remains adamant he is 100 percent with OU. He plans to enroll early and has developed a strong connection with Hansen. Mead, who committed to the Sooners last week, also has built a solid relationship with Hansen. The 6-foot-5 Mead plays three sports (football, basketball and baseball).

Favorites: Keenen Brown (Houston/Alief Taylor). Brown has so many ties to LSU, but all he can really talk about is how productive OU’s offense is and how the Sooners produce top wide receivers. Brown is hoping to visit the campus soon and the three-star recruit has not ruled out a commitment if everything goes smoothly. LSU, Michigan State and West Virginia are each in the mix, too.

Next in line: Corey Holmes (Fort Lauderdale, Fla./St. Augustine). OU made a huge impact on Holmes when he visited for the spring game. Norvell visited Holmes during the spring evaluation period and the foundation is set. But getting an ESPN 300 prospect out of Florida is not going to be an easy chore.

On the radar: K.D. Cannon (Mount Pleasant, Texas/Mount Pleasant). Conventional wisdom says Baylor and Texas Tech are in the driver’s seat, but there’s no reason to discount the Sooners for the ESPN 300 wideout. OU was one of the first schools in on Cannon, but it will be long race for his signature.

Tight End (2)

Committed (1): Carson Meier (Tulsa, Okla./Union). Meier emerged as a name to watch in the spring. He committed to the Sooners less than a week after being offered. He has great potential as a flexed-out end, but he also doesn’t mind blocking.

Favorite: Mark Andrews (Scottsdale, Ariz./Desert Mountain). The question here is whether Andrews is a wide receiver or tight end. OU originally sought him at receiver but has become more open to the tight end idea. Will that impact Andrews going further?

Next in line: Jeremy Smith (Berryhill, Okla./Berryhill). Smith had a wild, wacky journey to get to OU’s camp but had a solid performance. A nice mixture of being physical with athleticism, he has quality offers right now. Is OU next?

On the radar: Jean Sifrin (Torrance, Calif./El Camino CC). Junior college target who has already set up an official visit to OU for August. USC and Kansas are also in the picture.

Payton Prince (Norman, Okla./North). Committed to Tulsa, but the question is will OU re-visit Prince during the season and extend an offer? He has great hands and has vastly improved his conditioning to get where he’s at now.

Offensive Tackle (3)

Ty Barrett
Three-star offensive tackle Ty Barrett is the Sooners' top target along the line.
Committed: None

Favorite: Ty Barrett (Dallas/Skyline). Barrett is set to release his top three in July or August, and it’s a safe bet the Sooners will be there. He has developed a strong bond with OU assistants Bill Bedenbaugh and Jay Boulware.

Next in line: Jovan Pruitt (Dallas/Bishop Dunne). Pruitt has already seen the campus but said he wants to make another trip to OU this summer for an unofficial visit. Arkansas and Ole Miss are in the conversation as well.

On the radar: Denzel Ward (Bradenton, Fla./IMG Academy). An official visit has already been set up for October, but the visits are up in the air because Ward committed to Purdue last week.

Braden Smith (Olathe, Kan./South). You never really know what Smith is thinking since he doesn’t talk about his recruitment. OU was there in the beginning, but a lot of schools are there, too, and it's too early to tell how clear the picture is.

Offensive Guard/Center (2)

Committed (1): Alex Dalton (Troy, Ohio/Troy). OU got its center with Dalton, a four-star prospect. Bedenbaugh made Dalton a priority from the day he took the OU job. A couple of unofficial visits placed the Sooners in great standing before Dalton committed in May.

Favorite: Frank Kee (Tyler, Texas/Tyler JC). This decision should come in a matter of weeks. Kee visited OU earlier this month, saying it set the bar for what a visit should be. Oklahoma State, Texas Tech, Baylor and TCU are also in the running.

Next in line: Natrell Curtis (Phoenix/Mountain Pointe). OU struck out in Phoenix for the 2013 group, but it is back with Curtis. He hasn’t seen the campus yet, but he said he has the Sooners in his top five. A visit could put OU in even better standing.

On the radar: Damien Mama (Bellflower, Calif./St. John Bosco). A dynamic ESPN 300 prospect, OU is on the outside looking in. Is it too late for the Sooners or can they try to work their way back into the mix?

Kicker/Punter (1)

Committed: None

Favorite: None. OU has offered one kicker in Aaron Medley. But once his childhood dream came true with a Tennessee offer, it was only a matter of time until he was a Vol. No other kickers have emerged as a clear-cut name to watch.