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Tuesday, June 25, 2013
2014 Oklahoma recruit tracker: Defense

By Bob Przybylo

NORMAN, Okla. -- On the last Tuesday of every month, SoonerNation is going to examine Oklahoma's defensive 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.

Defensive End (2)

Committed: None

Justin Hollins
The Sooners are in a good position with Texas defensive end Justin Hollins, but an Oregon offer might have delayed his decision.
Favorites: Justin Hollins (Arlington, Texas/Grace Prep). If Hollins were to commit right now, OU would be his choice. But he’s waiting and more schools are entering the race. Oregon is the latest major school, and Hollins' stock is only going to soar with each passing day.

Grant Blankenship (The Colony, Texas/The Colony): OU is a finalist for Blankenship, though his list could be altered by a recent Notre Dame offer. It said a lot that Blankenship and his family showed up to OU’s satellite camp. Expect an official visit in the fall.

Next in line: Solomon Thomas (Coppell, Texas/Coppell). There’s no doubt OU wants this ESPN 300 prospect. The Sooners are in his top eight, but the competition is fierce. OU defensive line coach Jerry Montgomery is building a solid foundation, but there's no way of knowing if it will be enough.

Myles Garrett (Arlington, Texas/Martin). Take everything written above about Thomas and paste it here, too. Montgomery is doing all he can to get OU in the mix for this five-star defensive end.

On the radar: Sekou Clark (Denton, Texas/Ryan). The OU relationship is back on following a recent satellite camp performance. There is no questioning Clark’s pass rushing ability, but the concern is about how well he is able to stop the run. OU has been interested for a long time despite not offering.

Jordan Brailford (Tulsa, Okla./Booker T. Washington): Though Brailford is committed to Oklahoma State, it’s possible OU can go back to him once he gets some film from his senior season. He absolutely blew up during the spring evaluation period.

Defensive Tackle (3)

Committed (1): Brandon Glenn (Irving, Texas/Ranchview). All Glenn was waiting for was an offer, and he couldn’t be denied after a fantastic showing at OU’s camp. Classified originally as a defensive end, OU wants him at defensive tackle. Glenn has also embraced the defensive tackle mindset as well.

Favorites: Garrald McDowell (Covington, La./Covington). It’s all been about Montgomery with this ESPN 300 prospect. OU is there, but a recent LSU offer has only made things more interesting. A long way from this battle being won or lost.

D.J. Williams (Lufkin, Texas/Lufkin): Severe weather stopped Williams from coming to OU for the camp or else we might be already talking a commitment. A three-star prospect, more schools such as Missouri are starting to come into play. OU is in a great spot, though.

Next in line: Cedric Johnson (Rowlett, Texas/Rowlett). A hamstring kept Johnson from competing at OU’s satellite camp and might have kept him from getting the offer. Has dedicated himself to his conditioning and could certainly make some noise in the fall.

On the radar: Travonte Valentine (Palm Bay, Fla./Bayside). The question is simple -- will OU be able to get Valentine to campus? If not, nothing to see here. If it can, things will get interesting in a hurry with the ESPN 300 recruit.

Linebacker (3-4)

Committed: None.

Favorites: Tay Evans (Allen, Texas/Allen). Evans was about ready to pack it in and commit to Stanford when OU offered two weeks ago. But the Sooners are a game-changing offer for Evans, whose father played basketball at OU. Evans wants to visit in July. Could a commitment follow?

Dakota Allen (Houston/Summer Creek). Allen was caught by surprise when the Sooners offered recently. But it was a good surprise, he said. Allen knows which schools he wants to visit and guarantees OU will be one of them. He is adamant about making decision before senior season.

Next in line: Christian Sam (Allen, Texas/Allen). In April it felt like a done deal with Sam going to the Sooners. Things have changed, however. OU is still squarely in the picture, but Baylor, Texas Tech and Ole Miss can't be ruled out. A return visit to OU would be huge for the Sooners' chances.

On the radar: Tegray Scales (Cincinnati/Colerain). Yep, another one of the recent offers. OU has vaulted toward the top for Scales but that doesn’t mean a visit or commitment is close to happening.

Greg Miclisse (Palm Bay, Fla./Bayside). Officially offered two weeks ago, Miclisse has been on the mind of OU linebackers coach Tim Kish for a few months. The relationship is being built quickly and it’s evident there is mutual interest.

Defensive back (5-6)

Vontre McQuinnie
Defensive back Vontre McQuinnie was the Sooners' first commit of the Class of 2014.
Committed (3): Vontre McQuinnie (Lancaster, Texas/Lancaster). He has the distinction of being OU’s first pledge for the class. McQuinnie repeatedly has said he is firm with his commitment and is being recruited at strong safety.

Cornerback Marcus Green (Cedar Hill, Texas/Cedar Hill). The OU offer was a game-changer for Green back in May. It didn’t take long for a commitment to follow. He made a positive impression by showing up for OU’s camp even though he’s already committed.

Cornerback Tito Windham (Gulfport, Miss./Harrison Central). He came out of nowhere for OU to be his first offer and committed on the spot. Other schools are trying to sway him, but he’s solid at this point. A visit to the OU campus should seal the deal.

Favorite: Safety Steven Parker (Jenks, Okla./Jenks). One could argue that Parker is the No. 1 overall priority for OU at this point. The ESPN 300 prospect has a lot of options and is constantly being hounded by OU commits to come join them in Norman.

Next in line: Safety John Bonney (Houston/Lamar). Bonney was kind of quiet during March, April and May, but he has opened up in the last month. It’s a good thing for OU fans because they like what he’s saying. Visits to Ohio State and/or Stanford could change things, but OU is sitting pretty with Bonney, who also likes Texas.

Athlete Michiah Quick (Fresno, Calif./Central East). It still remains to be seen if Quick is a wide receiver or a cornerback. The details can be worked out later. What’s obvious is how much the Sooners want Quick and his desire to see the campus. A visit could move him from this spot to “favorite” next time around.

On the radar: Tyler Whiley (Scottsdale, Ariz./Chaparral). This will be determined by a visit. Whiley, an ESPN 300 recruit, has repeatedly stated his desire to have OU as one of his official visits. If that stays true to form, he could vault up this list.

Safeties Donovan Wilson (Shreveport, La./Woodlawn) and J.R. Reed (Plano, Texas/Prestonwood Christian) and cornerback Nik Needham (Buena Park, Calif./Buena Park). Lumping all three together because all three did extremely well at OU’s camp but will have to wait to see where chips fall in regard to an offer.