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Friday, June 28, 2013
Sooner Intel: Recruiting news and notes

By Bob Przybylo

Every Friday, SoonerNation releases the Sooner Intel, a sneak peek inside Oklahoma Sooners football recruiting with news and notes on the latest happenings around the program. Talk about it on our forum. In this week's update:
As of late June, this is how I see Oklahoma’s 2014 recruiting class. This is strictly based off current offers (except at fullback) as I'm not going to assume somebody is going to get an offer.

At the bottom, I've added a short piece on recruits whom I believe will have OU offers down the road.

PROJECTED CLASS

Quarterback: Justice Hansen

Mark Andrews
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Running Back: Samaje Perine; Nathan Starks

Fullback: Kendrick Igbinoba (no offer ... yet)

Wide Receiver: Dallis Todd; Keenen Brown; Jeffery Mead

Tight End: Carson Meier; Mark Andrews

Offensive Tackle: Ty Barrett

Offensive Guard/Center: Alex Dalton

Defensive End: Justin Hollins

Defensive Tackle: Brandon Glenn; D.J. Williams

Linebacker: Tay Evans; Dakota Allen

Cornerback: Marcus Green; Tito Windham

Safety: Vontre McQuinnie; Steven Parker; John Bonney

Athlete: Michiah Quick

Now, from this list, I’m missing two offensive tackles, another interior offensive lineman, one defensive end, one defensive tackle and one or two linebackers.

MORE EXPLANATIONS

Why Starks? I don’t believe OU is going to give up on Starks. I agree 1,000 percent Starks has spoken the truth to running backs coach Cale Gundy and explained the situation. I also believe the experience/recruiting process has humbled Starks, and he will be incredibly grateful the Sooners stuck with him.

Why Igbinoba? OU needs a fullback, and he is one of the few true fullbacks in this region. You don’t have to convince him to go from RB to FB. You don’t have to convince him to go from TE to FB. He’s a fullback and already on OU’s radar. An offer and commitment during the season is very likely, in my opinion.

Why Brown? Because it’s obvious he wants to go to OU. With all those LSU ties, I never seriously considered Brown for OU. But he’s the one who brings it up. It’s always Brown initiating the OU talk. There’s a real reason for that. He has to see the campus, though. No campus = no commitment. And I wouldn’t be surprised if LSU makes a late run at him if it’s not content with its crop at WR.

Why Andrews? I think the longer the wait with Andrews, the less room will be available for him at schools like Michigan, Ohio State, etc. OU’s “methodical” class works to its advantage in that the Sooners have plenty of room to welcome him. Add in his brother attending OU medical school, and I think he ends up in the crimson and cream.

Why Barrett? If OU doesn’t get Barrett, to me, it’s a bigger shock than not getting Justin Manning. Seriously. Bill Bedenbaugh and Jay Boulware have put in the work and there’s nothing about OU Barrett doesn’t love at this point. I think Kentucky is the dark horse for Barrett, though. In the end, Bob Stoops and Mike Stoops beat out Mark Stoops.

Why Hollins? Look out for Oregon. I know I am. It’s going to be tough for the Sooners to beat out the Ducks in this one, but I like OU for a couple of reasons. Jerry Montgomery is putting in the work, big time. And where location can hurt sometimes, it helps here. OU’s proximity to Arlington convinces Hollins it’s the right spot.

Why Evans? Really? OK, well, because it’s his dream. A no-brainer. My real question is will his brother, 2015 TE Bobby Evans, join the parade, too? I see it as a real possibility.

Why Allen? I’m going purely on tone of voice here. This dude is pumped about getting an OU offer. If the Sooners can beat out TCU with atmosphere and all that good stuff, OU has him. Can OU get him on campus in July and seal the deal?

Why Parker? You know how much I love Parker. I believe he’s the best player in the state, and I think the Stoopses recognize this fact, too. Parker will see some other schools, realize it just doesn’t compare to OU and what awaits him there and commits. A school will have to make a major impact for this to change my mind.

Why Bonney? A sneaky one. It looked for all the world Texas was the unquestioned leader for Bonney. But in the last month or so I’m just not seeing it. I thought it was huge he showed up at the satellite camp and really puts into perspective his interest. Few realize Bonney has seen OU’s campus more than any other in the country.

Why Quick? Because package deals simply don’t exist in recruiting. Sorry. I'm predicting he visits in July, takes an official visit with Hatari Byrd and L.J. Moore pumping things up and, boom, he becomes OU's highest-rated commitment. The key is simple -- Byrd and Moore have to enjoy being at OU. If they like it, Quick will come along. Other schools will promise Quick a good time (Notre Dame, USC, Alabama), but Moore and Byrd can give first-hand accounts that you can be from Fresno and enjoy Norman.

NOTABLE MISSES FOR THE SOONERS (WITH PREDICTIONS)

RB Joe Mixon: Not so much a miss as OU is set with Starks so Mixon ends up with the Trojans of USC.

WR K.D. Cannon: Chooses Texas Tech in the end, in my opinion.

WR Corey Holmes: Distance becomes too much of a factor.

OT Jovan Pruitt: Bedenbaugh does all he can, but Pruitt ends up with Razorbacks.

DE Solomon Thomas: The Sooners stay in the hunt until his top three, but Stanford nabs Thomas.

DE Grant Blankenship: Boy, this one I go back and forth. It's a great sign that he went to OU's satellite camp, but his offer list grows and he ends up elsewhere.

DT Garrald McDowell: The LSU offer ruins any chance of OU becoming a major player. The Gators and Tigers battle it out until January as McDowell never sees the Sooners' campus.

LB Christian Sam: Ooh, this one hurts. Not showing up for the spring game ends up resulting in Sam landing in Oxford, Miss., with the Rebels.

OFFER OR NO OFFER? PROJECTING OU TARGETS

RB Xavier Turner: No offer

RB/FB Michael Farmer: No offer

TE Jeremy Smith: No offer

TE Payton Prince: Offer. Flips from Tulsa.

DE Jordan Brailford: Offer. Doesn't flip from Oklahoma State.

DE Sekou Clark: No offer

DT Cedric Johnson: Offer. Commits to OU.

S Donovan Wilson: No offer

S J.R. Reed: No offer