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Tuesday, July 9, 2013
Oklahoma Top 5: The Opening standouts

By Bob Przybylo

The Opening wasn’t a showcase of any Oklahoma commits, but some major top targets displayed their talents last week in Beaverton, Ore.

With The Opening in the books, here are five prospects from that event the Sooners are still solidly in the hunt to sign.

1. ATH Michiah Quick (Fresno, Calif./Central)
6-0, 170
ESPN 300 rank: No. 32

Michiah Quick
ESPN 300 athlete Michiah Quick could play cornerback or wide receiver in college. The Sooners are recruiting him to play defense.
Why they want him: OU defensive coordinator Mike Stoops has been a believer in Quick for a solid 18 months at this point. His dynamic skills are tough to duplicate, as he can be an asset in the secondary or at wide receiver. With the Sooners signing two of his former teammates, including his cousin, Hatari Byrd, OU is in a great position to get another top Fresno talent.

Who else wants him: Quick is narrowing things down with USC, Washington, Alabama, Notre Dame, California and UCLA also in the hunt.

Odds they get him: 20 percent.

2. RB Joe Mixon (Oakley, Calif./Freedom)
6-1, 209
ESPN 300 rank: No. 137

Why they want him: OU needs a second running back for the class, and Mixon is starting to emerge as the favorite at this point. His favorite running back is former OU legend Adrian Peterson, and he has already talked about how excited he is for an official visit to OU in the fall. It will be tough for the Sooners to pluck him out of California, though.

Who else wants him: USC is at the top of the list. The Trojans appear to have the edge right now with Mixon. He has also stated his desire to see Georgia. Like most ESPN 300 kids, Mixon has no shortage of options.

Odds they get him: 20 percent.

3. WR KD Cannon (Mount Pleasant, Texas/Mount Pleasant)
6-0, 163
ESPN 300 rank: No. 58

Why they want him: The Sooners are loading up on tall receivers so far for the Class of 2014, but Cannon would bring that playmaker ability to the fold. A highlight reel waiting to happen, it was at OU’s camp 13 months ago where Cannon first became a household name. OU wide receivers coach Jay Norvell has done a good job of building the relationship.

Who else wants him: It has felt like Baylor is the school to beat for a long time. Texas Tech is certainly in the conversation as well. But the race for Cannon appears to have only started at this point.

Odds they get him: 20 percent.

4. DE Solomon Thomas (Coppell, Texas/Coppell)
6-3, 256
ESPN 300 rank: No. 32

Why they want him: OU has had its eyes on Thomas since the end of his freshman season. The Opening wasn’t the brightest moment for Thomas, but that will obviously not stop the Sooners from making the biggest charge possible for him. Defensive end is not a position of need for OU, so the Sooners can play out the process with Thomas and give him all the time he needs to make a decision.

Who else wants him: Thomas has released a top eight and schools such as Texas, Notre Dame, Alabama, Stanford and UCLA are all in the mix. The Cardinal might be the slightest of favorites right now, but a lot is still left to be decided.

Odds they get him: 15 percent.

5. OG Damien Mama (Bellflower, Calif./St. John Bosco)
6-4, 352
ESPN 300 rank: No. 67

Why they want him: OU needs at least one or two solid interior offensive lineman. In the last few weeks, the Sooners have missed out on prime targets. Mama has been a wish list recruit for a while. Because of the misses lately, OU offensive line coach Bill Bedenbaugh will have to step it up to get the Sooners more in the mix.

Who else wants him: Alabama, Cal, Florida, Florida State and Notre Dame are among some of his other notable offers.

Odds they get him: 10 percent.