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Sunday, October 27, 2013
Recruits reaction: Texas Tech-Oklahoma

By William Wilkerson

Everything played out perfectly for Oklahoma this weekend.

The Sooners outlasted previously unbeaten Texas Tech, 38-30, in a game that involved a bit of everything. And they did so with several of their top targets on hand, including one surprise ESPN 300 member.

That surprise recruit was Baylor wide receiver commit K.D. Cannon (Mount Pleasant, Texas/Mount Pleasant), who traveled north to watch the game.

Fear not, Bears fans. It appears like Cannon is set with BU judging from his Twitter page.

“Had a great time in OU. But at the end of the Day I’m still a Baylor Bear. Sic’em.”

The two other headliners in attendance were USC defensive end commitment Malik Dorton (Bellflower, Calif./Saint John Bosco) and ESPN Junior 300 offensive guard Jalin Barnett (Lawton, Okla./Lawton).

Dorton, the No. 212 player in the ESPN 300, is still firmly committed to the Trojans but figured why not give the Sooners a look since OU has expressed interest in him for a while now.

Dorton’s excitement about the trip was evident both before and during the game on Twitter. He tweeted “This Oklahoma game is to[o] turnt,” during the game, which, for those not familiar with “turnt,” is another word for awesome.

Expect him to stay with the Trojans so long as interim head coach Ed Orgeron loses the interim tag.

Oklahoma recruits the West Coast better than any program in the conference, so it wouldn’t be a complete surprise if it somehow lured Dorton away. The Sooners have three players from the West Coast committed in 2014 in ESPN 300 wide receiver Dallis Todd (La Mirada, Calif./La Mirada), ESPN 300 tight end Mark Andrews (Scottsdale, Ariz./Desert Mountain) and Curtis Bolton (Murrieta, Calif./Vista Murrieta).

Oklahoma also enjoyed the company of Barnett, the state and region’s top player in 2015.

Barnett , who was recently offered by Alabama, won’t say the Sooners are his favorite publicly, but it’s hard to deny his affection for OU seeing as this was his fourth visit since last spring and he’s yet to visit anywhere else. His relationship with OU offensive line coach Bill Bedenbaugh is the driving force behind this interest. Barnett even went so far as to say that relationship is the strongest he has with any coach in college.

One recruit who was scheduled to attend but did not make the trip was three-star defensive tackle Zaycoven Henderson (Longview, Texas/Longview).

The former TCU commitment said he forgot to ask his mom if he could make the trip and when he did last minute, she said no. Henderson will travel to Lubbock on Nov. 2 to watch Texas Tech take on Oklahoma State.

Utah defensive tackle commitment Allan Havili (Tooele, Utah/Stansbury) was also scheduled to make the trip to Norman. But he did not make it. Don’t expect him to make it to OU moving forward.