Friday, February 17, 2012
Offer update: OU looking out west for help
By Bob Przybylo
The Sooners extended several new offers to 2013 prospects this week. Bob Przybylo breaks down the most recent Oklahoma offers by position:
• Former Oklahoma defensive coordinator Brent Venables let it be known that he loved to get his cornerbacks from the Dallas Metroplex area.
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California cornerback Johnny Johnson Jr. has offers from coast to coast.
With Venables gone, time will tell if OU still pursues the top Dallas-area defensive backs. But with linebackers coach Tim Kish and defensive coordinator Mike Stoops very familiar with the West Coast, it is clear the two are trying to land the top targets out west.
This week’s recruiting was highlighted by OU looking out to Arizona and California to try to find cornerbacks. As of last week, Kendall Fuller (Olney, Md./Good Counsel) was the only cornerback offered.
But that’s not the case anymore. OU offered three cornerbacks recently in Cole Luke (Chandler, Ariz./Hamilton), Priest Willis (Tempe, Ariz./Marcos De Niza) and Johnny Johnson Jr. (Fresno, Calif./Central East).
Johnson was the latest offer, getting the word from the Sooners on Thursday afternoon. It punctuated an exciting week for the 5-foot-10, 175-pound prospect. He was offered by USC at its junior day on Sunday and was also recently been offered by Notre Dame.
Johnson’s athletic ability makes him such an intriguing prospect. With Willis and Luke, it’s a lot more obvious why OU is so interested. Both have the size and physicality of what Stoops likes in his secondary.
Willis is 6-foot-1 and 195 pounds and has offers from USC, Nebraska and Oklahoma State, among numerous others. Luke has thought about the Sooners for a long time and was excited about getting the Sooners offer. He is 6-foot and 165 pounds and has offers from several Pac-12 schools.
• OU is not wasting any time when it comes to defensive ends. The Sooners offered Joe Mathis (Upland, Calif./Upland) late last week and followed that with an offer to Torrodney Prevot (Houston/Alief Taylor) on Thursday.
Mathis has listed OU in his early top five although USC is in the lead. He is going to decide between going to the OU or Nebraska spring game on April 14. We'll be able to find out more regarding OU’s chances with Mathis with that decision.
Thursday was an incredibly eventful day for Prevot, who was offered by OU, Texas and Baylor. He was a little under the radar until a recent LSU offer. He also has offers from Texas A&M and Utah.
Prevot is 6-foot-4 and 220 pounds, while Mathis is 6-foot-3 and 240 pounds.
• OU stayed in Arizona and offered linebacker Chans Cox (Pinetop, Ariz./Blue Ridge) on Monday afternoon. Cox entered the equation for the Sooners because of his prior relationship with Kish.
Cox is expected to be one of the top, if not the top, prospect to come out of Arizona for the 2013 class. He also has offers from several Pac-12 schools. He is 6-foot-2 and 220 pounds and expressed in the past that he was hoping to get an OU offer so the Sooners are in a great spot for him right now.
• The first quarterback to be officially offered was potential five-star prospect Max Browne (Sammamish, Wash./Skyline). OU’s first junior day was Feb. 4, and the Sooners made the offer Feb. 3 so it snuck by without many people noticing.
It actually wasn’t until Browne was offered by USC at its junior day on Sunday that word of the Sooners offer came to light.
Browne, 6-foot-5 and 205 pounds, has been offered by Alabama and Auburn this month and was offered by Washington before he even took his first snap.
His older brother, Mitch, said it’s too early to talk about favorites, but in the past, Browne has spoken highly of USC and the Sooners.
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Washington junior quarterback Max Browne lists USC, Stanford and Oklahoma as his early favorites.
• Much of OU’s recruiting attention the last couple of weeks has been on the defensive side of the ball, but the Sooners did make one major offer on offense to athlete LaQuvionte Gonzalez (Cedar Hill, Texas/Cedar Hill).
Gonzalez, 5-foot-10 and 175 pounds, was offered Wednesday afternoon and can play either running back or wide receiver. With the 2012 class focused so much on offense, it’s only natural that the 2013 class has been a little more defense-oriented. It also speaks volumes of what OU thinks of Gonzalez, who has already been invited to OU’s junior day March 3.
• Finally, I'll close out this week with a couple of OU targets going elsewhere. Although Texas didn’t net a commitment at its junior day, the Longhorns have fared well post-junior day.
Texas added two top OU targets in wide receiver Jake Oliver (Dallas/Jesuit) and defensive tackle A’Shawn Robinson (Fort Worth, Texas/Arlington Heights). Oliver had an OU offer and was at junior day and said it was down to OU and Texas. Robinson saw OU play a couple of times in 2011 and was likely to be invited to the second junior day.
Other OU offers that already have committed elsewhere: RB Altee Tenpenny (North Little Rock, Ark./North Little Rock, committed to Alabama), WR Derrick Griffin (Rosenberg, Texas/Terry, committed to Texas A&M), offensive tackle Jake Raulerson (Celina, Texas/Celina, committed to Texas), defensive tackle Isaiah Golden (Elysian Fields, Texas/Elysian Fields, committed to A&M) and defensive tackle Kenny Bigelow (Bear, Del./Red Lion, committed to USC).