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Friday, March 30, 2012
Offer update: Sooners go after three more

By Bob Przybylo

There were a slew of Oklahoma and Texas high school recruits being pursued by Oklahoma in action last weekend at the Nike Football Training Camp event at the Dallas Cowboys practice facility, but that’s not where the Sooners sent out offers.

OU never has been more aggressive in pursuing non-regional prospects in states such as Florida and California and that trend continued in the last week. The Sooners made three offers in the last week, and none were from Oklahoma or Texas.

Oklahoma has made big strides with wide receivers in California. Receivers coach Jay Norvell has been able to lure big-time talents like Kenny Stills and Derrick Woods (Inglewood, Calif./Inglewood) to Norman, Okla.

Woods' influence could play a role in OU offering receiver Darrell Daniels (Oakley, Calif./Freedom). Daniels and Woods are friends and Woods already is starting to talk up the Sooners to Daniels.

Daniels, 6-foot-3 and 210 pounds, has offers from Arkansas, Michigan and Nebraska, among others, and is on the ESPNU Watch List.

The Sooners have offered a pair of Georgia high school products for this class and added another one with receiver Carlos Burse (Alpharetta, Ga./Alpharetta).

Burse already has some quality offers and has stated he likes Florida best and that it has been the Gators who have pursued him the most. He is 6-foot-2, 205 pounds and on the ESPNU Watch List.

Defensive tackle remains a top priority for the Sooners, which is one reason OU has been so selective about offering at the position.

OU offered De'Asian Richardson (Orange Park, Fla./Orange Park) this week. Some see Richardson as a defensive end, but the Sooners are looking at him as a tackle.

Richardson, 6-foot-3 and 275 pounds, has offers from Florida State and Alabama, among others. He is on the ESPNU Watch List.

OU saw one offer come off the board, and it was a big one in offensive tackle Hunter Bivin (Owensboro, Ky./Apollo). The Sooners were very high on Bivin but also understood it was going to be tough to get him out of the Midwest.

Bivin attended Notre Dame’s junior day and committed to the Irish over the weekend. Five of OU’s seven offensive tackle offers have committed elsewhere.