Oklahoma Sooners: Alvin Bailey

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January, 3, 2013

Black Team offense

Quarterback: Christian Hackenberg (Penn State)

Running back: Alvin Kamara

Receiver: Alvin Bailey (Florida), Robert Foster (Alabama), Damore'ea Stringfellow (Washington)

Tight end: O.J. Howard (Alabama)

Offensive tackle: Darius James (Texas), Denver Kirkland

Offensive guard: Grant Hill (Alabama), Joas Aguilar (Texas A&M)

Center: Hunter Bivin (Notre Dame)

Captains: Kelvin Taylor, Hunter Bivin, Robert Nkemdiche, Ben Boulware

Black Team defense

Defensive end: Robert Nkemdiche, Elijah Daniel

Defensive tackle: Greg Gilgmore (LSU), Kennedy Tulimasealii (Hawaii)

Inside linebacker: Ben Boulware (Clemson)

Outside linebacker: Alex Anzalone (Notre Dame), Matthew Thomas

Safety: Keanu Neal (Florida), Leon McQuay III

Cornerback: Vernon Hargreaves III (Florida), Tarean Folston (Notre Dame)

Black Team special teams

Long snapper: Tyler Kluver (Iowa)

Kicker/punter: Sean Covington (UCLA)

White Team offense

Quarterback: Kevin Olsen (Miami)

Running back: Keith Ford (Oklahoma)

Receiver: Laquon Treadwell, Ryan Green (Florida State), Jalin Marshall (Ohio State)

Tight end: Hunter Henry (Arkansas)

Offensive tackle: Derwin Gray (Maryland), Dorian Johnson (Pittsburgh)

Offensive guard: Patrick Kugler (Michigan), David Dawson (Michigan)

Center: Scott Quessenberry (UCLA)

White Team defense

Defensive end: Carl Lawson (Auburn), Joey Bosa (Ohio State)

Defensive tackle: Henry Poggi (Michigan), Kelsey Griffin (South Carolina)

Inside linebacker: Reuben Foster, Yannick Ngakoue

Outside linebacker: Trey Johnson

Safety: Max Redfield, Antonio Conner

Cornerback: Gareon Conley (Ohio State), Shaq Wiggins (Georgia)

White Team special teams

Long snapper: Brendan Turelli

Kicker: Ryan Santoso (Minnesota)

Punter: Shane Tripucka

Captains: Ryan Green, Hunter Henry, Patrick Kugler, Reuben Foster
Bob Przybylo answers readers' questions about Oklahoma football and basketball recruiting in his mailbag every week. Got a question for Bob? Send it to his mailbag at bprzybyloespn@gmail.com.

SoonerNation member saptownsooner asks: Does anyone else feel that OU is bypassing some quality in-state recruits? It seems like Arkansas has done a great job in recent years of raiding Oklahoma talent. I trust our coaching staff and I would have to think they feel they can get better players, but the Razorbacks’ recent success speaks for itself. Obviously, UA's coaches feel these guys can play in the SEC. Am I missing something?

Bob Przybylo: I don’t think you’re missing anything, but I also don’t think there have been too many instances where OU completely dropped the ball with an in-state recruit.

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Bob Przybylo/ESPN.comJordan Smallwood is the state's top receiver for the class of 2013.
The Sooners have the commits of three of the top four Oklahoma high school recruits for the class and have already offered three 2014 prospects with the potential for several more.

It’s a tough tightrope to walk when you have a quality recruit whose dream has been to play for OU his entire life. You don’t question his “want to,” but you’re not always sure that he “can” play for the Sooners.

There are a few in the 2013 class who have expressed the ultimate desire to play for Bob Stoops. But not everybody who wants to play for OU is talented enough to play for OU.

But then there are times recruits slip through the cracks. You know I feel Jordan Smallwood (Jenks, Okla./Jenks) was one of those kids, but the Sooners coaching staff realized his potential and snatched him up.

And sometimes it’s not questioning the quality of the recruit, but how they fit into your system. However, what I do think is fair to say is the Oklahoma high school class for 2013 is a lot better and deeper than what was originally thought.

Dean in Oklahoma City asks: Where is the fire with Jay Norvell? I think he’s settling right now with these first two receivers.

Bob Przybylo: After what has happened with Jaz Reynolds, Trey Franks and Kameel Jackson, would you blame Norvell for erring on the side of caution?

Austin Bennett (Manvel, Texas/Manvel) and Smallwood are both three-star recruits, but so far there hasn’t been any mention of a potential character issue with either. These are two receivers who definitely want to be Sooners and want to prove to others they shouldn’t be doubted.

The other thing, as pointed out by several on the forum, is that this might allow Norvell to go for the home run. OU is in the mix for ESPN 150 prospects Laquon Treadwell (Crete, Ill./Crete-Monee) and Alvin Bailey (Seffner, Fla./Armwood) and other four-star recruits.

With two firm commits already locked down, this could give Norvell the chance to target that No. 1 receiver he believes will benefit the program most.

Barry in Dallas asks: I’ve been pretty harsh on the staff for their approach this season. But if we get Hardreck Walker and Justin Manning, OK, I was wrong. How good are our chances to get both of them?

What a difference a couple of months make. When the initial ESPN 150 came out in April, Oklahoma fans weren’t concerned about not having any commits at wide receiver. But following the indefinite suspensions to Trey Franks, Jaz Reynolds and Kameel Jackson, the game has changed for the Sooners.

Luckily, OU still has wide receivers coach Jay Norvell. Coming off the most highly-touted group of receivers in program history with the class of 2012, Norvell is slowly trying to work his magic once again for the class of 2013.

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Every weekday morning, a member of the SoonerNation gives his take on three things happening in the Sooner sports world.

1. With the indefinite suspensions of wide receivers Jaz Reynolds, Trey Franks and Kameel Jackson, there are a couple of options Oklahoma could go regarding its 2013 receiver class. I explored a list of some receivers that the Sooners have been in contact with in the past and trying to make sure the Sooners stay in their good graces. The other option is to keep looking at new prospects, and Jay Norvell did that Monday with the offer to four-star athlete Alvin Bailey (Seffner, Fla./Armwood). Bailey is ranked the No. 5 athlete in the nation and No. 49 in the ESPN 150. Expect a lot of movement at the position in the next couple of weeks.

2. OU’s three-game sweep of Baylor has Sunny Golloway’s club on its biggest high of the season. However, part of that could slip away if the Sooners do not take care of business Tuesday night against TCU. In a previous meeting against the Horned Frogs, the Sooners blew a late lead. TCU is ranked No. 33 in the RPI, while the Sooners are ranked No. 48, according to Warren Nolan’s RPI system. With no Oklahoma City Thunder playoff contest combined with 50-cent hot dogs and cokes at the game, this is a chance for a quality mid-week attendance and is an important non-conference battle.

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