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Sooners get pledge from four-star DT 

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In the final days before national signing day, Oklahoma is showing that it’s still a recruiting force.

The Sooners improved its class on Thursday evening, as four-star defensive tackle Courtney Garnett (New Orleans/St. Augustine) verbally committed to Bob Stoops and his staff. Garnett, a 6-foot-2, 280-pound run-stopper, became Oklahoma’s 23rd commit five days before national signing day.

What makes this even more of an interesting get for Oklahoma involves Garnett’s recent past. Garnett was committed to Red River rival Texas since June but decommitted earlier this month after defensive line coach Bo Davis left the Longhorns.

In the next few weeks leading into signing day it’s a great time to take a position-by-position glance at Oklahoma’s returning roster. This series, called State of the Position, will look at the playmakers, up-and-comers and current commitments or targets at each position for the Sooners as recruiting really heats up during these final weeks before signing day on Feb. 5. On Wednesday, we take a closer look at the defensive tackle position.

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Jackson Laizure/Getty ImagesIf Jordan Phillips can return fully healthy, he will be another big piece on the Sooners interior line.
Starter/contributors: Jordan Wade (So.), Jordan Phillips (Jr.), Chuka Ndulue (Sr.)

The argument could be made that Wade was the best freshman on a Sooners defense that featured Big 12 Defensive Freshman of the Year Dominique Alexander. Wade stepped in after Phillips was injured and more than held his own as an anchor for OU’s defense, particularly in the final month of the season. He has a big future ahead of him.

Ndulue made a pretty smooth transition to the defensive interior after spending his first two seasons at defensive end. His versatility is an important asset and he brought experienced play to the defense in 2013. Ndulue will continue to be a critical piece in 2014.

If Phillips returns to his September 2013 form, OU’s defense could secure itself a place among the nation’s best. He was a disruptive force who was finally starting to match the hype with production before a back injury derailed his sophomore year.

On the cusp: Charles Walker (redshirt freshman), Matthew Romar (redshirt freshman), Quincy Russell (Sr.), Torrea Peterson (Sr.)

Asked about who impressed during their redshirt season, Sooners coaches and players consistently mentioned Walker. His teammates on OU’s offensive line lauded his explosiveness after going against Walker on the scout team last fall. He could be poised to make an impact.

Romar joins Walker as another guy who could help after a redshirt season. With so many quality options at the position, OU won’t be in a hurry to throw Romar into the fire.

Russell saw spot duty as a junior and never really could secure himself a consistent role on OU’s defense after joining the program in the middle of preseason drills. Nonetheless, he has the ability to be a contributor as a senior.

Peterson played in seven games in 2013, even starting against Iowa State, but never really distanced himself from the competition at the position. He’s a solid guy to have in the fold but hasn’t proven to be irreplaceable with his on-field production.

On the recruiting trail: Brandon Glenn (Irving, Texas/Ranchview)

Glenn may or may not make it on campus with academic concerns standing in his way. But OU has made a hard push for Courtney Garnett (New Orleans/Saint Augustine) and could land the defensive tackle, which would be a clear upgrade on the hype-o-meter.

Realistically it might not matter what happens on the recruiting trail with Walker and Romar appearing to pan out as potential hidden gems in last year’s class and OU’s move to a three-man front.

Overall Grade: A

Three significant returning contributors, multiple others who have played in games and two freshmen with solid upside? The only reason this isn’t a A+ is the lack of a top-notch defensive tackle commitment. This position looks 100 times better right now than it did in late January 2013. Sure seems like defensive line coach Jerry Montgomery deserves a raise.
Recruiting season is about to kick into high gear. As soon as Bedlam is over on Dec. 7, Oklahoma will hit the recruiting trails hard looking to secure the future.

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William Purnell/Icon SMIOU didn't offer Dominique Alexander a scholarship until last October. Now he's a starting linebacker.
OU has been superb at finding late hidden gems in recent seasons, with cornerback Zack Sanchez, a redshirt freshman from the Class of 2012, and linebacker Dominique Alexander, a true freshman from the Class of 2013, already making an impact on the program after getting relatively late offers from the Sooners.

Here are some priority spots for the Sooners to address in their 2014 class during the final two months of this recruiting cycle. Keep in mind, this list has everything to do with the young players on campus at each position, not necessarily the guys who are playing at that position each Saturday in 2013.

Offensive tackle: Derek Farniok and Christian Daimler are the lone underclassmen at offensive tackle. OU badly needs depth at the position and should be aiming to land at least two offensive tackle prospects in this class. If redshirt freshman tight end Sam Grant ends up at tackle, that would help the cause and lessen the urgency, but its a high priority position in this year's class. Worse yet, there doesn't seem to be a lot of hope at the position with top prospects mentioning OU on their lists. Finding a hidden gem in December could be the top priority for offensive line coach Bill Bedenbaugh.

Defensive tackle: This position looks a lot better right now than it did a year ago with the early play of Jordan Phillips, a sophomore, and the emergence of Jordan Wade, a redshirt freshman. Nevertheless, there is no such thing as too many quality defensive tackles. The Sooners have one commit in Irving (Texas) Ranchview's Brandon Glenn, but that's not enough. OU needs to secure at least one more defensive tackle prospect to join Glenn and redshirting freshmen Matthew Romar and Charles Walker as the future at the position.

Linebacker: OU rallied to bring in two quality linebackers late in last year’s recruiting cycle with Alexander and Jordan Evans. Each committed to OU late in the process and became impact freshmen this fall. The Sooners need to supplement that duo with a least one more playmaker to join Allen (Texas) linebacker Tay Evans and Murrieta (Calif.) Vista Murrieta linebacker Curtis Bolton on their commit list. Several linebackers could be in play and keep in mind the Sooners did secure Alexander and Evans late in the process.

Running back: You can never have too many running backs. And OU loses three quality ball carriers in Brennan Clay, Roy Finch and the recently dismissed Damien Williams. Redshirt freshman Alex Ross has a good size/speed ratio, true freshman Keith Ford has terrific upside, and commitment Samaje Perine (Pflugerville, Texas/Hendrickson) is a member of the ESPN 300. But the Sooners need to add another quality runner into the mix. Oakley (Calif.) Freedom running back Joe Mixon, No. 72 in the ESPN300, would be an outstanding addition to this class.

Receiver: Even though the Sooners seem to have some solid youngsters already on campus, they don't have a proven game-breaking receiver outside of Sterling Shepard returning in 2014. But, and this is critical, they can't just use a scholarship to bring in another guy. With Tulsa (Okla.) Union receiver Jeffery Mead and La Mirada (Calif.) receiver Dallis Todd already committed, receivers coach Jay Norvell should think elite receiver or bust. Norvell should join Mike Stoops in doing whatever it takes to land Michiah Quick (Fresno, Calif/Central East), then fight for him to end up on the offensive side of the ball.

Weekend recruiting wrap: Big 12 

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While Kansas broke its recruiting slump, Oklahoma managed to pick up two players on Sunday. One of them filled a huge need.

There were several other updates involving Big 12 targets from this weekend, including one four-star athlete announcing when he will make his final decision. That player said he most likely will end up in the Big 12.

Here are some of last week’s highlights:


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Questions for signing day: Big 12 

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The countdown is on.

With signing day less than three months away, many questions are being answered early with Big 12 targets and with players in the Midlands Region. While the list of uncommitted players gets smaller each day, there are still a few players looking to solidify their college futures. Some may decide soon; others will make coaches sweat a little longer.

Here are 10 questions as we inch closer to the big day, Feb. 5.


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OU-Texas: 2014 recruiting tale of the tape 

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When the Red River Rivalry is played, records are thrown out the window. When the game’s over, some love looking into the future to play “what if” with the next batch of talented college players.

While both teams have some room to land uncommitted recruits, both are pretty happy with where they are currently. Texas has 24 commits, and Oklahoma has 14, and when comparing ESPN 300 athletes, Texas only has a 7-5 lead.

Which team has the Red River Rivalry recruiting edge this year? Here’s a breakdown of eight positions and which team holds the edge for now.

Quarterback

Perhaps the most competitive comparison between the schools is at quarterback. ESPN 300s Justice Hansen (Edmond, Okla./Santa Fe) and Jerrod Heard (Denton, Texas/Guyer) are the nation’s No. 4 and No. 5 dual-threat quarterbacks. Hansen is the Sooners’ top-ranked commit and has proven himself a first-class leader of the class. Heard already has one state championship ring, and he’s hoping for a repeat performance in December before arriving at the Forty Acres.

Advantage: Oklahoma

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Erik McKinney/ESPNOklahoma will get 6-foot-5 playmaker Daliis Todd in its 2014 class.
Running back

There are high expectations for both ESPN 300 Samaje Perine (Pflugerville, Texas/Hendrickson) and Donald "Duke" Catalon (Houston/Eisenhower). Perine is a physical specimen with the combination of power and finesse at 6-foot and 213 pounds. Catalon, at 5-10 and 193 pounds, has the agility and overall balance to make him a potential every-down back. Texas also has three-star Kevin Shorter (Newton, Texas/Newton), a player who plays with a chip on his shoulder, looking to show that he should be mentioned with the elite talent.

Advantage: Texas

Wide receiver

Neither Texas nor Oklahoma will be complaining about their receiver crop. The Longhorns have an ESPN 300 player in Armanti Foreman (Texas City, Texas/Texas City), a rising star in Emanuel Porter (Dallas/Lincoln) and a player in Garrett Gray (Marble Falls, Texas/Marble Falls) who caught 13 passes for 293 yards and five touchdowns in a game last year. Oklahoma has size and athleticism in 6-5, 210-pound ESPN 300 receiver Dallis Todd (La Mirada, Calif./La Mirada) and a 6-7, 180-pound end zone threat in Jeffery Mead (Tulsa, Okla/Union)

Advantage: Texas

Tight end

Oklahoma has done well with recruiting tight ends and was able to land ESPN 300 players Carson Meier (Tulsa, Okla./Union) and Mark Andrews (Scottsdale, Ariz./Desert Mountain). Meier is the No. 5 Y-tight end in the country, while Andrews is the No. 8 H-tight end. Texas also has a good one in junior college pledge John Thomas (Bossier City, La./Trinity Valley Community College). At 6-6 and 255 pounds, Thomas can be used as both a reliable blocker and receiver.

Advantage: Oklahoma

Offensive line

It’s hard to believe that between the two schools, only three offensive linemen are committed.

Sooners commit Alex Dalton (Troy, Ohio/Troy) is considered one of the nation’s top centers, and guard Jonathan Alvarez (Mesquite, Texas/Horn), with his work ethic alone, will surprise a lot of people in a couple of years. Texas, like Oklahoma, has a four-star center committed in Terrell Cuney (Jasper, Texas/Jasper). Cuney is a player who might see immediate playing time as a freshman.

Advantage: Texas

Defensive line


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Sooners' recruiting roundup

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NORMAN, Okla.--Reestablishing Oklahoma as one of the nation’s most talented squads was one of the priorities for Bob Stoops during the offseason. Don’t believe it? Stoops brought in three coaches known for their recruiting prowess in tight ends coach Jay Boulware, offensive line coach Bill Bedenbaugh and defensive line coach Jerry Montgomery.

The Sooners are off to a decent start as they look to put together a Top 25 group in the Class of 2014. OU, which currently sits at No. 20 in ESPN.com’s team class rankings, has 12 current commitments including five members of the ESPN300.

Here’s a closer look at the Sooners’ remaining needs, top current commits and key visit dates as the season approaches.

Remaining needs: Although the Sooners have commitments from Troy (Ohio) center Alex Dalton and Irving (Texas) Ranchview defensive tackle Brandon Glenn, the Sooners still have a lot of work to do to land some game changers in the trenches.

They’ve missed out on several offensive prospects, particularly TCU commit Ty Barrett (Dallas/Skyline), forcing the Sooners to go back to the drawing board at that position. But some key names remain on the wish list along the defensive front. OU would love to land Coppell (Texas) defensive end Solomon Thomas, No. 31 in the ESPN300, and the standout prospect has visited Norman several times.

Linebacker is also a position of need, despite the positive early signs from 2013 signees Dominique Alexander and Jordan Evans. A pair of ESPN300 linebackers from the West Coast, Gardena (Calif.) Junipero Serra’s Dwight Williams and Los Angeles Salesian’s Jamardre Cobb, would be a dream duo for OU.

Headliners: Edmond (Okla.) Santa Fe quarterback Justice Hansen leads the way as the Sooners’ top ranked signee, ranked No. 97 in the ESPN300. He brings excellent size, intangibles and dual threat skills to the backfield. He’ll be surrounded by talented ESPN300 receiving targets when he arrives on campus with La Mirada (Calif.) receiver Dallis Todd, Tulsa (Okla.) Union tight end Carson Meier and Scottsdale (Ariz.) Desert Mountain receiver/tight end Mark Andrews sitting next to him on OU’s commitment list.

Key remaining targets: If the Sooners don’t land Jenks (Okla.) safety Steven Parker, it will be a major blow to OU’s recruiting efforts. Parker has visited Norman several times and has developed a solid relationship with defensive coordinator Mike Stoops.

Fresno (Calif.) Central East athlete Michiah Quick, No. 43 on the ESPN300, has two former teammates (Hatari Byrd, L.J. Moore) in the Sooners program and family living in Oklahoma. If the Sooners put on the full court press with him, and Oakley (Calif.) Freedom running back Joe Mixon, they could continue their California pipeline started in recent years.

Key date: Several top recruits, including Quick and Mixon, will be in Norman on Oct. 4 when the Sooners face TCU. It will be critical for the Sooners to knock their socks off during their visits and cap it off with a victory over the Horned Frogs if they hope to secure their signatures.

Summer recruit wrap: Oklahoma 

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As summer wraps up and Oklahoma turns its focus to the 2013 season, we've learned plenty from the Sooners during the summer recruiting cycle. OU has 11 commitments, including four ESPN 300 prospects, yet there continues to be concern among Sooner Nation about the state of recruiting in Norman, Okla. Here are five things we learned during the Sooners' summer months on the recruiting trail.

1. Bill Bedenbaugh is relentless


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There are some positions where Oklahoma doesn’t need any help with in its Class of 2014. But then there are others where OU’s targets should be dead-set on trying to improve.

Here are the top five positions of need for OU’s recruiting for the 2014 crop:


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Oklahoma City Casady guard Joshua Wariboko made his strong interest in Oklahoma known when he spent two days at the Sooners summer camp in early June. The Sooners reciprocated the interest, offering the 2015 prospect just days after the camp concluded.

There was no reason to wait any longer for Wariboko. He committed to the Sooners on Thursday during an unofficial visit to OU, according to Casady coach Koby Scoville. Wariboko becomes the Sooners' first commitment for the Class of 2015.

“He had an offer from Oregon State and really liked it,” Scoville said. “But you could see he had a different look in his eye when it came to OU.”

OU’s camp was the first college football camp experience for Wariboko, who said at the time that he went to the camp because the Sooners were “way up there, and I wanted to show them that.” The recruiting process was just starting to pick up for Wariboko, and he has done a good job of handling the attention since his name started to appear on the recruiting landscape this spring.

“We’re really proud of Josh; he’s handled it great,” Scoville said. “He’s still the same humble Josh he has always been.”

A strong offensive guard prospect with a big base yet still plenty of room to improve, Wariboko provides the Sooners a strong anchor to build upon as they strive to secure a strong class of offensive linemen for 2015. He was one of the stars of OU’s summer camp, holding his own against several solid defensive linemen, including 2014 OU commit Brandon Glenn (Irving, Texas/Ranchview).

“If it’s possible, he does look bigger,” Scoville said of Wariboko. “He’s always had a really big lower body, but you look at him now and his back has really widened.”

SoonerNation staff writer Bob Przybylo contributed to this story.
NORMAN, Okla. -- On the last Tuesday of every month, SoonerNation is going to examine Oklahoma's defensive recruiting situation by taking a look at the Sooners' commits and targets.

Here is an idea of where OU stands for the Class of 2014 heading into July. View the Sooners' full commitment list.

The number in parentheses after every position indicates the number of recruits we project OU to sign at the position.

Defensive End (2)

Committed: None


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Oklahoma didn’t have to do anything to sell Irving (Texas) Ranchview defensive lineman Brandon Glenn on Norman, Okla., being the place for him.

Whatever OU has asked of Glenn in the last month, he hasn’t batted an eye. Classified as a defensive end, OU wants him at defensive tackle.

No problem.

Originally scheduled to perform at just one session of OU’s camp two weeks ago, he was asked to stay for a second session to showcase his skills.

No problem.

He didn’t get the offer after the camp. He was told by OU defensive line coach Jerry Montgomery that he would get in touch with Glenn at a later date.

That later date came Tuesday when Glenn was offered and the final step was Friday, when Glenn confirmed his commitment to the Sooners while on an unofficial visit to campus.

“I couldn’t wait to commit,” Glenn said. “Coach Montgomery got me. He got me that first time he visited the school. I knew OU was the place for me.”

But it wasn’t just Glenn who had to be convinced. Glenn’s mother accompanied him to the camp two weeks ago, and she was back on campus Friday.

The visit answered all her questions, and she gave her full approval to the idea of Glenn committing.

Football wasn’t the issue Friday, but Glenn and his mother wanted to learn more about the academic side of OU.

“We were a little worried about the education,” Glenn said. “But after talking to the adviser and everything, we felt good. I fell in love with it, and it caught my mom’s eye.”

Glenn wanted to commit to OU on Tuesday after the offer, but he held off because he wanted to visit and because he wanted to weigh all his options. Glenn said Texas Tech was very interested, but he called the Tech coaches earlier this week and couldn’t get in touch with them. It made his decision that much easier.

Glenn also had offers from SMU and Kansas, among others. At 6-foot-4 and 255 pounds, most schools were seeing him at defensive end. But OU put the idea into his head of being a tackle, and Glenn is excited about the opportunity.

Knowing he was going to visit OU on Friday, it wasn’t tough for Glenn to go to sleep Thursday night. Getting up at 5:30 a.m. was another story. But once Glenn and his mother hit campus, the countdown was on to the commitment.

“I told Coach Montgomery, and he got a big smile on his face,” Glenn said. “He said, ‘That’s great news.’ “

Glenn had an abbreviated tour of the OU campus at the camp, but he got to see everything about the university Friday. With OU coach Bob Stoops on vacation, it was Montgomery who guided the visit.

And what stood out? The shoe room.

“We saw the equipment room and that shoe room was something else,” Glenn said. “That’s the first time I’ve seen boxes of size 16 shoes. I wear a 16, and I never see more than one selection. They have so many choices. It’s cool.

“The publicity was nice about asking what I was going to do next and stuff like that, but I’m happy it’s over. I can concentrate on my senior season and my grades and get ready to go to OU.”

Glenn is OU’s ninth commitment in the Class of 2014 and the first defensive lineman. He is also the first commitment for Montgomery, who is in his first year at OU since leaving Michigan for the Sooners in February.
Every Friday, SoonerNation releases the Sooner Intel, a sneak peek inside Oklahoma Sooners football recruiting with news and notes on the latest happenings around the program. Talk about it on our forum. A few things discussed in this week's update:

  • Several schools are trying to get OU's wide receiver commit to visit.
  • Will a defensive lineman become OU's next commit?
  • A 2015 QB target is enjoying getting to know OU coach Josh Heupel.
  • An in-state tight end had an eventful night before OU's camp.
  • There's a fullback target on the Sooners' radar.
  • OU made a good impression on one of its latest 2015 offers.
  • What's next for in-state DE Jordan Brailford?
  • Why OU's camp in the Dallas area can be seen as a success.

Read the Sooner Intel after the jump.


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Joshua Wariboko (Oklahoma City/Casady) stepped onto the campus of the University of Oklahoma with one goal in mind -- to show the Sooners he meant business.

The 2015 offensive line prospect participated in the first two days of the Sooners’ three-day camp at the beginning of June. OU offensive line coach Bill Bedenbaugh clearly liked what they saw from the 6-foot-4, 290-pound prospect, offering Wariboko right after the camp concluded.


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CARROLLTON, Texas -- His predecessor was ranked No. 1 in the ESPN 150, so Denton (Texas) Ryan defensive end Sekou Clark learned quickly about how the recruiting process works.

Defensive end Mario Edwards Jr. was ranked No. 1 for the Class of 2012, and a lot of people were saying Clark, a Class of 2014 prospect, wasn’t going to be a major dropoff from Edwards.

The offers were going to flow once Edwards moved on. Clark’s junior season was going to be his breakout year where he became a “can’t-miss” prospect.


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