- Dane Beavers, College Sports Editor
Three thoughts this morning:
1. We've still not gotten official word from five-star athlete Davonte Neal (Scottsdale, Ariz./Chaparral) on whether he's visiting Oklahoma this weekend or if he has eliminated the Sooners. But we do know where coach Bob Stoops will be this weekend. He's playing in the 2012 AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am until at least Saturday, paired with professional golfer Hunter Haas. If they do well in the tournament, they'd stay and play on Sunday, too. Wouldn't it be weird if Neal did decide to visit OU and the head coach wasn't in town to host him? Among the other "celebrities" at the tournament: Bill Belichick, Jim Harbaugh, Nick Saban and -- wait for it -- Kenny G!
2. Lon Kruger and the Sooners offered junior point guard Stevie Clark (Oklahoma City/Douglass) on Monday night. Clark is ranked No. 58 in the ESPNU Super 60 and, according to my pal Bob Przybylo, the best player in the state regardless of class. It seems like Kruger is attempting to lock down Oklahoma with offers out to two other 2013 prospects, Jordan Woodard (Edmond, Okla./Memorial) and Juwan Parker (Tulsa, Okla./Washington). Will it work? I don't know. But at least he's trying.
3. I'm always interested to see which prospects don't get invited to the NFL combine. Oklahoma had seven players invited to the combine, which is at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis from Feb. 22-28. Among the Sooners on last year's two-deep that weren't invited: Receiver Dejuan Miller, tight end Trent Ratterree, guard Stephen Good, safety Sam Proctor and kicker Jimmy Stevens. But the most intriguing name that wasn't invited has to be former Tennessee and Kansas State running back Bryce Brown, who declared early even though he hadn't played football for the last two years. Brown was ranked No. 8 in the 2008 ESPNU 150 and was recruited by every school in the country.