Oklahoma Sooners: Kendall Fuller

Offer update: OU looking out west for help 

February, 17, 2012
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.

The winds of change are rippling through the University of Oklahoma.

Mike Stoops has returned to run the Sooners defense and, after 12 years in Norman, Brent Venables has left the program to run Clemson’s defense, opening up a spot on the coaching staff for newly hired linebackers coach Tim Kish.

Head coach Bob Stoops’ decision to hire Kish is another sign of subtle changes at OU. The Sooners are in the midst of expanding their recruiting efforts on both coasts and Kish’s hire is an example of what could be a change in OU’s recruiting philosophy.

Here’s a closer look at how OU’s recruiting has transformed in recent years:

Kish’s hire

Kish jumped right into the mix, immediately visiting Arizona standout Davonte Neal (Scottsdale, Ariz./Chapparal), a player the Sooners weren’t actively recruiting a week ago. Kish’s recruiting exploits and West Coast ties fit in perfectly with OU’s desire to expand its recruiting efforts into Pac-12 territory. Kish did a terrific job recruiting Arizona and Northern California during his time at Arizona, while also pursuing elite national prospects like current New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski from Pittsburgh.

Regarded as a quality recruiter, Kish should be able to use his Pac-12 region ties to help OU expand even further into the area.

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Several OU targets competing in combine

January, 6, 2012
Many Oklahoma offers and targets are competing in the U.S. Army National Combine today in San Antonio. Modeled after the NFL combine, it's designed to test high school football prospects and have them compete against each other. Participants also get to attend the U.S. Army All-American Bowl on Saturday.

Here are some of the prospects competing that have Sooners offers:

DE Jason Hatcher (Louisville, Ky./Trinity)
CB Kendall Fuller (Olney, Md./Good Counsel)
LB Dorian O'Daniel (Olney, Md./Good Counsel)
TE Hunter Henry (Little Rock, Ark./Pulaski Academy)
DL Greg Webb (Erial, N.J./Timber Creek)

Check out the full list of Oklahoma targets here.


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