Oklahoma Sooners: Maquedius Bain

ESPN 150 DT Bain: LSU clear favorite 

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A leader has emerged for ESPN 150 defensive tackle Maquedius Bain (Fort Lauderdale, Fla./University School).

Following an official visit to LSU, Bain said he has no problem saying the Tigers are clearly his favorite. However, contrary to other reports, Bain said he has not committed to LSU and will make his selection at the Under Armour All-America Game on Jan. 4.

“Getting to know Coach [Les] Miles was my favorite part of the visit,” Bain said. “He made me and my mom feel real welcome and said he would love to have me because they need me. It’s a place I feel real comfortable about playing at.”

Sooner Intel: Recruiting news and notes 

December, 13, 2012
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Every Thursday, 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:

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ESPN 150 DT Bain ready for LSU visit 

December, 12, 2012
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ESPN 150 defensive lineman Maquedius Bain (Davie, Fla./University School) has completed his first goal of winning a state championship.

Now the 6-foot-3, 300-pound senior has to figure out his recruitment. He’ll take one big step in that direction with a visit to LSU this weekend.

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Sooners searching for impact DTs 

December, 11, 2012
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There is one glaring hole in Oklahoma’s defensive recruiting for the 2013 class. But it’s a big one. The Sooners are faring well or at least decently at every other spot, but OU is lacking defensive tackles.

Worse than lacking at them is the fact OU has been involved in several tight battles at the position only to have never come out on top.

With less than two months until national signing day, here is a position-by-position breakdown of OU defensive targets.

Defensive end

No problems in this department. In fact, OU has probably had too many viable targets. The Sooners got started with a bang with two of their first three commits being ESPN 300 defensive ends in Matt Dimon (Katy, Texas/Katy) and D.J. Ward (Moore, Okla./Southmoore).

OU turned down a potential commitment from three-star recruit Dimarya Mixon (Mesquite, Texas/West Mesquite), who ended up committing to Missouri.

The Sooners might have a third commit in Norman (Okla.) North’s Jordan Evans. A three-star prospect, Evans could play either end or linebacker.

The only recruit the Sooners would accept a commitment from is USC pledge Torrodney Prevot (Houston/Alief Taylor). Prevot is considering an official visit to OU this weekend.

Defensive tackle

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Jeff Peoples/IntersportDefensive tackle Maquedius Bain is a top priority for the Sooners to finish their 2013 recruiting class.
It’s not pretty. And it’s not getting any better. Last week was a gut-punch when Sooners legacy Justin Manning (Dallas/Kimball) picked Texas A&M over OU. But all the Sooners can do is move on.

Viable targets are out there, but it’s up to defensive tackles coach Jackie Shipp to seal the deal. No. 1 on that list is ESPN 150 recruit Maquedius Bain (Fort Lauderdale, Fla./University School).

Bain took an official visit to OU for Bedlam and had an in-home last week. He is expected to visit LSU this weekend, which should give a better indication of where he stands.

OU is also targeting Hutchinson (Kan.) CC teammates Toby Johnson and Ben Bradley and has made in-home visits with both of them.

Johnson visited Georgia last weekend and the Bulldogs are a natural fit since he is from Georgia. Bradley is a Tennessee commit whom OU only recently started to turn its attention toward.

Then there is Quincy Russell (Athens, Texas/Trinity Valley CC). Russell also made an official visit to OU for Bedlam, but Nebraska feels like the leader in the clubhouse.

The Sooners have gone all out with Russell in the last two weeks, and it looks like if Bain is No. 1, then Russell is No. 1a for OU’s list of priorities.

Another name to be on the watch for is ESPN 150 recruit Keith Bryant (Delray Beach, Fla./Atlantic Community). Bryant has talked about visiting OU but so far that’s all there has been. No date has been set or discussed.

Linebacker

It’s looking a lot better here than it did a couple of months ago. The Sooners are still set with ESPN 300 prospect Jordan Mastrogiovanni (Dallas/Jesuit). After flirting with A&M, Mastrogiovanni appears to be good with OU.

OU looked in-state for answers, too, in the form of Evans and three-star athlete Dominique Alexander (Tulsa, Okla./Booker T. Washington).

Linebackers coach Tim Kish has wanted Baylor commit Raaquan Davis (Heath, Texas/Rockwall-Heath) for a long time, but Davis has been solid with the Bears.

Ohio State has made a big move to get ESPN 150 linebacker Mike Mitchell (Plano, Texas/Prestonwood Christian) so the Sooners are making a move of their own on ESPN 300 Florida State commit E.J. Levenberry Jr. (Woodbridge, Va./Hylton).

Levenberry made an official visit to OU in October and visited the campus twice as a junior. With FSU’s recent coaching changes, OU is pressing hard to flip him.

And don’t count out ESPN 150 prospect and UCLA commit Deon Hollins (Fort Bend, Texas/Marshall). Hollins and Kish have quietly still been talking often during the season and his father is a fan of Kish and Bob Stoops.

Cornerback


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DT Manning another big miss for Sooners 

December, 6, 2012
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Oklahoma has played bridesmaid for several top ESPN 150 recruits in the last few months. But on many of them, the Sooners were considered longshots.

But Dallas Kimball defensive tackle Justin Manning? He was thought to be a shoo-in ever since he was offered this spring. A no-brainer. If anybody was going to be a Sooner commit for the 2013 class, it was going to be Manning.


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Sooner Intel: Recruiting news and notes 

December, 6, 2012
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Every Thursday, 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:

  • It's decision day for DT target Justin Manning
  • Has OU fallen behind on recruiting an ESPN 150 LB?

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ESPN 150 DL Bain raves about Sooners 

December, 3, 2012
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ESPN 150 defensive lineman Maquedius Bain (Davie, Fla./University School) raved about his trip to Oklahoma after his high school clinched a berth in the Class 3A championship game Friday.

“The Oklahoma visit was just tremendous,” Bain said. “Right away I felt like it was a place I could succeed at. The coaches and players were very easy to talk to and they answered my questions.

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Weekend Rewind: Oklahoma 

December, 3, 2012
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It feels like the Sooners have been playing catchup for most of the year on the recruiting trail. The OU coaches have preached patience with the class offers, and it has put OU in a tough spot.

This time, though, it wasn’t OU’s fault. With the Sooners playing Saturday at TCU, they couldn’t utilize the first week of in-home visits, so they will have to make up some ground.

OU will get started in a hurry. Three big names scheduled to have in-home visits are ESPN 150 defensive tackle Maquedius Bain (Fort Lauderdale, Fla./University School), ESPN 150 safety Tahaan Goodman (Rancho Cucamonga, Calif./Ranch Cucamonga) and ESPN 300 athlete and Florida State commit Adrian Baker (Hollywood, Fla./Chaminade-Madonna).

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Sooner Intel: Recruiting news and notes 

November, 23, 2012
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Every Thursday (or Friday this week because of the holiday), 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:

  • Bain excited to see Oklahoma City, OU
  • One recruit considered switching his commitment to OU after a recent visit

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DT Bain, DB Robbins top Bedlam visitors 

November, 23, 2012
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Last year was considered a down year for OU’s home game Thanksgiving weekend. It was the coldest game of the season. It was against Iowa State. Not much was expected.

But even that weekend provided some fireworks. Eventual defensive end signee Michael Onuoha was on an unofficial visit. ESPN 150 running back Keith Ford (Cypress, Texas/Ranch) was there, as was ESPN 150 defensive tackle Justin Manning (Dallas/Kimball).

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Tom Hauck for ESPN.comESPN 150 defensive tackle Maquedius Bain will take a visit to LSU next month.
But this year's Thanksgiving weekend game is Bedlam, with rival Oklahoma State coming to town. And there are plenty of top-ranked recruits making the trip. Here are five OU fans should keep tabs on:

DT Maquedius Bain (Fort Lauderdale, Fla./University School, 6-foot-5, 285 pounds)

Bain has said he has felt for a while like OU might be his school. He knew in his heart he would visit the campus before making a college decision. That visit is this weekend.

Bain and OU feel like a perfect fit. The Sooners desperately need help at defensive tackle and Bain would be exactly what OU is looking for. He originally planned a visit in September, but there were still questions with his academic standing.

With those questions gone, this is a big opportunity for the Sooners to make a huge impression on Bain. He visited Marshall earlier this month and has a planned trip to LSU in December. Bain said those are his top three choices.

LB Jordan Evans (Norman, Okla./North, 6-3, 205)

Following back-to-back brilliant performances in high school playoff games, Evans has to start to wonder what he can do to get an offer from the Sooners. Evans, though, has never been one to worry about his recruitment and has been focused on his senior season the whole time.

It’s all coming full circle for Evans. The first OU game he attended as a recruit was last year’s Thanksgiving game. He has been to every OU home game this season and has been in constant contact with OU linebackers coach Tim Kish.

He sort of came out of nowhere in the summer, but he has put himself on the map with his stellar play as a senior and has gone from fringe OU recruit to one of the top names on the board. His father, Scott, played for the Sooners.

CB Lamar Robbins (Miami/Southridge, 6-2, 175)

Since August, Robbins has made it clear he would like to commit to the Sooners. The hiccup to everything has been he said he would never commit until he saw the campus.

After a failed attempt last month, Robbins is once again going to try to see OU for the first time this weekend. With his team not in the playoffs, it will allow Robbins the full weekend to experience what he needs to experience before making his decision.

Robbins has made official visits to Purdue and West Virginia and said those are his top three schools. If OU fans are looking for a commitment possibility, it’s Robbins.


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Each week, "Breaking down the board" will take a deeper, position-by-position look at the prospects Oklahoma is target. SoonerNation will rank five players at each position with No. 1 being the player who should be OU’s top priority of the five recruits listed.

To be clear, this ranking has nothing to do with the Sooners' actual recruiting board/priority list. It's simply our ranking list compiled of the recruits at the position who have expressed legitimate interest in the Sooners and who could be the best fits for OU’s system.

Today we look at Oklahoma's defensive tackle board:


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Tom Hauck for ESPN.comESPN 150 defensive tackle Maquedius Bain is planning to visit Oklahoma in November.
1. Maquedius Bain, Davie, Fla./University School

Measurables: 6-foot-5, 285 pounds

Rankings: No. 41 on ESPN 150; No. 6 defensive tackle, No. 12 player in Florida, No. 22 in the Southeast Region.

ESPN.com grade: 87, four-star prospect.

Accolades: Under Armour All-American

How he’d fit: It's hard to imagine him struggling to make an immediate impact. If he was in the middle of OU’s interior, it would make things very difficult on opponents. He’s going to require double teams and still have the ability to create penetration in opposing defenses. A defensive tackle duo featuring Bain and Jordan Phillips would be big, disruptive and you couldn’t double team both at the same time.

Why he's No. 1: Bain is an exceptional athlete. It’s hard to find defensive tackles as athletic as he is and he has the ideal size for the position with room to grow. Simply put, he’s a difference maker.

Bob Przybylo's take: Bain is an interesting OU prospect because until a couple of months ago, he wasn't thought to be a realistic prospect. He originally wanted to see the campus during one of OU's bye weeks but a testing conflict prevented that. Bain is now scheduled to take an official to OU for Bedlam against Oklahoma State on Thanksgiving weekend. He was a Florida State commit for a brief period in the winter.

2. Toby Johnson, College Park, Ga./Hutchinson (Kan.) Community College

Measurables: 6-foot-4, 290 pounds

How he’d fit: As the lone junior college player on the list, he’d likely earn a spot in the defensive tackle rotation immediately with a good chance to start in 2013 with three seniors currently compiling OU’s rotation. He could slide right in with the OU defensive interior and be a key contributor.

Why he's No. 2: Johnson could be the most ready to help immediately since he has been playing junior college football for two seasons. Additionally, he brings terrific size and strength to the table along with the athleticism to be a playmaker.

Bob Przybylo's take: Johnson has made an unofficial and an official visit to OU and assistant coach Jackie Shipp has been persistent in Johnson's recruitment. The biggest hurdle seems to be Georgia where Johnson is originally from and still plans to take an official visit to Athens, Ga., following his season.

3. Greg Gilmore, Hope Mills, N.C./South View

Measurables: 6-foot-4, 285 pounds

Rankings: No. 101 on ESPN 150; No. 9 defensive tackle, No. 2 player in North Carolina, No. 48 in the Southeast Region.

ESPN.com grade: 84, four-star prospect.

Accolades: Under Armour All-American

How he’d fit: He’d be an ideal fit in the Sooners' defensive front and there’s plenty of opportunity to play in the interior in 2013. He could be able to line up at various positions along the defensive line, similar to David King, and has the physical talent to create havoc in opponent’s backfield. He has the size to hold his own in the interior and the quickness and athleticism to swing outside if needed.

Why he's No. 3: Gilmore has unique quickness and athleticism for a player his size. He create problems for most opponents because he has the physical ability to consistently win his one-on-one battle. That will make him a very valuable commodity in college football.

Bob Przybylo's take: Sometimes being clueless can be a good thing. Gilmore admittedly had no idea about OU going into his official visit last weekend and said his mind was blown by the experience. The Sooners have done a good job of playing catch up with Gilmore, but LSU appears to be the favorite. Gilmore will take an official to Baton Rouge, La., this weekend and is tentatively set to decide between OU, LSU and Florida on Nov. 8.

4. Justin Manning, Dallas/Kimball

Measurables: 6-foot-2, 275 pounds

Rankings: No. 89 on ESPN 150; No. 8 defensive tackle, No. 11 player in Texas, No. 12 in the Midlands Region.

ESPN.com grade: 84, four-star prospect.


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ESPN 150 DT Maquedius Bain sets visits 

October, 23, 2012
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ESPN 150 defensive tackle Maquedius Bain (Davie, Fla./University School) has rescheduled his official visit to Oklahoma on Nov. 23, according to his high school coach, Roger Harriott.

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Tom Hauck for ESPN.comMaquedius Bain will visit Oklahoma and LSU in November.
Bain, a 6-foot-5, 285-pound senior, will also take an official to LSU in November.

“Maquedius is taking his test this weekend and that was what was keeping him from taking his official visits,” Harriott said. “So he’s going to Oklahoma on the 23rd and I believe he’s heading to LSU on the 16th.”

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Defensive tackle a priority for OU in '13 

October, 3, 2012
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When Oklahoma signed just one defensive tackle for the Class of 2012 -- Jordan Wade, originally a 2011 commitment who didn't qualify -- there wasn't panic. The rationale was the Sooners were loaded at the spot and some of the younger players would emerge.

One-fourth of the way through the 2012 season and nobody has emerged among that younger group. And OU is still without a defensive tackle commit.

It it time to panic for OU fans? No, not yet. The Sooners might still be waiting on that first pledge but that doesn’t mean defensive tackles coach Jackie Shipp isn’t doing his job.

With four months until national signing day, here is a look at five realistic defensive tackle targets for OU’s 2013 class:

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Tom Hauck for ESPN.comESPN 150 defensive tackle Maquedius Bain had planned to visit OU last weekend but wasn't able to make it.
Josh Augusta
Peoria, Ill./Peoria, 6-4, 275, No. 12 DT

Augusta’s situation gets more interesting with each week. OU was among the first teams to show interest in him back in the spring. The Sooners were targeting Augusta at defensive end. And as of last report, that was still the case. But the more things shake out with other prospects, Augusta might be a good fit at defensive tackle.

In the summer, Augusta expressed a strong interest in staying close to home. However, recently he said the Sooners are back among his favorites.

Enough to get a visit? That will be the deciding factor. If OU cannot get Augusta to Norman, the Sooners won’t have a realistic shot of pulling off this one for the 132nd-ranked prospect in the nation.

Maquedius Bain
Fort Lauderdale, Fla./University School, 6-5, 285, No. 6 DT

Bain, who is ranked No. 41 in the ESPN 150, is another example of the good work being done by the Sooners in the state of Florida. A one-time Florida State commit, Bain seems very open to of leaving the state for college.

The Sooners are on his short list, and he was hopeful to make an official visit last weekend for OU’s bye week. That didn’t happen, but it’s not an indicator that he has soured on OU.

It could turn out to be a blessing in disguise, too, as though a visit on a bye week might be a more realistic look at the campus, nothing can compare to a game day atmosphere. Win or lose, recruits are always high on what it’s like to be in Norman when the Sooners have a game.

Toby Johnson
Hutchinson, Kan./Hutchinson CC, 6-4, 290, NR

Johnson has made two trips to OU in the last two months. No matter how you try to spin him saying earlier he would like to play in the SEC, two trips in two months is a great sign for the Sooners. He made an official visit last week and is still sorting out where the rest of his official visits are going to be. The only other one locked down is Georgia, where he went to high school.

Helping OU out in the sweepstakes for Johnson has been the relationship between the junior college prospect and Shipp. Johnson believes he has made a lifelong friend with Shipp regardless of what school he ends up attending.

Seeing OU struggle against KSU’s run game can actually be viewed as a positive. Johnson isn’t looking to mess around. He wants to play right away. At OU, there's a strong chance he would get that shot.

Justin Manning

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DT Maquedius Bain ready to visit Sooners 

September, 25, 2012
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ESPN 150 defensive lineman Maquedius Bain (Davie, Fla./University School) will be taking a trip to Norman, Okla., this weekend to visit the Sooners pending some ACT paperwork.

"I just needed to get a couple of things in hand and I'll be visiting Oklahoma this weekend," Bain said. "They reached out to me back in July and I'm looking forward to the visit."

The 6-foot-3, 285-pound Bain, who committed to Florida State as a junior and re-opened his recruitment earlier in the year, appears to be leaning towards a future playing outside of the Sunshine State.

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Video: Sooners DT target Maquedius Bain

August, 29, 2012
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Jared Shanker caught up with standout DT Maquedius Bain, who has the Sooners in his top six.

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