Oklahoma Sooners: Mario Edwards

ESPNU Signing Day Times

January, 30, 2012
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ESPNU's national signing day coverage kicks off at 9 a.m. ET. Here's the list of the announcements and time for some of the top prospects.

NOTE: Bold names are announcements, all others are interviews.

Thursday's episode of RecruitingNation

January, 19, 2012
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Tune in to ESPNU at 5:30 p.m. ET today for RecruitingNation. Tom Luginbill, Craig Haubert and national and local writers from RecruitingNation break down the latest recruiting news from across the country.

Thursday's show will look at the impact on Gunner Kiel’s decision to attend Notre Dame, what the pledge does for the Irish and where does LSU go now at quarterback? There will also be analysis on Mario Edwards’ decision to eliminate Texas from consideration on Thursday, what Jameis Winston is going to do and how Oklahoma is going do to recover from losing one of its best recruiters.

Luginbill and Haubert will also review the new ESPNU 150 rankings that were released on Thursday and highlight some of the big risers and fallers.

The broadcast can also be seen on WatchESPN.
One day after Oklahoma secondary coach Willie Martinez was rumored to be leaving for a jobs at either Illinois or Kansas, cornerback De’Vante Harris, the Sooners’ top defensive recruit, de-committed.

It’s not difficult to connect the dots.

Harris has not yet given his reasons for disclosing Saturday via Twitter that he is no longer committed to the Sooners. But something dramatic must have occurred to lead Harris to make such a stunning announcement.

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Davide De Pas for ESPN.comLongtime Oklahoma commit De'Vante Harris shocked his high school coach by decommitting from the Sooners on Saturday.
Harris had been among the biggest OU cheerleaders from this class, talking up the Sooners to other prospective recruits. At one point, he even had “OU” shaved onto the side of his head. His future teammates were unaware of his decision, his high school coaches had no idea about his change of heart -- nobody knew that Harris was on the outs with OU. He was in Florida all week for the Under Armour All-America game and appeared in good spirits.

But Martinez was Harris’ primary recruiter. And it’s possible Harris was told Martinez would no longer be with the OU staff. That would explain Harris’ sudden change of heart.

Safety Tony Jefferson re-tweeted Harris’ de-commitment, then added “why?” It’s unclear if Harris then contacted Jefferson. But moments later, Jefferson tweeted this: “Idk if there’s coaches changes or not at OU. But I wish they would tell the players. We would like to kno too! Haha”

Jefferson then tweeted, “if he wanna go let EM. Gotta go where is best for him. No hard feelings.” To which Harris thanked Jefferson.

The worst kept secret in Norman is that Mike Stoops wants back on the OU staff. The Sooners want him back, too. Should Martinez depart for Illinois or some other job, it’s probable that Mike Stoops will summarily be named his replacement.

As for Harris, who knows? Maybe Mike Stoops can talk him into giving the Sooners another look, though Harris figures to be a hot commodity as one of the nation’s top five uncommitted cornerbacks.

If the Sooners can’t reel him back in, it will be another major blow in terms of recruiting on the defensive side of the ball. In the last week, the No. 1-ranked prospect in the nation Mario Edwards (Denton, Texas/Ryan) basically eliminated OU from his favorites.

Also this week, former linebacker targets Quanzell Lambert (Sicklerville, N.J./Timber Creek) and Brian Nance (Euless, Texas/Trinity) committed to Rutgers and Baylor, respectively. There are no questions about how stacked the Sooners' offensive class is for 2012, but the defense has been a big concern with less than a month to National Signing Day.

The secondary class appeared to be in good shape, especially after the Sooners made progress with the nation's No. 20 cornerback in Brandon Beaver (Compton, Calif./Dominguez). But one of the reasons Beaver became interested in OU was because of Harris, who has become one of Beaver's close friends. Harris was one of the first people Beaver contacted after talking with defensive coordinator Brent Venables on Monday.

Beaver is still set to visit OU on Jan. 20, and is also friends with OU commits wide receiver Derrick Woods (Inglewood, Calif./Inglewood) and tight end Taylor McNamara (San Diego/Westview). All three competed in the U.S. Army All-American Bowl on Saturday afternoon, the same time that Harris announced his de-commitment. It's unclear what bearing Harris' decision will have on Beaver's recruitment. Beaver tweeted Saturday that he plans to wait until signing day to announce his college choice.

Chat Leftovers: OU secondary in 2012

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SoonerNation writer Jake Trotter chatted with readers Monday. Here's the full transcript. If you didn't get your question answered, send it to Jake's mailbag to be published on Friday.

Here are a few highlights from his chat:


Jack (Dallas): How do you see the secondary shaping up next year? The secondary seemed to be much more consistent with Tony Jefferson at safety above Javon Harris and Sam Proctor.

Jake Trotter: OU would love to put Jefferson back at nickelback, but I'm not so sure they can afford to. If I had to predict, the start DBs next year would be Everett/Hurst at CB, Jefferson/Colvin at safety, Ibiloye at NB. But don't write off Harris yet. I see him getting another chance down the line.

Ben (Iowa): Do you think Mike Stoops will be back? How soon if so?

Jake Trotter: Nothing new on the Mike Stoops front, and I don't think we'll hear much until if/when an OU assistant leaves. That will be the sign that something is about to happen. I will say Mike was pretty chummy with the OU coaches/players/admins during the Insight Bowl. Nothing I saw in Phoenix made me believe Mike to OU wouldn't happen.

OUFlyer (Denver): Can you give us your take on Mario Edwards' comments from his visit?

Jake Trotter: I think it reflected poorly on OU. It's a very bad sign when players on your own team are doing the negative recruiting. Better believe, coaches from other schools are going to be using Edwards' comments against the Sooners with other players.

Scott (Austin): Do you think if Landry Jones goes pro that Blake Bell will beat out Drew Allen for the starter?

Jake Trotter: Not necessarily. I got the impression this week there are many people on this team who believe Drew Allen would win the competition if it were held now. Bell is a special runner, but Allen has a firmer grasp of the offense and is the better passer right now. The upside to starting Allen is that you could still play Bell with the Belldozer, too. Bell is capable of winning the job. But right now, Allen might have the edge.

Drake Plotter (Oklahoma): What person transferring away impacts the team most next season?

Jake Trotter: Assuming no one else transfers, Brandon Williams. There was a reason why OU tried to talk him out of transferring. Austin Haywood is a big loss, too, because OU has no one else returning at tight end.

Przybylo's Mailbag: Edwards' comments 

January, 2, 2012
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Most thought this week would be an interesting one with so many Oklahoma verbal commits and top targets playing in the Under Armour All-America Game or the U.S. Army All-American Bowl, and it hasn’t disappointed. Bob Przybylo answers all of your recruiting questions. Have a question? Send it to his mailbag at bprzybyloespn@gmail.com.

John in Edmond, Okla., asks: What did you think about Mario Edwards’ comments about OU and Norman?

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Miller Safrit/ESPN.comMario Edwards, No. 1 in the ESPNU 150, had some harsh words for Oklahoma on Saturday.
Bob Przybylo:My inbox and Twitter account have been flooded with this question in the last 48 hours. Personally, I really didn’t have a problem with what Edwards (Denton, Texas/Ryan) told ESPN’s Mitch Sherman. Not everybody thinks Norman is a great place to be.

As for his comments about saying players weren’t that positive during his official visit two weeks ago, the last month was tumultuous for the Sooners. It was tough to showcase everything that is great about OU when, at the time, everything was far from being great inside the program.

Edwards is allowed to say what he said, but what is key is how the OU coaches respond to everything. And instead of fighting the biggest uphill battle at this point, the Sooners need to look elsewhere at defensive end.

Remember, there was another defensive end that made an official visit at the same time as Edwards -- Kyle Kelley (Irvine, Calif./Woodbridge). Obviously Kelley is not the No. 1-ranked player in the ESPNU 150 like Edwards, but he is a quality three-star prospect that can be swayed from Arizona if the Sooners put in the effort.


Bryce in Dallas asks: Do you expect the Sooners to get any commitments from these all-star games?

Bob Przybylo: Not stemming directly from the games, but it could be a chance for some of the commits to get in the ear of top targets.

I still think offensive tackle Zach Banner (Lakewood, Wash./Lakes) is the No. 1 priority for the Sooners. He will be at the U.S. Army game along with OU linemen commits John Michael McGee (Texarkana, Texas/Texas) and Ty Darlington (Apopka, Fla./Apopka).

And if you want a long shot, it could be a good week regarding OU’s pursuit of wide receiver Stefon Diggs (Olney, Md./Good Counsel). Diggs has developed a friendship with Dorial Green-Beckham (Springfield, Mo./Hillcrest).

Green-Beckham is friends with OU commit Durron Neal (St. Louis/De Smet Jesuit), and the Sooners will also have receiver commit Derrick Woods (Inglewood, Calif./Inglewood) and tight end Taylor McNamara (San Diego/Westview) on hand to try to lure other kids to Norman.


Jason in Tulsa asks: Is there any real chance that Texas ends up getting cornerback De’Vante Harris? That would be a big loss.


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De'Vante's Diary: Day 1 at the UA game 

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Oklahoma verbal commitment De’Vante Harris (Mesquite, Texas/Horn) has gone from being an underrated prospect to one of the top recruits for the Sooners defense in 2012. Harris, a four-star cornerback listed at 5-foot-10 and 160 pounds, is one of three OU verbal commits at the Under Armour All-America game this week in Florida. Wide receiver Sterling Shepard (Oklahoma City/Heritage Hall) and running back Alex Ross (Jenks, Okla./Jenks) are also in Florida, though Ross will not play because of injury.

Harris has agreed to speak with SoonerNation every day this week to talk about his time in Florida:


SoonerNation: First practice is in the books. How did you feel everything went?

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DE Mario Edwards rips Oklahoma visit 

January, 1, 2012
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ESPN RecruitingNation caught up with the nation's No. 1 recruit Mario Edwards as he checked in for the Under Armour All-America Game. Here's what Edwards had to say about his mid-December official visit to Oklahoma:

"Talking to some of the [current OU] players, no one had a lot of positive things to say about OU," Edwards said. "It was more, like, negative."


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The first time Oklahoma offensive linemen verbal commits Ty Darlington (Apopka, Fla./Apopka) and John Michael McGee (Texarkana, Texas/Texas) met each other was on their official visits to OU two weeks ago.

They won’t have to wait nearly as long for their second meeting as both will be in San Antonio this upcoming week for the U.S. Army All-American Bowl.

“I’m real excited about this opportunity and to get a chance to spend more time with some of the commits,” Darlington said. “The level of competition is going to be incredible.”

OU has five commits in the U.S. Army game and three in the Under Armour All-America Game next week.

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2012 class has glaring defensive holes 

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Oklahoma’s defensive recruiting for the 2012 class has intensified in the last month as the Sooners have started to address some of their needs.

But with still more than a month until signing day, OU is not done with its defensive class and some top targets remain on the board. Here is a look at some of the Sooners' holes to fill:

Defensive end

Signed: Chaz Nelson (Columbus, Ohio/Garden City CC). A name that came out of nowhere in the last month, Nelson is going to have a great opportunity to come right in and play. At 6-foot-2 and 235 pounds, the biggest improvement Nelson has made in the last year is in his technique.

Committed: Charles Tapper (Baltimore/City College). Though Tapper doesn’t talk all that much, but there is no questioning his commitment. Still a bit raw, his athletic gifts can't be questioned, either. Tapper said defensive ends coach Bobby Jack Wright sees him in the mold of a Ronnell Lewis.

Targets: Who's left? Obviously the No. 1-ranked player in the ESPNU 150 in Mario Edwards (Denton, Texas/Ryan) is the top name on the defensive board and maybe on Oklahoma’s overall board.

The Sooners made their pitch to Edwards less than two weeks ago on his official visit. The Florida State commit is still looking around and plans to visit LSU and USC. He has also made an official visit to Texas.

Edwards said recently he is up to nearly 290 pounds, and if any one player could make an immediate impact, it’s Edwards.

OU made a late charge at Darius Hamilton (Ramsey, N.J./Don Bosco), but it was too little, too late as Hamilton has said he will not make a trip to Norman and the Sooners aren’t among his finalists.

Defensive tackle

Committed: None

Targets: One of the most two glaring defensive positions where not only do the Sooners not have a commitment, but there isn’t a legitimate target left on the board.

The Sooners made a push in the summer for a couple of prospects, most notably Michigan commit Ondre Pipkins (Kansas City, Mo./Rockhurst), but nothing ever materialized.

There is still time to find somebody, but OU’s recruiting effort hasn’t really focused on the position. One reason fans shouldn't worry is because the Sooners had three defensive tackles in the 2011 class. And 2012 should be the year that at least one of the trio of Marquis Anderson, Jordan Wade and Jordan Phillips sees some time for the Sooners.

Linebacker

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Bob Przybylo/ESPN.comThe Sooners were the first school to offer linebacker Brian Nance, but he's no longer interested in Oklahoma.
Committed: None

Targets: Here is the other position where the Sooners have had to basically start all over again. Entering the season, it appeared like OU was one of the favorites for either Brian Nance (Euless, Texas/Trinity) or Quanzell Lambert (Sicklerville, N.J./Timber Creek).

Lambert made an official visit in November, but the two sides decided to part ways later in the month. OU slow-played Nance, who was hoping to be a Sooner in September. The Sooners were the first time to offer Nance, and he never forgot that. But questions about his grades and his knee led to defensive coordinator Brent Venables not getting in touch with Nance for almost three months.

When OU reached out to Nance last week, he wasn’t interested.

There are no linebackers on the board so it will be up to Venables to try to find a late diamond in the rough.

Cornerback

Signed: Kass Everett (Philadelphia/Pierce College). It has been well documented at this point how Everett went from OU to Texas Tech and back to the Sooners last week. Now that the ordeal is over, it is time to focus on what Everett brings to the table.

His signing should allow Aaron Colvin to remain at safety as Everett will be ready to produce the moment he steps on campus. Everett’s physicality was what made him such a sought-after commodity. He has been clamoring for an opportunity like this.

Committed: De’Vante Harris (Mesquite, Texas/Horn). Harris cannot wait to come to Norman. He will have to put on some more weight, but once again, he is another physical corner that fits the mold of what OU likes to do in the secondary.

Kevin Peterson (Wagoner, Okla./Wagoner). Before OU nabbed Everett, the Sooners picked up the commitment from the best defensive back in Oklahoma. Peterson is going to bring some much needed speed to the secondary. He won the 100- and 200-meter dash state championships in track last spring and is among the fastest kids in the state.

Targets: There's one major target on the board, but the Sooners won’t have to search for another corner in this class. Colin Blake (San Antonio/Brandeis) took an official visit two weeks ago, and if OU can turn the Texas A&M commit, it would only add to what is turning into a stellar cornerback class. The signing of Everett, though, makes Blake a luxury more than a necessity. Blake is still considering an official visit to TCU as well.

Safety


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Who's left for Oklahoma's 2012 class? 

December, 20, 2011
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With less than two months until National Signing Day, Oklahoma's recruiting board for the class of 2012 is becoming more clear.

The Sooners have 17 verbal commitments. And after initially looking like a smaller class, this signing class could see the Oklahoma bring in as many as 25 recruits. Though the situation remains fluid, these are some of the prospects the Sooners are recruiting heavily at the moment.
Nelson Agholor (6-foot-1, 180 pounds, Tampa, Fla./Berkeley Prep)

What a change a week can make. Many felt like OU wasn’t anywhere close to being on Agholor’s radar, but he reportedly had a great official visit last weekend. He absolutely hit it off with the Cali Trio (Kenny Stills, Tony Jefferson and Brennan Clay). The official visit was a big step, but OU is on an uphill climb to gain the athlete's commitment.

Zach Banner (OT, 6-8, 305 pounds, Lakewood, Wash./Lakes)

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Erik McKinney/WeAreSC.comJunior college safety Gerald Bowman is expected to announce his commitment on Wednesday.
Banner is the No. 1 offensive lineman remaining on OU’s board. It won’t be easy with regional schools such as USC and Washington having much more access to Banner. A great September official visit has kept the Sooners alive as well as a positive in-home visit. This would be the best recruit earned by offensive tackles coach Bruce Kittle, if pulled off. Banner will take some work for OU to win the battle.

Dorial Green-Beckham (WR, 6-6, 220, Springfield, Mo./Hillcrest)

Most are looking at Green-Beckham not being on a campus as a sign of impending doom. But really so far the only official visit he has taken is to Texas. He has seen Oklahoma, Missouri and Arkansas several times in the past. Official visits to those spots aren’t necessary, but it would ease a lot of people’s concerns if he was in Norman sometime in January. There's no reason to believe OU is out of the race for Green-Beckham's signature.

Gerald Bowman (S, 6-1, 215, Woodland Hills, Calif./Pierce College)

It won’t be much longer before the public finds out Bowman’s destination. He will announce his decision on Wednesday, Dec. 21. One of the best junior college defensive backs in the nation, he’s going to make an immediate impact at OU, USC or Miami (Fla.). Oklahoma has done everything right in its pursuit of Bowman, now the choice is his.

Mario Edwards (DE, 6-4, 270, Denton, Texas/Ryan)

Oklahoma did all it could to woo the nation’s top-ranked player last weekend. He enjoyed the visit, and it was the right weekend for the Florida State verbal commit to come up as there were several top recruits in town. It was a good showcase of what OU offers on a yearly basis. This is Florida State’s battle to lose, however, and he also enjoyed his official visit to Texas. He still intends to make official visits to LSU and USC. Patience will be key, but it might not be enough to land the defensive end.

Kass Everett (CB, 5-10, 180, Philadelphia/Pierce College)

Much like his teammate, Bowman, it’s only a matter of hours before Everett announces where he is going. OU receiving the commitment of cornerback Kevin Peterson (Wagoner, Okla./Wagoner) doesn't change anything, Everett said. It has been down to OU and Texas Tech the last two weeks, and both schools have put on the full-court press. The Sooners should feel good about where they stand as Bowman nears a decision on Wednesday.

Kyle Kelley (DE, 6-3, 215, Irvine, Calif./Woodbridge)

Kelley wants to see how things shake out with the Arizona defensive coaching positions before making a decision, but OU put its best foot forward on his official visit last weekend. Kelley told ESPN.com's Greg Biggins that he enjoyed his visit to Oklahoma, but Arizona is still his leader. So it looks unlikely that the Sooners can sway the Wildcats commit.


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DE Mario Edwards enjoys weekend at OU 

December, 18, 2011
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Standout defensive end Mario Edwards (Denton, Texas/Ryan) didn’t hint one way or the other about leaning more to Oklahoma and less to Florida State after a huge weekend visit in Norman with multiple commits and top prospects on hand.

The five-star Seminoles commit and the nation’s top-ranked player did comment on how he enjoyed being in Norman and all that it had to offer.

“It was pretty good, a nice experience,” said Edwards, who attending the Sooners' team banquet weekend festivities. “I got to really get a feel for the place. It was a pretty good environment.”

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Przybylo's Mailbag: Big recruiting week 

December, 12, 2011
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With Oklahoma’s regular season in the books, it’s time for things to pick up on the recruiting trail. Bob Przybylo answers recruiting questions in his weekly mailbag. Have a question? Send it to the mailbag at bprzybyloespn@gmail.com.

Adam in Wagoner, Okla., asks: Do you think we land Gerald Bowman and Kass Everett?

Bob Przybylo: Nice and to the point, I like that. Last week, I felt Kass Everett (Philadelphia/Pierce College) was a lock for the Sooners, but Texas Tech did a tremendous job to get in the conversation. Both teams did in-home visits last week and visited his father in Philadelphia. What might play a big role is the team that goes out of its way this week with Everett. He’s clearly torn after talking to him and every little bit will help.

As for Bowman, I'm giving the slight edge to USC at this point. Even though location is not a huge part for him considering where he has been, USC has had more opportunities to reach out to Bowman. One thing I wouldn’t count on is if one goes to OU, it won’t mean they’re both coming. They both realize they have to do what’s best for them even though they are good friends.


Taylor Smith in Moore, Okla., asks: Are we going to get Mario Edwards or Dorial Green-Beckham?

Mario Edwards
Photo by Stacie ForestThat nation's top-ranked player Mario Edwards would be a major coup for the Sooners.
Bob Przybylo: We should know a lot more after next weekend, with both Edwards (Denton, Texas/Ryan) and Green-Beckham (Springfield, Mo./Hillcrest) taking official visits to Oklahoma. It feels like Edwards, a Florida State commit and ranked No. 1 in the ESPNU 150, wants to be wooed. The fact he is openly saying that he’s keeping his options will give teams like OU, Texas and LSU their shot to show what they have to offer. Defensive end is another spot where somebody can come in and produce immediately. Edwards would get his chance at OU, no doubt.

Green-Beckham has been on OU’s radar for so long that there was no panic when he wasn’t able to make it to campus this season. And now that the Sooners will get him there, on banquet weekend, is almost like a perfect storm. It’s going to be a long wait for Green-Beckham, who recently announced he will not make his commitment at the U.S. Army All-American Bowl in January. OU and Arkansas appear to be the leaders and this weekend could play a big role in keeping it that way.


Jason in Lawton, Okla., asks: Is D.J. Ward the state’s best prospect in 2013? I haven’t been impressed so I was wondering if there was something I’m missing.

Bob Przybylo: In terms of his high school season, Ward (Lawton, Okla./Lawton) arguably wasn’t the most productive player on his team’s defensive line. But that’s because offenses concentrated so much on stopping Ward that it opened up chances for teammates. Ward is legit. It’s not too often OU makes early offers to in-state recruits so for the Sooners to offer him in the spring before his junior season speaks volumes about his talent. Ward has great size at 6-foot-3 and 225 pounds and has good quickness. His stock is only going to go up as time goes by.


Zack in Dallas, asks: What is going on with the defensive recruiting for this class?


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Przybylo's Mailbag: Chances for DGB 

December, 5, 2011
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With Oklahoma’s regular season in the books, it’s time for things to pick up on the recruiting trail. Bob Przybylo answers recruiting questions in his weekly mailbag. Have a question? Send it to the mailbag at bprzybyloespn@gmail.com.

Doug in Newton, Kan., writes: With so many talented receivers already in Norman and few more on the way, what do you think the odds are of Dorial Green-Beckham landing in Norman? Does Landry [Jones] hanging around another year increase the chances?

Bob Przybylo:I've said it for a while and still don’t think we’ve seen anything different. It feels like the two favorites for Dorial Green-Beckham (Springfield, Mo./Hillcrest) are OU and Arkansas.

Green-Beckham’s younger brother is a big fan of the Razorbacks, and the Green-Beckham family is a very tight group. If you base it on number of unofficial and official visits, it sure feels like it is Arkansas’ to lose at this point.

Green-Beckham is still scheduled to take an official visit to OU on Dec. 16, which will give the Sooners the opportunity to make another good impression. The one thing when it comes to Green-Beckham is not to get too high about every pro-OU news item or too low about any positive news for other schools. It’s going to be a grind, no doubt about it.

I don’t believe whether or not Jones stays for his senior season will play a big role. If anything, the two would only play for one season. Backup Blake Bell has been a popular host for recruits, and it would be interesting to see if Bell is Green-Beckham’s host.


Josh in Dallas writes: I’ve noticed OU has already been active with kids on the west coast for the 2013 class. Su’a Cravens looks like the real deal and heard he wants to play defense. Is he someone the Sooners have a realistic shot in getting?

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Dan Arritt/For ESPNLA.comCalifornia prospect Su'a Cravens has listed the Sooners as one of his leaders.
Bob Przybylo: Junior Su'a Cravens (Murrieta, Calif./Vista) unquestionably wants to play defense. As for where he would fit in at OU, it sure feels like safety would end up being his position.

Cravens is quickly emerging as one of the top California prospects for 2013. He has a lot of family ties to Hawaii, but he said that's not playing a huge role. Well, at least not at the moment.

He grew up a huge USC fan and initially the Trojans offered him as a running back, which surprised Cravens. However, that has changed, and the Trojans are clearly one of the leaders to go along with the Sooners.

A move to the Pac-12 certainly would have helped OU's chances, but the non-move as it's turned out to be isn't hurting, either. He's learned to appreciate the Sooners from all of their national television coverage. He’s been consistent in saying he wants to visit the campus, but he’s not sure when.

Cravens will be an interesting pursuit because almost every single major college in the country has noticed him. It's going to be a long, tough process no matter how you slice it.


Henry in Norman, Okla., writes: With the late-season troubles, any chance some of this year’s class starts looking around? I’d hate to lose somebody like Durron Neal.

Bob Przybylo: Not seeing it so far, Henry. After the Texas Tech loss, it was interesting to gauge the reactions of some of the commits because it was the first loss. But ever since, most of the commits have rallied around the Sooners.

And despite the 44-10 loss to Oklahoma State, commits John Michael McGee (Texarkana, Texas/Texas), De’Vante Harris (Mesquite, Texas/Horn) and Durron Neal (St. Louis/De Smet Jesuit) were quick to defend OU on Twitter.

At this point in the process, one game won’t change a decision. There can easily be other factors but being a prisoner of the moment for one blowout loss won’t lead to a mass exodus.


Bill in Topeka, Kan., writes: I know we all want Dorial Green-Beckham and Mario Edwards. They are the ultimate wish list. Give me one name that’s not those two that should be the one we need to really be targeting.


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Several recruits miss Oklahoma visit 

November, 6, 2011
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Oklahoma was supposed to have its biggest recruiting weekend of the season against Texas A&M. But several factors -- including the colossal LSU at Alabama matchup -- resulted in a missed opportunity for the Sooners on the recruiting trail.

It looked like two of the top three prospects in the nation might show up on campus, but neither Mario Edwards (Denton, Texas/Ryan) nor Dorial Green-Beckham (Springfield, Mo./Hillcrest) made the trip.

Courtesy of Mario Edwards Sr.

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OU commits stay put in new ESPNU 150 

October, 20, 2011
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Even though his senior season hasn’t been what he’s hoped for, it hasn’t hurt running back Alex Ross (Jenks, Okla./Jenks) in the ESPNU 150.

Ross, an Oklahoma verbal commit, remains the highest-ranked Oklahoma commit in the list at No. 39 as the newest edition was released Thursday morning. Ross has been sidelined for most of the season with ankle and collarbone injuries.

Joining Ross as the other OU commits in the list is wide receiver Sterling Shepard (Oklahoma City/Heritage Hall) at No. 57, receiver Durron Neal (St. Louis/De Smet) at No. 61 and center Ty Darlington (Apopka, Fla./Apopka) at No. 98.

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