Oklahoma Sooners: Jordan Mastrogiovanni

Roundtable: OU's priority in 2014 

February, 14, 2013
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Every Thursday, the SoonerNation staff will answer a roundtable question about OU football. Leave a comment or talk about it in our "There's Only One" forum.

Which position should be the Sooners' priority for the Class of 2014?

Linebacker commit solid with Sooners 

February, 2, 2013
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This weekend was about putting the final touches on Oklahoma’s 2013 recruiting class and setting the stage for the 2014 crop.


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OU surviving poaching season ... for now 

January, 21, 2013
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Oklahoma is making a living out of flipping commitments for its 2013 class. The Sooners have done it five times out of their 20 commits.

And while OU coach Bob Stoops has been busy trying to get others to reconsider where they stand, other schools are making hard charges at some of Stoops’ prized recruits.


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The week started with one head-scratching moment, but it could not have ended any better for Oklahoma on the recruiting trail.

In an odd and almost unprecedented move, OU coaches postponed a previously planned junior day on Saturday so they could instead focus on the eight official visitors for the 2013 class.

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Tom Wort’s decision to leave Oklahoma for the NFL draft impacts the Sooners in 2013 but will allow a young playmaker to make a bigger contribution.


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Is it possible the last 72 hours have simply been a nightmare for Oklahoma? OU fans would certainly wish that was the case.

When it rains, it pours, and it’s a thunderstorm of bad news for the Sooners right now. The latest misstep is with OU’s junior day.

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Jim Cowsert/US PRESSWIREBob Stoops and the Sooners have postponed their junior day away from this weekend.
Originally scheduled for this Saturday, ESPN Watch List quarterback Justice Hansen (Edmond, Okla./Santa Fe) was among several expected visitors to confirm they have been notified that OU is postponing its junior day.

It’s possible it won’t hurt things in the long run, but it does give the perception of the OU program not being very organized. OU picks its own junior day and Bob Stoops and company decided Jan. 12 was the best option. To change now, less than a week before the event, is not a positive sign.

The reasoning makes sense and is logical. The Sooners cannot seriously address the 2014 class when the 2013 class is not sitting pretty.

And this weekend is a big visitors weekend for senior recruits. Five have already been confirmed to be making their official visits, including four-star cornerback L.J. Moore (Fresno, Calif./Central East) and two recruits where commitments seem likely to occur in three-star wide receiver K.J. Young (Perris, Calif./Citrus Hill) and defensive tackle Charles Walker (Garland, Texas/South Garland).

But it has been known for a while that Jan. 11 appeared to be a huge visitors weekend. Other official visitors might be planned, especially after what happened Sunday, which could have played a role.

OU’s defensive class took a major hit Sunday evening when ESPN 300 linebacker Jordan Mastrogiovanni (Dallas/Jesuit), a lifelong OU fan, flipped his commitment to Texas A&M.

His defection left a gaping hole at linebacker for OU’s class. It would be tough for OU coaches Tim Kish and Mike Stoops to spend the amount of quality time necessary with 2014 prospects when 2013 is not even close to being sewn up.

The trouble, though, is OU looked like it was ahead of the curve with such an early junior day. A constant complaint among 2013 recruits was OU took too long to offer. With an early junior day, some of those problems were being addressed.


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Loss of Mastrogiovanni a big blow to OU 

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The first trickledown effect of Texas A&M’s thrashing of Oklahoma has occurred, and it’s a major blow for the Sooners.

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Damon Sayles/ESPN.comESPN 300 linebacker Jordan Mastrogiovanni puts the Sooners in a bind with a month until national signing day.
ESPN 300 linebacker Jordan Mastrogiovanni (Dallas/Jesuit) confirmed via text message on Sunday night that he has flipped his commitment from OU to the Aggies, giving Texas A&M 35 pledges for its 2013 class.

Mastrogiovanni, who is 6-foot-2 and 225 pounds, was the first commit for OU’s linebackers coach Tim Kish, and the Mastrogiovanni family has numerous ties to the Sooners program.

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Mastrogiovanni flips from OU to A&M 

January, 6, 2013
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The wave of momentum Texas A&M has in recruiting right now has seemingly become a tsunami, especially considering the Aggies' latest pull.

Jordan Mastrogiovanni
Bob Przybylo/ESPN.comESPN 300 linebacker Jordan Mastrogiovanni will join his teammate J.J. Gustafson in College Station.
ESPN 300 linebacker Jordan Mastrogiovanni, who has been committed to Oklahoma since June 14, has flipped his commitment to Texas A&M. The four-star inside linebacker confirmed the news to GigEmNation via text message on Sunday.

The 6-foot-2, 225-pound prospect from Dallas Jesuit is the No. 7 inside linebacker in the nation. He will join his high school teammate, J.J. Gustafson, a four-star offensive tackle at Dallas Jesuit who is also committed to Texas A&M.

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State of the program: Linebacker 

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After grading the performance of Oklahoma’s linebackers in 2012, it is the perfect time to take a closer look at the linebackers on the roster or the commitment list as SoonerNation evaluates the future at the position for Oklahoma. Here’s a look at one player who could be next in line to make a major impact, one player to keep an eye on and one current commitment who could be the future.

Frank Shannon
Denny Medley/US PresswireExpect redshirt freshman linebacker Frank Shannon to make a big impact for the Sooners in 2013.
Next in line: Frank Shannon. Shortly after Tim Kish arrived at Oklahoma last spring, the Sooners linebacker coach began heaping praise upon the redshirt freshman linebacker. Kish spoke highly of Shannon’s natural instincts and playmaking ability. This fall, Shannon has lived up to the hype after a breakout game against Texas Tech on Oct. 6. His versatility and instincts should make him a cornerstone of OU’s defenses over the next few seasons.

Keep an eye on: Eric Striker. Although the Sooners will return Shannon, Tom Wort, Corey Nelson and Aaron Franklin, it wouldn’t be a shock to see Striker earn a role in the Sooners defense as a sophomore. He has pass rushing skills and versatility, which could make him a key contributor in 2013.

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OU linebacker commits bond on visit 

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Back in May some Oklahoma fans wondered if first-year linebackers coach Tim Kish was the right man for the job.

Few offers were out. And the ones that were, well, the Sooners were on the outside looking in with several top prospects.

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Bob Przybylo/ESPN.comDominique Alexander, ho was originally committed to Arkansas, took his official visit to Oklahoma over the weekend.
Over the weekend, however, Kish got a look at his future, his first linebacker class. All three of OU's linebacker commits were on their official visits: ESPN 300 prospect Jordan Mastrogiovanni (Dallas/Jesuit), three-star athlete Dominique Alexander (Tulsa, Okla./Booker T. Washington) and three-star defensive end Jordan Evans (Norman, Okla./North).

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Sooner snapshot: Jordan Mastrogiovanni 

December, 11, 2012
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Each week SoonerNation will take a closer look at the Class of 2013 prospects currently committed to Oklahoma. The in-depth analysis pieces will take a look at the ranking, estimated year of impact and potential role of each future Sooner.

Jordan Mastrogiovanni
Bob Przybylo/ESPN.comDon't be suprised if ESPN 300 linebacker Jordan Mastrogiovanni forces himself onto the field at some point next season.
Vitals: Linebacker Jordan Mastrogiovanni | 6-foot-2, 225 pounds

Committed: June 14, 2012

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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

Maquedius Bain
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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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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What position will Jordan Evans play? 

November, 27, 2012
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It seemed like a matter of time before Jordan Evans (Norman, Okla./North) committed to Oklahoma. The in-state prospect chose the Sooners on Tuesday night over Air Force, Colorado State, Ohio and others.

Now the overriding question is simple. What position will Evans play?


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Each Week SoonerNation recruiting writers Bob Przybylo and Brandon Chatmon will faceoff on one issue regarding Oklahoma recruiting.

This week’s question: OU still needs a lot of help defensively for its 2013 class, but who is the most-coveted prospect the Sooners should focus on if they could only land just one?


Bob Przybylo: I think we can all agree that defensive tackle is the biggest need for OU’s class the rest of the way. But do you want a difference maker? Do you want someone who would make OU fans feel good about its defensive class in a heartbeat?

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