Oklahoma Sooners: Lamar Robbins

NORMAN, Okla. -- We've hit the stretch run for the Sooners' 2013 recruiting class. And while so much of Oklahoma’s class has been decided, there is still much to settle by Feb. 6.

Heading into this final weekend before national signing day, here are OU’s top targets still left on the board:

NORMAN, Okla. -- With everybody looking for instant gratification, it’s tough to view the weekend as a success for Oklahoma.

But it was even if it doesn’t feel like it for fans.

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In the stretch run, and while so much of Oklahoma’s class has been decided, plenty more will happen in the next two weeks.

Top targets are changing on almost a daily basis, but heading into the weekend here are OU’s top 10 targets left on the board.

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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:

  • Stock soaring for recent Sooners offer who's visiting this weekend
  • Breaking down OU's big recruiting weekend
  • Former in-state star looking at visiting soon
  • More on the Sooners canceling junior day and the impact it has
  • DE D.J. Ward, who sat out his senior season, is ready to enroll early.
  • ESPN 300 safety staying true to OU
  • Three-star defensive back, once thought to be an OU lock, isn't hearing from the Sooners

Read the Sooner Intel after the jump.

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NORMAN, Okla. -- Before Friday, Oklahoma was finally riding a wave of positive recruiting momentum. December was a banner month for the Sooners, who added five verbal commitments.

It wasn't just about getting five commits, it was about the positions OU added. Four combined at offensive and defensive tackle alleviated panic for Sooners fans.

But then Friday happened. It remains to be seen if the 41-13 blowout loss to Texas A&M in the Cotton Bowl will put a damper on recruiting for OU, but it certainly didn't help matters. And then Sunday happened with a big-time shocker and blow to the class when ESPN 300 linebacker Jordan Mastrogiovanni (Dallas/Jesuit) flipped his commitment from OU to Texas A&M.

Heading into the final month until national signing day, OU has 17 commits with another 5-7 spots still available.

To start, OU is not pursuing any quarterbacks, running backs, interior offensive linemen, defensive ends or kickers. The Sooners are content there for this class. But at the other spots, there is still some work to do.

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Christmas felt like it came early for Oklahoma in the last two weeks with commitments of offensive tackles Christian Daimler (Houston/Stratford) and ESPN JC 100 prospect Josiah St. John (Athens, Texas/Trinity Valley).

Add in the commitment of three-star defensive tackle Kerrick Huggins (Dallas/Skyline) and the signing of ESPN JC 100 defensive tackle Quincy Russell (Athens, Texas/Trinity Valley), and it has been a banner couple of weeks for the Sooners.

But OU isn’t done yet. OU coach Bob Stoops said the Sooners weren’t done -- not by a longshot. So in the spirit of the season, here is OU’s recruiting Christmas list to close out the 2013 class.

ATH Adrian Baker (Hollywood, Fla./Chaminade-Madonna, 6-1, 165, No. 198 ESPN 300)

Following his visit to OU, Baker decommitted from Florida State. Is that a sign of things to come? Too early to know, but Baker would be a huge boost to OU at wide receiver or cornerback.

It’s going to be a marathon with Baker in January between Clemson and OU. He made official visits to both campuses in December, and both schools will make in-home visits with Baker in the next month.

Baker can contribute on either side of the ball. Bottom line, though, is he can contribute.

OT Aaron Cochran (Atwater, Calif./Buhach, 6-8, 364, No. 22 OT)

It will be tough for Sooners to get Cochran out of the west coast, but OU is certainly giving it a try. Cochran made an official visit to OU in November, and OU coaches Bruce Kittle and Bob Stoops have already made visits to the mammoth tackle.

Nebraska, Cal and Arizona are also in the mix. Cochran’s older brother, Matt, just finished his freshman season with the Bears.

S Tyler Foreman (Encino, Calif./Crespi Carmelite, 6-2, 161, No. 32 S, Committed to Wisconsin)

With all the coaching changes at Wisconsin, why can’t the Sooners get back into the race for Foreman? UCLA has picked up its intensity in a major way since Bret Bielema left Wisconsin to go to Arkansas.

Foreman made an official visit to OU in September, and OU defensive backs coach Mike Stoops was among the first coaches to notice the type of potential Foreman has.

DT Toby Johnson (Hutchinson, Kan./Hutchinson CC, 6-4, 305, No. 4 ESPN JC 100)

It’s going to be tough to see the Sooners pull this one out, but OU defensive tackles coach Jackie Shipp is on a roll right now following Huggins and Russell.

Shipp hasn’t given up on Johnson, another player who could make an immediate impact. But it feels like Georgia is in the lead. The Sooners are in fantastic shape for Garland (Texas ) South Garland tackle Charles Walker. He picked up an OU offer last week and will visit OU on Jan. 11.

LB Mike Mitchell (Plano, Texas/Prestonwood Christian, 6-4, 216, No. 121 ESPN 150)

OU looks like it’s set at linebacker for 2013. But this is a wish list, right? And if Mitchell looked like he wanted to head to Norman, nobody in their right mind would pass that up.

OU linebackers coach Tim Kish has developed a solid rapport with Mitchell, but Ohio State has jumped on Mitchell. And without a bowl game to prepare for, Buckeyes coach Urban Meyer has been able to spend a lot of quality time with Mitchell.

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Sooners searching for impact DTs 

December, 11, 2012
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.


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.


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  • Crazy week continues for new OU commit
  • More on the defensive end situation

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The third time was the charm. Three-star cornerback Lamar Robbins (Miami/Southridge) had been on two previous official visits only to see the school he was visiting get wiped out.

It happened the first time at Purdue when Michigan rolled the Boilermakers. Then it happened last month when Kansas State blew out West Virginia.

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Tom Hauck for ESPN.comThree-star cornerback Lamar Robbins has two more official visits left, though he isn't sure which schools he will visit.
And when Oklahoma State took a 14-0 lead on Oklahoma on Saturday, Robbins thought it was going to happen again. The Sooners made sure it didn’t happen one more time, coming from behind for a thrilling 51-48 overtime victory against their Bedlam rival.

“The win. The win stood out. Finally,” Robbins said. “It was definitely important to me to see them come back and show the heart that they did.”

Strangely enough, had Robbins visited OU when he first intended, he wouldn’t have seen a victory. Robbins was originally scheduled to visit last month for OU’s home game against Notre Dame. A last-minute high school game schedule change forced him to stay home and not see the Irish win at Owen Field.

Robbins had been told a lot about Oklahoma, but what he was told was wrong, said Robbins.

“It was a lot more than what people say it is,” Robbins said. “They told me Oklahoma is in the middle of nowhere. That was a lie. It was a great time and a great experience.”

But not enough of a great experience to commit. Robbins said he thought about committing to OU on the visit, but he wants to take a little more time to think about things.

One thing he is considering is taking more visits. With three official visits in the books, Robbins can take two more to different schools, although he is not sure which ones they would be at this point.

Robbins was initially hosted by OU safety Tony Jefferson. But with Jefferson’s mother in town, Robbins didn’t spend as much time with Jefferson as he did with another member of the Cali Trio, wide receiver Kenny Stills.

“The way Tony carries himself, he definitely has a lot of swagger,” Robbins said. “And Kenny, man, everybody wanted Kenny’s autograph Saturday night. People were asking, ‘Kenny, can you sign my ball?’ It was constant. OU loves Kenny.”

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Sooner Intel: Recruiting news and notes 

November, 23, 2012
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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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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  • Juco defensive tackle planning visit to OU
  • Offensive tackle grows comfortable with Sooners head coach

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Three-star cornerback Lamar Robbins (Miami/Southridge) was scheduled to take an official visit to Oklahoma for its showdown against Notre Dame, but it turns out he was unable to make the trip.

“I had a game Saturday so I didn’t make the trip,” Robbins said. “We’re going to reschedule it for some other time.”

The silver lining in the news is that Robbins didn’t see another team lose on an official visit. Robbins has been on two previous official visits to Purdue and West Virginia, and neither had a positive result.

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videoThere is no shortage of top visitors coming to Oklahoma for Saturday’s showdown with fifth-ranked Notre Dame.

From the official visitors to the unofficial visitors, recruits are coming from all over the country to visit Norman, Okla.

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Bob Przybylo/ESPN.comClass of 2014 defensive end Deondre Clark likes LSU and Oklahoma early.
For a full list of visitors, read the SoonerNation forum. But here are 10 notable visitors and what their presence means to OU:

Dominique Alexander (Tulsa, Okla./Booker T. Washington, 6-0, 190, No. 118 ATH): An Arkansas commit, this is OU’s chance to try to flip his commitment. A three-star athlete, Alexander has been recruited as a safety by the Razorbacks. However, it looks like he could be a hybrid between a linebacker and safety for the Sooners. Alexander was offered by OU last week and is excited about making his first trip to OU this season.

Adrian Baker (Hollywood, Fla./Chaminade-Madonna, 6-1, 165, No. 18 ATH): A four-star athlete and Florida State commit, Baker has had the Sooners in his top three for a long time. He has no expectations for the visit and isn’t sure if he even would flip his commitment, but it’s a positive sign he will see the campus for the first time. Baker is being recruited as a cornerback by the Sooners. (Update: Baker will not be making the visit to OU. Here's why.)

Hatari Byrd (Fresno, Calif./Central East, 6-1, 192, No. 14 S): The only OU commit on the list because this is the first time Byrd will see the OU campus. Regardless whether or not his teammates L.J. Moore and Johnny Johnson Jr. join him, this is the weekend to end all speculation about Byrd’s commitment. An added bonus would be if ESPN Watch List member teammate Michiah Quick joins Byrd on the trip.

2014 DE Deondre Clark (Oklahoma City/Douglass, 6-4, 235, ESPN Watch List): Clark was supposed to see OU a couple of weeks ago against Texas, but he didn’t make the trip. Clark has not seen an OU game this season and has LSU as his favorite. This is an opportunity for OU to make an impression on Clark and show him why he should stay at home for college.

Greg Gilmore (Hope Mills, N.C./South View, 6-4, 285, No. 9 DT): Going into this week, nobody knew just how serious Gilmore was about the Sooners. But not only is Gilmore making the official visit, he said OU is in his final three. He admits to being clueless about OU and said he is excited to see what everything is all about. His tentative plan is to visit LSU next week and announce his decision between OU, LSU and Florida on Nov. 8.

E.J. Levenberry (Woodbridge, Va./Hylton, 6-3, 230, No. 12 ILB): Another Florida State commit making an official visit, this will be Levenberry’s third trip to campus. He was among OU’s very first offers for the 2013 class in the summer of 2011. Still a firm commit to the Seminoles, the Sooners have never stopped pursuing Levenberry. Bob Stoops took the lead and now Tim Kish has been the man in charge in trying to recruit Levenberry.

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videoEvery 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:

  • OU makes the final three for an elite defensive tackle who is visiting this weekend.
  • An in-depth look at some of this weekend's visitors.

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