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What to watch for this weekend

12/15/2011

Edwards to headline OU visit

Mario Edwards (Denton, Texas/Ryan), the nation’s top-ranked player, is still iffy about his commitment to Florida State. He’ll have another opportunity to consider other options, as he is expected to be one of several high-profile recruits at Oklahoma for its banquet weekend.

Edwards, a 6-foot-4, 285-pound, five-star defensive end, is expected to join a group that includes four-star athlete Nelson Agholor (Tampa, Fla./Berkeley Prep) and four-star tight end Taylor McNamara (San Diego, Calif./Westview). Edwards has expressed an interest in Oklahoma, LSU, Texas and USC since committing to Florida State in March.

Edwards will make the trip to Norman, Okla., after visiting Texas last week with high school teammate, good friend and four-star Longhorn commit Alex De La Torre (Denton, Texas/Ryan). He also has plans on taking upcoming visits to LSU and USC.

Juco DE ready for Tennessee

Junior college defensive end Demarcus Lawrence (El Dorado, Kan./Butler Community College) has had Kansas State and Boise State atop his recruiting list for a couple of weeks now. However, a new school has entered the picture -- and just in time to make a last-minute run to win over the 6-foot-4, 240-pound sophomore.

Lawrence said he is visiting Tennessee in an effort to see if the SEC school is worth him turning his race of two into three.

“[Tennessee] is an SEC team, and it’s closer to home,” said Lawrence, who played high school ball in Aiken, S.C. “I’m trying to see if I like it more than my others. I’d love to play in the SEC, but we’ll see how the visit goes.”

Kozan scheduled for Auburn visit

Four-star offensive lineman Alex Kozan (Highlands Ranch, Colo./Valor Christian) will take his fourth of five official visits this weekend. The 6-foot-4, 295-pound lineman will travel to Auburn.

Kozan has several schools on his list, but he has shown a little more attention to Auburn, Michigan, Ohio State and Iowa. He visited Iowa late September, Ohio State the first weekend of November and Michigan this past weekend.

Kozan, the sixth-ranked player in Colorado, has more than 20 offers on the table. Among the schools interested are Arkansas, LSU, Oklahoma State, Oregon, North Carolina and South Carolina.

Coaching move could hurt Pitt

With coach Todd Graham opting to leave Pittsburgh to accept the vacant position at Arizona State, this weekend’s visits for the Navarro College (Corsicana, Texas) tandem of wide receiver Marquez Clark and offensive tackle Tavon Rooks could answer a lot of questions from a recruiting aspect.

Rooks is expected to visit West Virginia, while Clark is expected to visit Kansas State this weekend. Rooks, a 6-foot-6, 275-pound tackle, had considered Pitt and West Virginia as his two favorites. Clark, a 5-foot-11, 175-pound, record-setting receiver, had Pitt as a front-runner after an official visit last weekend.

That, however, was before Graham’s move from Pitt was announced Wednesday. As both standouts prepare for their visits this weekend, it’ll be interesting to see where Pitt stands now that Graham is gone.

Return of the fox?

All week, the Texas Class 5A Division I state semifinal between Carroll (Southlake, Texas) and Skyline (Dallas, Texas) has garnered national attention for two things – a controversial onside kick and a fox that scurried on the field during Carroll’s game-winning touchdown late in the fourth quarter.

Carroll took a 28-24 lead – eventually the game’s final score – after recovering an onside kick that Skyline fans are saying did not travel the necessary 10 yards. Skyline officials and the Dallas school district are planning to file a complaint letter to the UIL in regards to the officiating of the game.

If that hasn’t been the topic of discussion all week, it’s been all about the brownish-gray fox that ran southbound as Carroll quarterback Kenny Hill raced northbound 35 yards for a touchdown in one of the weirdest plays in Texas high school football history. The fox has been an instant social media success, as it now has several Twitter accounts – including @SilverFox_SWAG and @SMUsilverfox – in his honor.

One of the fox’s tweets said, “Keep having nightmares about Saturday and almost being trampled. It’s just a dream.”