Friday, October 25, 2013
Big visitors expected to attend Tech-OU
By William Wilkerson and Damon Sayles
Texas Tech has been one of the new darlings of college football through the two few months of the season. At 7-0 the Red Raiders sit tied atop the Big 12 and are No. 10 in the BCS standings.
The country is anxious to see how they’ll handle the meat of their conference schedule, which begins with a road test at Oklahoma on Saturday.
The Sooners are expected to have several top targets on hand, including two prospects committed elsewhere. Oklahoma is also expected to have one of the top players in the country for 2015 in attendance ... again.
Here’s a look at some of the top targets who will be in attendance in Norman, Okla., plus a recruit who will be keeping a close eye on the game:
2014 DT Zaycoven Henderson (Longview, Texas/Longview) 6-foot-1, 281 pounds This is a huge opportunity for the Sooners to impress one of their top remaining targets. Henderson, a former TCU commit, seems to be down to Texas and OU, though, Ole Miss might have something to say about that. The Sooners have to blow him away on this visit considering the good things he had to say during and after Texas’ victory over Oklahoma a few weeks ago. OU really needs help on its defensive front with only one commitment in 2014 (three-star DT Brandon Glenn).
2014 DT Allan Havili (Tooele, Utah/Stansbury) 6-foot-4, 285 pounds Havili is a longtime Utah commitment. In fact, he has been committed to the Utes since Feb. 9. But he has expressed interest in other schools since then, including OU and Wisconsin. Considering OU’s need at DT, you know he’ll be one of the staff’s main focuses over the weekend.
Class of 2014 defensive tackle Zaycoven Henderson will take in Texas Tech vs. Oklahoma this weekend.
2014 DE Malik Dorton (Bellflower, Calif./Saint John Bosco) 6-foot-2, 235 pounds ESPN 300 rank: 212 Dorton has only been committed to USC since Aug. 23. Given everything that the Trojans have gone through this season, it should come as little surprise that he’s looking around, especially to a school that recruits the West Coast so well. Dorton is expected to take an official visit to OU this weekend where he’s sure to hear a lot about the Sooners from commitment Dallis Todd, who is from La Mirada, Calif. OU has yet to secure a defensive end commit in this class.
2015 OG Jalin Barnett (Lawton, Okla./Lawton) 6-foot-4, 285 pounds ESPN Junior 300 rank: 8 The Sooners are in really good shape with the top guard in the country for 2015. If he is to make it -- he tells ESPN.com the chances are good -- then that would be his fourth time to OU since the spring. The fact that he has yet to visit any other schools speaks volumes for how much he likes the Sooners, who already have a commitment from the No. 8 OG in 2015, Joshua Wariboko (Oklahoma City, Okla./Casady).
2015 DT Marquise Overton (Jenks, Okla./Jenks) 6-foot-1, 301 pounds ESPN Junior 300 rank: 86 Any time you can add one of the top players in the country, who just so happens to live in your state, it’s big. It’s even bigger when that player also has an offer from the team you’ll be playing. Oklahoma will get that chance with Overton this weekend. In addition to OU and Tech, the state’s No. 2 player in 2015 has offers from Baylor, Illinois, Oklahoma State, Ole Miss, Oregon State, Toledo and Tulsa. He camped at Oklahoma in June.
2014 OT Jovan Pruitt (Dallas/Bishop Dunne) 6-foot-6, 295 pounds Pruitt, an Arkansas commit, won’t be at this game but he’s surely going to keep an eye on it from afar. A three-star recruit ranked as the No. 41 OT in the country, Pruitt has expressed interest in the Sooners in the past. There’s a great chance he could visit down the road.
2014 WR Dallis Todd (La Mirada, Calif./La Mirada)
6-foot-5, 210 pounds ESPN 300 rank: 205
An Oklahoma commit since April 15, Todd originally was scheduled to take his official visit the week of Oct. 4, but he changed his mind for this week. Todd is a huge target and the Sooners believe he can be a big-play guy early in his career.
2014 DB Steven Parker (Jenks, Okla./Jenks)
6-foot-2, 175 pounds
ESPN 300 rank: 237 One of the Sooners’ biggest targets is Parker, who has Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Arkansas and Texas A&M among his favorites. He tweeted on Wednesday that he’ll be in Norman this weekend. If the Sooners can ultimately land Parker, he will be the highest-ranked defensive commitment of the class.