Oklahoma Football Recruiting: Sooners Closing Strong

The Sooners are closing strong on another top recruiting class.

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Courtney Gardner Flips To Oklahoma From Arkansas On National Signing Day

Courtney Gardner, a four-star JUCO transfer receiver, will play for Oklahoma, not Arkansas.

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DE Michael Onuoha Spurns Missouri, Stays With In-State Sooners

6'6" 230 pound Edmond Santa Fe defensive end Michael Onuoha had originally stated that he intended to wait until Wednesday to announce his college destination, however the anticipation got the better of him late Tuesday night. As so many recruits seem to do these days, Onuoha took to his Twitter account with the simple but oh so effective "#BOOMER SOONER!".

The Sooners have made a habit of flipping recruits in recent days taking TE Sam Grant from Michigan and CB Zack Sanchez from Baylor. Onuoha now makes another after long being considered a Missouri lean. The Tigers were the first to offer and had put in a considerable amount of work, but apparently the in-state Sooners were just too much for the raw but talented DE to pass up.

Onuoha is now the 23rd verbal commitment for Oklahoma, but just the seventh on the defensive side of the ball.

For more on the Oklahoma Sooners, visit Crimson and Cream Machine.

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Sooners Get Unexpected Commitment From Tight End Sam Grant

The Oklahoma Sooners got an unexpected surprise Monday morning when tight end Sam Grant announced that he would be signing with OU after he was long believed to be favoring the Michigan Wolverines.

Crimson and Cream Machine has a breakdown on the latest addition to the Sooners' 2012 class.

"Grant is known more for his blocking skills, which is somewhat rare for a high school tight end, and also must mean it's just a matter of time until Oklahoma turns him into an offensive lineman (inside joke). He displays the ability to use his 6'6" frame to shield off defenders and make catches over the middle of the field. He isn't an elite athlete, so he's not going to make guys miss in the open field after the catch, but he'll fight for those extra yards.

Grant is now the fourth tight end in the Sooners' 2012 class, which might sound like a shocking number until you consider that Oklahoma had zero returning scholarship players at the position."

As mentioned, Grant had been strongly considering Michigan while also holding offers from Arkansas, Boston College and Cincinnati.

For more on the Michigan Wolverines, visit Maize n Brew. For more on the Oklahoma Sooners, visit Crimson and Cream Machine.

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Zach Banner Recruiting: Announcing Commitment Decision Monday At 5:15 EST

Zach Banner, the massive offensive tackle from Lakewood (Wa.) is announcing his college destination Monday afternoon at 5:15 EST. Banner stands 6'9" and weighs in at 310 pounds. Banner is the son of former NFL All-Pro tackle Lincoln Kennedy and is one of the better offensive tackle prospects in the country. Here's our take on Banner from the Top 25 Uncommitted Recruits article:

Zach Banner is yet another top offensive lineman from the West Coast The 6'9", 330-pound offensive tackle is considering much of the Pac-12, but USC is thought to hold the lead. While he didn't improve as much as some expected during his high school career, Banner is still a consensus four-star player.

Banner is choosing between a top three of Oklahoma, USC, and his father's alma mater, Washington. He is expected to declare for the USC Trojans. However, there are some around the Washington program who hope his family ties could sway him, as well as some around the Oklahoma program hoping his relationship with several OU commits and offensive line coach Bruce Kittle could help to influence his decision.

For more on USC recruiting, check out Conquest Chronicles. For more on Oklahoma recruiting visit Crimson and Cream Machine.

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Sooners Gain Commitment From Top JUCO Offensive Lineman Will Latu

The Oklahoma Sooners picked up a big commitment, both in the figurative and literal sense, this weekend just days before National signing day snagging 6'5" 315 pound JUCO offensive tackle Will Latu. Latu had been an Auburn commitment, and had looked into attending Florida State, but it is thought that neither school could find a way to get Latu admitted due to his academics. Oklahoma apparently thinks it has a shot.

Crimson and Cream Machine has more on the Sooners 20th verbal commitment for the 2012 class.

Latu has the size and footwork to play either left or right tackle, but will likely play on the right side for the Sooners which would allow them to slide the talented Daryl Williams over to left tackle. In addition to his versatility, what Latu also brings to this OU o-line is a nasty streak that, outside of Adam Shead who emerged last year, this unit has been sorely missing for several years. The idea of Latu, at tackle, and Shead, at guard, lined up next to each other should make both the stable of OU running backs and OU fans positively giddy.

The last time OU dipped into the JUCO ranks for a starting offensive tackle, it produced a two year starter and a 2nd round NFL draft pick in Phil Loadholt. If Latu could provide a similar end result, and many believe he's a future NFL caliber player, his commitment this weekend could prove to be a very significant addition.

Latu is the top JUCO offensive lineman and a Top 10 overall player according to the latest JUCO rankings. Latu had been considering Auburn, Arizona State, Arkansas State, and Utah before committing to Oklahoma.

For more on the Oklahoma Sooners, visit SB Nation's Crimson and Cream Machine.

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Oklahoma Football Recruiting: Sooners Set To Host Four Visitors

This weekend will be the final opportunity for schools to host recruits before National Signing Day which takes place on Wednesday, so schools are putting an emphasis on getting their remaining targets on campus while they still can. The Oklahoma Sooners are no exception as they are scheduled to host four recruits this weekend, two of which are highly regarded JUCO players.

Crimson and Cream Machine has all the details on the four recruits who will be in Norman, OK this weekend.

WR Courtney Gardner is currently an Arkansas soft commit, but has kept his options open by continuing to take on-campus visits. However he had cancelled his previously two scheduled visits (to Florida and Florida State respectively), so there was some concern amongst OU fans that he might do the same this weekend with the Sooners. However, he put that fear to rest in the last couple days stating he still had every intention of making the trip to Norman and was anxious to see what OU had to offer.

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Colin Blake Decommits From Texas A&M

The tall defensive back is no longer considering the Aggies

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Oklahoma Football Recruiting: Sooners Gain A Back, But Lack Defensive Recruits?

On Tuesday, the Oklahoma Sooners picked up a commitment from running back David Smith. From Bremen, Oklahoma, Smith was not highly recruited, but is very passionate about playing for the Sooners. Crimson and Cream Machine has more on Smith.

The experts at Crimson and Cream Machine also have fairly serious concerns about the lack of recruits being brought in on the defensive side of the ball. Is this a result of the defensive coordinator shakeup in Norman? C&C Machine investigates:

"Here we stand, exactly two weeks away from signing day, and as it stands today Oklahoma has just five verbal commitments from defensive players projected to be a part of their 2012 class. Some OU fans who follow recruiting are fairly alarmed by this and wondering why the OU coaches have seemingly made defense in this year's recruiting class a non-priority. In an effort to help those people, and really just any OU fan in general who is looking ahead to next season, I thought it would be beneficial to try and find the logic behind what the coaches might be thinking.

The most prevalent argument I've heard for why they're taking the approach that they are is that OU has a bunch of youth/depth on the defensive side of the ball so defense isn't a priority in this year's class. As we get into this I think you'll see in some cases that is probably true and in others not so much.

Before we get started though, let me make at least one thing clear. In my opinion, in recruiting, you're really working for a year or more likely two years down the road. Admittedly, this isn't some brilliant theory exclusive to me but that also doesn't take anything away from the fact that it's true. It's obviously unrealistic, especially at a program like Oklahoma, to expect a freshman class to come in and win multiple starting/impact spots on either/both sides of the ball. The 2010 class for OU was a clear anomaly and while more than welcome, just not something that happens on even a semi-regular basis.

So keep that in mind as we move forward because based on that theory alone, I cannot make sense of what the coaches are doing with this class on the defensive side."

They actually look at each individual position and break down the total number of players on campus as well as any current 2012 recruits. Then, they look to the future and project needs for 2013, accounting for possible NFL early entries. This is a must-read for any Sooners fan!

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De'Vante Harris Decommits From Oklahoma Sooners

The reasons are unclear, but Harris has definitely decommitted.

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Did Mario Edwards Eliminate Oklahoma Football From Recruiting List?

Defensive end Mario Edwards is not too high on the Oklahoma Sooners after his recent visit.

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Taylor McNamara Commits To Oklahoma Sooners Over Ohio State, USC And Others

The Sooners grab one of the nation's top tight ends.

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Kass Everett Reverses Course, Signs With Oklahoma After Announcing For Texas Tech

Kass Everett announced he would attend one school and then chose another.

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Oklahoma Strikes Out On Top Two JUCO Targets

It was not a good day for Oklahoma on the recruiting trail.

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Oklahoma Recruiting: Mario Edwards, Dorial Green-Beckham Among Weekend Visits

Each program seems to have one weekend that stands out above the rest when it comes to hosting recruits. For the Oklahoma Sooners, it's banquet weekend. And it's happening right now. 

SB Nation's excellent Oklahoma Sooners blog, Crimson and Cream Machine has the scoop

DE Mario Edwards

That's right people, the 2012 No. 1 and No. 2 overall recruits will both be in Norman next weekend! OU alumnus Bill Jones was able to confirm through Edwards' father that he too will be in town for the OU football banquet. Many believed that Edwards had recommitted to Florida State not long ago after the Noles made a strong push to tame his wandering eyes. However, there's his reported visit this coming weekend to Austin for the Texas football banquet and now this OU visit.

Well, it would seem somebody might not quite be as solid in their recommitment as previously believed. It's not OU's style to put on the full court press, in terms of pressuring recruits, but given the recent decommitment of Polo Manukainiu, Frank Alexander's graduation, and the assumed departure of Ronnell Lewis, I'd expect the OU coaches to be selling legitimate early playing time for the Denton Ryan standout.

Edwards and his family had previously expressed a great deal of respect and admiration for the Sooners just a couple of months ago, so you would have to think that still remains, and coupled with the very realistic prospect of early playing time, would be a very strong selling point for OU.

Florida State people feel confident in Edwards' commitment, but Oklahoma is the school he has flirted with the longest. 

In addition to Mario Edwards, Oklahoma is expecting:

  • Dorial Green-Beckham, the top receiver in the country.
  • Taylor McNamara, one of the top tight ends in the country.
  • Nelson Agholor, the top athlete in the country.
  • Stefon Diggs, one of the top receivers in the country.
  • Colin Blake, a talented safety.
  • Marian Grice, a JUCO running back.

And Crimson and Cream machine reported earlier in the week about DE Kyle Kelley's upcoming visit.    

This is a special group of recruits coming to Norman this weekend. If the Sooners can pull even one of these players, it will be an enormous success.

For more on Oklahoma Sooners recruiting, visit Crimson and Cream Machine.

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