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.
At 6'3" 215 pounds, Gardner has the size to over power smaller defensive backs and with reported forty times in the 4.4 second range he also has the speed to get behind the defense. Gardner is a Top 15 JUCO prospect and in addition to Oklahoma and Arkansas, the talented wide out also holds offers from Auburn, California, Florida, Florida State, Utah, and Washington among others.
In addition to Gardner, the Sooners will be hosting another top flight JUCO prospect in the substantial form of 6'5" 315 pound offensive tackle Will Latu.
Simply put, Latu is a freaking monster. He's is an absolute mauler on the o-line, but don't take that to mean he just relies on strength to dominate his opponents. You can tell from his film that even for a guy his size, he has above average footwork which will help him against edge rushers at the D-I level. Latu would fill a big need for the Sooners, who could very much use a tackle capable of coming in and starting from day one. His style would be an absolute perfect fit for this Sooners' offensive line, which has been missing that kind of nasty, "plays with a real mean streak" type of player who excels in the gun game.
Latu has been extremely complimentary of Oklahoma in interviews leading up to this visit and there has already been some talk of a possible commitment this weekend. He'd make a perfect bookend tackle for Oklahoma who could slide Daryl Williams over to left tackle and move Latu in on the right side.
Latu could play either left or right tackle at the D-I level and is believed to be deciding between the Sooners, Arizona State, and Utah.
While the JUCO ranks will obviously be well represented, the Sooners will also be hosting two underrated high school prospects that could each have a very high upside were Oklahoma fortunate to land either of the two. Onuoha actually reminds the guys at Crimson and Cream Machine of another player already on the roster.
6'5" 225 pound defensive end Michael Onuoha out of Edmond Sante Fe is a player practically in the Sooners' back yard. Onuoha is very similar to a player the Sooners took a couple years ago in Chuka Ndulue. Very raw as a prospect, but incredibly athletic and a player the coaches believe they can mold into a dynamic defensive end. Ndulue used a redshirt year and actually played his way into the rotation late in games as a second year freshman and it's fair to assume the goals would be something similar for the Santa Fe product. Onuoha is probably more athletic than Ndulue with a higher ceiling as well, so it's pretty easy to see why Oklahoma would be after the talented DE.
Onuoha visited his presumed "favorite" last weekend in Missouri, but there has been some talk that his family may like the idea of him staying closer to home which would obviously give the Sooners an advantage. His family is reportedly joining him on the trip to Norman this weekend, so expect the coaches to be selling the family on OU as much as the player.
The final of the four visitors Oklahoma will be hosting this weekend is also the second that is currently committed elsewhere. That player is 6'0" 172 pound corner back Zach Sanchez.
Sanchez is a soft commit to Baylor and is a player the Sooners only recently got in on after Mike Stoops returned to the Oklahoma staff. And despite their late arrival, the Sooners have made a big impact on the young corner backs mind who was recently quoted as saying that he had "Oklahoma as a 60-40 favorite" before even setting foot on campus. Obviously there needs to be some caution in putting substantial weight in one quote from an 18-year old, but when you're the reported "favorite" before he even makes a visit and you've only been recruiting him a few weeks, well we'll just say it probably bodes well in your favor.
Sachez is very much in the mold of what many believe Mike Stoops is looking for in his defensive backs. He excels at attacking the ball, both in the air as well as coming up in run support. At 172 pounds, he'll clearly need to add some bulk, but the Sooners are pretty much set at CB for 2012 so that would allow Sanchez to redshirt and add that good weight to be ready to go in 2013.
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