Sooners with another recruiting opportunity

OU has a second chance this month to make a big statement on the recruiting trail with a lot of top visitors coming to town this weekend.

When you have a performance like Oklahoma had against Texas in the Red River Rivalry, all you want is a second chance. An opportunity to get back out there as soon as you can.

It wasn't the best recruiting statement made by the Sooners in an emphatic 36-20 loss to the Longhorns. Many top recruits from the state of Texas for the 2015 class were at the Cotton Bowl two weeks ago.

OU didn't have to wait that long to find that second opportunity. It's this weekend in a home game that didn't appear to be all that big when the schedule was released.

That line of thinking was supported by the number of official visitors the Sooners had for its game against TCU three weeks ago. OU had nine visitors, including a whopping seven from California in what looked like it was going to be the biggest home date on the schedule.

The Horned Frogs haven't lived up to their preseason billing, but now here come the Red Raiders at 7-0 and ranked No. 10 in the first BCS standings.

Things can always change in recruiting, but right now the Sooners five four official visitors, featuring some names high on OU's board for a long time.

The shoo-in is La Mirada (Calif.) four-star wide receiver Dallis Todd. Committed to OU since April, this official visit is more about making things even more solid than they already are. Todd has been bombarded by other schools since his pledge, but he remains 100 percent with the Sooners.

Another commit will be seeing his first OU home game. Vontre McQuinnie has been in a tough spot with his high school situation, transferring from Lancaster (Texas) to DeSoto, but he can put that aside for one weekend and enjoy his visit.

The other three names feature two commits to other schools and one name that a lot of people thought was long gone.

Bellflower (Calif.) St. John Bosco defensive end Malik Dorton, Tooele (Utah) Stansbury defensive tackle Allan Havili and Longview (Texas) defensive tackle Zaycoven Henderson are all scheduled to visit.

"I'm super excited to visit this weekend," Havili said. "It just sort of worked out best for this weekend. It's great that it's happening with Tech coming in undefeated."

Dorton is committed to USC, while Havili is pledged to Utah. Henderson was once a TCU commit but is back on the open market.

OU is still searching for its first defensive end commit for the class, and Dorton said he is excited to see what OU is all about.

Defensive tackle is also a major need for the class. The Sooners have one pledge but are gunning for at least two more to fill out the group.

OU had an electric atmosphere against TCU and pulled out the victory but no commits. The Sooners once again have a chance to impress an impressive set of recruits, including a lot of top in-state names for the Class of 2015.

"I wasn't really looking at the opponent for the visit, just when it would work out best," Dorton said. "I don't come in with any expectations so I'm excited to see what happens."


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