The first Tuesday of each month Sooners Illustrated is going to examine the recruiting situation for Oklahoma's defensive positions.
Here is an idea of where OU stands heading into October. The number in parentheses indicates the number of recruits OU is looking to sign at the position for the Class of 2014. The names in no way reflect OU's official board but are the best guesstimate of who OU is targeting.
Favorite: Arlington (Texas) Grace Prep's Justin Hollins. OU looked like the strong favorite for Hollins in the summer, but it looks like Oregon is starting to push ahead. He should visit Oregon soon and it should be clear where Hollins stands after that. OU defensive line coach Jerry Montgomery showed he still has the interest by showing up at Hollins' game two weeks ago.
Dallas Pinkston's Trey Carter. One of OU's most recent offers, and you have to believe the Sooners are going to make an impression on him. This weekend could go a long way as it has felt like TCU has been the favorite for Carter for a while.
Next in line: Bellflower (Calif.) St. John Bosco's Malik Dorton. There's turmoil at USC, and OU could take advantage of the situation. Dorton, a four-star prospect, is going to take an official visit to see the Sooners later this month for OU's home game against Texas Tech.
On the radar: Coppell (Texas) High's Solomon Thomas. If you're going to wish, wish big. Thomas would be the steal of the class for OU. There's no doubt the Sooners are in the mix, but there are a lot of other quality schools in Thomas' final eight.
Tulsa (Okla.) Booker T. Washington's Jordan Brailford. Strong showing at OU's camp, but he didn't leave with an offer. He committed to Oklahoma State later that week, but the Sooners will certainly take another look this fall. But so far, nothing new to report.
Denton (Texas) Ryan's Sekou Clark. A constant visitor to campus during the last two years, Clark is waiting patiently for the offer. The lines of communication were opened once again during the satellite camp in June. Senior film could seal the deal, and Clark was once again at OU for the first game of the season.
Committed (1): Irving (Texas) Ranchview's Brandon Glenn. Earned the offer with a brilliant showing at OU's camp in June. One more unofficial visit later and the Sooners had their first tackle commitment. An unofficial visit to campus for the first game has sealed the deal, too.
Favorite: Rowlett (Texas) High's Cedric Johnson. The offer was made official this summer and has certainly made things a lot more interesting for Johnson. Has been on the radar for OU for a while, including a spring practice visit. One more trip to campus might lock this one up, and Johnson is set to see the campus again this weekend.
Next in line: Fresno (Calif.) Central's Tashon Smallwood. On the open market and OU is going to make its strongest push this weekend when Smallwood takes his official visit. Sooners were one of the first schools to offer him in the winter and have stayed in constant contact.
Lompoc (Calif.) High's Ainuu Taua. Token interest no more as Taua has set an official visit for OU this weekend. Montgomery has done a good job of making an imprint with west coast kids but this would be the ultimate get for the Sooners right now.
On the radar: Tooele (Utah) Stansbury's Allan Havili. Committed to Utah, but Montgomery isn't packing it in regarding Havili. He is pumped about the offer and has now set up an official visit for October. A switch in his commitment isn't out of the question.
Lufkin (Texas) High's D.J. Williams. Earlier this summer Williams appeared to be the sure thing. He's not anymore. With schools like Kansas, Miami (Fla.) and Missouri, among others, showing huge interest, this looks like it's going in a different direction.
Committed (2): Allen (Texas) High's Tay Evans. Once the offer was made, it was just a matter of time. Evans visited July 2 and committed. Sooners got two for the price of one when his brother, Bobby Evans, a 2015 prospect, committed eight days later. Not just a strong linebacker, Tay Evans has been scoring touchdowns for Allen this season, too.
Murrieta (Calif.) Vista Murrieta's Curtis Bolton. OU was one of the first schools to offer Bolton, and it apparently made a world of a difference. Bolton chose the Sooners last week despite the fact he hasn't seen the campus yet. An official visit would solidify things even more.
Favorite: Juco prospect Devante Bond. He was high on OU's board for 2013 before signing with Miami (Fla.). Now he's back in play and has an OU offer. An official visit could come this weekend. If not, look for Texas Tech to be the weekend he sees campus. Nebraska is also going to be in the running.
Next in line: Los Angeles Salesian's Jamardre Cobb and Marquis Ware. The top prospects committed to Arizona and were set for an official visit this weekend. That has been postponed but not canceled. Something to watch going forward.
On the radar: Cincinnati Colerain's Tegray Scales. It didn't appear like the OU offer made a big deal, but Scales has talked openly about taking an official visit. It will still be tough for the Sooners to get him out of the Midwest, but it's not a lost cause. No visit has been set, however.
Committed (3): Lancaster (Texas) strong safety Vontre McQuinnie. Now holds the distinction of being OU's first commit of the class. He is solid with OU although there has been discussion of him being advised to look around. Suffered an early season injury, but he should be good to go.
Cedar Hill (Texas) High cornerback Marcus Green. A little under the radar compared to all the other Texas defensive backs, it didn't take long for Green to pledge after his offer. No reason to believe he's not 100 percent solid with the Sooners.
Gulfport (Miss.) Harrison Central's Tito Windham. The summer was kind to Windham both in terms of offers and camp performances. But he is adamant he is 100 percent and no reason to doubt that after an incredible official visit.
Favorite: Jenks (Okla.) High safety Steven Parker. No telling when Parker will commit, but no doubt the Sooners are among his favorites. As time goes by, it gets a little tougher for OU fans but OU has put in quality work for Parker, who has visited campus two more times since camp started.
Next in line: Fresno (Calif.) Central's Michiah Quick. Nobody knows exactly where Quick fits in with the Sooners. Could be wide receiver or could be cornerback. OU has three receivers committed for the class so the safe bet is the secondary is his destination. Will take his official visit to OU this weekend. Now we'll all know where he stands.
On the radar: None at this time. But that is going to change. Look for more names to pop up after the season when Mike Stoops evaluates more prospects based on senior film.