Where Do the Other In-State Prospects Stand?

Sooners Illustrated continues to bring you coverage of the 2012 recruiting class and this time around we breakdown who the Sooners appear to be pursuing the hardest in-state and where they stand at this moment in time. Check inside for more.

The Sooners so far this year for the 2012 recruiting class have taken their time evaluating talent all over the country. In the state of Oklahoma the same philosophy is being used as well and the few prospects that the Sooners have extended an offer to are now both commitments in the Oklahoma class in Alex Ross and Sterling Shepard.

There is quite a bit more talent in the state of Oklahoma and below you will see who the Sooners appear to be targeting and exactly where they stand at this time.

Blake Belcher (OT, Guthrie HS) – Belcher is talked about as being the best offensive lineman in the state of Oklahoma for this class. At 6-foot-6 and 270-pounds he has the size and the ability to play offensive tackle at the next level. Arizona and Oregon State are the first two to offer Belcher so far and other schools are showing interest as well along with the Sooners like Oklahoma State, Missouri, Kansas and Tulsa. Oklahoma has shown interest in Belcher inviting him to junior days where he attended one back in December. They have also invited him to upcoming spring practices. Evaluation in the spring of Belcher will be a major factor on if he receives an offer or not.

Cayman Bundage (OL, Douglass HS) – Bundage's future at the next level appears to be at the center position especially with him current standing at 6-foot-2 and 280-pounds. Bundage recently picked up offers from Arkansas and Missouri and named the Razorbacks as his favorite right now. Bundage attended one of the Sooners junior days and came away liking what he saw. Bundage is a talented offensive lineman who shows major potential of becoming a dominant blocker at the next level. As of right now however, Bundage appears to be the Sooners backup plan for the center position should they miss on Ty Darlington from Apopka HS in Florida.

Damian Gibson (TE, East Central HS) – Gibson is listed as a tight end but most likely will play defensive end at the next level. Standing at 6-foot-3 and 220-pounds Gibson has shown division one promise on both sides of the ball but maybe more on the defensive side finishing with 109-tackles and 10-sacks last year. Gibson attended the Sooners junior day back on January 30th and came away really impressed by the experience. He has been invited to attend spring practices and informed Sooners Illustrated that he does plan to be in attendance. Gibson doesn't hold any offers as of yet and he appears to be a Sooner lean but that will obviously depend on if they decide to offer or not.

Ashton Henderson (DT, Jenks HS) – Henderson is a ‘could be' kind of prospect meaning with his abilities he could be the best defensive tackle in the state for this class if he puts in the offseason work. Henderson is listed at 6-foot-1 and 315-pounds however he recently was at 324-pounds. Henderson's weight issue has stood out to the Sooner coaching staff and Henderson has recently started to eat better and is back down to 316-pounds and trying to lose more. The All-state junior recently picked up his first offer from Louisville but continues to say LSU, Oklahoma and Miami are his top three schools in no particular order. Keep an eye on Henderson to see if the Sooners pursuit of the talented defensive tackle heats up moving forward.

Adrian McDonald (DB, Lawton HS) – The Sooners are recruiting the Lawton Eisenhower star as a defensive back. The 5-foot-9 and 160-pound McDonald plays quarterback for his squad and lead his team to the second round of the playoffs this past season. Oklahoma State and Texas Tech who always has success with Lawton prospects are pursuing McDonald as well. McDonald has been invited to attend practices this spring and will most likely do so. The Sooners are the favorites for McDonald's services should they decide to extend an offer.

Kevin Peterson (DB, Wagoner HS) – Peterson is a talented all around football player who is still learning the odds and ends of the corner position but shows promise that he could turn into a top corner at the next level. The 5-foot-11 and 170-pound cornerback recently picked up an offer from Arizona and is currently running track. His coach informed us that he is looking good and even added some weight over the winter. Like everybody else on this list Peterson has been invited to attend spring practices along with the spring game and he says he plans on heading to Norman for that. The Sooners have been hard at work offering cornerbacks all over the country lately and time will tell if Peterson will join that list as well.

There may be other prospects in Oklahoma who are hearing from the Sooners but this is the list of players we have been able to confirm at this moment in time. The fact that the Sooner staff has invited each of these players to attend spring practices along with the spring game tells us that they are definitely still keeping an eye on each of them.

Stay tuned to Sooners Illustrated for more coverage on each of these prospects moving forward.


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