Next In Line?

National Signing Day is drawing ever closer, and it looks like the Sooners may have a few more commitments on the way shortly. Just who could that be? Sooners Illustrated breaks down who might be next and who to keep an eye on inside.

The next likely commits:

1. Inglewood HS four-star WR/S Derrick Woods--He visited last weekend for the Iowa State game and left more than satisfied. Satisfied enough to claim the Sooners as his No. 1 option. What swayed his feelings on OU strongly enough to put them in that spot is where they plan to use him now. Previously, he had been told the Sooners would work him at safety, but this time head coach Bob Stoops and wide receivers coach Jay Norvell told Woods they want him at wide receiver. For emphasis on how that changed his thoughts on OU, consider what he said afterwards: "They now want me to play wide receiver, which is good and means a lot to me because that is where I really want to play." Stoops and the Sooners might have just snagged a really talented Cali product with that decision. But he does still plan to visit Arizona and has Arizona State, USC and UCLA on the list. Still, OU looks to be getting a verbal from him soon.


2. LA Pierce four-star S Gerald Bowman--Like Woods, since visiting OU, he's been high on the Sooners. And he appears to be getting higher and higher on them by the minute. Last night, he narrowed down his process to just a pair of schools, and OU made the cut. The other is USC. After his visit in early November for the Texas A&M game, Bowman said at the time he was very strong on OU, largely because of their game preparation and the atmosphere. "I would have to say how they prepared for the game before they went out and fought [was what stood out]. It was a different [environment] than any other programs I've seen so far." Bowman will announce on Dec. 10 and don't be surprised if it's the Crimson and Cream. In fact, expect it will be.

Others to keep an eye on:

1. Hillcrest HS five-star WR Dorial Green-Beckham--Look no further than Springfield, Mo., for the next potential Calvin Johnson. He has all the size and vertical explosion that's desirable in a star wide receiver, and he's strong on the Sooners. The nation's No. 1 receiver prospect has a number of names on his short list, and OU is one of those. But Arkansas still appears to have the lead because of proximity. OU electing to tell Woods they're looking at him at wide receiver could verify it knows Green-Beckham is heading elsewhere.

2. Denton Ryan HS five-star DE Mario Edwards--The Florida State soft verbal still figures to be favoring the Seminoles simply because his father went there. But the Sooners made up tremendous grounds with their impressive Red River Rivalry showing while he was in attendance. Essentially, it looks like Edwards will land one of three places: OU, LSU or Florida State.

3. Don Bosco Prep HS five-star DE Darius Hamilton--With a pair of defensive end commits already in Chaz Nelson and Charles Tapper and OU still pursuing Edwards, another guy to keep an eye on is this N.J. stud, Hamilton. Earlier in the fall, he listed Oregon, Florida, Alabama, Rutgers and Tennessee as his Top Five. Now, he's planning five official visits, two of which include the above schools. Two additional programs have hit the list, and OU is one of those, Cal the other. He'll also travel to either Virginia Tech, LSU or Rutgers. He was thinking about heading to Stillwater for Bedlam, but decided to focus on the playoffs. Sooner fans, don't read too much into the fact that he's not coming right now because he'll be visiting in January.

4. Lee's Summit West HS four-star C Evan Boehm--Not too long ago, Boehm was a Missouri commit, but he's reopened his recruitment and OU stands strong. Boehm recently visited Auburn for the Iron Bowl and enjoyed it, but still lists schools like OU, Iowa and Kansas State, as well as Mizzou, all in the mix. With Ty Darlington already locked up, the Sooners aren't in dire need of a center, but Boehm would be a definite plus.

5. Don Bosco Prep HS four-star S Elijah Shumate--Shumate, along with teammate Hamilton, plans to get out to OU in January for an official visit, the last of five total officials, also including South Carolina (he's already taken that one), Georgia Tech, Rutgers and Notre Dame. It's safe to say the Sooners hope he hasn't made a decision until after all those visits. And being that he's taking a visit to Norman in January, OU fans hope he doesn't announce at the U.S. Army All-America Bowl as previously planned. That'll mean OU's still in the mix.

6. LA Pierce three-star CB Kass Everett--The Sooners could very well have a package deal with Everett and teammate Bowman. Or they could get one or the other. Everett, like Woods, took an official visit for the Iowa State game and was also impressed, citing the facilities, coaches, academics and members of the team all as things that stood out. With a visit to Texas Tech this weekend, he's one to watch.

7. Timber Creek Regional HS three-star MLB Quanzell Lambert--It appears the Sooners have all but lost out on another linebacker, Brian Nance out of Euless Trinity, but Lambert is right there still. The talented N.J. product recently listed six favorites, and OU is among those. The other five include the following: Northwestern, Alabama, Iowa, Nebraska and Rutgers.

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