Weekend Offers Golden Chance to Gain Ground

NORMAN, Okla. — It's been a long time since the Sooners have had such a monumental recruiting weekend, but this one could truly make or break the 2012 class.

They've addressed a number of their needs in recent weeks, including a verbal commitment from Fort Scott CC tight end Brannon Green, who will help fill the void left behind by James Hanna, Trent Ratterree and Austin Haywood, should he not return.

But this weekend has the potential to move this recruiting class to the next level.

This is the opportunity to make a serious impression and perhaps convince some of the nation's most prized prospects to be a headliner commit for the Crimson and Cream.

So far, OU has snagged eight commitments in the Scout 300, but just one in the Top 100.

That's Jenks High running back Alex Ross, the 93rd ranked prospect in the country.

The Sooners have the serious potential to impact a possible change in that, though, with a host of upper echelon guys making their way to campus.

Topping the list is wide receiver Dorial Green-Beckham, the nation's top receiver and No. 2 prospect in the nation behind quarterback Arik Armstead.

Green-Beckham has so many offers it's hard to count them all, but because of proximity to Springfield's Hillcrest High, Arkansas has been thought to be the favorite by many.

In recent weeks, Texas has made tremendous ground to get into the conversation with OU, the Hogs and others.

He visited Norman over the summer and all indications were that he was extremely impressed.

A solid showing by the Sooners here would be icing on the cake in their attempt to snag him off the market.

Fellow Top 10 Scout prospect Mario Edwards, a defensive end out of Denton Ryan HS, also makes his way to Norman.

Edwards, a soft verbal commit to FSU, is the seventh ranked player in the nation and No. 2 defensive end next to Noah Spence, a Harrisburg, Pa. native.

He's seriously looked at the Sooners for a while, and LSU and Texas are also strong on his radar.

Should OU lock him up, they'll have a very solid trio of defensive ends with Edwards, Charles Tapper and Chaz Nelson.

Tapper ranks 247th in the Scout 300 and although he's not in it, Nelson is a nice JUCO pickup out of Garden City CC.

On top of those two high profile prospects, safety Nelson Agholor out of Berkeley Preparatory School in Tampa, Fla., also is slated to arrive.

Agholor, the 25th ranked player by Scout, ranks third at his position.

He has great closing speed and breaking ability on the ball and could also play on the other side of the ball at receiver, if OU wanted to use him there.

Recently, he listed a top three of Florida, Notre Dame and USC, but OU sure would love to get in the mix on this guy.

He could be a game changing secondary player at the next level, one the Sooners surely need.

As great as these three are, this weekend doesn't even stop with the headliners, either.

Several other talented prospects are on their way.

Among those are Wagoner HS wide receiver Kevin Peterson, defensive end and Arizona commit Kyle Kelley, Arizona tight end soft commit Taylor McNamara, Texas A&M running back commit Marion Grice and A&M cornerback soft commit Colin Blake.

Additionally, current OU commits Green, four-star offensive guard John McGee (167th), four-star center Ty Darlington (263rd), three-star offensive guard Kyle Marrs and three-star quarterback Trevor Knight are all visiting.

Could any of them do their part in convincing some of the big name guys to come to OU?

That and just how the visits go will be know real soon.

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