Sooner Wish List

NORMAN, Okla. — The holidays are past, but the major recruiting holiday is still to come in just about three weeks with National Signing Day, and a number of OU's biggest prizes are still out there for the taking. Just who are the prospects the Sooners stand a legitimate chance of landing? Sooners Illustrated breaks all that down inside.

1. Five-star wide receiver Dorial Green-Beckham--The nation's top receiver and U.S. Army Player of the Year is still well within the Sooners' grasp. Expect wide receivers coach Jay Norvell to make a run at Green-Beckham at the very last minute, which should give OU a great chance with him. Arkansas appears to be the leader, with schools like Texas, Missouri and Alabama also in the mix. Proximity and the SEC with a talented quarterback like Tyler Wilson certainly figures to give the Razorbacks the advantage, but Sooner signal caller Landry Jones returning, as well as Norvell announcing he's staying at OU, works in the Sooners' favor.

2. Five-star safety Nelson Agholor--One of the most prized secondary recruits in the country comes with this 25th ranked player in the Scout 300. But perhaps the Sooners are looking at him more at wide receiver because Agholor recently said Norvell has been his recruiter. He got to bond with Kenny Stills and Jaz Reynolds on his official visit to Norman and was really impressed with those guys as well as the coaches, including head coach Bob Stoops, who he said is a "really good people's person." Agholor has taken visits to Notre Dame, Florida and OU, with two still pending (Florida State and USC). All signs lead to the Sooners being extremely high on that list, as indicative by his comments that he "loved it" when he visited.

3. Five-star OT Zach Banner--It's really starting to look like the Sooners are in yet another head-to-head battle with USC for this very talented offensive lineman prospect. OU recently lost out on JUCO safety Gerald Bowman to the Trojans but could get one back on them if they were able to snatch the nation's eighth ranked offensive tackle. He visited OU in the fall during the Missouri game and also got to bond with head hoops coach Lon Kruger. Because Banner has an interest in hoops, Kruger's positive influence on him could have helped. Still, it's all about football and tackles/tight ends coach Bruce Kittle has been a recruiting machine lately. The Sooners hope he gets one more major snatch with Banner. It looks realistic that OU could knock out USC and Banner's third suiter, the in-state Washington Huskies, for him.

All three of these guys appear to be close to 50-50 snags for the Sooners and any would be a headliner for a 2012 class with just one five-star commit.

That five-star is receiver Trey Metoyer.

Of course, prospects like wide receiver Stefon Diggs, defensive end Mario Edwards and running back Mike Davis are all still out there, but none of those on the Sooner wish list seem to be likely gets.

Diggs, the second-best receiver out of this 2012 group and ninth-ranked player in the Scout 300, looks poised to stay out further east with a school like Auburn, Florida, Maryland or somewhere else.

Edwards virtually eliminated the Sooners when he talked about the negativity in the program, and the former Florida commitment, Davis, mentions a top five of South Carolina, Georgia, Clemson, Tennessee and Florida State.

Unless OU running backs coach Cale Gundy makes a serious late scramble after Davis, the Sooners don't figure to get him.

But the three above are far and away the most feasible upper echelon snags for OU as Signing Day nears.

Stay tuned to see if the Sooners land one or more of these guys.

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