The Next Step

NORMAN, Okla. — Max Browne, the nation's No. 1 quarterback and OU's No. 1 target from Sammamish (Wash.) Skyline HS, is off the board, so what will the Sooners do now that they missed out on him? Sooners Illustrated breaks that down.

There are really a couple of options here.

1. QB Cody Thomas--After missing out on Browne, the Sooners are now going after this Colleyville Heritage (Texas) HS product. And he's a very safe bet for what they are looking for. Thomas, a four-star prospect and the 12th-ranked quarterback in the 2013 class, is a good pocket passer with great size in his 6-foot-5, 220-pound frame. He's competitive. He's athletic. He's mobile and can get out of the pocket and throw on the run if he needs to. OU has yet to offer, but there's major reason to believe offer No. 16 could soon be coming from the Crimson and Cream. He's currently received offers from Arkansas, Auburn, Florida, Florida International, Michigan State, Mississippi, North Carolina, Notre Dame, Oklahoma State, Oregon, TCU, Texas Tech, USC, Vanderbilt and Virginia.

2. QB Brayden Scott--The 6-foot-1, 195-pound in-state signal caller from Tahlequah Sequoyah HS is actually ranked higher than Thomas but has been shown a little bit less love from schools around the country and even the Sooners. OU has yet to offer him as well, perhaps holding off in hopes of getting Browne. Still, he has offers on the docket from Alabama, Arkansas, Missouri, Purdue and Tulsa and has definite interest in OU. He's the fourth best quarterback in the Midlands Region, and one thing that sets him apart from some others is his game savvy. Scott is a great student of the game and would fit into OU nicely because of that.

The Sooners could also hold off until the 2013 class because currently they'll return Drew Allen, Blake Bell, Kendal Thompson and Trevor Knight after this season. But it's unlikely they would do that at this point, considering quarterback coach Josh Heupel likes to get a quarterback a recruiting season and groom them for a redshirt season while the others take the helm. If they did go that route, however, Edmond Santa Fe quarterback Justice Hansen is the immediate target and would figure to join his fellow teammate and recent signee, defensive end Mike Onuoha, soon upon getting that OU offer, though his first has come from Missouri.

Stay tuned for the latest on OU's quarterback recruitment for the 2013 class, as Sooners Illustrated will be right on top of it.

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