Hot on the trails

NORMAN, Okla. — It's been anything but uneventful this week, as offer after offer has been extended by the Sooners.

Head coach Bob Stoops and defensive line coach Jackie Shipp kicked things off when they handed out one of the most awaited offers this offseason to Tulsa East Central HS cornerback Stanvon Taylor.

Taylor, who has long awaited that moment, told Sooners Illustrated he could see himself committing to a school within the next week and OU is certainly in the picture.

The coaching staff, including defensive coordinator Mike Stoops, also hit the fertile trails of California Monday, offering a trio of Central High East Campus defensive backs in Fresno.

L.J. Moore, a 6-foot-1, 175-pound corner who now has 12 offers, received his and former teammate and recent Notre Dame signee Tee Shepard also got one from Mike Stoops.

"I'm definitely interested in Oklahoma," Moore told's Greg Biggins. "That's a big time school for sure."

Shepard, who enrolled early at Notre Dame this spring, returned back home and could go the JUCO route for a year before arriving at the college of his choice or transfer and sit out a season.

He has one official visit to take and OU is on the list of potential suitors.

Hatari Byrd, the No. 9 safety in the 2013 class and third teammate to get an OU offer, currently stands in with 11 offers.

"This is a big offer for me and I'm very interested in them," Byrd informed Biggins. "They have a great football program and I like how they want to use me. They want me as an in the box safety that could move to corner and cover some of the big receivers out there.

Meanwhile, OU was also busy on the other coast as well.

Na'Ty Rodgers, a 6-foot-4, 260-pound offensive tackle, kicked off the offers on the other side of the ball.

But the Sooners weren't done in California with just those three DBs.

Crespi Carmelite HS safety Tyler Foreman picked up his Crimson and Cream offer Tuesday afternoon from Stoops and co.

Then, OU got back to work offensively Tuesday evening, moving back into Mike Stoops' former grounds to give the nation's 15th best offensive tackle prospect, Mountain Pointe HS lineman Kenny Lacy, his Sooner offer.

Capping things off midway through the week, last but not least, the Sooners got in on the chase for the best lineman in the region and No. 3 rated prospect in the country, St. John Bosco's Nico Falah from Bellflower, Calif.

The Sooner coaching staff is still at it hard this week, too, hitting up The University School of Nova Sout in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., to check out a couple big name guys there.

Sooner offeree Jordan Cunningham, a three-star wide receiver, is one of those and defensive tackle Maquedius Bain, a four-star Florida State commit is the other.

No doubt, it's been a crucial recruiting week so far, and big things could be coming soon for this recruiting class.

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