Pre-Signing Day state:
Considering where they were a couple months ago, the Sooners have made serious progress down the stretch. They needed help on the interior defensive line and got it with four verbals, including a signature from JUCO transfer Quincy Russell to go along with other non-binding pledges from Kerrick Huggins, Charles Walker and Matthew Romar. OU has cleaned up in the defensive back position, landing a pair of corners in four-star Stanvon Taylor and three-star Dakota Austin, plus four-star safety Hatari Byrd and three-stars Ahmad Thomas and Dominique Alexander. Its pair of early defensive end commits, four-stars Matt Dimon and D.J. Ward, has dominance written in their future, and three-star Ogbonnia Okoronwu joins them. The best player in the class is five-star running back Keith Ford. And the talent doesn't stop with these guys, as the rest of what surrounds them has the class sitting at No. 14 in the final pre-National Letter of Intent Day FOX Sports NEXT rankings.
Notable Sooner Signing Day selections:
Cornerback L.J. Moore (6'1"/175)—The Fresno Central High East Campus defensive back will be deciding between Arizona State, California, Oregon State and OU. OU figures to have a good chance here simply because his teammate, Byrd, is committed and signing. Moore, a four-star, is the sixth-ranked corner in the West and No. 24 overall prospect in the country at his position. He has tremendous ball skills and would be a significant add if the Sooners can get their hands on him. Decision time: 5 p.m. CT
Cornerback Adrian Baker (6'1"/165)—Just as OU is a finalist for a defensive back on the West Coast, it is a finalist for one on the East Coast as well. Baker, out of Chaminade Madonna College Prep, is down to just OU and former OU defensive coordinator Brent Venables' new spot, Clemson. He'll choose between those two and bolster one of them. Not as highly ranked as Moore, Baker still possesses tremendous skills at the corner spot and has a nice ceiling. His improvement in the last year has been exceptional and he figures to mold into a very solid college player. Decision time: 9:45 a.m. CT
Offensive tackle George Adeosun (6'6"/309)—A one-time William & Mary commit, Adeosun has blown up over the waning days of the 2013 recruiting cycle. OU was one of the schools that got in on him and landing a visit over that period (he last visited Arizona State last weekend). He came away impressed enough to put the Sooners amongst his finalists with other schools including Arizona State, Georgia and Missouri. He could be an in-state signature, but OU is still in the game and Sooner tackles/tight ends coach Bruce Kittle has to like that. Decision time: 2:45 p.m. CT
Offensive guard Joshua Outlaw (6'4"/285)—Early on OU wasn't looking much for interior offensive linemen, but that changed with the injuries it sustained during the season. Guards Tyler Evans and Nila Kasitati both tore their ACLs and Adam Shead is suffering from back issues. A guy like Outlaw that could fill in and pull block in OU's offense would be a nice depth filler in light of those injuries. He's expected to make a decision between the Sooners, along with Missouri, TCU and Texas Tech.
It's likely that OU will land two of these four, including one of the DBs and one of the offensive guards. Since Baker is choosing from just two schools, it appears there's a better chance OU could get him, but even with Moore picking from four, OU stands very strong there. Adeosun seems like a Georgia lean, but that's not 100 percent his fate until he makes that call. Chances on any of these prospects point most favorably towards Outlaw. The Sooners could land three, but likely will have to settle with two, putting their class at 25 signees.