Hardeman, Brown ready for OU visit

Sooners found success at Houston Alief Taylor for the 2013 class. OU is looking to do the same for 2014 with a couple of four-star teammates.

It didn't take long, not long at all for Houston Alief Taylor four-star cornerback Chris Hardeman to rack up new suitors following his decommitment from LSU.

Minutes after his decommitment, his father, Cedric, confirmed the family is going to visit Oklahoma on Saturday and Oklahoma State on Saturday afternoon.

Cedric Hardeman isn't just Chris' father, he is also the recruiting coordinator for Houston Alief Taylor and has built up a strong relationship with the OU coaching staff.

The Hardemans aren't coming alone, either. Saturday will mark the first trip to campus for fellow four-star Houston Alief Taylor prospect wide receiver Keenen Brown. Both visits are huge for totally different reasons.

OU has two quality cornerback commits, but the Sooners would love to add one more pledge to that group. Hardeman fits the bill exactly. Nobody should expect a commitment from Chris Hardeman. Instead this visit is more about building the foundation to future visits.

Cedric Hardeman was quick to say there is no way they can say who the top schools are at this point for Chris. It's simply way too early. Arkansas offered Hardeman on Wednesday and that offer has definitely intrigued the family as well. A solid trip to Norman, though, should open the door to a potential official visit during the fall.

The Brown situation is a lot different. Brown has been open about the fact there is a strong likelihood he would commit to OU if the visit goes the way he wants it.

OU is one of the few schools that could actually turn down a four-star receiver, and it's possible it will happen. The Sooners have the commits of three quality receivers, including two four-star guys in Scottsdale (Ariz.) Desert Mountain's Mark Andrews and La Mirada (Calif.) High's Dallis Todd.

Andrews' commitment last weekend made things that much more interesting. If Andrews was a tight end, that could open the door for Brown. But Andrews was so adamant that he is a receiver, it's tough to see there being another open spot for Brown.

The Sooners are in the final five for another four-star receiver, Mount Pleasant (Texas) High's K.D. Cannon. But what the skill set of Cannon is so much different than Brown and Andrews that it appears the door will always be open for Cannon with OU.

Brown lists Michigan State, West Virginia, Florida and Arkansas as some other top schools, but he has also had a different tone of voice when talking OU.

OU never has a problem recruiting receivers with Jay Norvell as wide receivers coach. And if the pieces fit, the Sooners could add yet another four-star to that group Saturday.

Houston Alief Taylor was the home of Ogbonnia Okoronkwo, a freshman defensive end at OU. Obo worked hard in trying to get Hardeman and Brown to OU this spring. That work has finally paid off.

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