The SI 10: OU recruiting

OU has a quality Class of 2014 but the addition of some of these prospects would do wonders down the recruiting stretch.

Last week we examined OU's wish list on offense and defense for the recruiting Class of 2014. That's a wish list, but what about reality?

This week it's time to look at 10 prospects that have OU offers and just how much of a shot does OU have to land these recruits.

Houston Lamar defensive back John Bonney

Why OU: Bonney can be pretty quiet about his recruitment, but you cannot deny he has visited the campus three times in a year. This last visit a week ago was crucial for Bonney to build a better rapport with Bob Stoops. He felt he did that.

Why not OU: Because Bonney isn't tied to any regional schools. He is a kid that feels like he would be as comfortable at UCLA or Ohio State as he would at a school like Baylor or OU. He has several different options and can do as he pleases.

Odds he'll be a Sooner: 25 percent.

Whitehouse (Ohio) Wayne punter Jake Hartbarger

Why OU: Hartbarger is not being shy about wanting to commit to the Sooners. The offer was made last week. A visit should be set up soon, and a commit should happen.

Why not OU: If he's worried about playing 1,000 miles away from home, that could be a problem. Other than that? Nothing really.

Odds he'll be a Sooner: 75 percent.

Tooele (Utah) Stansbury defensive tackle Allan Havili

Why OU: Havili has developed a solid foundation with defensive line coach Jerry Montgomery throughout the summer. He is going to visit in October and that could be when he decides to flip his commitment from Utah to OU.

Why not OU: He's committed, first of all. The Utes will do everything they can to keep a top in-state talent home. After seeing the campus, Havili might believe it's not as good fit between him and OU.

Odds he'll be a Sooner: 40 percent.

Arlington (Texas) Grace Prep defensive end Justin Hollins

Why OU: The Sooners jumped out so fast on Hollins that it has resonated with him. Hollins has made two trips to campus this summer, including impressing at a one-day camp. Everything is good with Hollins and Montgomery. Things are going well.

Why not OU: Because he hasn't committed yet. It felt like OU would have its first defensive end commit by this time. So why the delay? Oregon is a school Hollins is certainly interested in but no word on if a visit is planned.

Odds he'll be a Sooner: 55 percent.

Rowlett (Texas) High defensive tackle Cedric Johnson

Why OU: This is how the process works. OU showed initial interest. Johnson returned the favor by attending a spring practice. OU did its due diligence in evaluation and made the offer two weeks ago. The pieces fell into place.

Why not OU: Other schools such as Baylor, Kansas State and Oklahoma State didn't need to wait that long to offer Johnson. That could mean something in the long run.

Odds he'll be a Sooner: 35 percent.

Oakley (Calif.) Freedom running back Joe Mixon, Cherry Creek (Colo.) Englewood running back Nathan Starks

Why OU: OK, cannot separate these two. Clearly the Sooners are in the mix for both. Clearly there is no way OU will end up with both. Each guy seems destined to go to separate schools and OU already has the pledge of Pflugerville (Texas) Hendrickson running back Samaje Perine.

So the question is which one? Mixon has already set up a visit to OU for October, while no coach in the nation has a better relationship with Starks than running backs coach Cale Gundy. Who's No. 1 and who's No. 2 on OU's board? That answer is still to be determined.

Jenks (Okla.) High safety Steven Parker

Why OU: The Parker story feels like it has been told all the time in the last year. He still could be OU's No. 1 overall target for the rest of this class. He has visited OU so much, has a great relationship with the coaches. All that everybody is waiting for is that right moment.

Why not OU: Hmm, what if that moment is gone? What if OU had its best shot with Parker last year? He has visited Texas and Texas A&M and could want to seek out more schools this fall and might find another option.

Odds he'll be a Sooner: 55 percent.

Fresno (Calif.) Central wide receiver Michiah Quick

Why OU: Because Mike and Bob Stoops have been after Quick for almost 20 months at this point. His cousin, Hatari Byrd, is a freshman at OU as is former teammate L.J. Moore. The Sooners desperately need more playmakers, and Quick fits the bill perfectly. He is visiting in October.

Why not OU: It's starting to appear that Quick would rather play receiver than cornerback. He can do what he wants, but he is more valuable and needed for the Sooners at cornerback. Is he OK with that? Oh yeah, and Alabama, Notre Dame, USC and UCLA will be schools to contend with.

Odds he'll be a Sooner: 20 percent.

Coppell (Texas) defensive end Solomon Thomas

Why OU: Thomas and Montgomery have developed a strong bond in the last couple of months. He has been a frequent visitor to campus, and OU is definitely looking for a difference maker on the defensive line.

Why not OU: It won't be easy, let's put it that way. With Texas, Ohio State, Stanford, Arkansas and several others in contention, it's going to be a huge task for the Sooners to end up with Thomas.

Odds he'll be a Sooner: 15 percent.


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