The first Monday of each month Sooners Illustrated is going to examine the recruiting situation for Oklahoma's offensive positions.
Here is an idea of where OU stands heading into September. The number in parentheses indicates the number of recruits OU is looking to sign at the position for the Class of 2014. The names in no way reflect OU's official board but are the best guesstimate of who OU is targeting.
Committed (1): Edmond (Okla.) Santa Fe's Justice Hansen. This about as easy as it gets for the recruiting class. OU quarterbacks coach Josh Heupel targeted Hansen, made the offer and Hansen committed at the spring game. There is no drama here. The Sooners have their man.
Committed (1): Pflugerville (Texas) Hendrickson's Samaje Perine. OU made a huge push for Perine in the spring and locked up his commitment early. Built like a fullback, the plan is for Perine to play running back. Good luck trying to take him down.
Favorite: Oakley (Calif.) Freedom's Joe Mixon. OU is going to get an official visit from Mixon on Oct. 4, the weekend of the TCU game. Mixon has sort of crept up the OU rankings, and it doesn't hurt that his favorite running back is former OU star Adrian Peterson.
Next in line: Cherry Creek (Colo.) Englewood's Nathan Starks. Starks is waiting to hear about his eligibility in Colorado. Regardless of what happens, the Sooners are in the mix. Notre Dame and Florida State are both in contention, and there's no way OU ends up with both Starks and Mixon.
On the radar: North Richland Hills (Texas) Birdville's Xavier Turner. A frequent visitor to OU, it feels like Turner won't be able to control his own destiny with the Sooners. If OU can land either Mixon or Starks, Turner will have to find a home somewhere else.
Favorite: Richardson (Texas) High's Kendrick Igbinoba. A strong showing at OU's satellite camp has him poised to be the next fullback for the Sooners. OU coaches still want to see how he does blocking so nothing will happen until further down the road. Started season well last weekend.
Next in line: Edmond (Okla.) Santa Fe's Michael Farmer. Transferring to Edmond Santa Fe should help Farmer receive more looks from schools. Recovering from a torn ACL, the question is will Farmer end up at fullback or as an outside linebacker? Farmer made unofficial visit to OU last weekend.
On the radar: Tulsa (Okla.) Memorial's MikeQuan Deane. OU will go the patient route with Deane. It has other options and there are some academic concerns heading into his senior season. Deane fared very well at OU's camp in June and recently earned New Mexico offer.
Committed (3): La Mirada (Calif.) High's Dallis Todd. There are going to be constant rumors about Todd because he's such a lucrative prospect, but he has shut them down every time. Committed in April, he has a great relationship with Hansen and is also taking his official visit Oct. 4.
Tulsa (Okla.) Union's Jeffery Mead. Nobody knew who he was at this time last year, but it became apparent OU wide receivers coach Jay Norvell wasn't going to let this in-state star get away. Committed in late June, this feels solid because of his family's love of OU and Mead's relationship with Norvell.
Scottsdale (Ariz.) Desert Mountain's Mark Andrews. The final piece of the puzzle at receiver. There were some thoughts about him playing tight end, but it is pretty clear now Andrews is going to be a receiver for the Sooners. His commitment is firm.
On the radar: None. Norvell has done his job. With other receivers making their selections in August, everything has worked itself out.
Committed (1): Tulsa (Okla.) Union's Carson Meier. It happened fast between OU and Meier in May. OU tight ends coach Jay Boulware liked what he saw from Meier and wasted no time. Meier isn't being asked to bulk up so it looks like he will be a flexed out tight end for OU.
Next in line: Derby (Kan.) High tight end DeAndre Goolsby. OU is going to put its best foot forward next weekend when Goolsby is in town for his official visit. Goolsby released a top five of OU, Florida, Kansas State, Arkansas and Ohio State last week.
On the radar: Midwest City (Okla.) Carl Albert's Trenton Ball. Seemingly out of sight and out of mind with the Sooners, Ball made an unofficial visit to campus over the weekend. Has good size and is receiving interest from a lot of other schools.
Norman (Okla.) North's Payton Prince. Committed to Tulsa, but OU could revisit Prince during the season. Prince has turned the corner with his mentality and his conditioning. Has great hands and also looked solid at OU's camp in June.
Committed (1): Troy (Ohio) High's Alex Dalton. Offensive line coach Bill Bedenbaugh loved him when he coached at West Virginia. When Bedenbaugh moved to OU, went straight for Dalton. Committed in May, there are no doubts about where he stands.
Favorite: Phoenix Mountain Pointe's Natrell Curtis. Mentioned OU being one of his top five earlier this summer but hasn't seen the campus yet. Things could get real interesting if he were to visit.
Next in line: None. As of right now, the well is dry with interior linemen for 2014. Bedenbaugh has done a great job starting with 2015, but it still feels like there will be one more guard for this class.
Committed: None. And that's a problem. OU has come so close yet so far with a few tackle prospects. It's back to the drawing board for the Sooners.
Favorite: Las Vegas Bishop Gorman's Nick Gates. OU has been in the hunt for Gates for a while, but the interest has really picked up in the last month. Gates said the Sooners are one of four teams showing the most interest right now. Getting a visit would be huge.
Next in line: Indianapolis Decatur Central's Lukayus McNeil. One of OU's recent offers at the position. He's open to seeing the campus, but a lot of area schools are trying to keep him close to home. Purdue, Indiana and Louisville are among those trying to make sure he doesn't head south.
Garden City (Kan.) juco prospect Dontavius Blair. He visited OU in the spring, but he has visited a lot of other schools, too. Sought after by many, the Sooners haven't shown as much interest lately. That could and should change.
On the radar: Snow College (Utah) juco prospect Patrick Au. This is the opposite of most tackle prospects. Au has expressed a sincere desire to commit to the Sooners. Right now, though, there is something keeping this from becoming a reality.
Favorite: Whitehouse (Ohio) Wayne punter Jake Hartbarger. The commit seems to be inevitable at this point once Hartbarger visits the campus. He hopes to do so this weekend, but it might have to wait. Either way, OU is sitting pretty in this situation.