The first Tuesday of each month Sooners Illustrated is going to examine the recruiting situation for Oklahoma's defensive 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.
Favorite: Arlington (Texas) Grace Prep's Justin Hollins. OU looked like the strong favorite for Hollins in the summer, but it looks like Oregon is starting to push ahead. He should visit Oregon soon and it should be clear where Hollins stands after that.
Next in line: Denton (Texas) Ryan's Sekou Clark. A constant visitor to campus during the last two years, Clark is waiting patiently for the offer. The lines of communication were opened once again during the satellite camp in June. Senior film could seal the deal, and Clark was once again at OU last weekend.
On the radar: Coppell (Texas) High's Solomon Thomas. If you're going to wish, wish big. Thomas would be the steal of the class for OU. There's no doubt the Sooners are in the mix, but there are a lot of other quality schools in Thomas' final eight.
Tulsa (Okla.) Booker T. Washington's Jordan Brailford. Strong showing at OU's camp, but he didn't leave with an offer. He committed to Oklahoma State later that week, but the Sooners will certainly take another look this fall.
Committed (1): Irving (Texas) Ranchview's Brandon Glenn. Earned the offer with a brilliant showing at OU's camp in June. One more unofficial visit later and the Sooners had their first tackle commitment. An unofficial visit to campus for the first game has sealed the deal, too.
Favorite: Rowlett (Texas) High's Cedric Johnson. The offer was made official this summer and has certainly made things a lot more interesting for Johnson. Has been on the radar for OU for a while, including a spring practice visit. One more trip to campus might lock this one up.
Next in line: Lufkin (Texas) High's D.J. Williams. Earlier this summer Williams appeared to be the sure thing. He's not anymore. With schools like Miami (Fla.) and Missouri, among others, showing huge interest, this is going to be a tougher battle than first anticipated. He still hasn't seen the campus.
Tooele (Utah) Stansbury's Allan Havili. Committed to Utah, but Montgomery isn't packing it in regarding Havili. He is pumped about the offer and has now set up an official visit for October. A switch in his commitment isn't out of the question.
On the radar: Fresno (Calif.) Central's Tashon Smallwood. Committed to USC since February, Smallwood is starting to have some second thoughts. He said he is going to take an official visit to OU before this process is over with. Sooners might be able to sway Smallwood with a strong visit.
Committed (2): Allen (Texas) High's Tay Evans. Once the offer was made, it was just a matter of time. Evans visited July 2 and committed. Sooners got two for the price of one when his brother, Bobby Evans, a 2015 prospect, committed eight days later.
Murrieta (Calif.) Vista Murrieta's Curtis Bolton. OU was one of the first schools to offer Bolton, and it apparently made a world of a difference. Bolton chose the Sooners last week despite the fact he hasn't seen the campus yet. An official visit would solidify things even more.
Next in line: Los Angeles Salesian's Jamardre Cobb and Marquis Ware. The top prospects committed to Arizona a couple of weeks ago but said they are still going to take their official visit to OU on Oct. 4. OU already has one Cali linebacker and would love to add these two.
Cincinnati Colerain's Tegray Scales. It didn't appear like the OU offer made a big deal, but Scales has talked openly about taking an official visit. It will still be tough for the Sooners to get him out of the Midwest, but it's not a lost cause.
On the radar: Palm Bay (Fla.) Bayside's Greg Miclisse. OU started to show interest in the spring and officially made the offer in June. There is a lot of mutual interest, but there are still hurdles to climb before this is reality.
Committed (3): Lancaster (Texas) strong safety Vontre McQuinnie. Now holds the distinction of being OU's first commit of the class. He is solid with OU although there has been discussion of him being advised to look around.
Cedar Hill (Texas) High cornerback Marcus Green. A little under the radar compared to all the other Texas defensive backs, it didn't take long for Green to pledge after his offer. No reason to believe he's not 100 percent solid with the Sooners.
Gulfport (Miss.) Harrison Central's Tito Windham. The summer was kind to Windham both in terms of offers and camp performances. But he is adamant he is 100 percent with the Sooners and has set up his official visit this weekend when OU hosts West Virginia.
Favorite: Jenks (Okla.) High safety Steven Parker. No telling when Parker will commit, but no doubt the Sooners are among his favorites. As time goes by, it gets a little tougher for OU fans but OU has put in quality work for Parker, who has visited campus two more times in the last month.
Next in line: Houston Lamar safety John Bonney. He made his third visit to campus in 12 months last month. He has been busy, seeing Texas, Northwestern, Ohio State and OU in an eight-day period last month. A decision seems likely, one way or another.
Fresno (Calif.) Central's Michiah Quick. Nobody knows exactly where Quick fits in with the Sooners. Could be wide receiver or could be cornerback. OU has three receivers committed for the class so the safe bet is the secondary is his destination. Will take his official visit to OU on Oct. 4.
On the radar: Houston Lamar defensive back John Plattenburg. Teammates with Bonney, OU is trying to get in late with Plattenburg. Just like Bonney, Plattenburg seems poised to decide soon but said he will take his five official visits no matter his commitment. OU has to get in that list to make it interesting.