OU targets galore in Backyard Bowl

Every year Jenks-Tulsa Union is the most anticipated game in Oklahoma. This year it's even more important to OU fans.

The scene is a little different for this year's Backyard Bowl between Tulsa (Okla.) Union and Jenks (Okla.) High. At least it is as it pertains to Oklahoma recruiting.

Most of the time the Sooners are enamored with Jenks, and it's not like OU isn't watching multiple Trojans right now. But this year OU has just as much interest in Tulsa Union.

The Sooners have a couple of commits from Tulsa Union in three-star wide receiver Jeffery Mead and three-star tight end Carson Meier.

The state's biggest rivalry adds another chapter Friday night at the University of Tulsa. Jenks is coming off a huge victory against Euless (Texas) Trinity, while Tulsa Union was worn down and defeated by DeSoto (Texas) High.

Despite the loss, Mead and Meier each caught touchdown passes.

If you're talking Jenks, then it starts with Scout 300 safety Steven Parker. First offered by OU in May 2012, the Sooners remain in the hunt for the four-star prospect.

Parker has made two unofficial visits to campus in the last month, including to OU's first home game two weeks ago.

With OU missing out on Houston Lamar four-star safety John Bonney, Parker has become that much more important for the Sooners. Bonney committed to Texas last week.

It once looked like Parker would commit to OU a long time ago, but on the urging of his parents, he has rethought things and is letting the process play out.

Schools like OU, Oklahoma State, Michigan and Ohio State are still firmly in the race although he has not visited the Wolverines or Buckeyes at this point.

Other players to watch

Jenks safety Dylan Harding (Class of 2014, Oklahoma State commit): On most teams, Harding would be the talk of the defense. With Parker, though, Harding can sometimes get overlooked. He shouldn't be as Harding had a stellar junior season and started things off on the right foot last week. Look for Harding to see some time at wide receiver, too, this season.

Jenks defensive tackle Marquise Overton (Class of 2015): A huge question here is when will OU get back into the Overton race? In the spring the Sooners were the only school talking to Overton. That's not the case anymore as he has offers from schools such as Baylor, Ole Miss and Oregon State. After camping at OU in June, he hasn't heard from the Sooners. He grew up a big OU fan so it will be interesting to see if the Sooners make him a priority going forward.

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