The first Monday of each month (or last in this special case) Sooners Illustrated is going to examine the recruiting situation for Oklahoma's offensive positions.
Here is an idea of where OU stands heading into October. 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. Hansen has led Edmond Santa Fe to three straight wins after sitting out his opening game.
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. Perine has been effective through the first third of his senior season.
Favorite: Oakley (Calif.) Freedom's Joe Mixon. This weekend is going to tell a lot. The time for talking about Mixon's official visit is just about over. Mixon will visit Norman this weekend, and we'll know a lot more. What we don't know is if Adrian Peterson will make a surprise appearance at the game since it is the bye week for the Minnesota Vikings. Peterson is Mixon's favorite running back.
Next in line: Cherry Creek (Colo.) Englewood's Nathan Starks. The Starks saga continues. He was an interested watcher of OU's victory against Notre Dame, tweeting throughout most of the game. It still remains to be seen what his future holds, but it's clear that OU cannot have both Starks and Mixon when it's all said and done.
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 despite his 300-yard, seven-touchdown performance last weekend.
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. His season has taken a bit of a dip, and he's battling a minor injury.
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 has visited OU twice this season but is having trouble adjusting to Edmond Santa Fe's offense.
On the radar: None. Fullback looks like it might take longer than previously thought to find suitable prospects.
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. Ole Miss is trying, but it doesn't look like it will matter.
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, especially after his official visit.
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. Has started well in his first four games.
Next in line: Derby (Kan.) High tight end DeAndre Goolsby. Sooners did what they could on his official visit last weekend, but it's tough to talk tight ends when OU doesn't utilize them at all. Goolsby released a top five of OU, Florida, Kansas State, Arkansas and Ohio State last month.
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 for the first game of the season. 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 (2): 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. He will take an unofficial visit this weekend.
Mesquite (Texas) Horn's Jonathan Alvarez. Made an unofficial visit for the West Virginia game and was offered and committed less than 72 hours. A prospect who has made huge strides since the end of his junior season, this could be one of those under the radar steals OU is so good at doing.
On the radar: None. Unless an elite prospect gives Bedenbaugh a reason to pursue, this feels like a close with interior linemen. A juco prospect could always emerge, though.
Committed: None. And that's a problem. OU has come so close yet so far with a few tackle prospects. Bedenbaugh has reloaded on prospects but has not yielded any commits yet.
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. Nebraska and Arizona are also squarely in the mix.
Next in line: Indianapolis Decatur Central's Lukayus McNeil. Bedenbaugh visited McNeil during OU's bye week, showing just how much interest the Sooners have for him. McNeil has taken an official visit to North Carolina State and several regional schools are doing all they can to make sure he stays close to home.
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.
Oklahoma City Douglass' Mildren Montgomery. A three-star prospect committed to Texas Tech, it's clear Montgomery is banking on an OU offer. There is definitely some mutual interest as OU invited him to its first home game. If an offer comes, the flip in commitment should happen pretty quickly. But the offer is certainly not guaranteed.
Favorite: None. With Whitehouse (Ohio) Wayne punter Jake Hartbarger picking Michigan State last week, there are no non-committed kicker offers out there right now for Sooners.
Names removed from last month: FB MikeQuan Deane; OT Dontavius Blair; P Jake Hartbarger.