Cali party at OU this weekend

OU is going to have a California flavor to it this weekend. Top prospects from the state are set to invade the campus on official visits.

This is why Oklahoma coaches decided to go into California. This is what the desired result was when the Sooners invaded the state and signed running back Brennan Clay, wide receiver Kenny Stills and defensive back Tony Jefferson for the Class of 2010.

OU will never abandon Texas, but the Sooners needed to broaden their horizons as more and more schools have looked to Texas for recruits.

Signing the Cali Trio was nice, but the success they've had is why OU is now a prominent option for California recruits. Stills and Jefferson are in their rookie seasons in the NFL, while Clay has emerged as a quality running back for the Sooners.

It wasn't about building a Cali factory for 2010 or even 2011. It was about building the foundation, a foundation that could get some support this weekend.

OU is hosting seven recruits from California this weekend. And it's not just any regular seven. Three of them are five-star recruits. Three of them are four-star prospects. The other was a top junior college linebacker last season and is back in play for the Sooners for this year.

It's a Cali party in Norman, Okla., this weekend. Get to know the prospects.

Gardena (Calif.) Serra CB Adoree Jackson (5-10, 170, No. 3 CB, No. 5 Scout 300): It's a huge shock Jackson is making this visit, and it's just luck that it happens to be a bye week for Gardena Serra. Jackson has mentioned positive things about OU in the past, but nobody thought that would actually result in a visit.

A commitment isn't the goal this weekend. That won't happen. But if OU can dazzle Jackson, perhaps it can become the major player it wants to be for the five-star prospect.

Oakley (Calif.) Freedom RB Joe Mixon (6-2, 210, No. 5 RB, No. 19 Scout 300): Don't expect a commitment but don't be shocked if one happens. Mixon has been adamant about wanting to commit at the U.S. Army Bowl in January but this is a special weekend.

Mixon has eyed this visit for a long time and things got even better when announced Tuesday OU legend Adrian Peterson is going to attend this weekend. Peterson is Mixon's favorite running back. Mixon has visited California and Washington. Wisconsin is also in the mix, but the Sooners have the chance to end that dilemma this weekend.

Fresno (Calif.) Central WR Michiah Quick (5-11, 170, No. 4 WR, No. 29 Scout 300): He's really coming this time around. Quick has been trying to visit OU for more than a year. After several near-misses, it's finally happening this weekend.

Cousins with Hatari Byrd and friends with L.J. Moore, Quick feels like he would be right at home with the Sooners. There is some concern over whether he would be a wide receiver or cornerback but that can be decided later. First thing's first – have to get him on campus.

OU defensive coordinator Mike Stoops has put in a lot of work with Quick during the last 18 months.

Lompoc (Calif.) High DT Ainuu Taua (6-1, 270, No. 9 DT, No. 116 Scout 300): OU needs defensive tackles and Taua could certainly be an answer to that question. OU defensive line coach Jerry Montgomery has developed a strong bond with Taua.

The Sooners got involved with Taua during the summer. It didn't appear it would ever become that serious. But it's clear now that it has.

Gardena (Calif.) Serra OLB Dwight Williams (6-1, 212, No. 9 OLB, No. 134 Scout 300): OU linebackers coach Tim Kish has coveted Williams for a long time, but it never looked like that would amount to anything.

Williams is coming with Jackson on the surprise official visit. And just like Jackson, the goal isn't a commitment this weekend but to open his eyes more toward what OU has to offer.

Fresno (Calif.) Central DT Tashon Smallwood (6-1, 285, No. 18 DT, No. 210 Scout 300): OU offered Smallwood way back when in February. USC later came calling and Smallwood committed to the Trojans.

The last couple of months it became evident that commitment wasn't 100 percent solid and that there was a chance for the Sooners to get back in the race.

There will be a strong Fresno feeling this weekend with Quick, Byrd and Moore, and it's a huge opportunity for OU.

Juco OLB Devante Bond (6-2, 230): Bond was on the short list for OU for the last class, but Bond eventually signed with Miami (Fla.). An academics credits issue has Bond back on the market, and OU is looking to pounce.

Nebraska is also squarely in the picture for Bond, but a commitment isn't out of the question. An electric atmosphere could be what pushes things over the edge.


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