Sizing up OU recruiting: Defensive tackle

With each week, defensive tackle recruiting for OU has undergone some major change. Looking at what it all means for the class.

As usual, Sooners Illustrated will dive into every position with the monthly Wish List, but defensive tackle is something that has gone through so many changes in the last month that it deserves its own story.

It still feels like Oklahoma is going to take three defensive tackles, but how the Sooners are getting there is going through some interesting twists and turns.

One thing that's clear is OU is locked in with Irving (Texas) Ranchview's Brandon Glenn. He attends every home game. He's loving the Sooners. He's not going anywhere. He was 100 percent OU in June. He's 100 percent OU now.

So where will some of those other commits come from? Let's base it on the Wish List board from last month.

Favorite: Rowlett (Texas) High's Cedric Johnson.

Next in line: Fresno (Calif.) Central's Tashon Smallwood.

Lompoc (Calif.) High's Ainuu Taua.

On the radar: Tooele (Utah) Stansbury's Allan Havili.

Lufkin (Texas) High's D.J. Williams.

Not a bad quintet, right? When the wish list is revealed for November, Smallwood, Havili and Williams will be off the board.

Smallwood did make his official visit to OU on Oct. 4, but the Sooners didn't exactly make him a top priority. Fans have wondered before if there is such a thing as having too many top names for a weekend.

Maybe that happened for Smallwood as OU had six prospects that were either four-star or five-star recruits from California. Since the visit, Smallwood hasn't said one glowing thing about OU and definitely looks to be eyeing Arizona State.

There were rumored reports of Williams taking an official visit to OU on that same weekend. He cleared that up pretty fast when he said he hasn't spoken to the Sooners in a long time.

Schools like Miami (Fla.), Missouri and Kansas lead for Williams. He was unable to visit the campus in the summer and sounds like OU was ready to move in another direction.

Then there's the curious case of Havili. The incredibly curious case of Havili. Since getting his OU offer in the summer, Havili has repeatedly said how excited he was about visiting the Sooners despite his Utah commitment.

He was all set to visit OU last week when late last week Havili said OU would not fly him out for the visit. No official visit. No more OU interest. Now 100 percent locked down with the Utes.

The situation is strange because Havili seemed like a very probable flip of a commitment. He was down to Utah and OU despite having never seen the OU campus. Some Utah coaches, Havili said, were worried about the visit because they knew the Sooners were on his mind.

Instead he was told to stay home. Longview (Texas) tackle Zaycoven Henderson wasn't told to stay home, but he did stay home because of family issues.

Henderson has been on OU's radar since February. He has visited Texas and Ole Miss and has a planned visit to Texas Tech this weekend. He said Sunday he wants to reschedule his OU visit. If he does for a home game, he has one option, Iowa State weekend.

So where will OU find these commits? It starts with Cedric Johnson. He did visit for the TCU game, but then he also made a surprise visit to Norman once again last weekend.

Johnson's mindset was to visit OU and then Baylor and then make a decision between the Bears and Sooners. He still hasn't committed to OU but two visits in less than a month is not a bad spot for the Sooners to be in.

Taua is also right there. Maybe it felt like a token visit earlier this month, but it's clear the Sooners are squarely in the mix right now for the four-star prospect.

OU has plenty of competition for Taua and this is one difference maker the Sooners desperately need for the class.

Then you can add in Dallas Pinkston's Trey Carter, who also made his first OU visit this month. Offers are flooding into his inbox, and the Sooners are in the conversation.

His size allows him to be a defensive end/tackle hybrid. OU has been searching for the second commit since June. The search continues, and it should be a fun one full of even more twists and turns until we get to signing day.


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