Sooner Intel: OU news and notes

A sneak peek into OU recruiting heading into November.

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Summing up the weekend

Another huge recruiting weekend for the Sooners last weekend. But another weekend that netted zero commits. The weekend sort of worked itself out in terms of that though.

Felt going in all along the best chance was with Utah defensive tackle commit Allan Havili. And once OU told him to stay home, the real chances for a commit went out the window.

It's not like USC commit four-star defensive end Malik Dorton was going to decommit from USC and flip to OU during the weekend. Same with Baylor commit four-star wide receiver K.D. Cannon. No matter how positive the visits were, nothing was going to change.

OU was able to re-secure its commitments from four-star wide receiver Dallis Todd and three-star recruit Vontre McQuinnie. Both are among OU's first pledges for the class and took their official visits last weekend.

OU also had another unofficial visit from Rowlett (Texas) defensive tackle Cedric Johnson. A decision seems imminent there, perhaps in the next couple of weeks.

But another one to be on the watch for Pflugerville (Texas) Hendrickson cornerback Trai Mosley. Committed to Nebraska since June, Mosley is teammates with OU running back pledge Samaje Perine and both were in Norman last weekend.

Mosley visited OU with Perine for the spring game as well. But on this visit Mosley was given the offer, and it has clearly meant a lot to him.

A three-star cornerback, Mosley is also being pursued hard by Baylor and find it tough to believe the Cornhuskers are going to be able to keep Mosley through the process.

Nebraska will give its best shot with the 5-foot-10, 180-pound corner in a few weeks when he takes his official visit for Nebraska and Michigan State the weekend of Nov. 15.

Mosley has not made any official visits at this point. If OU can flip Mosley, that would give the Sooners a comfortable three cornerback commits and allow cornerbacks coach Bobby Jack Wright to breathe and start looking toward the 2015 class.

Though I have always felt Fresno (Calif.) Central five-star prospect Michiah Quick would end up at corner, he is starting to become stronger in his will that he wants to be a wide receiver. And if Quick wants to be a receiver, you don't tell him no.

Again, that's not burning a scholarship because of how talented Quick is and because of the indefinite suspension to Trey Metoyer.

Though incredibly unfortunate for Metoyer, in essence, it's like giving OU another scholarship for the 2014 class. Getting Quick wouldn't take away from OU's efforts at the offensive and defensive line.

So no commits despite one top visitor after another this month but feeling good for at least one or two during this month. Mark it down.

Dorton has to consider distance

Will one of those commits be Malik Dorton? Don't get your hopes up. Understandably, Dorton is going to wait to see how things shake out with the Trojans and coach Ed Orgeron.

Orgeron recruited Dorton, and Dorton said if he stays, Dorton will most likely stick with the Trojans no matter what. But for his first official visit he went to OU so that says something.

And for somebody not too accustomed to what Oklahoma is all about, Dorton said he really enjoyed his weekend.

"I fit in with the players really well," Dorton said. "They joke around a lot, and I had a lot of fun. They were very laid back."

Dorton was hosted by defensive lineman Geneo Grissom. It was a little shocking if only because Grissom is from Kansas so there wasn't much of a common bond on that one.

But with Dorton it has always been about first-year defensive line coach Jerry Montgomery, and it was last weekend.

"Coach Montgomery is one of the coolest coaches out there," Dorton said. "He's a great guy, a great coach. The whole coaching staff was pretty cool. Bob Stoops was great, too."

Dorton can do a little bit of everything and the OU coaches are not going to pigeon-hole him into a certain position. He can rush the passer, he can drop back in coverage. He can stop the run. Dorton said the coaches wanted him to watch Eric Striker.

Though Striker is undersized at his position, he is so quick coming off the edge that he is still very effective at what he does. The Sooners feel the same way about Dorton.

But Dorton will have a major question to answer regarding playing for OU. The distance sort of crept up on him last weekend. Flying from Los Angeles to Oklahoma City can be tiresome, and Dorton said he didn't really realize just what that entailed until last weekend.

Nobody expected a flip, and Dorton is going to take all five of his official visits. He said Arizona State and Nebraska will both get one. Washington could be in the mix. No matter what, though, USC is getting that final visit.

OU, still without a defensive end commitment, will certainly be aggressive in trying to convince Dorton to come to Norman.

Overton takes in OU

OU hasn't really looked within the state for a defensive tackle for quite some time. It certainly appears the Sooners can do so for the Class of 2015 with Jenks (Okla.) prospect Marquise Overton.

Overton, a member of the Scout 300, has offers from schools like Texas Tech, Ole Miss and Baylor, among numerous others. One name missing from that ledger is OU, the team he grew up loving as a kid.

He was able to return to Norman last weekend for an unofficial visit and things seem to be back on track for Overton and the Sooners.

"I had a great time," Overton said. "I got to talk to Coach Montgomery. He's going to make it down before the end of my junior year, he said, and talk to me and my coach."

Montgomery is going to have a lot of chances to see Overton in the next month because there's no doubt Jenks is the unquestioned favorite to repeat as state champions.

Overton said he really enjoyed the game and the atmosphere with Tech coming in undefeated and OU knocking the Red Raiders off.

What he enjoyed more, though, was watching the defensive line. More importantly, was the defensive system.

"They're running a lot of three-man fronts and that's something I'm very comfortable with," Overton said. "It's what I'm doing right now."

Overton said he has to adjust to the double and triple teams that have come his way this season. He has also been more active with his hands and feels he has improved greatly in that area.

Despite the improvements, Overton left OU without an offer last weekend. He'll have to wait just a little bit longer before the Sooners enter the race.

"No, not really," said Overton if he was disappointed about the non-offer. "It doesn't really hurt too bad. It's just one of those things where it would be nice to have the offer, to have that option."

It could come pretty soon, though. Maybe even as soon as Montgomery gets a chance to see Overton in person.

Overton said OU, Oklahoma State, Tech, Ole Miss and Baylor are talking to him the most, but he doesn't have a clear cut favorite right now.

The Ole Miss offer came as a huge shock to him and let him realize recruiting was about to take off.

Igbinoba back in play?

Going into the season, the odds on favorite for an OU fullback offer looked like Richardson (Texas) three-star prospect Kendrick Igbinoba.

Igbinoba was at OU's satellite camp in Carrollton, Texas, and was very impressive. The only problem was there were no pads there so OU couldn't see him blocking. It's the one thing Igbinoba said OU running backs coach Cale Gundy wanted to see.

Things had been pretty quiet regarding Igbinoa and OU, but they have picked up considerably the last couple of weeks. It was highlighted by Igbinoba making the trip to Norman last weekend.

"It was crazy," he said. "I've never been to a game like that. After we won, went to the locker room and had a great time."

There's no doubt Igbinoba loves the Sooners. He hasn't been bashful about that, but he also came into the trip with realistic expectations.

He said he never intended to leave with an offer. He wanted to watch the game and reconnect with Gundy, which is exactly what he did.

"He said he would talk to me soon, maybe sometime this week and we would talk more and things like that," Igbinoba said.

OU can wait this one out if it chooses to. Igbinoba said he plans to make an unofficial visit to Mississippi State for the Egg Bowl against Ole Miss and is also talking about an official visit to UTEP in January. It will be a waiting game for him regarding OU from this point on.

Montgomery will play the game

Some recruits know how to play the game. They understand recruiting is a business. You definitely have to put Oklahoma City Douglass three-star offensive tackle Mildren Montgomery in that category.

Montgomery, committed to Texas Tech, made his second unofficial visit to OU this season to watch the Sooners take down, coincidentally, the Red Raiders.

It might not have felt strange for Montgomery to see the two teams, but it could cause some questions about why he's visited OU twice and Tech zero times this season. And he doesn't have his official visit to Tech set up yet.

Montgomery said in September he showed he deserved the OU offer and was going to get it and most likely flip his commitment.

His tone was different this time around although still pretty confident. If an OU offer does come his way, how difficult would that be?

"It won't be hard," Montgomery said. "It won' be hard at all."

The one-sentence answer left a lot to be interpreted. Wouldn't be hard because he would stick with Tech? Or wouldn't be hard because he would go with OU?

"It won't be hard," Montgomery said. "I would say I appreciate the offer and take an official visit. I would let them both wine and dine me and see what happens."

It's going to be about being wanted with Montgomery. Iowa State is making its surge and Arkansas is another school close to offering as is Missouri.

Playing in the shadow of LSU four-star commit Deondre Clark has helped Montgomery learn about the process and now he wants his spotlight. With the way he's playing, he's going to get it.

McQuinnie enjoys interaction

One recruit who was doing a little bit of everything and talking with just about everybody was Vontre McQuinnie. Since transferring to DeSoto (Texas) High, McQuinnie's life has been full of drama so he wanted to enjoy his weekend at OU.

He certainly did that. The first night was getting to know Dallis Todd since he also arrived at OU on Friday night.

"The first night had dinner with Dallis and spent just about the entire night with him," McQuinnie said. "It helped a lot to get to know a future teammate like that. I can see why OU wanted him."

Saturday is when Malik Dorton arrived as well as Cedar Hill (Texas) cornerback and OU commit Marcus Green. McQuinnie is very familiar with Green with both playing in the Dallas Metroplex area, but they didn't know how strong their connection was.

"We were talking, and we found out our moms used to work with each other," McQuinnie said. "I guess it was a long time ago, but we had no idea. Like they say, it's a small world."

McQuinnie said he could tell Dorton was having a great time, and he enjoyed being able to hang out with the Cali recruit Saturday night.

"When we went out to party after the game, he was more laid back, and I could see how cool of a dude he is," McQuinnie said. "It was a great trip."

Mixon, Bond with big visits

OU, of course, is on a bye week, but some of its top targets are visiting elsewhere this weekend. Here are a few major ones to be ready and to monitor.

Oakley (Calif.) Freedom five-star running back Joe Mixon to Florida State. This visit has come out of left field. It is the perfect example of what happens when a team gets hot on the field, and it starts to translate on the recruiting trail.

Saw it happen last year with Texas A&M and this year it's the Seminoles with quarterback Jameis Winston. This is Mixon's last visit, and he has said repeatedly OU and Wisconsin are co-favorites.

Will that still be the case after this weekend? Five-star cornerback Adoree Jackson is also visiting Florida State, but don't feel OU is in as good a spot to land Jackson as Mixon.

Juco linebacker Devante Bond to Nebraska. Is OU going to get a commit in November? The answer might be as simple as it will if Bond doesn't enjoy this weekend. Bond is clearly down to the Sooners and Huskers.

He raved about his trip to OU but wanted to give Nebraska its shot, too. Following the trip, we'll all have a pretty good indication of where Bond will be headed.

Longview (Texas) defensive tackle Zaycoven Henderson to Texas Tech. Henderson was supposed to visit OU last weekend but a family matter kept him home. This is official visit No. 3 for the four-star prospect, having already visited Texas and Ole Miss.

There has been some talk of Henderson visiting for OU's home game against Iowa State but that has not been confirmed. He will certainly see a good atmosphere at Tech with Halloween costumes galore for the showdown with Oklahoma State.

Dallas Pinkston defensive lineman Trey Carter to Texas. Things are almost too crazy right now for Carter, who picked up an Arkansas offer earlier this week. Thought to be an OU-TCU race, way too many schools have entered in the last month for anything to be solid.

The Longhorns are the latest school to make a concerted pitch to Carter. Texas should have a showcase weekend opportunity, too, with Kansas in town. Until OU can get Carter's father on campus, a commitment is not likely.

Jenks (Okla.) High safety Steven Parker to Arkansas. A commitment won't happen, but Parker is finally starting to tour the country. He made an unofficial visit to Arkansas earlier this season and was back at OU for the third time this season last weekend.

Now it's time for the Razorbacks to get another crack at Parker. The wheels are starting to turn for the Scout 300 safety.

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