OU offensive 'wish list' for November

The OU wish list on offense for November sees a lot of names leave and sees a couple of key ones emerge.

The first Monday of each month (or Sunday 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 November. 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.

QB (1)

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 a high ankle sprain, but it won't affect him in the long run.

RB (2)

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 question is if that's where his position will end up being. He can be a running back, but he might wind up as OU's best fullback option.

Favorite: Scranton (Penn.) Lackawanna junior college's DeChavon Hayes. A recent offer, Hayes is set to visit OU in two weeks for the Iowa State game. Kansas looks to be the biggest competition. He loved his trip to KU last week. OU fans have to feel like the Sooners can beat out the Jayhawks, though.

Oakley (Calif.) Freedom's Joe Mixon. Now it's a waiting game. All five official visits are done for Mixon. Sounds like a three-school race with OU, Wisconsin and Florida State. Mixon's OU trip couldn't have gone any better. He has said repeatedly he is announcing at the U.S. Army All-American Bowl in January.

Next in line: Cherry Creek (Colo.) Englewood's Nathan Starks. The Starks saga has a new wrinkle now that he's eligible to play. A couple of times it has looked like he might take a visit, but he has stayed home so far. Could be an indicator of OU moving on or could mean nothing at all.

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. The good news, though, is Cale Gundy did reach out to Turner last week.

FB (1)

Committed: None.

Favorite: Richardson (Texas) High's Kendrick Igbinoba. Following some down time, things are starting to pick up between OU and Igbinoba once again. An offer isn't going to happen just yet, but the lines of communication are open which is nothing but a good sign.

Next in line: Edmond (Okla.) Santa Fe's Michael Farmer. Following a rough first month, Farmer has been coming up huge for the Wolves on both offense and defense. He had his first 100-yard rushing game in the same month he had his first two-sack game. His versatility is definitely helping.

On the radar: None. Fullback looks like it might take longer than previously thought to find suitable prospects.

WR (3)

Committed (3): La Mirada (Calif.) High's Dallis Todd. He said he's 200 percent committed to the Sooners following his official visit. Is that enough yet for everybody? No recruit has had more rumors swirling than Todd about looking elsewhere. He continues to say he's locked with OU.

Tulsa (Okla.) Union's Jeffery Mead. He has been making that leap this season. It's not so much about potential anymore with Mead who is having a great senior season. Firmly committed to the Sooners, Jay Norvell discovered a good one here early, and it's paid off.

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.

TE (2)

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 fared well this season, improving with each game.

Favorite: Jean Sifrin. Junior college prospect who was on an official visit to OU in August. The Sooners have made a strong impression, but he also has an offer from USC and has other options.

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 earlier this season. It doesn't look good.

On the radar: Midwest City (Okla.) Carl Albert's Trenton Ball. Seemingly out of sight and out of mind with the Sooners, Ball has made two unofficial visits to campus this season. He plays in a run-heavy offense so he doesn't put up the numbers. Has great size and hands.

OG/C (2)

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 heading into November.

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.

OT (3)

Committed: None.

Favorite: None.

Next in line: Dallas Bishop Dunne's Jovan Pruitt. Has been locked in with Arkansas since June, but Pruitt opened the door by saying he wants to take all five of his official visits. OU is one of them, and Bill Bedenbaugh hasn't given up hope of flipping this commitment just yet.

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 two home games this season. An offer will obviously make things more interesting.

Iowa Western CC's Sebastian Tretola. If OU looks toward the juco ranks again, this appears to be the answer. Offered by OU last month, Bedenbaugh visited Tretola earlier this week. Texas Tech and Cincinnati have also offered, but the Sooners are trying to close fast.

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 but everything is not lined up correctly yet.

Indianapolis Decatur Central's Lukayus McNeil. Bedenbaugh visited McNeil during OU's first 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.

Special teams

K/P (1)

Committed: None.

Favorite: None.

Names removed from last month: TE Payton Prince; OT Nick Gates.


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