The first Tuesday of each month (or first Sunday in this special case) Sooners Illustrated is going to examine the recruiting situation for Oklahoma's defensive 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.
Favorite: Dallas Pinkston's Trey Carter. One of OU's most recent offers, but Carter has blown up in a huge way in the last month. It appeared like an OU-TCU battle, but there are way too many schools to mention now. His father also has to see OU's campus before any commitment is done.
Next in line: Bellflower (Calif.) St. John Bosco's Malik Dorton. Still committed to USC, but the Sooners did all they could during his official visit. Distance could be a factor, and if Ed Orgeron stays with the Trojans in some capacity, he'll stick with USC.
On the radar: Coppell (Texas) High's Solomon Thomas. If you're going to wish, wish big. Thomas would be the steal of the class for OU. There's no doubt the Sooners are in the mix, but they also have a lot of ground to make up.
Tulsa (Okla.) Booker T. Washington's Jordan Brailford. Strong showing at OU's camp, but he didn't leave with an offer. He committed to Oklahoma State later that week, but the Sooners will certainly take another look this fall. But so far, nothing new to report.
Denton (Texas) Ryan's Sekou Clark. A constant visitor to campus during the last two years, Clark is waiting patiently for the offer. The lines of communication were opened once again during the satellite camp in June. Senior film could seal the deal, and Clark was once again at OU for the first game of the season. Since then, nothing new but also no new offers that can officially take him off the list.
Committed (1): Irving (Texas) Ranchview's Brandon Glenn. Earned the offer with a brilliant showing at OU's camp in June. One more unofficial visit later and the Sooners had their first tackle commitment. Glenn attends every OU home game and is having a great time, no worries with this one.
Favorite: Rowlett (Texas) High's Cedric Johnson. This could come down to an OU-Baylor battle. The good news for the Sooners is Johnson has made two unofficial visits to campus in the last month. The bad news is what if Baylor wins against OU, and despite the two visits, no sign of a commitment.
Next in line: Lompoc (Calif.) High's Ainuu Taua. Not sure what Taua expected from his OU visit, but no doubt Sooners surpassed every expectation he had. Won't be easy to land Taua, but OU is in a much better spot than it was at this point last month.
On the radar: Longview (Texas) High's Zaycoven Henderson. OU was Henderson's first offer, but the Sooners have to get him back on campus. He was supposed to take an official visit last week but family issues kept him home. Nothing will fully be serious if he doesn't make it back to Norman.
Committed (2): Allen (Texas) High's Tay Evans. Once the offer was made, it was just a matter of time. Evans visited July 2 and committed. Sooners got two for the price of one when his brother, Bobby Evans, a 2015 prospect, committed eight days later. Not just a strong linebacker, Tay Evans has been scoring touchdowns for Allen this season, too.
Murrieta (Calif.) Vista Murrieta's Curtis Bolton. OU was one of the first schools to offer Bolton, and it apparently made a world of a difference. Bolton chose the Sooners despite the fact he hasn't seen campus. Seems eager to get to Norman, though, based on his tweets and is having a great senior season.
Favorite: Juco prospect Devante Bond. He was high on OU's board for 2013 before signing with Miami (Fla.). Now he's back in play and has an OU offer. It's down to the Sooners and Nebraska right now. OU official visit was everything he needed it to be, but the Huskers have their shot this weekend.
Suwanee (Ga.) Collins Hill's Jonathan Thomas. The Sooners don't often take a risk with academic issues, but there must be something that has OU convinced Thomas is good to go. A very recent offer, Thomas has set up an official visit to OU for the Iowa State game. Said OU and Syracuse are his top two schools.
Next in line: Los Angeles Salesian's Jamardre Cobb and Marquis Ware. The top prospects committed to Arizona and were set for an official visit last month. That has been postponed but not canceled. However, nothing new at all on this front in the last month.
On the radar: None.
Committed (3): DeSoto (Texas) strong safety Vontre McQuinnie. Now holds the distinction of being OU's first commit of the class. He is solid with OU following a great official visit, tough to imagine anything changing on that front.
Cedar Hill (Texas) High cornerback Marcus Green. A little under the radar compared to all the other Texas defensive backs, it didn't take long for Green to pledge after his offer. Green has visited OU repeatedly this season and is ready to head to Norman.
Gulfport (Miss.) Harrison Central's Tito Windham. The summer was kind to Windham both in terms of offers and camp performances. But he is adamant he is 100 percent and no reason to doubt that after an incredible official visit.
Favorite: Jenks (Okla.) High safety Steven Parker. No telling when Parker will commit, but no doubt the Sooners are among his favorites. As time goes by, it gets a little tougher for OU fans but OU has put in quality work for Parker, who has visited three times for games this season. His official visits will start this month, beginning at Arkansas this weekend.
Next in line: Fresno (Calif.) Central's Michiah Quick. It's starting to look more and more like Quick wants to be a wide receiver. If he wants to do that, that won't change anything with OU. He's an automatic take no matter what position. The OU visit was good, but there are more visits coming his way, starting with Alabama next week. His foundation has been with Mike Stoops is why listed as defensive back.
Pflugerville (Texas) Hendrickson's Trai Mosley. Committed to Nebraska since June, OU made the offer last week and is right back in the conversation. He has seen Baylor and will take an official to Nebraska later this month, but the Sooners are hoping to swoop in and flip him. Teammate is OU running back pledge Samaje Perine.
On the radar: None at this time. But that is going to change. Look for more names to pop up after the season when Mike Stoops evaluates more prospects based on senior film.