Sooners planting the seeds

OU hosted a bevy of top recruits in October only to come away with zero commitments. Examining where the Sooners stand with those visitors.

It's very easy to look at the month of October as an epic fail for Oklahoma on the recruiting trail. As top competitors picked up key commits throughout the 31 days, the Sooners netted a grand total of zero for the month.

OU officially hosted 10 uncommitted-to-OU prospects for its two huge home games but will remain at 14 commits now in November.

The question is how many of these 10 will be signing with OU when February comes along? That's where things might get more interesting. Getting a commitment in October would be nice but getting the signature in February is what it's all about.

In that regard, the Sooners simply planted the seeds. Here's an overview of the visitors and what has changed because of the OU visit.

No chance

Arlington (Texas) Martin defensive end Justin Hollins. A third trip to Norman could not close the deal for OU and Hollins. Though the Sooners were among his first offers, he committed to Oregon last week and is firm with the Ducks.

Mount Pleasant (Texas) High wide receiver Kd Cannon. Good news was OU was able to get an official visit from Cannon, his first of the process. Bad news is you could tell he is still 100 percent with Baylor at this point. Not likely to change.

Fresno (Calif.) Central defensive tackle Tashon Smallwood. OU offered Smallwood back in February. And not sure if maybe the Sooners weren't happy with his development and conditioning, but it sounds like OU wasn't too pleased with what it saw. Arizona State seems likely option now for Smallwood.

Gardena (Calif.) Serra linebacker Dwight Williams and cornerback Adoree Jackson. Maybe something will change, but their surprise visit to OU in early October felt like the two just wanted to see what else is out there. Nothing to indicate at this point the Sooners have made up ground on either.

There's still hope

Lompoc (Calif.) High defensive tackle Ainuu Taua. No, it won't be easy. No, the decision won't happen anytime soon. But yes, the Sooners are in this one. A great official visit where it was clear Taua was a priority has helped OU in this race.

Bellflower (Calif.) St. John Bosco defensive end Malik Dorton. There's hope until we find out what happens with Ed Orgeron at USC. As long as the Trojans keep Orgeron on the coaching staff, don't anticipate Dorton wavering from his Trojans pledge. OU visit was a good one, though.

Sitting pretty

Junior college linebacker Devante Bond. This will be decided well before signing day. Heck, this could be decided this week or next week. Bond visited OU and loved it. Visited Nebraska over the weekend. It's the Sooners and Cornhuskers. Find out soon enough.

Oakley (Calif.) Freedom running back Joe Mixon. A slight disappointment Adrian Peterson wasn't able to make it to OU for his visit but that's about it. Mixon was floored with how great the visit was and Cale Gundy has been working hard on this one for a while. Legit three-school race with OU, Wisconsin and Florida State.

Fresno (Calif.) Central wide receiver Michiah Quick. Finally got to campus, and it was worth the wait. As he starts stating his desire to play more offense, a wide receiver spot has opened for OU. The possibility is there for Quick to play both sides of the ball. First off, though, is have to get his signature. Big visit to Alabama coming up.

Unofficial trio

October was also a good month for OU with a trio of unofficial visitors.

Dallas Pinkston defensive lineman Trey Carter. Now regarded as a four-star lineman, OU has been there from the beginning when he was in Louisiana. A great unofficial visit has the Sooners in a good spot, but a lot more suitors are there in November than were in September. Will take official visit to OU next weekend.

Rowlett (Texas) High defensive tackle Cedric Johnson. Much like Bond, we know the scenario here. He's either a Sooner or a Baylor Bear. Johnson has seen each of OU's last two home games and should be making a decision soon.

Jenks (Okla.) High safety Steven Parker. The race is on for Parker. Arkansas received the first official visit last weekend. Parker is starting to see other schools, but he keeps coming back to OU. Parker has seen three OU home games this season.


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