Sooner Intel, Pt. II: OU news and nuggets

OU had a successful week on the trail, breaking down what it all means for the Sooners going forward.

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OU in the hunt for Frison

It didn't work out for OU and one Utah commit, but the Sooners made the type of impression they were hoping for last week with West Valley City (Utah) Granger offensive tackle Kenyon Frison.

Frison, a three-star prospect committed to the Utes since February, made his official visit to Norman last weekend and came away very impressed.

"It was really cool," Frison said. "Just going there and learning about them – it was great. I kind of expected it to be good, and it was."

What he didn't expect was that atmosphere on game day. He knew there would be a lot of people in the crowd, but it didn't really hit home for him until he saw them all in the stadium.

"It overwhelmed me a little bit," Frison said. "It got me excited. OU is definitely a big factor right now with everything."

He was hosted by offensive lineman Nila Kasitati. And he said everything the coaches and players said had him feeling pretty good about the Sooners.

He hasn't made any other visits at this point and said he doesn't have planned at the moment. Seeing all the championships really put it in perspective for Frison as was watching OU put up 400 rushing yards against the Cyclones.

"That was amazing," Frison said. "It was cool seeing the game and seeing all the championships and putting on the jersey."

Despite the great visit, is he still firmly committed to Utah?

"No comment," Frison said. "No comment on that."

OU tops for Cooper

The weekend certainly had a juco feel to it with one top juco prospect after another at OU last weekend. No doubt the Sooners made a huge impression on College of Dupage (Ill.) offensive tackle Fahn Cooper.

Cooper never thought about committing to the Sooners because he wants to take more visits but that doesn't mean OU didn't do everything right.

"To be honest, OU is my favorite school right now," Cooper said.

Wasn't sure what Cooper would say since he has visited OU and Texas Tech, but he made it clear the tradition of what OU has done with offensive linemen has him feeling good about the Sooners.

Cooper is looking to visit Ole Miss but that hasn't been set up yet. It's not a strange school to want to visit, but it's a little strange because he said he doesn't have a strong relationships right now with the Rebels' coaching staff.

Whatever happens will happen quick as Cooper is going to be a mid-year enrollee so he knows he doesn't have much time to mess around.

Sooners with successful weekend

Maybe it wasn't the names OU fans were hoping for, but there's no other way to describe last weekend than a huge success for the Sooners.

Two commits from official visitors combined with the pledge from juco outside linebacker Devante Bond on Monday gives OU four commits this month.

In the poll, Bond was the runaway winner as the commit fans are most excited about from the last week. He accumulated 82 votes. Homewood (Ala.) defensive end Dwayne Orso was next with 32 votes, followed by None with 20 votes and Los Angeles Pierce College tight end Isaac Ijalana with 10 votes.

The Sooners struck a chord with juco prospects, for sure. Not only with Ijalana and Bond but OU could eventually get the signatures of Cooper, Iowa Western College offensive lineman Sebastian Tretola and Lackawanna (Pa.) College running back DeChavon Hayes.

Following a brief talk with Tretola, it's clear it's not an either or situation with him and Cooper. Cooper will be a tackle, but Tretola is certainly going to be playing inside. He said he might play some center but guard is definitely in his future.

Tretola, like Cooper, is going to be a mid-year enrollee so everything will happen fast there as well. Hayes will sign in February.

OU wasn't able to make much an impression with top defensive backs Houston Lamar's John Plattenburg and San Antonio Roosevelt's Arrion Springs.

Two days after coming home from his visit, Plattenburg committed to UCLA. It's not a huge shock as Plattenburg played a good chunk of his high school football in California before moving back to Houston for this season.

Springs, committed to Oregon since the summer, doesn't sound like he will be re-thinking things anytime soon.

It was a tough position for OU. The Sooners took a chance in having both of them on campus and leaving kids like Suwanee (Ga.) Collins Hill linebacker Jonathan Thomas and Dallas Pinkston defensive end Trey Carter at home.

It's very likely the Sooners would have gotten commits from Thomas and Carter, certainly Thomas, but OU wanted to see if it could make an impact with a couple highly rated targets.

OU won't have another big visitors weekend until Dec. 14. By then, we should certainly know a lot more regarding where OU stands with prospects and who remains a top legitimate target.

Parker takes to the road again

There are a lot of marquee matchups this weekend but the only real legitimate OU target visiting somewhere is Scout 300 Jenks (Okla.) safety Steven Parker.

Conflicting reports have Parker either at Oklahoma State for the national showdown between the Cowboys and Baylor. Others have Parker taking an official visit to Ole Miss for the Rebels contest against Missouri.

Since Parker's visit to Texas A&M, he has gone virtually silent. Erroneous reports of him being close to committing to the Aggies on the visit have angered Parker and his family.

Parker has been consistent about wanting to take all of his visits before committing. It's too early to say, but it feels like it's OU, OSU, Ole Miss, Arkansas and A&M as the five in the running for Parker.

He has made three unofficial visits to OU this season. If he goes to OSU, it will be the first time to Stillwater this season although he has been there multiple times since the start of his junior season.

A trip to Oxford would be a first for Parker as well. He has visited Arkansas and A&M twice and has taken official visits to both schools.

It's all speculation about what school stands where, but there's still nothing to suggest that Parker and OU have had a falling out of any kind.

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