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 December. 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.
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 will be a mid-year enrollee.
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. The way OU has recruited, though, makes Perine a safe bet at running back.
Favorite: Lackawanna College's DeChavon Hayes. A recent offer, Hayes loved his official visit to OU last month. The Sooners are definitely in the conversation. He also really like Arizona State and the big thing is Hayes will sign in February so things might shake out in a way he doesn't have full control over what happens.
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: 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. Cale Gundy has been reaching out more than ever.
Englewood (Colo.) Cherry Creek's Nathan Starks. It will be interesting to see what develops between Starks and OU at this point. His season is over but still no visit although he has mentioned a possible January trip. Is it possible he doesn't control his OU fate?
On the radar: Lawton (Okla.) High's Michael Warren. When you set a school record at a school like Lawton, people take notice. Offers from Toledo and Washington State, it's all about his academic standing to determine where Warren lands. OU has shown considerable late interest.
Committed: San Antonio Churchill's Dimitri Flowers. Senior film evaluation has put Flowers on the map for the Sooners. Originally committed to Boise State, Flowers flipped to OU at the start of November. He still hasn't seen the campus, but it shouldn't matter. OU has found its next Trey Millard.
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.
Favorite: Fresno (Calif.) Central's Michiah Quick. The question has always been what position he wants to play. After talking to Quick more and more, it feels like he wants to be a wide receiver and not a cornerback. The Sooners will certainly make room for Quick if he wants to be the guy in the slot.
Committed (2): 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.
Los Angeles Pierce College's Isaac Ijalana. It was all about being a mid-year enrollee. Ijalana can be that guy when others couldn't. Things happened fast between Ijalana and the Sooners. He took an official visit in November and committed before flying back to California. Tight end is done for this class.
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.
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.
Favorite: Iowa Western College's Sebastian Tretola. A great official visit has Tretola right in the mix as well as a clarification he is going to play offensive guard and not tackle. Tretola is going to busy making visits throughout the month but is ready to be a mid-year enrollee no matter where he goes.
Next in line: Phoenix Mountain Pointe's Natrell Curtis. Committed to Washington, Curtis also made an official visit to OU last month. The Sooners put their best foot forward with Curtis, but it's not enough to say he'll flip his commitment just yet.
Favorite: College of Dupage (Ill.) tackle Fahn Cooper. This is yet another juco prospect that will have his decision made by the time this article comes out again. Cooper has OU on top following visits to the Sooners and Texas Tech. He wants to visit Ole Miss and then be ready to make his call.
West Valley City (Utah) Granger's Kenyon Frison. OU did everything right on Frison's official visit last month. Everything but get him to flip his commitment from Utah to OU. He wouldn't comment where he stands with his pledge to the Utes so that could be a positive sign going forward for the Sooners.
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.
On the radar: 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.