OU's defensive 'wish list' for December

OU's defensive board for 2014 has gone through a lot of changes in the last month. A lot of names are gone, while some have emerged.

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 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.

DE (2)

Committed (1): Homewood (Ala.) High's Dwayne Orso. Nobody knew who he was in October, but a lot of major schools are jumping into the mix now. OU was first, got the visit and got the commitment. Defensive line coach Jerry Montgomery pursued Orso real hard real fast to get this one.

Favorite: None. After passing on Dallas Pinkston's Trey Carter, there's real speculation that either Montgomery is only banking one commit or that he has an ace up his sleeve. As is, nobody is the clear-cut guy right now.

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 and are certainly not the favorite.

Tulsa (Okla.) Booker T. Washington's Jordan Brailford. Strong showing at OU's camp in June, but he didn't leave with an offer. He committed to Oklahoma State later that week, and everything has been quiet. This will be the last month he's featured if nothing changes.

DT (3-4)

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 be a matter of if OU will accept his commitment. Johnson is not being bashful about saying he is going to join the Sooners. He said he will commit in January on a visit. Will the Sooners still want him at that point?

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: None. Montgomery has slowly started to narrow down his board and no new targets have emerged yet but could through senior film evaluation.

LB (3-4)

Committed (3): 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.

Juco prospect Devante Bond. He was high on OU's board for 2013 before signing with Miami (Fla.) and now he's with the Sooners. It was down to OU and Nebraska, and Bond made the decision a couple of weeks ago. He will be another outside linebacker that can rush the quarterback and will be a mid-year enrollee.

Favorite: 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. Thomas was originally going to visit and commit, he said, on a visit but OU asked him to stay home. We'll see how this develops.

Next in line: Goodyear (Ariz.) Desert Edge's Ismael Murphy-Richardson. The Sooners need to get IMR on campus for a visit before this gets incredibly serious. OU has sort of been lurking in the background throughout this process.

On the radar: None. OU needs one more linebacker so the Sooners could be a little more picky than normal. Options are there.

DB (5-6)

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, but schools like Texas A&M, Arkansas and Oklahoma State are making a strong surge.

Next in line: St. Louis University High's cornerback Raymond Wingo. One of OU's most recent offers, this month should be when things start to heat up between the Sooners and Wingo. With speculation about Green maybe going to safety, Wingo would be a welcome addition at cornerback.

Miami Gulliver Prep cornerback Cornelius Floyd. Like Wingo, another late offer by the Sooners. The target right now appears to be cornerback for Bobby Jack Wright. And if OU can get Wingo to see the campus, things can change in a hurry.

On the radar: None at this time. Look for more names to pop up after the season when Mike Stoops evaluates more prospects based on senior film.

Names removed from last month: DE Trey Carter; DE Malik Dorton; DE Sekou Clark; DT Zaycoven Henderson; LB Jamardre Cobb; LB Marquis Ware; CB Trai Mosley.


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