Parker, Quick top OU's remaining targets

Coming down the stretch for recruiting and the dead period gives a chance for reflection to see where the Sooners stand and who the top targets are.

For the next few weeks, things might start to shake themselves out more with Oklahoma recruiting. Despite the fact there will no visits happening of any kind until mid-January, recruits are likely to fall off the board and some might commit to the Sooners.

As we stand right now OU is at 18 commits with a target number being anywhere from 25-27 depending on how the dominoes fall.

Here is a look at the top 10 OU targets based on their interest in OU and the realistic probability they end up signing with the Sooners.

Jenks (Okla.) High safety Steven Parker

As more time wears on, it feels like a two-school race between OU and Texas A&M. Both schools have had an in-home visit with the Scout 300 prospect. The Aggies have already had an official visit. If OU gets an official as everybody expects, the commitment should happen.

Plantation (Fla.) American Heritage cornerback Juwan Dowels

A late bloomer as Dowels was only offered by OU less than two weeks ago. A visit has already been set up for the monster Jan. 17 weekend. A Northern Illinois commit, it feels like as long as OU gets him on campus, the Sooners can lock up another cornerback.

Suwanee (Ga.) Collins Hill linebacker Jonathan Thomas

Question here is all about Thomas qualifying academically. It's obvious OU's interest is there. It's obvious Thomas' interest is there. Early talks have him visiting Jan. 24 weekend and OU linebackers coach Tim Kish visited Thomas at his school last week.

Fresno (Calif.) Central wide receiver Michiah Quick

If Parker is 1a. for the Sooners, then Quick is 1b. OU desperately wants to fill out its class with the dynamic five-star prospect. OU already gave its best shot with its official visit and as long as Sooners keep up the intensity, OU still feels like the school to beat although Notre Dame and UCLA, among others, will give it a good run.

West City Valley (Utah) offensive tackle Kenyon Frison

OU is in dire need of some offensive line help, and Frison would be exactly what the doctor has ordered in that department. A Utah commit, the Sooners are putting on the full-court press to flip his commitment, which was aided by a great official visit last month.

Iowa Western College offensive guard Sebastian Tretola

This one is going to be over nice and early. In less than 48 hours, everybody should know where Tretola is heading between OU, Texas Tech, TCU, South Florida and Arkansas. OU gave its best shot on an official visit last month and see him being a guard in the future and not a tackle.

Oklahoma City Douglass defensive end Deondre Clark

Back in play after months of thinking OU wasn't in the picture. This Scout 300 prospect and LSU commit is in the mix again after huge efforts by OU coaches Bob Stoops and Jerry Montgomery to reach out to Clark and his mother. LSU is going to get its chance next month to make sure he stays a Tiger.

Lawton (Okla.) running back Michael Warren and North Richland Hills (Texas) Birdville running back Xavier Turner

Threw them together because it feels like it might be a race between them to see who ends up qualifying first academically and getting the OU offer. Both had incredible senior seasons with video game-like numbers in terms of production and have had consistent interest shown by OU.

Chicago Simeon offensive tackle Denzel Ward

OU was out, then in, then out, now back in again with Ward. He was a Purdue commit for a long time before decommitting Monday night. OU offensive line coach Bill Bedenbaugh visited Ward once again last week and a visit has tentatively been set for Jan. 17 weekend. The issue has been about the depth chart and playing time for Ward, but OU hasn't gone away.

Oakley (Calif.) Freedom running back Joe Mixon

Another recruit where the battle will be over soon as he plans to announce at the U.S. Army All-American Bowl in San Antonio. The Sooners looked to be the leader after his official visit in October but things have died down considerably. California is in the running as is UCLA and Wisconsin and even Alabama is trying to make a late push for the five-star back.

Other names to watch: Offensive tackle Jovan Pruitt; Linebacker Ismael Murphy-Richardson; Cornerback Raymond Wingo.

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