If it's late December and early January, then that means it's time for the high school all-star games. Oklahoma is well represented in the three showcases of the best high school talent in the country in terms of its commits and top targets.
Up first is a preview of what to watch for as a Sooners fan in the Under Armour All-America Game and the U.S. Army All-American Bowl.
When: 3 p.m. CST, Thursday, Jan. 2, 2014
Where: Tropicana Field, St. Petersburg, Fla.
Who to watch: Umm, nobody. Once again, OU is not a favorite for the Under Armour selection committee. It has just sort of worked out that way the last few years. The only Sooners commit chosen is Scout 300 quarterback Justice Hansen. But because of various nagging leg injuries, he might not participate. He said it's a day-to-day decision for him. There are fringe OU targets in the game but nobody the Sooners are legit favorites to try to land.
When: Noon CST, Saturday, Jan. 4, 2014
Where: Alamodome, San Antonio
Who to watch: Hmm, wonder who? This is it for Oakley (Calif.) Freedom five-star running back Joe Mixon as he will choose among OU, UCLA and Wisconsin. The Sooner fans have gone all-in on their support of Mixon even creating a Twitter account that is simply about OU fans that want Mixon to be a Sooner. OU has done everything right with Mixon, but it still might not be enough. Mixon, who had no problem with the hype, has claimed he's going to do something memorable when he chooses.
Scottsdale (Ariz.) Desert Mountain wide receiver Mark Andrews is the lone OU commit in the game itself. The four-star Scout 300 prospect will get to play with his quarterback, Texas A&M commit Kyle Allen, one last time.
OU does have a couple of more targets to watch. The No. 1 priority is going to be Phoenix Mountain Pointe offensive guard Natrell Curtis. Life has changed for Curtis in a major way after the coaching changes at Washington. Curtis announced last week he is no longer committed to the Huskies. OU has made a solid impression on Curtis, but Arizona is still in the picture as well.
Not much has been revealed at all regarding Englewood (Colo.) Cherry Creek four-star prospect Nathan Starks. Thought to be an OU lock a long time ago, his status with the Sooners is unclear both in terms of their interest in him and his interest in them.
Even though not much is being said publicly about things, the Sooners remain in the hunt for Gardena (Calif.) Junipero Serra linebacker Dwight Williams. OU is one of five hats that will be on the table.