Big day looms for Sooners

OU fans have been waiting for this one for a while. A couple of major Sooners targets are announcing Saturday afternoon.

Less than an hour after Oklahoma's unforgettable upset victory against Alabama in the Allstate Sugar Bowl, the focus was already on the 2014 season and finishing strong for the recruiting class of 2014.

That wasn't a problem for OU coach Bob Stoops, who is optimistic this weekend could be a pivotal one for his program.

"I got a feeling we've got a big recruiting weekend coming, too, with a lot of guys not on campus but just announcing," Stoops said. "We've got a lot of good things going recruiting and hopefully it all comes to fruition here in the next week or two."

It started Friday with a commitment from Jenks (Okla.) High defensive tackle Marquise Overton, a Scout 300 prospect for the Class of 2015.

Now the focus turns toward closing out the 2014 class. The Sooners have 18 commits but could easily walk away with pledges No. 19 and No. 20 after Saturday afternoon.

Two top OU targets will decide Saturday at the U.S. Army All-American Bowl in San Antonio. One of them feels like a sure thing right now, while the other will go down to the wire.

When Gardena (Calif.) Serra four-star linebacker Dwight Williams visited OU in October, it felt like that token visit that wouldn't go anywhere.

But of his finalists, the Sooners is the only campus he has visited and OU fans have every right to feel confident about nabbing the fourth linebacker of the class.

The other prospect, well, things aren't so clear. The same weekend Williams visited Norman, so, too, did Oakley (Calif.) Freedom five-star running back Joe Mixon.

Mixon is down to OU, Wisconsin and UCLA but most believe it's down to the Sooners and Bruins. experts have waffled back and forth with the ever-changing recruitment of Mixon. After looking like OU on Thursday, Scout is officially going with UCLA for Mixon. Scout firmly believes in OU for Williams.

The Sugar Bowl victory was the best piece of recruiting material in a long time for the Sooners. To make a statement like that on a national stage against a team like Alabama sends the message OU is once again one of the big boys.

Now we'll see if it starts to get the recruits like it used to in the past like the other big boys.

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