The first Monday of each month Sooners Illustrated is going to examine the recruiting situation for Oklahoma's offensive positions.
Here is an idea of where OU stands heading into January. 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. Over and done with. There has never been a doubt about Hansen since his pledge in April. He is going to enroll at OU this month.
Committed (2): Pflugerville (Texas) Hendrickson's Samaje Perine. He became OU's choice after his great junior season, and he backed it up with a solid senior campaign as well. There was some talk about him moving to fullback but that has been refuted repeatedly by Perine after conversations with OU's coaches. An incredible mix of speed and power.
Oakley (Calif.) Freedom's Joe Mixon. In case you hadn't heard, Mixon delighted OU supporters nationwide when picking the Sooners on Saturday. Tough to overstate what his addition means to OU and what it meant for him to be the last announcement and named MVP of the U.S. Army All-American Bowl. UCLA was right there, but the Sooners got him in the end.
Favorite: None. With Englewood (Colo.) Cherry Creek's Nathan Starks going to UCLA just hours after Mixon, this seems to be the closing of the door at running back.
Committed: San Antonio Churchill's Dimitri Flowers. It wasn't until November the Sooners entered the race, but it was over fast. A solid official visit during banquet weekend solidified things as it was the first time he had seen the campus. Like Hansen, he is also enrolling at OU this month.
Committed (3): La Mirada (Calif.) High's Dallis Todd. He'll be happy this month is over. For somebody who has been 100 percent set with OU since his April pledge, nobody has had more rumors swirling around him about his status. Everything is great with Todd and the Sooners and he'll be on campus this month as well.
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. He is a guy that can appear on both the offensive and defensive lists. It's obvious Quick wants to be at wide receiver and dabble some at cornerback/nickelback. He's got the talent to do it, too. OU leads heading into what should be a crazy final month for Quick on the trail.
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. No more drama this time around. After committing, Ijalana backed out but eventually signed with OU two weeks ago. He is ready to be that immediate impact tight end the Sooners are searching for.
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 following his in-home visit.
Mesquite (Texas) Horn's Jonathan Alvarez. Made an unofficial visit in September 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: Phoenix Mountain Pointe's Natrell Curtis. A month has changed a lot for OU and Curtis. He decommitted from Washington and all he is talking about right now is OU. If the Sooners still really want him, it sounds like just a matter of time for when this becomes official.
Favorite: 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. Nebraska is entering the mix, and it's going to be a battle in the final 31 days.
Next in line: None. Right now there are no legit offensive tackle offers to say OU is in good enough standing to be considered. Without question, Bill Bedenbaugh has the toughest job of this final month until signing day. Expect a lot of new names to pop up during January.
On the radar: Indianapolis Decatur Central's Lukayus McNeil. Everything is all sorts of interesting for McNeil right now. He took an official visit to OU for banquet weekend. And now he has seen his once future coach, Charlie Strong, leave Louisville to head to Texas. McNeil could be back on the market but that doesn't guarantee the Sooners are school to beat.
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 but nothing new has developed.