Sooners looking to defend home turf

Anything can change in recruiting, and that's good news for OU who has been able to land two gigantic official visitors for this weekend.

For the most part, Oklahoma fans have been pretty content with how the Sooners have taken care of business this year within the state.

OU has three solid in-state commits at the moment. Edmond (Okla.) Santa Fe Justice Hansen finished No. 261 in the Scout 300 and enrolled at OU earlier this week. Add that with Tulsa (Okla.) Union teammates Jeffery Mead and Carson Meier, solid additions.

Not bad, but not a huge splash, either. That splash could be coming now. In a span of a few hours, the top two ranked recruits in the state have confirmed they are taking official visits to OU this weekend.

These two names are so familiar to OU fans, so desired by OU fans that it's made an already interesting weekend that much more intriguing.

Jenks (Okla.) High safety Steven Parker – No. 112 in Scout 300

Parker has leapfrogged the field in becoming the state's top-ranked recruit to close out the recruiting cycle. He was simply dominant as a senior in leading Jenks to another state championship.

OU has felt like the clear-cut leader for Parker for a long time, but an official visit never hurts. He has already made trips to Arkansas and Texas A&M in November but those feel like ages ago.

He is scheduled to see Auburn in two weeks, provided things don't end with his recruitment this weekend.

Parker has seen the OU campus more than any other. Included in that are three unofficial visits to OU home games this season and now the Sooners get the official one.

OU was his very first offer in May 2012, and OU coaches Bob Stoops and Mike Stoops have developed an incredible relationship with Parker and his father. Everybody has been waiting for Parker to commit for some time, might not have to wait much longer.

Oklahoma City Douglass defensive end Deondre Clark – No. 118 in Scout 300

From afterthought to leader in the clubhouse? Not too outlandish to say. OU was dead and buried in this recruitment a few months ago. Clark was solid to LSU and OU missed out on landing a top in-state kid. But defensive line coach Jerry Montgomery never gave up hope.

Clark made an unofficial for an OU game in November. Then came a huge in-home visit by Stoops and Montgomery to see Clark that went incredibly well.

Clark's mother, Dorshell, said Tuesday that Deondre was going to visit Arizona State this weekend on an official visit. But changed that up Wednesday by saying OU is their destination this weekend. That flips the script after Clark had previously said no official to OU was necessary because of how many times he has seen the campus before.

Clark said two weeks ago he intends to announce on signing day. The thought has been it's a showdown between the Sooners and Tigers. And OU is gaining momentum and doing all it can to defend its home turf once again.

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