Take your pick: OU cornerback spot

It becomes a numbers game eventually, and it sure looks to be that way for OU and cornerback.

We are officially down the stretch run heading into national signing day in just over three weeks. Oklahoma’s recruiting has sort of worked itself out, but there’s one huge dilemma right now.

OU already has two cornerbacks committed (including one signed) in junior college product Will Johnson and Pflugerville (Texas) Hendrickson four-star cornerback P.J. Mbanasor.

The Sooners have positioned themselves in a great spot for a trio of defensive backs down the stretch. You can’t take them all so examining each prospect and letting you decide. Take your pick.

Chattanooga (Tenn.) Notre Dame CB Kareem Orr

Orr was the first of the three offered and is the one where the most is known right now. He had an incredible official visit Bedlam weekend that promptly made him decommit from Louisville. But he has some big fishes coming after him. He’s going to visit Arizona State this weekend and Clemson and Mississippi State are certainly going to play a role going for his signature. There’s no doubt OU wants Orr and likes him a lot, but if he wants to test all his options, which he has every right to do, the spot might not be there when Feb. 4 rolls around.

Lawton (Okla.) High CB Darreyl Patterson

Patterson was the first offer of 2015, and it a long awaited one for Patterson and OU fans. The question was always about his academic standing. Once he proved he was good to go, it was just a countdown of when the Sooners would enter the hunt. The close proximity is clearly working in OU’s favor with Patterson, who will make his official visit to OU this weekend. Kansas State and Washington State are in the mix, too. But if OU lays all its cards on the table, and Patterson thinks it’s the right fit, don’t be surprised to hear the “boom” sometime this weekend.

Dallas Kimball CB Antoine Stephens

It just takes one. For Stephens, it was an SMU offer that has started a domino effect with the likes of OU, Baylor, Texas Tech and Louisville. Stephens has been on OU’s radar since the fall so he’s not a new name. But like Patterson, qualifying academically has made him one of the most sought after guys here late in this process. Stephens is getting the full court press from the OU coaches as they’ll be in his home Thursday when the dead period ends. Stephens will follow that with a visit to Norman this weekend, and we’ll see how things roll from there. It looks incredibly positive for the Sooners right now.


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