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Breaking down the visitors
Doing things a little bit differently for this Intel. First part is going to be nothing but evaluating the official visitors coming to Norman because there are so many.
Next will be the usual where have some updates on top targets with interviews and things of that nature. And then the last part is going to be “five things to watch” this weekend.
It’s one heck of a recruiting weekend for OU with TCU coming to town so let’s get to it.
Harrah (Okla.) OG Logan Roberson
Roberson has never been in danger of leaving the class, and it’s incredibly tough to see things ever straying from that situation. He’ll be tired with a near six-hour round trip playoff game Friday, but Roberson will be ready to have a great time on his official visit.
Waco (Texas) La Vega CB Parrish Cobb
A few weeks ago things looked sort of iffy with Cobb, who tried to make a secret trip to TCU. Just a no-no in recruiting, word will always leak out. Following OU’s win at Baylor in his hometown of Waco, though, everything seems to be fine. He has spent the entire week trying to recruit Devin Duvernay to join him with the Sooners but that might be a lost cause. It will be Cobb’s first trip to Norman since committing three months ago.
Shreveport (La.) Baptist S Chanse Sylvie
Sylvie is one to watch because of the certain dynamic he has brought to the table as a recruiter himself. Since pledging July 30, nobody has been more active than Sylvie in trying to lure top targets to join him in Norman. Strangely enough, despite all the trips to Norman in the last 10 months, this will actually be Sylvie’s first OU game in person.
Waxhaw (N.C.) Cuthbertson QB Austin Kendall
Your quarterback needs to be the ringleader for the class, and Kendall has embraced that role. He’ll also be playing a playoff game Friday night before flying out to Norman on Saturday. Sylvie leads the charge on defense, and Kendall does the same on offense. It will be the second time this year Kendall and 2017 QB commit Chris Robison will be in Norman at the same time.
Houston Spring Dekaney WR Adrian Hardy
OU’s second commitment for the class, and by far, the one OU fans have the most questions about. Still ranked a two-star prospect, will Hardy survive this class? His senior season is in the books, and it feels like he’s done flirting with Texas A&M. This visit should give us all a greater understanding of exactly where Hardy stands and if he will indeed remain as part of this class going forward.
Saraland (Ala.) High WR Velus Jones
Have a lot more with Jones later in the Intel, but he’s a real target here. This is not some token finalist taking a free trip. Jones has a lot of interest and admits to really admiring what Sterling Shepard has done during his time as a Sooner. Still technically committed to USC, others schools like Michigan and Tennessee are also taking a run at Jones.
Fresno (Calif.) Clovis West LB Caleb Kelly
The cherry on top of this visit weekend. Kelly, a five-star prospect, has visited Norman for each of the last two spring games and has a phenomenal relationship with so many coaches on the staff. Other schools have made their push, but it feels like OU is sitting pretty and will be able to separate itself even more from the pack.
Ellenwood (Ga.) Cedar Grove LB Elysee Mbem-Bosse
An intriguing one here as Mbem-Bosse has had OU in his top five for a long time, but never had a good feel about whether or not an actual visit was going to take place. Auburn seems like the leader for the Georgia native, but OU will try to give him something to think about going forward.
Euless (Texas) Trinity DT Chris Daniels
The No. 1 target in Sooners Illustrated’s opinion for this weekend. Michigan is making a strong run at Daniels and did very well for itself during the visit two weeks ago. OU must duplicate that feeling and go beyond in Daniels’ third trip to Norman this calendar year. Defensive line coach Diron Reynolds has done a great job of cultivating the relationship. Now he just needs to close.
Houston Westside DT Jordan Elliott
Heading into the visit, this feels like the definition of a token finalist. Committed at one time to Baylor and to Houston, Elliott is back on the market once again. The smart money is on Texas landing the Houston native so don’t hold your breath. We’ll just have to see how things go in Norman this weekend.
Duncanville (Texas) High DT Marcel Southall
Another tough recruit to read, but it’s obvious the Sooners are doing something right. He went to Waco last week as a guest of the Bears and left talking about OU defensive line coach Diron Reynolds. OU has been in hot pursuit of Southall since the spring. The Sooners are definitely a factor in this. The question to answer this week is just how big of a factor going forward?
Butler (Kan.) CC OT Ben Powers
This has Quinn Mittermeier written all over it. Originally from Wichita, Powers is a four-for-three guy who is blowing up in the last week or so. Offers from Texas Tech, TCU and Kansas State to go along with this planned visit to Norman. He doesn’t have an offer yet but don’t be surprised to see him go back to Kansas with an offer. With the academic standing of Tramonda Moore still in question, OU might dip into juco waters once again for offensive tackle.
Goodman (Miss.) Holmes CC WR Dre Massey
It’s all about Lincoln Riley as documented before. Signed with East Carolina for the 2014 class when Riley was there, we’ll see if their reconnection is enough to put OU out in front. Massey listed OU third last week behind Florida and South Carolina. He’s expected to visit Florida next week so it’s crucial for Sooners to make their move this weekend.
Durham (N.C.) Hillside RB Abdul Adams
He’s finally coming. Since March it feels like OU fans have been waiting for Adams to arrive in Norman. He was committed to ECU, too, when Riley was there and was committed for several months with Michigan State before decommitting last week. He’s down to four with OU, Indiana, Maryland and Alabama. The hunch says Maryland, but it also says OU most likely views Adams as the No. 1 running back target on its board.