Sooner Intel: Breaking down banquet visitors

Sooner Intel breaks down the top recruits coming to OU this weekend for the banquet.

The last couple of years OU hadn’t really brought a lot of big names for banquet weekend, maybe because the seasons didn’t turn out as well?

Not sure, but this year it returns back to its more traditional role of being a big weekend for OU. When you’re 11-1, Big 12 champions and playing in the college football playoff, you want those good vibes and want recruits to be a part of that feeling.

As of now, the Sooners have five scheduled visitors with a varying degree of success in terms of OU being able to land their services.

North Torrance (Calif.) LB Mique Juarez (No. 14 Scout 300)

Juarez is somebody who has picked up a lot of steam with OU in the last couple of months. Originally committed to USC before decommitting back in October. The question here is simply whether or not Juarez will make the trip. He has thought about visiting OU a couple of times and thought about visiting Oklahoma State a couple of times only to have not shown up yet in the Sooner State. Ole Miss and Washington are other out of state schools to watch and luring him away from Cali is not going to be easy. OU has its work cut out this weekend to try to turn the tide in the battle.

OKC John Marshall OT Tramonda Moore (No. 146 Scout 300)

Now this is a name we all know. OU was among Moore’s first offers, and his play this year vaulted him to No. 1 in the state. Announced a top four of OU, OSU, Alabama and TCU last weekend, but it still feels like a pure Bedlam battle. The other issue, of course, is the academic standing of Moore and whether or not the U.S. Army All-American will be able to qualify. OSU has done a great job, now it’s OU’s turn. He visited for TCU weekend, Cale Gundy stopped by the school last week and now OU is going to do all it can to make sure he goes crimson and cream and not orange and black.

Washington D.C. Woodson CB Parnell Motley (No. 63 CB)

The door at cornerback is a revolving one with so many top targets coming and going. Motley was out of sight and out of mind for several months following his commitment to Maryland. But things opened back up in the last month. There’s a lot to consider for Motley, especially considering the coaching changes with the Terps. It’s clear his friendship with OU running back commit Abdul Adams could play some sort of role here, and OU is not as big of an outside shot as you might think. It’s also interesting he’s coming on his own saying he needs to learn to make big life decisions for himself so why not start now?

Tulsa (Okla.) Victory Christian LB Jon-Michael Terry (No. 29 OLB)

Never seen an OU commit so lax about his official visit. Terry simply has not cared about when it is whatsoever. Didn’t matter if it was a big-game atmosphere or a smaller one. Ended up not visiting at all during the season but that changes this weekend. Terry had a tremendous senior season that could put him in the running for earning that fourth star. He made a smooth transition to middle linebacker and seems ready to play that role for the Sooners going forward. After several unofficial visits to campus throughout this season, now’s the time finally for his official.


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