OU preview: Semper Fi, Under Armour all-star games

It's time for high school all-star games, and OU has several commits and targets to watch.

It’s bowl season, which means Oklahoma is getting ready for another postseason encounter. But it also means it’s time for high school all-star games.

Next week we’ll take a more in-depth look at the U.S. Army All-American Bowl to be played Jan. 9. However, since the Under Armour All-America Game and the Semper Fi All-American Bowl are both next weekend, here’s a quick preview of who to be watching.

2016 Under Armour All-America Game

When: 11 a.m. CST Jan. 2 (Saturday)

Where: Citrus Bowl (Orlando, Fla.)

TV: ESPN

OU commits: None.

OU targets

Lawrenceville (Ga.) Archer OT E.J. Price

OU hanging by a thread here. On two separate occasions Price has attempted to visit Norman but has been unable to do so. Tentatively planned is a trip to Norman on Jan. 15 weekend. Right now Georgia seems like the clear leader with OU nothing more than a token finalist.

Washington D.C., Archbishop Carroll OL Jauan Williams

OU is trying to make its way into the nation’s capital and has done so with Parnell Motley. The Sooners are taking a late run at Williams, no idea how it will all pan out. No visit has been set at this time, just OU trying to turn up the interest.

Washington D.C., St. John’s College OLB Aaron Hansford

A recent name to be on the watch for as OU and Hansford really weren’t mentioned in the same breath a month ago. The Sooners continue to try to find quality outside linebacker prospects, and Hansford is certainly that. Just a question of whether or not OU can get him to campus.

Gardena (Calif.) Serra ATH Brandon Burton

The Sooners took their best shot with Burton way back when in October. It didn’t seem to be that big of a deal then, and it doesn’t look like OU has resonated enough with Burton right now. UCLA seems to be the betting favorite heading into this week.

2016 Semper Fi All-American Bowl

When: 8 p.m. CST Jan. 3 (Sunday)

Where: StubHub Center (Carson, Calif.)

TV: Fox Sports 1

OU commits

Waco (Texas) La Vega CB Parrish Cobb

Coming off winning a state championship, Cobb gets to strut his stuff in this all-star game. The interesting thing could be where the game’s organizers decide Cobb should play. He is effective at both receiver and cornerback although the Sooners clearly see him on defense.

Waxhaw (N.C.) Cuthbertson QB Austin Kendall

In a couple of weeks Kendall will be in Norman for good since he’s a mid-year enrollee so this is like his last hurrah in high school. Will be interesting to see what Kendall’s thoughts are regarding Kyler Murray transferring to OU.

Rancho Cucamonga (Calif) Los Osos LB Bryce Youngquist

Could be the commit that turned everything around. Ever since OU landed Youngquist on July 31, it has felt like nothing but positive vibes for OU on the trail. A quality four-star prospect, he’s one to circle in terms of being a difference maker in this game.

Tulsa (Okla.) Victory Christian LB Jon-Michael Terry

He’ll finally get a chance on a national stage. Terry has been lights out on the OKPreps circuit the last two years and will get the opportunity to impress national scouts. Terry still holds the distinction of being OU’s first commit for what could be a stellar 2016 class.

OU targets

Lawrence (Kan.) High DL Amani Bledsoe

OU has taken its best shot with Bledsoe multiple times. Now it’s just a waiting game. Bledsoe, the top prospect in the state of Kansas, has made all five of his official visits. OU has seemingly been the team to beat since August. Will the Sooners be able to close the deal?

Duncanville (Texas) High DL Marcel Southall

Could almost copy and paste Bledsoe with Southall here. The only qualifier for the three-star tackle is he still has multiple visits he can take and plans on taking in the month of January. OU does seem to be sitting pretty as of the moment, especially following a great official visit in November.


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