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January is such a tough time to get recruits on the record, and this first week was no different. Able to talk to sources and get a feel on things but tough to get first-hand accounts.
*Start with Cibolo (Texas) Steele defensive end Mark Jackson. Entering the week, felt it was a two-horse race between OU and Texas. Despite being committed to Texas A&M, not many feel he will stick with Aggies when said and done.
The word coming out of U.S. Army All-American Bowl practices, however, indicates something different. Now the trend is either OU or A&M even though he has indeed set up a visit to Austin for next weekend to go with plenty of other major targets for the Longhorns.
If it’s down to OU and A&M, the Sooners are in a great spot going forward. Things could be sealed with a trip to Norman later this month. OU has been in on Jackson since the very start of his recruitment and could land a major January surprise with the Scout 300 prospect.
*There will be no announcement from OKC John Marshall offensive tackle Tramonda Moore. The No. 1-ranked player in the state was debating whether or not he was going to make his choice Saturday at the U.S. Army game.
He has decided he will wait and the schools in contention keep changing. Gone are TCU and Miami and in are schools like UCLA and Arizona State for a late-January visit.
He’s headed to Oklahoma State next weekend, and that’s the one to watch. No doubt about it. If OU can survive that trip, then the Sooners should be in great shape with Moore.
Again, word from the practices this week is Moore is all-in with the Sooners even with the OSU and Alabama visits scheduled later this month.
Moore will most likely be a signing day decision no matter how you slice it. At this point, OU is in the driver’s seat.
*The Sooners are out of the hunt for North Torrance (Calif.) High five-star linebacker Mique Juarez. That shouldn’t come as a huge shock as even after a good OU visit last month, it never felt like things resonated the way they needed to at that point.
Juarez is down to UCLA and Ole Miss, and don’t see OU trying to make a last-minute surge here. The Sooners will move on.
*News remain good regarding Fresno (Calif.) Clovis West five-star linebacker Caleb Kelly. Now down to three schools, the Sooners easily made that cut this week. Notre Dame remains the team to watch here following a great visit with the Irish last month.
Kelly can make another official visit, but it just doesn’t seem like that’s going to occur. He’ll wait until signing day as well, but OU is exactly where it needs to be four weeks from signing day.
*OU’s chances with Houston Spring Westfield’s Tyrie Cleveland feel like they took a hit this week. With former five-star quarterback Kyle Allen announcing he is headed to Houston, it sort of negates the major addition the Sooners have with Kyler Murray coming to campus. OU won’t throw in the towel, but it’s not looking good with the Cougars commit.
*OU wide receiver target Quartney Davis, from Houston Langham Creek, racked up one quality SEC offer after another this week. He had a three-offer day earlier this week with Ole Miss, Georgia and Tennessee.
The Sooners are expected to get a crack at Davis on Jan. 22 weekend, but boy, it’s going to be one heck of a fight to try to win. Especially since the Sooners are working from behind with UCLA and Oklahoma State already in good standing. OU is doing everything right here, though, and is making strides.
The belief here continues to be that having Kyler Murray on campus could play a pivotal role in helping OU try to land someone like Davis, ranked in the Scout 100.
*OU is in a fight for Euless (Texas) Trinity defensive tackle Chris Daniels. Committed to OU three weeks ago, but Texas is a real player in this one.
The Longhorns will get a visit from Daniels and his family next weekend, and Tennessee is even trying to creep in there as well, offering earlier this week.
The belief is a simple one. If nothing changes following his trip to Austin, there is nothing that will keep Daniels from being a Sooner. Still, anytime a committed prospect makes another official visit, always a cause for concern.
And the fact Daniels and his family are willing to give Horns a shot after waiting until Dec. 17 to make the offer gives off a bad vibe as if he was waiting for an offer from Texas. Another case where next weekend is going to be crucial to how this class ends for OU.
*Recent decommitment of Sachse (Texas) High cornerback Jared Mayden has some hoping the door to OU is opened. It just doesn’t seem like it’s going to turn out that way.
Mayden, for whatever reason, just hasn’t been enamored with OU despite his father having played basketball for the Sooners. The scuttlebutt is all Mayden to Florida State so it’s wise to not get hopes up right now and just accept it won’t happen.