OU visit preview: Zach Farrar, Braxton Pickard, Erik Swenson

A look at the offensive official visitors heading to Norman this weekend.

It’s the final visit weekend before national signing day. Some schools are sitting this one out, having already taken their best shot.

But not Oklahoma. The Sooners sat patiently waiting two weeks ago when had zero official visitors just for an event like this.

As of now, OU is scheduled to bring in five official visitors with the hope of there being a sixth one. Sooners Illustrated is going to break down all the visitors on both offense and defense.

Here are the offensive/special teams prospects headed to Norman this weekend.

Downers Grove (Ill.) South OT Erik Swenson

Well, well, well. Swenson, a four-star tackle, is now known as one of the recruits Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh decided to let go without any real warning. The Wolverines loss could end up being the Sooners gain. OU will not host fellow four-star prospect Jauan Williams as previously expected, but will host Swenson.

Swenson took an unofficial visit to Wisconsin last week, but the Badgers have zero room for Swenson and cannot add a scholarship. Not an ideal situation, but it’s one OU is hoping to take advantage of this weekend.

Southlake (Texas) Carroll WR Zach Farrar (committed to Mississippi State)

It finally happened for Farrar. After visiting the campus for junior day last February, the Sooners offer finally came through Sunday afternoon. Following a great in-home visit with the OU coaching staff, Farrar decided he would take an official visit this weekend.

Farrar, a four-star prospect, committed to Mississippi State last week, but those who have followed him the most know he has always had one eye open toward the Sooners to see what was going on. The door has opened up now and both sides seem to be on same page.

Edmond (Okla.) Memorial K Braxton Pickard

If you’re looking for a last week surprise, it’s actually Pickard. Because of the success of Austin Seibert as a freshman in 2015, it didn’t feel like the Sooners would look at kicker at all for 2016. But Pickard is certainly an option, especially because of his nearly two-year relationship with Jay Boulware.

The question going forward is one OU might not be able to answer this weekend. Is it for a scholarship? Or is it a preferred walk-on spot? Pickard seems set with the Sooners if it’s the former, but it could be interesting if it’s the latter.

(maybe) Tulsa (Okla.) McLain ATH Joshua Jacobs (maybe)

The star of the nation this week. Jacobs went from having a Wyoming offer to schools like Missouri and Iowa State offering with schools like Alabama and Ohio State checking in. Bob Stoops visited Jacobs on Monday with the hope being Jacobs would visit this weekend.

It seems pretty set here. If Jacobs visits, he will be a Sooner. It’s one of those deals where you can sort of peg the school he visits as the one he will attend, or at least the heavy favorite. His recruitment blew up so fast that he won’t have a lot of time to digest everything, but OU is certainly hoping he’ll be in Norman this weekend.

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