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Sooner Intel: 2020 recruit R.J. Mickens in rare company for OU

Intel returns with an update on 2020 recruit and OU offer R.J. Mickens.

Southlake (Texas) Carroll cornerback R.J. Mickens has a lot of offers despite being a recruit for the 2020 class.

Getting one from Oklahoma, however, is a little bit different than some of the others. Although the Sooners are more apt to make offers to younger kids, few get it following their freshman season.

Mickens became OU’s first offer for the 2020 class last month.

“It actually does mean a lot,” Mickens said. “It means they have a lot of trust in me to develop and things like that.”

Mickens is already getting the full-court press from defensive backs coach Kerry Cooks, and it’s making a good impression so far.

“He’s like a mentor to me,” Mickens said. “I’m real close to him. He’s a good dude, and I talk to him about a lot of stuff.”

Being from Southlake Carroll is a bit of advantage for the Sooners, at least initially because of all the time OU spent at the school recruiting 2017 signee Robert Barnes.

Cooks and company have made a home at Southlake Carroll, and there’s no doubt Barnes is pushing for Mickens to be another Dragon headed to Norman.

“He wants me to go there obviously,” Mickens said. “He also wants whatever is best for me and understands this process. It has been great to have somebody who I can talk with about this process.”

Mickens has nearly three years before he has to make a decision so it’s crazy to expect something anytime soon. What’s not crazy is to realize the Sooners should be in that mix and could get a trip this spring.

“OU, Georgia, UCLA, for sure,” said Mickens about his next trips. “I’m not necessarily going to go to every school, but I will go to the ones where I find a good fit and my family likes them the most, too.”

Mickens showed that even as a 2020 kid, he can compete. He made the final five defensive backs two weeks ago at The Opening regional in Frisco, Texas, displaying the ability to handle bigger receivers and out-dueling older defensive backs.

With his father being a Texas A&M alum (and later a veteran in the NFL), most assume he’ll head to the Aggies. Mickens maintains he’s keeping his options open.

“When I find the school I’m really into and know that’s where I want to develop, then I’ll make my decision,” Mickens said.

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