Corey Bender

Sooner Intel: OU bringing in trio of visitors

Memorial weekend bringing some intriguing names to OU this weekend.

The spring evaluation period has seen the Oklahoma coaches hit the road like crazy during the week and then return to Norman to host talent on the weekend.

This weekend is no different and might actually be the most jam-packed of all during this six-week period with three intriguing 2018 targets coming to Norman.

Sulphur (Okla.) High OT Jacob Farrell

Who? Yep, that was what the majority of people were saying about Farrell at this time last month. But if you want a fast-rising in-state prospect, Farrell is your guy.

No offers a month ago, Farrell has become a name to watch within the Big 12. Texas Tech got the ball rolling and Kansas and TCU are among the others to come in.

Now it’s OU’s turn. Farrell is going to visit with the staff and offensive line coach Bill Bedenbaugh and will probably be a good indicator of where OU will move going forward with him.

The plan is for Farrell to camp at OU’s elite one-day event in two weeks and his story should be written at that point in regards to OU.

A legitimate 6-foot-7, Farrell has size that gets offensive line coaches excited so this weekend could be the first step toward things heating up in a hurry with the Sooners.

Tampa (Fla.) Berkeley Prep DL Mayan Ahanotu

Move from offensive line to defensive line for the final two prospects. Ahanotu felt like a strong Minnesota lean heading into the spring but things have changed.

The OU offer clearly resonated with him during this period, and it’s hard to not take seriously when a kid from Florida makes an unofficial visit to OU.

You look at the 2018 class, and it has panned out for the Sooners with Bradenton (Fla.) IMG Academy running back T.J. Pledger and Deerfield Beach (Fla.) High defensive back Miguel Edwards in terms of unofficial visits turning into OU commits.

Ahanotu is also a Cal legacy so that’s something to monitor. His ranking will get people fired up, but his offer sheet, especially during the spring evaluation period, has been something to turn some heads.

Manor (Texas) High DE Ochaun Mathis

And here’s Mathis, one of the more intriguing offers made by the Sooners in the last month. Mathis, listed at 6-4 and 220 pounds, has been committed to TCU for nearly four months.

Those who have seen him during the spring say he’s a lot closer to 235-240 pounds at this point, and it is apparent he has become a priority for the OU coaching staff.

There’s two lines of thinking. You’re doing well if you’re in the same boat as Texas Tech with wide receiver prospects. And you’re on the right track if you’re seeing defensive prospects with TCU offers.

A TCU commit absolutely fits that scenario. The Sooners and defensive line coach Calvin Thibodeaux know they need to knock this defensive line class out of the park. Mathis is a quiet kid, but his impact could be a huge one if the dominoes fall in OU’s favor.

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