Recruiting: TE's, RB's, WR's and QB's

Part three of the OU recruiting prospectus takes a look at the offensive skill positions

The Sooners would like to sign one tight end in this class and early they are on two of the very best in the country. Curtis Justus (6'7, 210, 4.53) of Perry, OK is regarded as one of the top five tight ends in the country. A big man with blazing speed, Justus is also a demon at defensive end, but he loves tight end and wants to play on the offensive side of the ball.

Justus was leaning to Miami and has set a visit to the Hurricanes for December 8. Justus recently stated that OU is now even with Miami and that he will definitely visit OU as well. Michigan, USC and Tennessee are also possibilities.

The other tight end at the top of the Sooners recruiting board is Marcus Freeman (6'3, 230, 4.6) of St. Paul Creighton Durham, Minnesota. Notre Dame and Minnesota are his top two schools, but Freeman says he wants to learn more about OU and that he will visit OU. Wisconsin, UCLA, Alabama, Auburn, Michigan State and Nebraska have also offered.

Whoever commits first among Justus and Freeman will get the Sooners lone tight end scholarship.

It's expected that OU will take one running back in this class, but it's not a necessity. However, the Sooners are very much in the running for two outstanding talents and possibly more, and the odds are they will sign at least one.

OU has a soft verbal commitment from running back Pruitt Jr. (5'11, 190, 4.4) of Shaker Heights, Ohio. However, Pruitt Jr. still says that he is going to take visits and that is frustrating the Sooners somewhat.

The Sooners know they also have a great shot at one of the premier running backs in Texas in Selvin Young (5'11, 190, 4.4) of Houston Jersey Village, Texas. Young rushed for 2,200 yards as a sophomore and followed that with 960 yards in seven games as a junior. Young says his top two schools are UCLA and OU, his two childhood favorites. LSU, Colorado and Notre Dame are also in the hunt.

I don't expect that OU will sign a wide receiver in this class, but one real possibly is James Finley (6'3, 190, 4.4) of Los Angeles Manuel Arts, California. A big receiver with tremendous game breaking ability, Finley says he is looking at Oregon State, USC, OU, Michigan State, California and Oregon.

There are a handful of others that the Sooners can easily get in on if they decide they will sign a wide receiver.

OU still has two verbal commitments at quarterback from Noah Allen of Pearland, Texas and Paul Thompson of Leander, Texas.

Obviously, there will be other names that will emerge, or that were inadvertently left out of this report. However, just by judging by some of the national names listed with OU as one of their favorites, it's safe to say the Sooners are going to have an outstanding year recruiting in 2002.

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