Vaughn headlines talented class visiting Norman

An in-depth preview of the 14 prospects expected to make their official visits to Norman this weekend

With the Sooners recruiting effort picking up steam, another big weekend of visits is ahead. Oklahoma scored three verbal commitments from last weekend and could garner several more before the recruiting season is over.

Add in the latest confirmation from defensive end Michael Williams (6-4,225,4.55) of Lindale, Texas and Oklahoma had a banner week.

Oklahoma will bring in a bigger class this weekend than the one they had visiting Norman a week ago. Among the group are several players ranked at the top of the Sooners recruiting board.

Vickiel Vaughn (6-1, 187, 4.4) of Plano (West), Texas is considered the top free safety prospect in Texas. A tremendous cover safety, Vaughn is a noted hitter who loves contact. Over the last two weeks the Sooners have had great in-home visits with Vaughn and he puts the Sooners at the top of his recruiting list.

"I really like Oklahoma, but that is really nothing new," said Vaughn. "I really don't have a favorite per say, but if I wanted to give one right now it would probably be Oklahoma."

Arkansas appears to be the Sooners top competition and he will visit the Razorbacks last on January 18th. He has already visited Michigan State and Virginia.

Tony Ugoh (6'6, 285, 5.0) of Houston (Westfield), Texas is one of the top five offensive linemen in Texas and a big want in the Sooner camp. Ugoh has been non-committal on where he is leaning up until lately, when he started talking very positively about the Sooners.

Houston star Tony Ugoh is one of the Sooners top prospects on the offensive line.

Ugoh will thoroughly think his situation through, but it looks like Oklahoma, Arizona, Florida State and Arkansas are his top contenders with the Sooners looking better all the time.

Abner Estrada (6'3, 270, 5.2) of Carrollton (Turner), Texas is another coveted offensive lineman by the Sooners. The Sooners got in late in the Estrada sweepstakes, but are making a strong push. He travels in with his teammate, Michael Hawkins, who has already committed to the Sooners.

Estrada admits that the Sooners play their offensive line very much to his liking.

"Oklahoma doesn't mind playing offensive linemen my size," said Estrada. "Some colleges won't play anybody shorter than 6'5, while Oklahoma just plays the best player no matter his size. Early I liked Miami and Nebraska, but with Oklahoma's interest lately I have really begun to like the Sooners and Miami, but I still plan to visit Nebraska."

Davin Joseph (6-3,265,4.9) is a combo down lineman that could play on either side of the ball. Joseph is a top 30 player in Florida and is dealing with all three Florida schools. Tennessee, Georgia and Michigan are also in the mix, but the Sooners get a visit this weekend and a chance to try and steal him away. Never count out Jackie Shipp in any recruiting battle, even if his has the things stacked against him.

The Sooners are desperately in need of linebackers and Rufus Alexander (6'2, 215, 4.45) of Baton Rouge (Christian Life), La. is a dynamite talent. This is coming down to another Oklahoma-Texas battle and he says he will chose between the Sooners and Horns after he visits Norman this weekend. Going into the visit the edge belongs to Texas, because the Horns have been recruiting him longer.

Wayne Chambers (6'3, 235, 4.6) of Grandview, Mo. has already verbally committed to the Sooners. He had a banner year with 130 tackles and takes his one and only official visit to Oklahoma this weekend.

Larry Birdine (6'3, 227, 4.7) of Lawton Eisenhower, Oklahoma takes his official visit to OU this weekend. Birdine is now a soft commitment to the Sooners after visiting Oklahoma State last weekend. Birdine's uncle is Jason Gilden, who played at OSU. Before he committed to OU, Birdine was considered a lock for OSU, but now he is a soft verbal to OU. The Sooners will work this weekend it make Birdine a solid commitment.

Oklahoma needs a place kicker and they bring in their two top prospects this weekend. Todd Pegram (5-10/180/4.8) of Plano, Texas has committed to Texas A&M, but he is visiting OU this weekend. Josh Roberts of Malta, Montana is regarded by many as the top place kicker in the country.

OU likes both kickers and will take the first to accept a scholarship offer this weekend.

The Sooners will try to convince wide receiver prospect Kyle Brown (6-1,195,4.4) that Michigan is not to far away from home. He tore his ACL during the third game of the season, yet is still drawing national attention.
Brown is a versatile player who could play running back, wide receiver or defensive back. He sounds like the perfect slot receiver to me Brown has already been to Michigan State, Purdue and USC.

Baton Rouge, La. linebacker Rufus Alexander could could come down to an OU-Texas battle.

Brown doesn't appear to have a favorite at this time and thus him taking his last visit to Oklahoma gives the Sooners a chance.

The Sooners also get their shot at the fastest prep football player in the country in Forney, Texas speedster DaBryan Blanton (6-0,170,4.27). Heck, I don't think I am stretching things to say he is the fastest football player in the country, period. All he runs is a 10-flat 100 meters. THAT'S SMOKING!

The Sooners are in a tough recruiting battle here, as Blanton is a lean to Tennessee, who he won't even visit until January 19th. LSU is also on his list, but this will come down to OU and the Vols.

Another speed merchant coming to Norman is Leon Washington (5-8,185,4.4) of Jackson, Florida. The Sooners will really have to work to win this battle as Washington favors Florida and Miami over the Sooners and is leaning towards staying home.

Oklahoma also brings in prized wide receiver commit Travis Wilson out of Creekview, Texas, who is considered one of the top forty players in Texas.

Edorian McCullough of North Garland had to reschedule his visit.

Oklahoma brings in another great group and a very important group to the recruiting effort. If they have as much success this weekend as last, recruiting could just about be over for the Sooners.

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