RECRUITING: Five set to visit Norman this weekend

Friday's recruiting news and notes.

OU will host a very good group of recruits on official visits this weekend as two of their top offensive line prospects will be among the group.

Paul Duncan, OT, (6'6, 288, 5.38 ) of Dallas, Ga. is considered one of the top offensive tackles in the country. He is wide open as OU will be his first official visit to be followed by UCLA (11-6), LSU (11-13), Duke (11-20) and Notre Dame (12-4). Right now Duncan is wide open, so it will be interesting to see where the Sooners stand after his visit. Academics are just as important as football to Duncan, and the Sooners now hold up well in both areas.

Jon Cooper, OG/OC (6'3, 273, 4.95) of Ft. Collins, Colo. is another outstanding inside offensive lineman that the Sooners will have on campus this weekend. Cooper is regarded as one of the top guard/center prospects in the country and will take his second official visit to Oklahoma this weekend. Cooper has a strong interest in OU and the Sooners have a great chance to sign him. Cooper has already been to Iowa State and seemed to like the Cyclones, but not as much as OU. He is also scheduled to go to Missouri (12-10). Cooper also has a strong interest in Colorado State and has gone to a couple of their games unofficially because it is so close to where he lives. OU has a pretty good chance with Cooper.

OU has pulled off a great coup in that they have tight end DajLeon Farr (6'6, 240, 4.7) of Galena Park (North Shore HS), Texas taking his first official visit to OU this weekend. For those that doubt that Farr is interested in the Sooners, he has to take note because the Sooners will not only get Farr's first visit, but it apparently will be his only in-season visitl. The Sooners hope to put their best foot forward as they want to sign a great TE in this class, and Farr is certainly one of the very best. Farr has yet to set any other visits, but he has gone to games at Houston, LSU and Texas.

Athlete Syd'Quan Thompson (5'10, 180, 4.45) of Sacramento (Grand Union HS), Calif. will visit the Sooners this weekend and OU will probably get his only visit during the season. Any time the Sooners can get this kind of advantage I always feel that it is good for OU, because then the athlete can experience the tremendous gameday atmosphere. Thompson says he likes the Sooners a great deal, and they have told him they like him at both CB and WR and that he can work at both before they decide where to play him. Thompson says he is always considering UCLA, California, USC and Kansas State for visits.

Rounding out this outstanding group of athletes is DE Kyle Moore (6'6, 250, 4.7) of Houston County, Ga. one of the best DEs in the country. Moore had a great visit to USC last weekend and based on that visit the Trojans are his new leader. However, the Sooners get their shot this weekend and you can bet they will also show him a great time. Moore admits that he has family in Oklahoma and that is a draw for him. Moore also says that he is considering visits for Georgia, Purdue, Florida and Tennessee.

In these five athletes the Sooners will bring in a great group that will be hard to beat nationally. It is doubtful that the Sooners will earn any commitments immediately after these visits, but the weekend could lead to commitments from all five. Cooper is the best bet to commit to the Sooners soon and without question the Sooners will be his big leader after this weekend.

In related recruiting news, in a shocker the Sooners have fallen out of the running for OT Michael Oher of Memphis (Briarcrest HS), Tenn. Oher has decided to not leave the South. And despite the fact he had the Sooners rated as his top team for a while, he has now ruled OU out. Tough loss for OU, but that is national recruiting for you. Many times the great ones will decide to stay close to home and that is the case with Oher.

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