RECRUITING: Williams headlines weekend visit list

Four key prospects, including Maryland receiver Derrick Williams, are in Norman this weekend.

What promised to be a large recruiting weekend in terms of numbers this weekend has not materialized, but very few teams will still be able to match the quality of the recruits visiting Norman.

The Sooners are bringing only four athletes, but each of them is a great player at his position and a high priority for the Sooners this recruiting season.

Start with the nations' top wide receiver prospect and the player who many believe is the nations top offensive prospect in Derrick Williams of Greenbelt Maryland. The Sooners have been very much in the hunt for Williams from day one. As the day draws near when he will make a decision Oklahoma is still very much in the hunt.

Williams' mom, Brenda, has been in Oklahoma since Wednesday and Derrick and his father Dwight are flying in today. You know the keys with Williams. He will be a wide receiver at the collegiate ranks and OU graduates five receivers from this years squad. OU returns one starting receiver in Travis Wilson and one reserve in JeJuan Rankins, and both will be seniors next year. OU likes to play five to six receivers. OU has three freshmen and a sophomore receiver that has never played a down that are totally untested. Williams graduates at semester and thus could come in and start competing for playing time during spring practice. Another major factor is that a great deal of the Williams' family lives in Oklahoma. Brenda and Dwight went to school at Langston University and they also have a great number of friends who still live in Oklahoma.

So, the opportunity is there for OU, and they have the bonus of his family so close buy. The Florida Gators appear to be the Sooners top competition, but he will visit Texas next week to close out his visit. Penn State may also be a contender.

Williams has told me a number of times that he is looking for the school where he feels the most comfortable, and that will be the Sooners goal to make him feel incredibly comfortable.

DeMarcus Granger of Dallas Kimball is the top defensive tackle prospect in Texas and the third-rated DT in the country. Granger has played his recruiting close to the vest thus far, but OU has always been among his favorites. Granger took his first official visit to LSU last weekend and said he liked it a great deal.

OU gets his second visit this weekend and they goes into the visit in a position of strength. OU needs defensive tackle depth and DT Coach Jackie Shipp plays several DTs a game. Granger has always had OU among his favorites and his family likes OU a great deal. Coach Shipp and Darrell Wyatt are recruiting Granger and both have a great relationship with him.

Granger has only one other visit set and that is to OSU next weekend. Granger says at some point he will also visit Texas.

Brian Jackson of DeSoto, Texas is the Sooners top cornerback prospect. Jackson is the Sooners' style of corner. OU likes big corners and he has the size and speed that they are looking for. Jackson has been a slight lean to Arizona for sometime, and he has already taken his visit to Arizona. OU gets their shot this weekend. This is the first real battle between Bob and Mike Stoops over a recruit.

Linebacker Lamont Robinson of Salem, New Jersey rounds out the group. Early on, it appeared the Sooners were going to be a longshot for Robinson, but OU linebacker Coach Brent Venables has developed a great relationship with Robinson giving the Sooners a solid chance.

Robinson loves the history of OU football and the Sooners winning ways. Robinson gave Virginia an early verbal back in the summer, but since then he has decided to visit OU and Ohio State. Virginia is not happy with that decision and they indicate they are going to open up his scholarship. Robinson doesn't seem too upset with that, but he still says that he is a soft commitment to Virginia. The Sooners need linebackers and OU hopes to grab a good one here.

It looked like this weekend was going to be a big weekend, but now that appear to be next weekend. OU will have 15 to 20 prospects next week on their banquet weekend.

OU pushed a number of players to next week for a couple of reasons. One was the banquet, but the other was because Coach Stoops and a number of the Sooner coaches and key players are at award shows this weekend. Coach Stoops pushes himself to drop dead status as he shuttles from Norman to New York at least three times this week, including the red-eye after the Heisman ceremony Saturday night. Thus many more prospects are coming in next weekend.

Hopefully, Coach Stoops can get some sleep on the plane.


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