RECRUITING: Sooners hosting big weekend

Edmond, Okla. five-star DB Reggie Smith headlines what could be 20 recruits to visit OU this weekend.

Without question the Sooners are hosting the biggest recruiting weekend of the year this weekend. Oklahoma is bringing in a great group of athletes, and with the weekend still developing OU will bring in around 20 athletes this weekend.

Below is a list of players that are coming in, but always remember in recruiting this could change by the minute. and probably is as I type up this report.

Malcolm Kelly, WR, Longview, Texas
We let Kelly lead this list because he is such a stud. Kelly committed to the Sooners early and he has never waivered. He is coming in this weekend and it will be his only official visit. He wants to have blast this weekend and he will pick the brains of wide receiver Coach Darrell Wyatt and Strength and Conditioning Coach Jerry Schmidt on what he needs to do to get ready for the summer and two-a-days. He is already thinking about the competition for playing time at receiver.

Curtis Lofton, LB, Kingfisher, Oklahoma
Lofton is also an early commitment. And despite repeated efforts by Oklahoma State, Lofton has remained a commitment. Lofton will take his only official visit this weekend, and I am sure he will get a crash course on how to play middle linebacker at OU. With the news that Wayne Chambers can no longer play football due to a medical condition in his neck, Lofton has an immediate opportunity to play as a freshman. Lofton will be given every opportunity to compete with Zach Latimer next year.

Reggie Smith, S, Edmond (Santa Fe HS), Oklahoma
Smith remains a high priority for the Sooners, and fact he has decided to take an official visit to OU may be a good sign. Up until last week, Smith has said on many occasions that he would only visit OU unofficially, but he decided this past week that he wanted to see what it was like to be apart of the guys on a full weekend. Smith is one of the best athletes in the country and can play a number of positions. He wants to play safety, and he would be a great one. However, he can play cornerback, wide receiver, running back and be the return man as well. Smith, who has already been to USC and Nebraska, says that he will visit Texas A&M and Penn State in January. Oklahoma State may get one of those visits in January. OU's chances are good here, but this weekend may go a long way in earning that future verbal.

Alex Daniels, ATH, Columbus (Brookhaven HS), Ohio
Daniels is a fantastic athlete that OU managed to get in on early and they have been involved with him for a long time. Daniels played safety, linebacker and running back at Brookhaven, and he will either play safety or linebacker in college. Since he is already 6-foot-3, 230-pounds most people feel that he will be a linebacker in college. Early on, Alex had his choices down to OU and Ohio State, but with the Buckeyes' problems Alex has dropped them off of his list. Alex has already been to Minnesota. The Sooners could supply the knockout punch this weekend, but Alex has also indicated that he will continue to look around in January. However, he has no other specific schools that he is interested at this time. OU has a very good chance.

Luthur Brown, LB, Lakewood, California
Many believe Brown is the best middle linebacker prospect in the country, and OU gets first crack at him. Of course, the Sooners have something to sell since who will play middle linebacker next year for the Sooners is far from being decided. So, playing time as a freshman is a real possibility. Brown says he can leave the West Coast, and in fact many feel he is a Miami lean. But Brown certainly won't admit that. LSU, USC and Miami all get visits on consecutive weekends starting January 14th. At best, OU has to be considered a long shot, but it doesn't appear that Brown is close to making a decision, so he is wide open."

Adrian McCovey, LB, Lakewood, California
McCovey is Brown's less celebrated teammate, but he has plenty of offers. Blessed with good size and speed, McCovey is more of an outside backer while Brown is considered a middle backer. McCovey appears to like OU a great deal and the Sooners are in a battle with Oregon State and California. Distance may be a factor here, but OU is far and away the best overall program, and McCovey admits it."

Cordero Moore, DE, Mesquite (Horn HS), Texas
Those that have seen Moore play say that this stud is one heck of a football player. Moore plays defensive end and will start out at defensive end, but he could grow into a defensive tackle in college. His motor runs very high and he is a tremendous battler on the football field. Moore recently visited Alabama, where his father played football. However, signs indicate he really likes OU and OSU, and Arkansas is also going to get a shot at him.

Neefy Moffett, LB, Melbourne (Palm Bay HS), Florida
Moffett is a super talented outside linebacker who would bring a ton of talent to OU. Moffett has been low on the radar screen as far as OU goes, but as it turns out he says he has always had a good interest in the OU and he is coming to Norman this weekend to see how he might fit in. He has already gone to USC, and in January he will visit Florida State, Georgia and Miami. Moffett says right now he would choose between Florida State, Georgia or Miami, so the Sooners have to make a big impression this weekend to get into the game."

Ekom Udofia, DT, Scottsdale (Chaparral HS), Arizona Ekom is rated as one of the top defensive tackles in the country, but a knee injury has scared many teams. OU has been recruiting Ekom for over a year, and he comes to Norman this weekend to see if he likes the area. Udofia has already been to Stanford, Oklahoma State, Miami and USC. OU will be his final visit. In many ways Udofia says he is wide open, but in many ways he indicates that he is a lean to Stanford.

C.J. AhYou, DE, Snow Junior College, Utah
The Sooners got in on C.J. late, but they may be his favorite. A great recruiting trip may land him in Norman. He started his career at BYU, but two ACL injuries later he was at Snow Junior College. He has two years left to play after a redshirt and medical redshirt year. OU is battling Kansas and Boise State, and at this point the Sooners appear to be his leader."

Kennan Clayton, S, Sulpher Springs, Texas
The Sooners are known for their great safety play and Clayton knows that as well as anybody. He says he wants to be the next great Sooner safety and he had no trouble committing back in the summer. Clayton had a great senior season and is a solid commitment to the Sooners. Clayton is rated the top safety prospect in Texas and is one of the elite safety prospects in the country.

Ben Barresi, OL, Edmond (North HS), Oklahoma
In just a few days, Ben will be enrolled and going to class at OU as he is graduating early and will go through spring football. Barresi had a great summer and earned an offer from the Sooners. Barresi fulfilled his childhood dream and committed to the Sooners, and now he will be wearing one of their uniforms soon. Barresi steps into a offensive tackle position that is in need of some quality depth and some players. He will be given a chance to make an impact right away."

Billy Blackard, DT, Claremore, Oklahoma
Blackard is one of those players that just plays ball. He is a Ricky and Stevie Bryan clone that will fight you on every play, and he is a good athlete to boot. Overlooked in the pre-season, Blackard had a great senior season and those in the know feel he will be a great one at OU. A commitment during the season, Blackard is one of the cornerstones to the Sooner recruiting class."

Jeffrey Owens, DT, Plantation, Florida
Owens is a very talented defensive tackle prospect that will finally make it to Norman. This visit has been on again off again for some time. Owens has a number of great programs to chose from as he has already visited Virginia Tech and Georgia. He makes it to OU this weekend with Miami and Florida State to follow. It is always tough to get Florida athletes out of Florida when they are considering two Florida schools. The Sooners are a longshot, but they get a player on campus they always take a good shot.

DeSean Jackson, WR, Long Beach (Poly HS), California
Jackson is one of the top wide receiver prospects in the country, but appears to be a West Coast guy. Jackson, who has been to Cal and LSU, says that USC and Cal lead LSU, OU and Arizona State. The Sooners realize they are longshots, and if they sign Derrick Williams they don't have room for him anyway. Jackson may be just coming in to have a good time this weekend.

Jesse White, OC, Denver (Mullen HS), Colorado
Rated the second best center prospect in the country, White will take his official visit to OU this weekend. White continues to bust his fanny in the weight room and may come to OU big enough and strong enough to help as a freshman. White committed to UCLA early, but found out they didn't have the academics he was looking for. OU had the academics and a ton of family members living in Colorado. White is a solid commitment to OU. His father, Leon, is coming with White so 'Vadar' will be in Norman. If the OU team gets into any kind of trouble they will be OK with White on the team and 'Vadar' in the stands.

Again, this could change, but after checking all day these are the athletes that will be here this weekend.


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