Around the Network: Recruiting Tidbits

Some of the best news and recruiting nuggets get lost in the network shuffle, so in this feature we like to take a second look or a closer look at some of the national news and how it may relate to the Sooners…

Reggie Wilson, a 6-foot-3, 240-pound defensive end from Haltom City, Texas will be one of the players that garners consideration as the top player in he state for the class of 2010.

Wilson already sits on an abundance of scholarships, including one from the Sooners.

Florida, Oklahoma, LSU, Florida State, USC, Nebraska, Texas A&M, Texas Tech, Colorado, Oklahoma State, Arkansas and Stanford have already extended offers.

It is clear that Wilson will have plenty of options, but it is likely that his recruitment could come down to traditional recruiting battle between Texas and Oklahoma, but USC and A&M are also listed as early favorites.

"My favorites are Texas, Oklahoma, USC and A&M. Also, the Notre Dame coaches were at the school recently," Wilson informed "I'm going to take my time. I don't want to rush and make the wrong decision. I'll probably go through the visit process," Wilson said.

"I'm looking for a coach that is a father figure. I don't want it to be all about football, but family. That's the main thing I'm looking for."

Wilson was in attendance for the 2008 version of the Red River Rivalry.

"The only OU game I went to was the Texas/OU game. It was one of those once a lifetime kind of things man. When I grew up playing soccer, there were always fights. I thought that there were going to be some fights between the Texas and Oklahoma fans. Texas people were chanting "OU sucks" and OU people were chanting and doing the horns down. I was nervous," Wilson said.


The Sooners dipped in to Naaman Forest High to snag prized 2009 running back Jonathon Miller, and they look to be a major player for the school's top 2010 prospect as well.

Harris has two early offers
John Harris, a 6-foot-3, 190 pounder will garner consideration as the top receiver in the "Lone Star State" and he is already sitting on two official offers.

"[Texas] Tech and Arkansas have offered, and I am hearing from a lot of other schools," Harris said to Shea Dixon of "Right now Texas and Oklahoma are on me strong, as well as LSU, California, USC, Oregon, Michigan, Florida State and Florida."

Harris is not going to be getting in to a big hurry when it comes to making a decision.

"I really want to look into a few schools in particular, and LSU is one of them," he said. "I have just always been a fan, and they have had a lot of success recently. They are one of the schools that you think of when winning comes to your mind. I have kept my eye on them, so I am most definitely taking a visit down there.

"I am also going to look a little more into Oklahoma," he added. "Then I am going to go down to Texas again and then get back over to Tech. Those are the plans for the spring and summer as of right now."

As a junior, Harris hauled in 43 catches for 581 yards and six touchdowns.


McCarron will likely stick with Bama...

Questions abound that Heisman Trophy winning quarterback Sam Bradford may indeed elect to turn pro after the BCS Championship Game against Florida.

Recruiting fans that follow the Sooners closely notice right off of the bat that there would only be two scholarship quarterbacks on the roster if this does indeed go down.

One name that has started to pop up more and more is Alabama commit A.J. McCarron, who has indicated that he will be taking an official visit to Norman.

McCarron may be interested in taking visits, but it does not look like he is seriously considering making a change.

"I am going to take my visits," McCarron stated to Andrew Bone of "It's a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. Coach [Nick] Saban is the one telling me I should take my visits. I am going to do what he says. It's all 'Bama for me, unless coach Saban gets fired tomorrow."


Will Gaines pick the Sooners?

One of the top players on the OU radar has been JuCo WR Tyrece Gaines, who took an official visit to Ole Miss last weekend.

"I'm looking for a family, and Ole Miss has that family atmosphere I want," said Gaines to "Yes sir, I can see that I could fit in there. I had a real good visit, real good."

Tyrece, who was hosted by current Reb WR Markeith Summers, has already visited Oklahoma and is a prize recruit for the Sooners. He will visit Oregon next weekend.

"It's pretty much down to three and Ole Miss is right in the mix. I was very impressed," he stated.

Gaines will not decide on a school until after next weekend. He's in no major hurry, he says.

"I'm going to take my visit to Oregon and then digest everything before I choose," he closed.


Irving Nimitz safety Eddrick Loften figures to be one of the top defenders in the state of Texas for the class of 2010.

Loften will be highly recruited.

And like Haltom's Wilson he could be coming down to a decision between OU and UT.

"I know Texas has come down recently," Loften said to B.O.B. "Oklahoma has too. Those are the two I know have come by. Bobby Kennedy came from Texas and Brent Venables from OU. I don't know about any others."

"It's still OU, Texas, Texas Tech, Kansas and LSU as my top five. I went to Oklahoma vs. Texas Tech. It was a blowout, but a great atmosphere. I also went to the Texas-Oklahoma game and OU vs. Nebraska," Loften said.

Loften says he doesn't have a leader at this time, but has a very good idea of what will be deciding factors in the future.

"It's a toss up between Texas and OU right now. I wouldn't say I have a favorite. I want to take some visits and take a look at all of the programs. I would like to play as a freshman and not redshirt if possible. Other than playing time, the family atmosphere, the city and the staff of the schools will be important. I'm not in a hurry to decide," Loften said.

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