Recruiting: 10 to Watch for '10

With 21 commitments in the fold spots in the Sooners' '10 recruiting class are at a premium. Most of the major needs for the class have already been addressed, but there are still a number of nationally rated prospects left on the board. These prospects will likely get heaps of attention from the OU coaching staff.

1. Seantrel Henderson – Offensive Line
The nation's top ranked recruit did not have the Sooners near the top of his list when he first approached the recruiting process, but a solid relationship with OU offensive line coach James Patton has helped secure Henderson amongst his top five schools, and it looks like the mammoth will be making an official visit to Norman at some point during the season AND he also tentatively seems to be planning on coming down to see the Red River Rivalry game in the Cotton Bowl on his own dime. USC, Florida, and Ohio State are considered by many to be the out right leaders, but schools like Minnesota, Notre Dame, and Michigan refuse to rule themselves out of the sweepstakes, so why should OU fans. If he visits then there is always a chance he could join the fold.

2. Darius White – Wide Receiver
When recruiting fans first started discussing the name Darius White the words ‘Texas Lock' quickly seemed to follow any feeling of optimism that Sooner fans felt. Now deep in to the recruiting process it is the Sooners that seem to leap out when talking about the schools at the top of the talented wide receivers list. White will be looking to play the recruiting process out to the very end, but it would be fair to say that the OU will always be right there in the mix to land his signature. The supposed Red River battle could expand to a few other schools once he starts to set up an official visit schedule.

3. Jackson Jeffcoat – Defensive End
Many have always felt optimistic about the chances that Jeffcoat will end up at OU, but USC and Texas are thought to be on equal footing at the top of his list. OU has already secured a commitment from his twin sister, Jacqueline, to play hoops for Sherri Coale and the lady Sooners, but the Jeffcoat's have maintained in reports that each recruitment is individual. That may be the case, but there would have to be some sort of pull in OU's favor if there is any desire at all in his heart to stay close to his twin sibling. Having two sisters myself I have to think that Jeffcoat could have the best of all worlds (family, tradition, football) at OU.

4. Kenny Stills – Wide Receiver
Stills quickly became one of the hottest prospects in the country when he posted a sub 4.4 forty-yard dash time at the Scout.com Combine in Los Angeles. Schools from all over the country have come calling for him, but it looks like Oklahoma, Penn State, LSU, and Florida have risen towards the top of his personal wish list. Personally, I think that the Sooners are in great shape in this one. They have always been on top or near the top of his list since the day they offered, and he still has not set foot on campus to see what ‘Sooner Magic' is all about. A successful official visit could make a huge mark on Stills, who has expressed he would like to leave the state to play his college ball. Only time will tell how it plays out, but common sense says that the OU offense fits him perfectly and he will see that up close and in person when he visits this Fall.

5. Victor Burnett – Linebacker
Burnette may have an affinity to staying on the ‘West Coast', but the Sooners offer him a nice alternative if he does decide to leave the comforts of the Pacific for the ‘Heartland'. He is the only true mike linebacker that OU has seemed to covet in the '10 class. Like many other out of state players an official visit will be key to having a chance to sign him.

6. Rashod Favors – Linebacker
The Sooners have let Favors know that he is a priority to their '10 recruiting efforts and many out there believe that it is only a matter of time before he makes a commitment to OU. He is the teammate of the highly touted Darius White, so that comes as a huge bonus if he does indeed pull the trigger. OU has been thought of as the team on top of his list ever since he took an unofficial visit to Norman back in early June.

7. Trey Millard – Tight End
Millard has made a couple of trips down to Norman on his own dime, and he has reportedly liked what he has seen while on campus. The Sooners have been looking far and wide to try to find the right fit at tight end, and it now looks like their attention is focused squarely on Millard. The Iowa Hawkeyes, Bob Stoops alma mater, are also definitely in the mix and the experts believe that it will come down to a battle between those two programs. Iowa was thought to be in the lead, but the tables may now have turned.

8. Kyle Prater – Wide Receiver
Prater had OU towards the top of his list for a good while, and after a trip to see the annual Red-White Spring Game it looked like the Sooners would always be in the picture to land his services, but the recent commitment of five-star prospect Justin McCay combined with a strong push from Pete Carroll's USC Trojans have people thinking he will take his game out West. The home-state Fightin Illini are also strongly in the mix and it would not surprise me at all to see him playing in the Big 10. The Gators are also listed, but UF may have an in-state receiver target at the top of their recruiting board.

9. Demarco Cobbs – Wide Receiver
Ever since the very beginning of his recruitment Cobbs has stated that he would like to play his college ball in the SEC. After a visit to OU last season for the Texas Tech game he put OU in the mix and they have been one of his favorites ever since. In the most recent reports he has listed LSU, Alabama, and Tennessee as his favorites, but there are some out there that still think USC is in the picture. His most recent trip was to Knoxville to see the Vol program up close and some of the experts that follow that program believe that they are now firmly on top of his list, and there has been a history of players from the state making their mark in a Tennessee jersey. That being said I still think that the battle for Cobbs will play out until well after his senior season concludes.

10. Daryl Williams – Offensive Line
Williams was extended an offer after working with OU offensive line coach James Patton during the first elite prospect session of the Sooners' summer camp. Williams has a nice frame and the frame and wingspan to grow in to a player that could play tackle or guard on the next level. He has good feet and moves well. Most people thought that he would have made a quick commitment to OU, but since that time he has went more underground and it is clear that he has not been wanting to discuss the recruiting process much at all. Could that mean really good news for the Sooner Nation? Only time will tell.


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