California Love: Defense

Recruiting coverage at Sooner Illustrated is going strong as we look to bring fans the latest in Oklahoma recruiting news. Today, we look at some of the top Sooner targets from the state of California. Who is still in the mix?

In the Running…
Victor Burnett
Of all the Oklahoma targets on defense from the West Coast, it appears that Culver City middle linebacker Burnett is the player who has the most positives to say about the Sooner program. True, he is fresh off an official visit, but Burnett (6-1, 218) has kept Oklahoma in most of his Scout.com updates throughout the process since he had an offer in hand. 

The main thing here is, there are not many middle linebackers whom the Sooners are looking to fill the spot. Burnett seems to be that guy. He has a few more visits to get in before it is all said and done, but the chance to suit up early and seeing freshman on the field was an appealing fact for him to see in Norman. 

Long Shot…
Tony Jefferson
While Jefferson was on the same visit as Burnett and the other visitors from that weekend said that he was more than enjoying himself, the decision to place Jefferson (6-0, 197) in this category is simply because he is still committed (though soft) to UCLA. His plan is to take more visits, including Michigan, UCLA, and perhaps Miami and Tennessee

It will be interesting to see how this one plays out.

Joshua Shaw
Not more than 48 hours ago, it was somewhat solidified that Shaw was going to take in some Big 12 South action. But after Sooners Illustrated made a quick contact, Shaw has opted out of his official visit to Oklahoma. Latest Scout.com reports show that USC is making up major ground. He has already taken in Notre Dame, LSU, Ohio State and Florida.

At press time, Shaw made it know that an offical to Miami would take the place of the Oklahoma trip, so it was confirmed that he will not be in Norman. He has said a few times that the USC/Stanford game may be one that he would like to catch. 

No Mention…
Demetrius Wright
Back in late April, Wright got an offer from Oklahoma. Since then, not much, if any, Sooner talk has been spoken. As of late, Tennessee, Washington and USC seem to be at the top of the list. While USC is the more likely destination, he plans to take a second look at the Vols program before shutting the process down.

George Uko
After talks with father and son around mid-August, it seemed like there was an out shot that Oklahoma could get a possible September visit from the five-star defensive tackle Uko. Well, it's obvious that did not happen and it appears that the Sooners are a distant memory. USC, LSU, Tennessee, UCLA and California are the last ones standing for Uko

Committed Elsewhere…
Cassius Marsh– LSU 
Originally committed to Cal, Marsh wanted to check out a few more programs. Oklahoma made the initial list and made it through some of the narrowing down as well. But the stellar SEC Tigers went ahead and secured him from the West Coast.

Dion Bailey – USC 
The Sooner coaches, according to Bailey, reached out to him in April after viewing his video and were impressed. An offer soon followed. The unofficial visit to Oklahoma in August was supposed to take place, but…didn't. It was reported on July 16, that he would stay on the West Coast with a commitment to Southern Cal.


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