Oklahoma Football Recruiting: Latest Buzz Surrounding Sooners' 2013 Class
While it's has to be tough to improve upon the current class that boasts Trey Metoyer, the Oklahoma Sooners 2013 recruiting class has its fair share of upper-level prospects.
So far the Sooners have wrapped up a total of 13 commits with many more offers still awaiting answers. In fact, there are 18 4-star players currently mulling over offers from Oklahoma.
Here's an updated look at where some of those players stand with regards to signing with OU.
Beau Sandland, TE
The Sooners have yet to successfully nab a tight end in their search to fill out the 2013 recruiting class, despite putting offers out to three different athletes. Beau Sandland, a 6'5'', 250-pound specimen, would go a long way toward filling that void.
He's widely regarded as the top remaining JUCO prospect at his position, having played at Pierce Community College in California. One of his former teammates, cornerback Kass Everett, committed to Oklahoma in 2011 and is working to have Sandland join him in Norman.
Sandland is still in the information gathering stage, having yet to reach a decision.
Things could be a lot worse than having a lot of coaches wanting to call you and see you in person, Sandland said. It’s a good problem to have. At my high school we didn’t have any scouts coming through. We weren’t very good so people didn’t care. (via Bob Przybylo of ESPN.com)
The Sooners coaching staff certainly cares and it's shown.
I talk to Coach [Bruce] Kittle on the phone frequently, and I’ve even talked with Coach [Bob] Stoops a couple of times, Sandland said. I’m very comfortable with the OU staff, and I definitely want to see what the school has to offer.
It appears OU has put itself in great position with Sandland, but only time will tell what university he'll pick.
Torii Hunter Jr., WR
Torii Hunter Jr., son of MLB player Torii Hunter, finds himself also under consideration as a baseball prospect. Hunter also gets the job done on the football field, highlighted by his recent success at The Opening.
Hunter took full advantage of the opportunity to flash his skill set and moved up the charts.
The reason I went to The Opening was to show people that I was better than 137, Hunter said, as he finished playing a summer baseball game. Now finding out that I moved up 86 spots to 51, I feel like I’ve succeeded. (via Damon Sayles of ESPN.com)
Hunter believes teams were able to break his play down more efficiently when seeing him in person.
“It showed that I could go up and get it and make tough catches in traffic,” Hunter said. “I don’t think people really got to see that in my film.”
It would be quite the accomplishment for the Sooners if Hunter was to commit, considering his status as a two-sport athlete. With three wideouts on indefinite suspension however, there's certainly a need at the position.
Demarcus Robinson, WR
Oklahoma seems closer than ever to plucking a top prospect out of the state of Georgia with receiver Demarcus Robinson recently ranking OU in his top-five.
Florida is in my top five with Oklahoma, South Carolina, Notre Dame, and Clemson. I will be visiting Clemson soon and I have already visited Notre Dame. I may visit Oklahoma officially and I think I might visit South Carolina this summer.
Robinson is a sizeable target at 6'2'' and 200 pounds, and his route work is well-noted. He's taken an interest in the Sooners due to their high-powered offense, which could go a long way in showcasing his budding talents.
"They get the ball around," Robinson said of Oklahoma. "They had the second most passing receptions in college last year." (Via Derek Tyson of ESPN.com)
Alvin Bailey, WR
The Sooners made the cut when Alvin Bailey narrowed his choices down to a list of 13 early in June. That list is due to shorten soon as Bailey is making unofficial visits to multiple universities.
Bailey projects as a dynamic and versatile athlete with most projecting his future at wide receiver. A recent signee at safety, Eric Striker was a teammate of Bailey's in high school.
“Alvin can ball, no doubt about that,” Striker said recently. “I would love for him to join me at OU, but it’s his decision.” (Per Bob Przybylo of ESPN.com)
Justin Manning, DT
Justin Manning is the brother of former Sooner Demarcus Granger, and while Oklahoma has long been the most likely destination for Manning, the recruiting process hasn't been flawless.
Manning felt slighted by the pace OU chose when offering him a commitment.
If Oklahoma wouldn’t have waited so long, I probably would have committed on the spot, Manning said. It’s true that I was glued in on Oklahoma in the beginning but I didn’t hear from Oklahoma my whole sophomore year. I started talking to Oklahoma at the end of my junior year and by then I already had like 10 offers. So I became wide open and was talking to those 10 coaches. Right now, that is a total negative on them.” (Via William Wilkerson of ESPN.com)
Those comments came back in April, and it's clear the university did themselves no favors with how they handled the situation. But, one has to think cooler heads will prevail here.
Defensive tackle is a huge need for the 2013 class, and Manning has gone on record stating his favorable opinion of Oklahoma in the past. This is a deal that should get done.