Top 10 Recruits Visiting the Notre Dame vs. Oklahoma Showdown

Andrew KulhaSenior Analyst IIIOctober 24, 2012

Top 10 Recruits Visiting the Notre Dame vs. Oklahoma Showdown

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    This weekend the college football world will be treated to an epic showdown between two historic powerhouses with a lot on the line.

    The undefeated Notre Dame Fighting Irish, ranked No. 5 in the current BCS rankings, head to Oklahoma to take on the No. 8 ranked Sooners in a game that is shaping up to be one of the best matchups of the college football season.

    Naturally, many college football recruits have decided to take a visit, either official or unofficial, to watch this huge showdown.

    Here are the top 10 recruits that will be in attendance:

     

    Visit information via Bob Pryzbylo of ESPN.com

10. Lamar Robbins, 4-Star ATH, Miami (FL) *Official

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    Lamar Robbins is a 4-star athlete that can play cornerback, safety and wide receiver.

    He's a big name for the Oklahoma Sooners, 247Sports has them on top of his interest list, but programs like Louisville, Michigan State, Purdue and West Virginia are right behind them.

    A big win could be a the huge turning point for Oklahoma in regards to their recruitment of Robbins. His versatility would be a big plus for them.

9. Hatari Byrd, 4-Star S, Fresno (CA) *Official

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    Hatari Byrd is another very talented defensive back that will be in attendance officially for the Oklahoma Sooners, and he's already committed to the program.

    247Sports has Byrd listed at 6'1'', 195 pounds, running a 4.50 40-yard dash.

    He has the ability to be a great player for Oklahoma, so hopefully the official visit confirms his decision to commit to the Sooners.

8. L.J. Moore, 4-Star CB, Fresno (CA) *Official

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    This is going to be a huge game for 4-star cornerback L.J. Moore because he has an interest in both programs.

    Moore has Notre Dame on top of his interest list along with UCLA, and he visited back in September, according to 247Sports. They also have him with a "warm" interest in Oklahoma. 

    Moore is listed at 6'2'', 185 pounds, which is great size for a corner, and they have him running a 4.50 40.

    Both programs have a lot to gain or lose in regards to Moore.

7. Josiah St. John, 4-Star OT, Athens (TX) *Official

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    Josiah St. John is a big-name recruiting prospect that checks in at 6'6'', 280 pounds.

    According to 247Sports, he's the No. 5 junior college offensive tackle in the nation, and he's the No. 26 overall junior college recruit.

    Oklahoma is high on his list, but so is Arkansas, Oklahoma State, Ole Miss, Oregon State, Texas A&M, Texas Tech and West Virginia, so the Sooners will really want to make a big impression with the highly-ranked JUCO player.

6. Johnny Johnson, 4-Star CB, Fresno (CA) *Official

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    4-star cornerback John Johnson has UCLA and Stanford on top of his interest list, according to 247Sports, and Oklahoma is third coming in with a "cool" interest. This will be an official visit though.

    He's a talented corner that's rated as the No. 13 cornerback in the nation according to 247Sports' composite rankings, which is the average ranking of all the major recruiting services.

    Oklahoma may be able to move up Johnson's list with a good showing against Notre Dame.

5. D.J. Ward, 4-Star DE, Lawton (OK)

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    D.J. Ward is a 4-star strong-side defensive end that is already committed to the Oklahoma Sooners, but nonetheless, he'll be taking an unofficial visit to Norman for this game.

    Ward is one of the bigger names in Oklahoma's 2013 class, so this will be a huge game for the Sooners considering what's at stake.

    Ward is listed at 6'4'', 242 pounds and he's the No. 2 player in the state of Oklahoma according to 247Sports.

4. Stanvon Taylor, 4-Star WR, Tulsa (OK)

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    4-star wide receiver Stanvon Taylor is the No. 1 player in the state of Oklahoma according to 247Sports, and he's already committed to play for the Sooners, which is great news for Bob Stoops and company.

    Taylor is only 5'11" 160 pounds, but 247Sports has him running a 4.45 40-yard dash, so he'll have the ability to stretch the defense for Oklahoma and be a speedy mismatch.

    He'll be at this matchup on an unofficial visit.

3. Cole Luke, 4-Star CB, Chandler (AZ) *Official

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    Cole Luke is arguably one of the more important recruits at this game, and that's because he has major interest in both Oklahoma and Notre Dame.

    The 4-star corner has both schools on top of his interest list according to 247Sports, and in the end, the team that provides the best visit may end up getting his commitment.

    Luke is the No. 8 corner in the nation and the No. 2 player in the state of Arizona.

2. E.J. Levenberry, 4-Star ILB, Woodbridge (VA) *Official

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    E.J. Levenberry is a 4-star inside linebacker recruit that's considered to be the No. 4 player at his position, according to the 247Sports composite rankings.

    The real interesting thing about Levenberry being at this game is that he's currently a Florida State verbal commitment.

    It's worth noting that even though he's committed to the Seminoles, 247Sports still has Oklahoma listed as "warm" on his interest list.

    This visit could prove to be a very integral moment in Levenberry's recruitment for both Florida State and Oklahoma.

1. Keith Ford, 5-Star RB, Cypress (TX)

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    Keith Ford is a 5-star running back according to Scout.com, and he's been committed to the Oklahoma Sooners since March of this year. He's easily the centerpiece of Stoops' 2013 recruiting class.

    Ford had offers from the likes of Alabama, Florida State, Michigan and Notre Dame, so that goes to show you how good many recruiters think he can be. He checks in at 5'11'', 203 pounds via 247Sports, and he's their No. 2 overall running back for 2013.

    The Oklahoma commit will be at this game as an unofficial visitor, and he's the top recruit that will be in attendance.

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