Oklahoma Football Recruiting 2014: Analysis on Commits, Visits and Offers
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Tuesday, July 16
“Right now my main schools are still the same: Oklahoma, Notre Dame and USC,” Starks said. “I think out of all of them I talk to Oklahoma the most. … Yeah, right now I’d say Oklahoma is leading right now.”
Starks is a 4-star running back and safety. He visited Oklahoma on April 23.
Monday, June 24
According to 247Sports, wide receiver Jeffery Mead has announced he will attend Oklahoma. The 3-star wide receiver who also had offers from Clemson and LSU, among others, told James Hale of 247Sports (subscription required) that picking the Sooners was an easy decision:
Yeah, that was definitively a key part of my decision. OU throws the ball around real well and they offered me early telling me I was a wide receiver they wanted in their program and I have always felt good about that fact.
Mead is now the 10th commitment for Oklahoma and the second wide receiver.
Tuesday, June 18
I like the coaches. The receivers coach, coach Norvell, he's pretty cool and I talk to him a lot. They pass the ball a lot. Last year they were No. 5 in passing and that's pretty high. They don't have a lot of receivers on their depth chart and he told me if I come I'll have a good chance of getting some early playing time.
Per the report, Brown plans to visit the Sooners soon and could make a decision if he likes what he sees. Brown is a 4-star recruit, and he is rated as the 102nd-best wide receiver of the 2014 recruiting class.
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Friday, May 24
Oklahoma knew it was in the running for 4-star offensive tackle Ty Barrett. He has now confirmed that the Sooners are truly a school he is watching closely, according to Erin Hartigan of Scout (subscription required), as he released his top seven favorite schools out of 21 schools interested:
With 20-plus offers in lap, Ty Barrett has listed a top seven (in no particular order) of "Ole Miss, Texas Tech, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Kentucky, TCU and Baylor."
Barrett unofficially visited Oklahoma on April 13.
Tuesday, May 14
As Oklahoma hopes to improve the offensive line, lineman Connor Mayes is the latest to receive an offer from the Sooners. Only considered a 3-star recruit, Mayes brings massive size to the conversation, as he is listed at 6'5", 320 pounds.
According to his 247Sports page, Oklahoma is heavily in the race with three other teams.
Monday, May 13
Oklahoma landed its fifth commitment of the 2014 class, as cornerback Marcus Green has given the Sooners his verbal commitment. Turning down teams like Nebraska, Ole Miss and Texas Tech, Green told 247Sports that there was no reason to continue waiting.
"I just feel that OU is the best school for me and there is no reason to wait any longer," said Green. "My parents went out to eat and we were just talking and I told them how much I wanted to play at Oklahoma, and they told me that it was best to go ahead and do it now. I mean why wait when I know that is where I want to go and I just went ahead and pulled the trigger and then sent the text to you."
Friday, May 10
The Sooners have added to their 2013 recruiting class by landing Tony Feo out of Fullerton Community College. According to NewsOk, Feo is expected to join the team this summer and still has two years of eligibility remaining.
Feo still needs to add weight at 6'4", 280 pounds, but he brings much-needed versatility, as he can play either tackle or guard. He will be eligible to play immediately.
Oklahoma has a chance to add to its 2013 recruiting class with defensive end Andre Ross yet to decide where he would like to play his college ball. A JUCO transfer out of Navarro Junior College, Ross believed he had to spend another semester playing small-time ball but quickly realized he is eligible to transfer to a Division I school.
Ross visited Oklahoma on May 3 and really enjoyed himself, according to Bob Przybylo of ESPN (paid link):
Everybody made me feel real comfortable. They made me feel like I was already a part of the team. That was important for me, because when it comes to deciding on where I’m going to play, it’s going to be about how comfortable I am.
Before making an official visit, Ross is also visiting TCU and Texas Tech. According to the report, he hopes to make a decision within the next couple of weeks and will be eligible to participate in fall camp.
Defensive end Da'Shawn Hand, arguably the top player in the country, is paying closer attention to Oklahoma, according to James Hale of 247Sports (subscription required). Hand goes on to talk about his relationship with Oklahoma defensive line coach Jerry Montgomery:
I met him when he was at Michigan and that he is when he started to recruit me. Then we lost contact for a little bit because I really wasn’t looking at Oklahoma, but now I am opening up my recruiting a lot and I am taking a peek at Oklahoma now.
Even though Hand lists Alabama, Florida, Michigan, South Carolina and Virginia Tech as his top five, this is great news if you are an Oklahoma fan. An impact player on the defense, Hand is the top prize for any team. While the Sooners are considered the heavy underdogs at this point, just knowing he is at least somewhat interested is a small victory.
Oklahoma remains in the running for wide receiver Byron Daniels. A 6’1”, 168-pound receiver, Daniels has above-average speed and can line up just about anywhere on the field. According to Damon Sayles of ESPN (paid link), Daniels has Oklahoma, Texas Tech and Oklahoma State in his top three. He also could be coming close to a decision within the next couple of months:
I want to go somewhere that just feels like home as far as how you interact with other people, students and coaches. The most important thing is education. I want to study business -- either that or something sports-related.
Dionte Sykes will likely play his college football out west, unless Oklahoma extends an offer. A 6’4”, 200-pound wide receiver out of Gilbert, Ariz., Sykes told Bob Przybylo of ESPN that an offer from the Sooners would turn his recruiting process upside down.
“It would change the whole recruiting process for me,” Sykes said. “The receivers they’ve put out in the past like Ryan Broyles and Kenny Stills. The tradition. It would change everything for me.”
According to the report, Sykes has kept in contact with defensive line coach Jerry Montgomery for quite some time. Wide receivers coach Jay Norvell is scheduled to stop by and check out the talented receiver soon.
Cornerback Marcus Green is one of the latest to receive an offer from Oklahoma, as he stopped by for an unofficial visit on May 6. A physical corner with very little speed, Green likely has a future at safety in college.
While this offer does put Oklahoma in the conversation, Green recently told 247Sports that the Sooners aren’t the favorite just yet.
"Things are going really good right now," Green told Rebels247. "I actually got a new offer today from Oklahoma, but right now Ole Miss is still on top."
Ross Donelly has plenty of time to think about where he is going to play football, but he told Justin Krainz of 247Sports that he has already put together a top five. According to the report, Donelly has trimmed his list down to Oklahoma, Texas, Texas A&M, Oregon and Baylor.
Donelly is a massive defensive tackle at 6’2”, 300 pounds, and he would make a great addition to the Oklahoma defensive front. He hopes to visit all of his favorite schools and make a verbal commitment by the end of his junior year.
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