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January 26, 2014

Still riding high, Sooners could land big recruits

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NORMAN —

One of the major aspects of the elevated reputation on the recruiting trail is it has allowed OU to spread its footprint.

Of the recruits the Sooners are still hoping to land, one is New Orleans St. Augustine defensive tackle Courtney Garnett. The former Texas commitment visited OU last week. He visited Tennessee this weekend. Another is offensive tackle Kenyon Frison from West Valley City, Utah. He visited Nebraska this weekend.

Ironically, the class could very well come down to what two highly coveted in-state recruits do. Jenks defensive back Steven Parker made an official visit to Auburn this weekend. It is believed that OU and Texas A&M are the final two vying for his letter of intent.

Oklahoma City Douglass High School defensive end Deondre Clark has been committed to LSU for months and he was in Baton Rouge, La., for his official visit this weekend.

“Those guys are a huge part of it,” McCuistion said, “but again, defensive tackle from Louisiana and an offensive lineman from another area OU hasn’t really recruited before — Utah.”

If the Sooners can land all four to the class, which is currently Rivals.com’s No. 18 class and No. 16 according to ESPN, it likely elevates it into the top 10. The way they closed the 2013 season has a chance to get the recruiting ball rolling in 2014 and beyond.

“More than anything from the people I’ve talked to, it sounds like for Oklahoma the doors have really opened and guys who weren’t interested in making visits have suddenly decided to,” McCuistion said.

John Shinn

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