One of the advantages of having multiple commitments at one of the high profile high school all-star games taking place this week is the chance for those already committed to your school to hang out with other top recruits who may have their eye on an offer from the Sooners. That very thing happened Tuesday in San Antonio when the #13 cornerback in the 2012 class Brandon Beaver was talking with OU commits Taylor McNamara and Derrick Woods and saying how he'd love to look at the Sooners, but he'd yet to hear from the OU coaches. Beaver knew Woods because both are from California and have attended the same camps in the past, but Beaver is also good friends with 2012 OU commit De'Vante Harris who is in Florida for the Under Armour game but had also been recruiting Beaver on OU's behalf.
So through the magic of social networking, the players were able to get Beaver in contact with Brent Venables on Tuesday and the OU defensive coordinator offered the California CB over the phone and the two set up an official visit to Norman for later this month (Jan. 20th).
Needless to say getting in this late on one of the top players at his position, and a national recruit with no real ties to OK, is usually setting yourself up for disappointment in the recruiting game. However, Beaver's initial comments about the Sooners and his existing relationship with several other current OU commits could definitely sway things in our favor if his visit on the 20th goes well.
In addition to Oklahoma, Beaver also has offers from Arizona, Nebraska, Tennessee, UCLA, Utah, and Washington.