Just when you thought all the recruiting talk was over. Only a couple days after the craziness that is National Signing Day, it's already time to move on to the 2013 class as the Oklahoma Sooners will be hosting their first junior day camp this weekend. And there is expected to be no shortage of star power in Norman as several top prospects have either been confirmed to be attending or barring some last minute change are expected to be making the trip.
The two big names expected to be in attendance are two of elite 2013 QB recruits, Tyrone Swoopes (TX) and Kelly Hilinski (CA). The two couldn't be more different as prospects with Hilinski being much more in the mold of a Sam Bradford or Landry Jones, your prototypical pocket passer, and Swoopes who has already drawn comparisons to Vince Young and Cam Newton. The Sooners currently have about 30 offers already out to 2013 recruits, but not one of those offers is at the quarterback position. OU is expected to be very selective with who they choose to offer at QB in the 2013 class and given the run of success they've had at the position, it's sure to be a highly coveted offer. So it will be interesting to see (1) who that first offer is and (2) based on who it is if they continue to go the direction of recent offers (i.e. a more mobile QB) or revert back to the more traditional pocket passer.
After the jump, we'll give you a list of those expected to attend and a quick breakdown on each.
Oklahoma's junior days are fairly different from the one school known more than any others in the country, Texas, for their junior days. OU hasn't traditionally haded out near as many offers as Texas typically does, nor will they received near as many early commitments as the Horns do. Not saying that's necessarily a good or bad thing, they just handle their junior days differently for several reasons. So it will be interesting to see of the players that do attend who does and does not receive an offer from the Sooners.
QB Tyrone Swoopes- Swoopes is a five star prospect and expected to be the top QB in the state of Texas. He's been open about being an OU fan and the Sooners have taken a more mobile QB in their last four classes, but is Swoopes just too raw for what OU is looking to do? He's too talented not to offer IMO, but even with his admission of being an OU fan it could be an uphill battle so would an offer be better served elsewhere? Hard to say this early, but the kid looks like a special talent.
QB Kelly Hilinski- Another likely five star QB and this one coming all the way to Norman from California. As we said before, Hilinski is much more of a pocket passer and the type of QB the Sooners haven't really brought in since Landry Jones (maybe Drew Allen). A very big kid at all of 6'6" with just as big an arm and a very polished delivery for a h.s. junior. Hilinski has already been to a previous camp in Norman as well as one unofficial visit to a game last year.
QB Brayden Scott - Local product and the current #4 ranked prospect in the state according to SoonerScoop, Scott already has offers from all over the country but has expressed interest in staying close to home. OU has shown a tendency at times to slow plaly in-state kids and not get involved until late in the recruiting process. They could do the same with Scott given some of their other QB targets, but it's a dangerous game to play if they wait to long and he commits elsewhere.
WR Marcell Ateman - Ateman has camped at OU before and drawn rave reviews. He already holds offers from Arizona, Baylor, Michigan, and Tennessee among others.
WR Quan Jones - Jones and Ateman are actually teammates so you can imagine how unfair it is for dueling 6'4" wide receivers to line up together on the same team. Jones hold offers from almost an identical list of schools as his teammate.
WR Jake Oliver - Oliver is one of the top WRs in Texas and actually has a brother currently enrolled at Oklahoma. He already holds offers from Arkansas, Clemson, Ohio State, Oklahoma State, TCU, and Texas A&M.
DT Justin Manning - Manning is actually the younger brother of former Sooner Demarcus Granger. Despite the family connection and his considerable talents, much to the dismay of many an OU fan Manning has yet to receive an offer from Oklahoma. Many are hoping this weekend will change that though there has been some talk that Manning may have lost his ride to Norman and might not be able to attend. So if you're in the Dallas area and headed to Oklahoma this weekend . . .
DE D.J. Ward - Currently considered to be the #1 2013 recruit in the state, the 6'4" 235 pound defensive end is essentially a must get for the in-state Sooners. Ward was offered by Oklahoma earlier than they ever offer recruits which is a true sign of how serious they are about landing the stud defender.
S George Baltimore - 5'11" 190 pound safety out of Mansfield, TX
WR Chevoski Collins - 5'11" 185 pound receiver out of Livingston, TX
WR Ellis Jefferson - 6'4" 190 pound receiver out of Denton, TX
WR Eldridge Massington - 6'3" 188 pound receiver out of Mesquite, TX
ATH Kameron Miles - 6'2" 200 pound athlete out of Mesquite, TX who OU would likely project on defense (safety probably). He and Massington are teammates.
OT Kent Perkins - 6'5" 300 pound tackle out of Dallas, TX. OU is very likely fighting a losing battle on this one, but they'll still take their shot.
LB T.J. Ponds - 6'0" 210 pound linebacker out of Wagoner, OK and the #30 ranked prospect in the state.
ATH Stanvon Taylor - 5'11" 160 pound athlete out of Tulsa, OK. Taylor missed his junior season with an injury, but now healthy is expect his stock to soar between camps and what is expected to be a big senior season. Taylor is currently the #2 ranked 2013 prospect in the state per SoonerScoop.
Several more names could come out once the recruits arrive on campus or after the camp is completed, but just assuming everyone above shows it would be a very successful first junior day for the Sooners.