Oklahoma will be hosting their first Junior Day of the year this weekend and it will feature a number of their top 2014 recruiting targets. You may remember the Sooners had originally planned for this to take place back on January 11th, but they were also hosting a number of 2013 official visitors and chose to reschedule Junior Day so their attention would not have been divided.
For those not already aware, a Junior Day is a pretty common occurrence in the current world of college football. They are somewhat similar to when a player makes an official recruiting visit to a school with two important differences. The first being the school cannot pay for the player's travel. Second, and perhaps most important, a Junior Day is much like a camp setting in that it allows the coaches to put the players through drills and see them, in-person, in a practice like setting. It also allows the coaches to measure and weight the players in attendance, which may seem like a small thing but it's important because heights and weights are frequently, um, padded on most rosters.
Typically, a number of offers will be made at a Junior Day once the coaches have the opportunity to see a player up close. Several of the players that are expected in Norman this weekend already hold offers from Oklahoma, but many do not and this could potentially be their best chance to impress a coach and earn that coveted scholarship offer.
As we've done in the past, think of this list as being written out in pencil. These are still teenagers we're talking about and as such plans can change quickly and with very little if any notice. Keeping that in mind, here is a list of those expected to attend.
QB Justice Hansen 6'3" 200 lbs (Edmond, OK) VIDEO - Many believe Hansen to be the Sooners top quarterback in this 2014 class. He has yet to receive an offer from Oklahoma, but that is pretty typical when it comes to Josh Heupel who typically takes his time before offering. Hansen holds offers from Arizona State, Arkansas, Missouri, and Texas A&M
S Steven Parker 6'2" 185 lbs (Jenks, OK) VIDEO - Parker has future star written all over him and as Oklahomans will know, he comes from one of the state's top high school program. Parker has been offered and is believed to be an OU lean. In addition to Oklahoma, he currently holds offers from Alabama (Yes, that Alabama), Oklahoma State, and Tulsa.
DE Deondre Clark 6'3" 240 lbs (Oklahoma City, OK) VIDEO - Clark projects as a potential elite edge rusher from the defensive position, but has been a bit of enigma when it comes to recruiting (at least for OU). He has previously had a number of trips to Norman planned only to cancel for a variety of reasons. He has a younger brother who is one of the top basketball players in the state, Stevie Clark, and who is committed to Oklahoma State. Many believe LSU is the early, and possibly strong, favorite for Clark's services.
WR K.D. Cannon 6'1" 165 lbs (Mount Pleasant, TX) VIDEO - Cannon is one of, if not the, top receivers in the state of Texas and at the top of a number of school's wish lists. Plays much bigger than his listed height due to his leaping ability. Definitely a guy who can make you look silly out in the open field. Cannon already holds offers from Baylor, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, TCU, Texas, Texas A&M, Texas Tech, and West Virginia among others.
LB Cameron Hampton 6'2" 205 lbs (Dallas, TX) VIDEO - Talented linebacker out of the powerhouse Dallas Carter program. Obviously plays a position of significant need for the Sooners in this 2014 class. Hampton holds offers from Clemson, LSU, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Oklahoma, Texas, and Texas A&M among others.
S Kendall Adams 6'1" 190 lbs (Fort Worth, TX) VIDEO - Adams could be one of the top safeties in the state of Texas for the 2014 class. He does not currently hold offers from any schools according to his Rivals profile.
QB Coleman Key 6'5" 210 lbs (Broken Arrow, OK) VIDEO - Another one of the state's top three (along with Hansen and David Cornwell) quarterback prospects. Having both Hansen and Key in Norman will help them push one another and should really give Heupel a chance to thoroughly evaluate both. Key's only reported offer at the moment is from Arkansas State.
QB Foster Sawyer 6'5" 210 lbs (Fort Worth, TX) VIDEO
CB Darrion Johnson 5'11" 170 lbs (Brenham, TX) VIDEO
S Vontre McQuinnie 6'1" 198 lbs (Lancaster, TX)
S Derrick Leonard 6'0" 185 lbs (Lancaster, TX)
RB Corey Avery 5'11" 185 lbs (Dallas, TX) VIDEO
DE Myles Garrett 6'4" 229 lbs (Arlington, TX) VIDEO
TE Deandre Goolsby 6'5" 225 lbs (Derby, KS) VIDEO
S Jyaz Jones 6'0" 178 lbs (Dallas, TX)
OT Austin Schlottman 6'5" 270 lbs (Brenham, TX) VIDEO