With a sub-par 2013 home football schedule, OU fans who follow recruiting have known for some time that this weekend's game was shaping up to be the Sooners only true "marquee" game with which to attract recruits. And for several months the OU coaches have been coordinating their efforts to schedule both official (OU pays for travel) and unofficial (the recruit pays for travel) visits this weekend for a number of high profile recruits.
In fact if all those scheduled to be in Norman do in fact make the trip, it could prove to be the most high profile recruiting weekend the Sooners have ever had under Bob Stoops.
Making things all the more interesting is the abundance of California prospects who are expected to make the trip. If travel plans hold, the Sooners will be hosting five of the Golden State's Top 10 overall recruits and another who resides in the Top 50. in fact, the group has even started referring to it as the 'Weekend of the West' on social media with so many of them planning to make the trip to Norman.
In addition to those already mentioned and several others we'll tell you about, Oklahoma is also expected to be hosting close to half of their current list of 2014 commitments as well. Which is always a good things as having already bought in (hence their commitment), they can help sell the school/coaches/environment to those uncommitted prospects who will be in attendance.
But enough in delaying the suspense. You're here because you want to know who will be on campus and we're happy to share as it could be a very, very significant weekend for the future of this Oklahoma football program.
2014 Running Back | 6'2" 207 lbs | Joe Mixon | *****
Of all the high profile kids expected in Norman this weekend, Mixon is undoubtedly the headliner. He is Rivals' No. 1 overall running back and the No. 1 overall all purpose back in 247's composite rankings. He is a phenomenal athlete who is equally as dangerous running the ball as he is catching it.
The Oakley (CA) product is a self-professed huge fan of Adrian Peterson, which is certainly one of the factors that has drawn him to the Sooners. In fact, there have even been unconfirmed reports that AD could be in Norman this weekend. Which, if true (and that's a VERY big if at the moment), would be virtually impossible for any other school to top and you would have to think put OU right at the top of Mixon's list. Many feel that the Sooners are in good shape with the five star back for a variety of reasons, the AD connection and the relationship he and Cale Gundy have developed among them.
As you would expect, there is no shortage of suitors for Mixon's services. He holds offers from a plethora of programs, but has a proclaimed Top 5 of: Oklahoma, Florida, California, Wisconsin, and Oregon.
2014 Athlete | 5'10" 172 lbs | Adoree' Jackson | *****
2014 Safety | 6'2" 185 lbs | Steven Parker | ****
2014 Athlete | 6'0" 170 lbs | Michiah Quick | ****
2014 Defensive Tackle | 6'1" 285 lbs | Tashon Smallwood | ***
2014 Defensive Tackle | 6'0" 293 lbs | Ainuu Taua | ****
2014 Linebacker | 6'3" 240 lbs | Devante Bond | ***
Bond was actually a member of the 2013 class and signed with the Miami Hurricanes out of junior college before an academic issue arose late in the process and prevented him from enrolling. He and Miami parted ways and now he will sign with the 2014 class and plans to enroll in January with whichever school he eventually chooses. He and Oklahoma are familiar with one another as the Sooners were one of the top schools he was considering before signing with the Canes.
As a player, Bond is a dynamic pass rusher off the edge that would fit perfectly in the type of role Eric Striker is currently playing in this 3-3-5 OU defense. He has his limitations in coverage, but when you can line up and rush the passer like he has proved capable of, you tend to look past any coverage issues.
Of all the guys expected in Norman this weekend, several have put odds on Bond of being the most likely to commit.