The first 2014 Junior Day at OU has earned one commitment so far. Here is a look at some of the top players that came to Norman for the event, and where they stand with the Sooners.
Vontre McQuinnie, S, 6’1, 198, 4.5, Lancaster, Texas: McQuinnie enjoyed his trip to Norman so much that he committed to the Sooners before he left, becoming the second commitment for the Sooners of the 2014 class.
Deondre Clark, DE, 6’3, 240, 4.6, Oklahoma City (Douglas), Oklahoma, is the state’s top national recruit and already has 14-offers from OU, Auburn, Clemson, Notre Dame and Texas A&M to name a few. His brother Stevie Clark is the top men’s basketball player in the state and he has signed with OSU. The younger Clark says that he and his brother may not go to the same school, and that is good news for OU who have been recruiting Clark for the past two-years and are very much in the running for his services.
Justice Hansen, QB, 6’3, 190, 5.4, Edmond (Santa Fe), Oklahoma, is one of the nations top quarterbacks and he received the Sooners first quarterback offer of the 2014 class. Hansen says he wants to visit a few colleges this spring, but the Sooners became a solid leader with the offer.
Steven Parker, S, 6’2, 175, 4.5, Jenks, Oklahoma, is national recruit that earned an offer from Sooner Defensive Coordinator and secondary Coach Mike Stoops last summer and was one of the top priorities of the Sooners on their Junior Day. OU was his first offer and Parker will never forget that as he goes through the recruiting process. He is going to OSU’s Junior Day this weekend.
Dorian Leonard, WR, 6’4, 180, 4.6, Longview, Texas, was offered by the Sooners the week of the Junior Day and Leonard really likes OU. The Sooners are currently his only offer and his top choice.
Zaycoven Henderson, DT, 6’2, 295, 5.1, Longview, Texas, was also offered early by the Sooners and since has received offers from TCU and Baylor. Henderson really liked the Junior Day at OU and the Sooners are the early leaders. He is going to SMU’s Junior Day this weekend.
Ty Barrett, OL 6’5, 295, 5.1, Dallas (Skyline), Texas, earned an offer from the Sooners on Junior Day and is picking up one offer a week. Texas Tech, West Virginia, Ole Miss and Mississippi State have entered the game early, and with James Patton leaving for Indiana, Barrett will have a new offensive line coach recruiting him at OU. That shouldn’t be any problem as Barrett doesn’t seem in any hurry to commit. He went to Texas Junior Day and Texas Tech the following week.
Soloman Thomas, DE, 6’3, 251, 4.6, Coppell, Texas, is one of the top prospects in Texas and OU defensive end Coach Bobby Jack Wright got in on him early. Thomas is a national recruit and the Sooners have a shot. Texas appears to be his early leader, but he did not commit to the Longhorns on their Junior Day.
Samaje Perine, RB, 5’10, 222, 4.5, Pflugerville (Hendrickson), Texas, has emerged as one of the Sooners top targets for the 2014 recruiting class. Perine had a great time at the Sooners Junior Day and the Sooners are the early leaders over Baylor, Houston, Purdue and Tennessee.
Nick Alexander, WR, 6’3, 175, 4.5, Lancaster, Texas, loved Junior Day at OU. OU was the first to offer Alexander, and since he has picked up offers from SMU and Washington and he says OU, Texas and Texas A&M are his top three schools at the moment.
Myles Garrett, DE, 6’4, 240, 4.7, Arlington (James Martin), Texas, is a top 50 player in Texas and received an early offer from OU. Garrett loved Junior Day with the Sooners and OU is in the mix with Texas A&M, LSU and SMU.
Demetrius Knox, OT, 6’4, 296, 5.52, Ft. Worth (All Saints Episcopal), Texas, took in Junior Day at OU, but has committed to Texas and has been committed to Texas for some time. The Sooners are keeping the lines of communication open, but Knox appears to be set to be a Longhorn.
Jeffrey Mead, WR, 6’5 ½, 170, 4.55, Union, Oklahoma, took advantage of Junior Day at OU as well as any other player that attended earning a scholarship offer from the Sooners. Clemson’s Brent Venables followed suited and offered Mead a few days later and the Sooners and the Tigers won’t be the last two to offer the talented Mead. OU is the leader and hopes to close out the deal early.
Arrion Springs, CB, 5’11, 187, 4.48, San Antonio Roosevelt, Texas, is another talented player that picked up an offer from the Sooners on Junior Day. OU and Texas Tech are the first two teams to offer Springs and he likes the Sooners a lot. Springs says that the Sooners, Red Raiders, Oregon and Florida make up his top four. Springs teammate defensive tackle Trae Gardner (6’0, 305) also came up for the Sooners Junior Day with him.
Coleman Key, QB, 6’4, 200, 4.7, Broken Arrow, Oklahoma, did not get an offer from the Sooners but the Sooners told him they like him a lot and they are going to keep recruiting him. Key currently has an offer from Arkansas State.
Trenton Ball, TE, 6’6, 225, 4.7, Midwest City (Carl Albert), Oklahoma, loved Junior Day at OU and really likes OU. OU is taking a hard look at the Carl Albert star and there is a good chance OU will eventually offer. Ball will attend the OSU Junior Day this weekend.
Jake McMillion, DE, 6’3, 225, 4.6, Abilene, Texas, had a great time at OU and was told by the Sooners they will watch him close his senior year and they could offer in the future.
Grant Blankenshipi, DE, 6’5, 235, 4.7, The Colony, Texas, loved Junior Day at OU and would love to play for the Sooners. OU told him they will continue to recruit him and watch him his senior year.
Derrick Leonard, S, 6’0, 185, 4.5, Lancaster, Texas, attended Junior Day with a number of his teammates from Lancaster. OU already has one verbal from a 2014 safety and they will be paying attention to Leonard this season.