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NORMAN, Okla. — The second Junior Day is just hours away, and it's set to be a big one. Tons of big name prospects are slated to be in attendance, so without any further ado, let's get to breaking it down.

Anticipated list of attendees:

There are huge potential gets on both sides of the ball who will be heading in, and Cypress HS running back Keith Ford highlights those on offense.

A plethora of wide receivers are also on their way, including in-state star Jordan Smallwood from Jenks HS, and Texans Ellis Jefferson, Marcell Ateman and Quan Jones.

Another Texan, tight end Jeremiah Gaines out of Red Oak HS, additionally plans to soak things in.

Vian (OK) offensive guard Rob Boyd and offensive tackles Dan Skipper, Ralston Valley (CO) HS, and Darius James, Harker Heights (Texas) HS, will be there.

There's no shortage of names defensively either.

One of the headliners here is certainly Justin F Kimball HS defensive tackle Justin Manning, the brother of former Sooner defensive lineman DeMarcus Granger.

Parkway (LA) HS defensive tackle Antonio McGhee is another attendee.

Several defensive ends, including Oklahomans D.J. Ward and Dalton Rodriguez, as well as Texas prospects Jay Arnold and Matt Dimon, are on the docket.

Wagoner (OK) HS linebacker T.J. Ponds and three safeties, Devanta Johnson, Maurice Smith and Raaquan Davis round up the list.

What to expect:

If, as a Sooner fan, you thought the first Junior Day was a letdown because of the lack of a commitment, there's reason to believe it won't be that way this time around.

Manning and Ward are two guys to keep a really close eye on.

Sources say Manning could jump at an OU offer, if one is extended.

Ward has liked the Sooners a lot for quite some time and might just give his verbal on the long time offer if defensive ends coach Bobby Jack Wright and the rest of the staff plays things right on the visit.

Regardless of if it's Manning, Ward or someone else on the radar, the Sooners will get a commitment out of this day.

It's highly unlikely that OU would go two Junior Days without a single commit.

That doesn't seem likely, and it won't be the case.

The obvious bet is on a certain player; we'll see if that ends up transpiring.

What needs to happen:

This should indicate it's a pretty important weekend.

Not only is it an expectation that OU will land at least one commitment, but they must do so.

Why? Because questions--whether warranted or not--are going to be raised if the Sooners can't at least secure one verbal.

They are one of just two schools in the conference without a current commit, and it will be shocking if another Junior Day doesn't take care of that.

If it doesn't, though, is there reason for concern?

The program needs to avoid that discussion and will definitely do so when No. 1 comes out of this weekend.

So, it's essential the Sooners land their first, but at the very, very least, they must make headway with some of the biggest name guys arriving on campus.

Stay tuned.

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