Sooners getting a jump ahead

2014 cornerback Nick Watkins has an OU offer.

NORMAN, Okla. — Head coach Bob Stoops and the Sooners are in the heat of the recruiting season for their 2013 class, but in the process, they've also already got a nice little jump on the future.

Eighteen 2014 prospects have already been informed of their Crimson and Cream offers, and that undoubtedly includes some of the nation's top talent of to-be-juniors.

Break down the numbers further, and it should come as no surprise where most of the offers have already gone to: wide receivers and defensive backs.

That's because the current eligibility chart reveals that two wide receivers are set to graduate after 2013, including Jalen Saunders and Kenny Stills.

Stills, of course, could easily be gone after the upcoming season and the crop of receivers also features Trey Franks and Jaz Reynolds should they earn their scholarships back, meaning four receivers from the current corps will be gone two years from now.

That explains why OU has got an early jump on four elite receivers, including Arizona prospects Cameron Denson and Mark Andrews, Fresno (Calif.) Central High East Campus' Michiah Quick and Mount Pleasant (Texas) HS talent KD Cannon.

OU has offered five defensive backs to this point to get a jump start on replacing safeties Aaron Colvin and Tony Jefferson and cornerbacks Kass Everett, Gabe Lynn and Joe Powell, who will all be gone for sure after 2013.

The DBs offered include Cedric Collins, Nick Harvey, Edward Paris, Nick Watkins and Edwin Freeman.

All five of those targeted secondary products for OU defensive coordinator Mike Stoops hail from the Lone Star State.

Then, there's a pair of tight ends, Tyler Luatua and Koda Martin, and a couple offensive tackles, Cameron Robinson and Braden Smith, that have already got the call from the Sooners.

The Stoops brothers have also offered spots to linebackers Vincent Jackson, Kevin Crosby, Michael Ferns and Cameron Hampton.

Hampton, from David W Carter HS in Dallas, Texas, accompanies the three eastern prospects Jackson, Crosby and Ferns, from Florida, South Carolina and Ohio, respectively.

A quick glance ahead shows that Corey Nelson and Tom Wort will be gone, as well as this year's seniors Jaydan Bird, Joseph Ibiloye and Daniel Franklin.

Simply by observing these numbers, it's obvious to see the Sooners have gotten busy despite being extremely focused on closing out the 2013 class in the next seven months up until Signing Day.

Just more than 110 total offers have been extended to the current class that has already reeled in 11 commitments, and although the 2014 class figures to be slightly larger, the current offer count is something to keep an eye on.

It will continue to grow as the coaching staff finalizes this class and the amount of offers will likely reach that other figure in the heat of the next recruiting season a year from now.

For now, though, 18 and counting have got the nod.

And the Sooners are in on some of the nation's most elite in 2014.

Stay tuned.

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