OU's defensive 'wish list'

Safety Steven Parker

Halfway through the recruiting calendar, who are some of the names still alive on OU's board for defensive recruits?

The first Tuesday of each month Sooners Illustrated is going to examine the recruiting situation for Oklahoma's defensive positions.

Here is an idea of where OU stands heading into August. The number in parentheses indicates the number of recruits OU is looking to sign at the position for the Class of 2014. The names in no way reflect OU's official board but are the best guesstimate of who OU is targeting.

DE (2)

Committed: None.

Favorite: Arlington (Texas) Grace Prep's Justin Hollins. OU has been in the driver's seat for Hollins because of the work defensive line coach Jerry Montgomery did during the spring. Hollins participated at OU's camp in June and made another trip to campus last weekend.

Next in line: Coppell (Texas) High's Solomon Thomas. If you're going to wish, wish big. Thomas would be the steal of the class for OU. There's no doubt the Sooners are in the mix, but there are a lot of other quality schools in Thomas' final eight.

Arlington (Texas) Martin's Myles Garrett. Again, going to be a tough pull from the Dallas Metroplex area. OU has inched closer in the race but is nowhere near being called the favorite.

On the radar: Denton (Texas) Ryan's Sekou Clark. A constant visitor to campus during the last two years, Clark is waiting patiently for the offer. The lines of communication were opened once again during the satellite camp in June. Senior film could seal the deal.

Tulsa (Okla.) Booker T. Washington's Jordan Brailford. Strong showing at OU's camp, but he didn't leave with an offer. He committed to Oklahoma State later that week, but the Sooners will certainly take another look this fall.

DT (3-4)

Committed (1): Irving (Texas) Ranchview's Brandon Glenn. Earned the offer with a brilliant showing at OU's camp in June. One more unofficial visit later and the Sooners had their first tackle commitment.

Favorite: Rowlett (Texas) High's Cedric Johnson. The offer was made official last week and has certainly made things a lot more interesting for Johnson. Has been on the radar for OU for a while, including a spring practice visit. One more trip to campus might lock this one up.

Next in line: Lufkin (Texas) High's D.J. Williams. Earlier this summer Williams appeared to be the sure thing. He's not anymore. With schools like Miami (Fla.) and Missouri, among others, showing huge interest, this is going to be a tougher battle than first anticipated. He still hasn't seen the campus.

Tooele (Utah) Stansbury's Allan Havili. Committed to Utah, but Montgomery isn't packing it in regarding Havili. He is pumped about the offer and has now set up an official visit for October. A switch in his commitment isn't out of the question.

On the radar: Lompoc (Calif.) High's Ainuu Taua. Sooners are certainly interested, but it remains to be seen just how serious Taua's level of interest is with OU.

LB (3-4)

Committed (1): Allen (Texas) High's Tay Evans. Once the offer was made, it was just a matter of time. Evans visited July 2 and committed. Sooners got two for the price of one when his brother, Bobby Evans, a 2015 prospect, committed eight days later.

Favorite: Houston Summer Creek's Dakota Allen. He'll be off this list in one way or another next time around. Allen is set to announce Aug. 16 between OU, TCU, Texas Tech and Kansas State. OU feels like it has some ground to make up.

Next in line: Los Angeles Salesian's Jamardre Cobb and Marquis Ware. OU hasn't hit the jackpot with linebackers the last two classes, but the Sooners are in the mix for Cobb and Ware. If the Sooners can get Cobb and Ware to campus for an official visit, things will get a lot more interesting.

Cincinnati Colerain's Tegray Scales. It didn't appear like the OU offer made a big deal, but Scales has talked openly about taking an official visit. It will still be tough for the Sooners to get him out of the Midwest, but it's not a lost cause.

On the radar: Palm Bay (Fla.) Bayside's Greg Miclisse. OU started to show interest in the spring and officially made the offer in June. There is a lot of mutual interest, but there are still hurdles to climb before this is reality.

DB (5-6)

Committed (3): Lancaster (Texas) strong safety Vontre McQuinnie. Now holds the distinction of being OU's first commit of the class. He is solid with OU although there has been discussion of him being advised to look around.

Cedar Hill (Texas) High cornerback Marcus Green. A little under the radar compared to all the other Texas defensive backs, it didn't take long for Green to pledge after his offer. No reason to believe he's not 100 percent solid with the Sooners.

Gulfport (Miss.) Harrison Central's Tito Windham. The summer was kind to Windham both in terms of offers and camp performances. But he is adamant he is 100 percent with the Sooners and has set up his official visit Sept. 6, the weekend of the West Virginia game.

Favorite: Jenks (Okla.) High safety Steven Parker. No telling when Parker will commit, but no doubt the Sooners are among his favorites. As time goes by, it gets a little tougher for OU fans but OU has put in quality work for Parker.

Next in line: Houston Lamar safety John Bonney. He made his third visit to campus in 12 months last weekend. He has been busy, seeing Texas, Northwestern, Ohio State and OU in an eight-day period. A decision seems likely, one way or another.

Fresno (Calif.) Central's Michiah Quick. Nobody knows exactly where Quick fits in with the Sooners. Could be wide receiver or could be cornerback. OU has three receivers committed for the class so the safe bet is the secondary is his destination.

Houston Alief Taylor cornerback Chris Hardeman. With his recent decommitment from LSU, OU is back in the picture. He will visit OU this weekend and will be interesting to hear how things progress from that visit.

On the radar: Shreveport (La.) Woodlawn's Donovan Wilson. The Shreveport gang took over OU's camp two months ago, but an offer hasn't been given just yet. The Sooners can wait to see how everything else shakes out before jumping to an offer.

Plano (Texas) Prestonwood Christian safety J.R. Reed. A solid three-day camp showing has put him in the conversation for an offer. He's not there yet, but he has good size and comes from a strong pedigree of football talent.

Summary: OU is looking good in the secondary in terms of commits and likely commits. The question is going to be at line and linebackers. Defensive tackle will be a huge point of emphasis for Montgomery during the fall.

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