October 3, 2013

Top Five Most Important Visitors

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After kicking off SoonerScoop.com's recruiting feature 'Inside the Weekend' on Wednesday with a look at the Top Five Prospects that will head to Norman this weekend. We move on to Part Two today with a look at the Top Five Most Important Visitors of the star studded group of prospects that are expected to hit the 405 this weekend.

In this SCOOPHD feature Recruiting Editor Josh McCuistion takes a look closer and more in depth look at five of the visitors that are 'must gets' for the Sooner coaching staff.


video by Eddie Radosevich

Michiah Quick, Athlete - 6-foot, 170-pounds Fresno (Calif.) Central East
Why Quick? Topping the list as the most important recruit to make his official visit to Norman is Fresno (Calif.) Central East standout Michiah Quick. While Mike Stoops efforts shouldn't be downplayed in grabbing Hatari Byrd and L.J. Moore a season ago out of Central East. Earning the services of arguably a top 50 player like Quick is another thing. As noted in the video breakdown recruiting editor Josh McCuistion says earning a commit from Quick could be the biggest get for Stoops in his short time back on campus. With Byrd and Moore already in his ear as well as graduate assistant and Fresno native Courtney Viney it would be safe to assume there will be plenty of attention thrown Quick's way during his time in Norman.

Devante Bond, Outside linebacker - 6-foot-3, 240-pounds Roseville (Calif.) Sierra C.C.
Why Bond? A true second opportunity for Tim Kish and the Oklahoma Sooners brings Bond to campus this weekend after selecting Miami as his school of choice last season. Making for what is relatively a more comfortable situation for Bond as well as the Sooner coaching staff with much better product to offer the talented outside linebacker on film. A change in scheme and what Mike Stoops is asking his OLB's to do in the new look 3-3-5 scheme would appear to suit the Sierra C.C. game perfectly.

Steven Parker, Safety, - 6-foot-2, 182-pounds Jenks (Okla.)
Why Parker? It's plain and simple as far as perception goes across the Sooner State. As noted by McCuistion in the SCOOPHD video feature getting one of the top prospects in their own backyard use to be an every year occasion for the Sooners. While that is primarily still the case losing a player like Parker would be a blow to momentum that continues to trend upwards for the OU coaching staff. It also would be a solid win to attract a player from-arguably- the best high school factory in the state in Jenks High School. A school in which Oklahoma has signed a player each of the last two years with Alex Ross in 2012 and Jordan Smallwood in 2013.

Ainuu Taua, Defensive Tackle, 6-foot-1, 270-pounds Lompoc (Calif.)
Why Taua?: In yesterday's Part One in which Taua was listed as one of the top five prospects on this weekend's visitor list. McCuistion referred to the talented defensive tackle as the 'final piece' for this weekend's recruiting affair. What the 6-foot-1, 270-pound OU offer also represents is the chance for defensive line coach Jerry Montgomery to really close on big time talent. Something of which Sooner fans are still waiting for but should only be a matter of time with Montgomery's track record previously at Michigan

Dwight Williams, Outside Linebacker - 6-foot-1, 212-pounds Gardena (Calif.) Junipero Serra
Why Williams? Unlike his above mentioned teammate Adorre' jackson the addition of the No. 4 outside linebacker in the country in Rivals100 product Dwight Williams comes as something of a surprise. Without any previous indication that he would like to visit Norman Williams decision to join in on the Cali invasion of Norman could become one in which the Sooner coaching staff sells the idea of heading to the Sooner State via California joining a list of Cali natives on the Sooner roster that seemingly continues to grow in recent years. As McCuistion points out in the video it should only help the Sooners cause with his teammate and friend alongside with him during his first official visit.

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