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October 23, 2012
Around the Southwest: OU's big weekend
Each Tuesday throughout the fall, Rivals.com is breaking down the Southwest Region recruiting scene with news, notes and analysis. Here is the latest from Rivals.com Southwest analyst Jason Howell.
News and Notes
week it was Texas A&M opening the doors to welcome several of their top
targets. This weekend it is Oklahoma. As the Sooners host Notre Dame they are also welcoming Rivals250 Fresno (Calif.) Central East
Hatari Byrd, Rivals250 DE Greg Gilmore, Rivals250 defensive
back Cole Luke and Florida State commitments
E.J. Levenberry Jr.
and Adrian Baker. Then they also have Arkansas commitment
Dominique Alexander, who received an offer from OU last week, coming in on an
unofficial visit, several Oklahoma 2013 commits and multiple 2014 targets with
offers. It's going to be a big weekend in Norman.
Here are some top underclassmen to keep an eye on from around the region:
QB David Cornwell, Jones, Okla. (2014)
At 6-foot-5, 215 pounds, Cornwell is a big presence in the pocket for Jones. He stands tall, has a big arm and can really snap it off and fire a bullet when he needs to do so. Cornwell may be a pocket guy but he is mobile and shows great awareness in the pocket. When he does scramble he can throw on the run or he can get down field. Since receiving an Indiana offer this summer he has seen the interest pour in from the likes of Alabama, Michigan, Auburn, Oklahoma and Oklahoma State.
RB Lawrence Evitt, Wagoner, Okla. (2014)
Speed, speed, speed, throw in some wiggle and then some more speed. It's good Evitt has the speed and is slippery with his ability to start and stop and reverse, because at 5-foot-7 and 165 pounds he is shy on size. Evitt has great vision and explosion, and has some surprising strength in his lower body. He has been putting up big numbers as a junior and recently saw Oklahoma stop by to take a look.
WR Jalen Adams, Moore (Okla.) Southmoore (2014)
Like Evitt, Adams is not a giant, but he has shown himself to be a deep threat against all who stand in his way. If defensive backs give him a cushion, he is quick to eat it up and keep them uncomfortable. Colleges are quickly taking notice of the Southmoore standout. Tulsa recently offered and Oklahoma and Oklahoma State are keeping a close eye on him.
What I'm thinking …
Kevin Sumlin has the recruiting train rolling strong in College Station right
now, and he has a chance to close with a big bang.
Considering Texas is losing steam and A&M is
building steam, 2014 may be the class the Longhorns find themselves in some real
fights early on for some top recruits. Arlington Martin defensive end
Myles Garrett is one who immediately jumps to mind.