Tuesday, December 1, 2009
Sooners hitting the recruiting trail looking for offensive linemen
By ESPN.com staff
Recruiting is heating up across the Big 12 as the regular season finishes up. It's one of the reasons why I can't wait for my Tuesday updates from Tom Luginbill, the national recruiting director for ESPN's Scouts Inc.
Here are some updates involving Big 12 teams.
T Seantrel Henderson
Saint Paul, Minn.
Cretin-Derham Hall H.S.
Scouts Grade: 87
ESPNU150 Rank: 4
Position Rank: 1
No. 1-rated offensive tackle Seantrel Henderson (Saint Paul, Minn./Cretin-Derham) has made official visits to Ohio State and Notre Dame and plans to visit USC this weekend and Florida the weekend of the 12th. Oklahoma was in line for his fifth visit, but that could change ESPN affiliate Web site IrishSportsDaily.com reports.
"Our five was our five for a reason," Seantrel's father, Sean, said. "We had our five plus the Gophers, Miami and Iowa, so with that, everybody is always still a consideration. We like everybody for different reasons and things that will benefit Seantrel. We're going to play it by ear. We still have three more visits we have to take before we decide in February."
The Henderson family will receive in-home visits from Minnesota, Ohio State, Iowa and Oklahoma this week.
ATH Tony Jefferson
Chula Vista, Calif.
Scouts Grade: 85
ESPNU150 Rank: 10
Position Rank: 1
Five-star athlete Tony Jefferson (Chula Vista, Calif./Eastlake) decommitted from UCLA following an official visit to USC and will now decide for either the Trojans or the Oklahoma Sooners, ESPN's Greg Biggins reports.
"The UCLA players really disrespected me before the game," Jefferson said. "When they saw me, they were all cussing at me, telling me to never come around Westwood again and things like that. These were guys that I had hung out with before and it was a lot of the team. I guess I kind of see it since I was committed there and was wearing USC gear before their big game but I still didn't appreciate it."
The nation's No. 1-rated athlete will not take any more trips.
"Oklahoma is coming over Tuesday for a home visit. I'm sure USC will be coming in too but we haven't discussed it yet. Like I said, right now, the two are dead even and I really like both schools a lot. This whole recruiting thing has been crazy and I can't wait for it to end. There has been so many twists and turns but it should be over soon and I'll be glad when it is."
The ESPNU 150 prospect initially committed to Stanford as a junior. Several other programs from across the country including Arizona, Michigan, Florida, Miami-FL, Georgia, Notre Dame, Oregon, Tennessee, Arizona State and Oregon State also offered.
T Damien Robinson
Olive Branch, Miss.
Olive Branch H.S.
Scouts Grade: 81
ESPNU150 Rank: 108
Position Rank: 11
ESPNU 150 offensive tackle Damien Robinson (Olive Branch, Miss.) discussed his official visit to Oklahoma with ESPN affiliate Web site OUInsider.com.
"I had high expectations for my visit to Oklahoma, and they met every last one of them," he said. "They had a great environment and it was a down-home community type thing. They had great facilities and they were great people to be around. It was the kind of program that I am looking for."
"I might just take three, but it might end up being four," Robinson continued. "I have no clue right now who I would visit with my fourth visit. I have Arkansas and Tennessee for sure, and then it might be Ole Miss or LSU."
Several other programs including Mississippi State, Alabama, Auburn, Florida State and North Carolina have also offered.
TE Drew Owens
Ardrey Kell H.S.
Junior ESPNU 150 Watch List prospect Drew Owens (Charlotte, N.C./Ardrey Kell) told ESPN affiliate Web site TheBigSpur.com, "My decision will definitely come before my senior season. South Carolina, Virginia Tech and North Carolina are my top three schools. Those are the main schools I'm looking at right now. I don't have a leader though."
North Carolina State, Maryland, Vanderbilt and East Carolina have also offered. Programs including Clemson, Georgia, Duke, Wake Forest, Kansas and Oregon are showing interest.
Owens caught 14 passes for 221 yards (15.8 average) and three touchdowns during his junior season.
S Corey Cooper
Proviso East H.S.
Scouts Grade: 79
Position Rank: 19
Three-star safety Corey Cooper (Maywood, Ill./Proviso East) will give the Fighting Illini an official visit on Dec. 11th, ESPN affiliate Web site IrishSportsDaily.com reports.
Cooper has already made official visits to Arizona, Nebraska and Notre Dame. He recently eliminated Tennessee from contention.
The 6-foot-1, 195-pound senior also stated that he will not dismiss Notre Dame because of a coaching change.
DE Brandon Mosley
Coffeyville Community College (KS)
Coffeyville Community College (Kans.) defensive/offensive lineman prospect Brandon Mosley has a favorite after watching last weekend's Iron Bowl, ESPN affiliate Web site AuburnUndercover.com reports.
"They are up there," Mosley said of Auburn, "probably No. 1. It was awesome. It was big-time. It would be awesome to play over there. I've been to a few Georgia games, but I haven't seen anything like that."
Florida State, Ole Miss, Kansas State, Arizona, Kansas and Arkansas amongst others have also offered.
Mosley, who plays tight end for Coffeyville, is on track to graduate in December.