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Monday, November 25, 2013
Weekend recruiting wrap: Big 12

By William Wilkerson

With five November commitments, good fortune has come Oklahoma's way on the recruiting trail.

The Sooners picked up a commit last week and also offered a rising junior wide receiver. We’ll take a look at those two players and discuss a big performance by a future Longhorns running back in this week’s Big 12 recruiting weekend wrap.

Biggest commitment: This goes to Oklahoma and the verbal pledge it received from outside linebacker Devante Bond (Roseville, Calif./Sierre College). Bond was the third commitment in a two-day span for the Sooners, who have five commitments this month and 19 overall. OU wasn’t in dire need of outside linebacker help with a pair of three stars on board in Tay Evans (Allen, Texas/Allen) and Curtis Bolton (Murrieta, CA/Vista Murrieta). But Bond solidifies the group's depth for the next couple of seasons, while also showing the country that Oklahoma isn’t afraid to go the junior-college route if need be. Bond also had offers from Nebraska, Cal, Fresno State, Memphis, Ole Miss and West Virginia.

Biggest offer: This will also go to the Sooners and the offer they extended to 2015 wide receiver Ryan Newsome (Aledo, Texas/Aledo). Newsome (5-foot-8, 163 pounds) has really seen his stock rise this season. He’s rushed 54 times for 528 yards and four touchdowns, and has alos caught 16 passes for 411 yards and seven scores. Newsome also has offers from Baylor, Clemson, Colorado State, Oregon State, TCU and Texas Tech.

Best performance by a commit/target: ESPN Junior 300 running back and Texas commitment Jordan Stevenson rushed 20 times for 232 yards and three touchdowns in Dallas South Oak Cliff’s 63-37 victory over Frisco (Texas) Centennial in the second round of the UIL State Football Class 4A Division I playoffs on Thursday. Stevenson’s touchdown runs came from 1, 60 and 15 yards out.

Most important visit: 2014 defensive end Trey Carter (Dallas/Pinkston) was on hand to watch Oklahoma State demolish Baylor on Saturday. Carter was one of two official visitors for the Cowboys. He picked the perfect time to visit. OSU isn’t in dire need of defensive ends in this class with two others on board. But Carter would be a major upgrade at the position. One of the fastest risers in this class, Carter also has offers from Arizona State, Arkansas, Illinois, Oklahoma, Miami, Mississippi State, TCU and Washington State.

Biggest answer: The answer to where three-star safety John Plattenburg (Houston/Lamar) would land came last Tuesday when he committed to UCLA. That shouldn’t come as too big a surprise, especially considering all the attention he was getting from the West Coast with offers from Oregon, Arizona, Arizona State, Cal, Oregon State, San Diego State, Washington and Washington State. But there were some who thought that TCU was a real player here.

Biggest question: Will ESPN 300 defensive end Solomon Thomas (Coppell, Texas/Coppell) take his official visit to Texas? Thomas, who has the Longhorns in his top-8, has long maintained that he would visit Texas on an OV before his recruitment is over. But you’ve got to wonder if that is still the case after UT suffered another demoralizing defeat at home against Oklahoma State on Nov. 16. Stanford appears to be the leader for Thomas at the moment.