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December 11, 2012

Rewind: Visit List Gets Big Boost

The shock news to come out over the last week was that the Sooners will be hosting long-time USC commitment Nico Falah this weekend for an official visit. The Army All-American is currently ranked as the No. 16 offensive tackle in the country and was visited by Sooner head coach Bob Stoops and assistant coach Bruce Kittle at his high school, Bellflower (Calif.) St. John Bosco.

Falah had been recruited by Oklahoma back in the spring and summer but since the 6-foot-4, 267-pound offensive lineman made his commitment to the Trojans in mid-July he has heard very little until recently.

After taking a visit to Washington last weekend and a recent one with Oregon it seemed the Sooners felt the desire to simply get the Rivals250 prospect onto campus and hope for the best.

Don't expect Falah to be the last name to be added to a quickly growing list of visitors, as the Sooners have been all over the country since the completion of their season against TCU in Fort Worth.

A Seemingly Tough Weekend

Some other pertinent news over the past week was a bit unfortunate for Sooner fans as they watched three players at two key positions head elsewhere.

Of course enough has been said of the loss of Justin Manning to Texas A&M but the Sooners also missed out on defensive tackle Donovan Munger who committed to Ohio State during an official visit and junior college offensive tackle Trenton Brown ended his recruitment by committing to his long-time leader Florida.

The Sooners can be thankful that there were several players that seemed like possible commitments to the schools they were visiting who were able to avoid making a decision. Notably Desmond Harrison at Texas, Toby Johnson at Georgia, and Matt Finnin at Kansas.

The other aspect of the weekend that didn't go quite according to plan was the Sooners loss of 2014 commitment Devon Thomas. The Rivals250 running back from Broken Arrow, Okla. made the decision on Monday to rescind the commitment he made to the Sooners on Nov. 17.

The 5-foot-11, 190-pound back was one of SoonerScoop.com's two sophomore of the year recipients last spring and followed up his record breaking sophomore season with a junior campaign that saw him garner 495-yards and seven touchdowns on 93-carries in just seven games.

NOTES:

*A name that few had expected, due to his collection of already used official visits, to pop up on Oklahoma's offer list was Booneville (Miss.) Northeast Mississippi C.C. four-star defensive tackle Lavon Hooks. The 6-foot-4, 295-pound prospect had already visited Arizona State, Baylor, Ole Miss, and Nebraska at the time of Oklahoma's offer. Unfortunately the offer came just hours after Auburn did the same and set up a visit with the talented defensive tackle.

*More news of the week was that Oklahoma is suddenly back in the chase with Fresno (Calif.) Central East three-star defensive back L.J. Moore who confirmed to the Scoop staff that he will be visiting on Jan. 11 late Tuesday night.

*While Falah is committed to USC another prospect of the visit weekend committed elsewhere is Florida State three-star cornerback commitment Adrian Baker. The Sooners re-entered the race for Baker after Mark Stoops took the head coaching job at Kentucky and Oklahoma was no longer subject to their self-imposed rule of not recruiting against their brother. On Monday word surfaced that his primary recruiter, Eddie Gran, was leaving Florida State and Baker made no attempt to hide his disappointment.



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