Every Thursday, SoonerNation releases the Sooner Intel, a sneak peek inside Oklahoma Sooners football recruiting with news and notes on the latest happenings around the program. Talk about it on our forum. A few things discussed in this week's update:
• The Sooners are in the running for a teammate of a 2012 signee
• One 2013 point guard has developed a great relationship with Lon Kruger
• Two OU commits talk about their time together at a weekend camp
• An offensive tackle target is already thinking about his November official visit to Norman
• A 2014 in-state forward prospect has a lot of nice things to say about the Sooners
Read the Sooner Intel after the jump.
Beyer with strong OU connection
This week has felt like a downer for OU fans in Sooners recruiting as targets continue to commit to other schools. But one target has emerged as the Sooners are in the mix with four-star offensive tackle Matt Beyer (San Antonio/Reagan).
If OU can land Beyer, he can finally stop hearing about how great the Sooners are from former teammate Trevor Knight.
Knight, a quarterback, and his twin brother, Connor, a tight end, are both on campus and working out in the Sooners' summer conditioning program.
“Trevor has been talking to me since July about OU. He has been pumped up for a long time,” Knight said. “The potential to play with Trevor and Connor, too, definitely means a lot.”
Beyer visited OU for its first junior day in February, but he had to prove to schools that a back injury that hindered him in 2011 was a thing of the past before his offer list went up.
It is a little different the way Beyer has been describing the schools he likes. He is not listing any favorites. Instead, he lists the five schools he is talking to more than the others: OU, Oklahoma State, Baylor, Oregon and Minnesota.
Beyer said he is happy with his relationship with OU offensive line coaches James Patton and Bruce Kittle.
“They’re both very knowledgeable and honest people. I definitely respect them," he said. "And their history of sending players to the NFL speaks for itself."
Beyer is coming off a positive visit to Oregon and said he might be ready to make his decision in July. He won’t be making another visit to OU. But that’s not necessarily a bad thing for the Sooners.
“If I didn’t have Trevor and Connor, I would make a second visit. But those two have told me everything I’ve wanted to know,” Beyer said. “I know I can ask them about anything.
“They’re loving it right now. It’s a lot of work, but that’s what college football is supposed to be about. They’re a great resource and have been a big help.”
Beyer is adamant about having the decision done before his senior season.
Foster back on OU’s radar
The guard spot isn’t limited to just Clark and Woodard, though. The camp gave point guard Marcus Foster (Wichita Falls, Texas/Hirschi) another chance to connect with OU coaches.
The Sooners were high on Foster initially but backed off in the winter. But they’re not backing off anymore.
“I thought things went real well,” Foster said. “We’ve been talking a lot more lately. I’ve been talking with Coach Kruger and Coach [Chris] Crutchfield.”
Foster is considering Kansas State, Lehigh, TCU, Creighton and SMU and wants to make his decision before the season starts.
This was the second year Foster has attended OU’s camp but this experience was a little bit different than 2011.
“Last year we were a better team,” Foster said. “This year I didn’t get a rest. I played every minute of every game this weekend, but I was in good enough condition to last.”
Foster wasn’t sure why OU stopped looking his way, but he didn’t care. When the Sooners started talking to him again, he didn’t feel slighted and said his interest is as high as it has ever been.
He can score, but that’s not what he wants people to know him for.
“I’m a real physical guard,” said Foster, who is listed at 6-foot, 155 pounds. “Real strong. I can score, but I’m also somebody who can get 10 rebounds a game and take it strong to the hole.”
OU, Stanford standing out to Woodard
He’s not nearly as flashy as his Athletes First teammate and ESPN 100 member shooting guard Stevie Clark (Oklahoma City/Douglass), but Edmond (Okla.) Memorial point guard Jordan Woodard is no slouch, either.
And what Woodard did this weekend might go a long way in earning the respect of OU coaches. Woodard participated in the Deron Williams camp in Chicago on Friday and Saturday. He flew home Sunday morning. But his first stop back wasn’t to Edmond, but to Norman to be with his Edmond Memorial team at the final day of OU’s basketball camp.
He didn’t regret the decision at all.