It’s a second chance for Oklahoma to make a positive imprint on top recruits. The Sooners had an opportunity last month in a home game against Kansas State but were unable to come out with a victory.
But a win against Texas in the Red River Rivalry would help wipe away the memory of the loss. And with several top recruits making the trip, might be the impression that helps OU in the future on the recruiting trail.
Here are five of the biggest visitors for OU. For a full list of the visitors, read the SoonerNation forum.
1. 2014 WR K.D. Cannon (Mount Pleasant, Texas/Mount Pleasant): Cannon seems to be at the forefront of potential OU-Texas battles for 2014 as both the Longhorns and Sooners have made it clear he is high on their list. Since camping at OU in June, Cannon has seen the Texas campus a couple of times. There is no guarantee Cannon will be able to make a trip to Norman for a home game this season so Saturday might be the lone shot for OU to show Cannon what it’s all about.
2. 2014 QB Justice Hansen (Edmond, Okla./Santa Fe): OU continues to show a lot of interest in the ESPN Watch List prospect. But the Sooners are joined by several schools. Instead of going to OU's game against Kansas State, Hansen elected to make a second trip to Florida State to see the Seminoles defeat Clemson. He had a great time at FSU, but now is a chance for the Sooners to remind Hansen how good it can be with the crimson and cream.
3. 2014 LB Cameron Hampton (Dallas/Carter): Almost all of the 2014 Texas high school recruits have stayed silent about where they stand with OU and Texas. Not Hampton. Hampton gained a plethora of OU fans with his comments this week that he hopes OU wins the Red River Rivalry. What has helped OU in the bid for Hampton is linebackers coach Tim Kish. Right from the start, Hampton and Kish hit it off, and it hasn’t died down since. Hampton is hopeful to make an OU home game this season too.
4. 2013 DT Justin Manning (Dallas/Kimball): This weekend is not about impressing Manning. He knows everything there is to know about OU. No, this weekend is about sealing the deal once and for all. A great sign for the Sooners is Manning making the game in the first place. He was originally supposed to take an official visit to LSU but has bypassed that for OU-Texas and his high school homecoming dance at night. The plan is still for Manning to announce his decision next Friday. There is nothing to suggest he won’t follow his brother’s footsteps and join the Sooners.
5. 2013 LB Mike Mitchell (Plano, Texas/Prestonwood Christian): If a recruit won’t travel much during the season, you'd better make the most of limited opportunities. That is certainly the case with Mitchell. The ESPN 150 linebacker isn’t vocal about his recruitment nor is he somebody who has been active in traveling and making visits. Kish has made a big push for Mitchell, as has OU linebacker commit Jordan Mastrogiovanni (Dallas/Jesuit). Mitchell made an unofficial visit to OU in July and there is a strong possibility of an official visit following the season.