Bob Przybylo breaks down the most recent OU offers for the class of 2013:
• With OU junior days done and spring practice in its second full week, it was a slow offer week by the Sooners. The plethora of offers in February has slowed down as the Sooners only issued four new offers this week.
However, that doesn’t mean this wasn’t an eventful week. OU had a good weekend following a great visit by potential five-star quarterback Max Browne (Sammamish, Wash./Skyline), and the news got better Tuesday with the commitment of defensive end Matt Dimon (Katy, Texas/Katy).
Dimon is the type of player OU fans will gravitate toward immediately. Katy coach Gary Joseph said there isn’t a harder worker on the team.
Dimon thought about committing to OU on junior day but took 10 more days to make sure he knew OU was the place he wanted to be. At 6-foot-4 and 250 pounds, Dimon has good size at end. There have been whispers of Dimon going to tackle, but so far, that has not been proven to be true.
The knock on Dimon has been his so-called lack of athleticism. Dimon said he is not worried about what others are saying about him. And Joseph said if people don’t think Dimon looks good on film, their opinion would definitely change if they saw him in person.
One thing nobody will deny is Dimon’s motor. He doesn’t quit on plays and his determination sets him apart from other defensive ends.
OU is not done at the position for 2013, but Dimon is a quality start to what should be a defensive-heavy class.
• One coach not shy about sending out offers is wide receivers coach Jay Norvell. His approach worked in 2012 as most believe the Sooners have their best incoming receiving class in team history.
OU isn’t looking for a class of five wide receivers in 2013, but you wouldn’t know it the way Norvell has been active.
If the Hunter name sounds familiar, yes, he is the son of the centerfielder. His father has been known for his incredible catches in the outfield and looks like son is known for his catches on the gridiron.
Hunter, 6-foot-1 and 175 pounds, is picking up interest big time in last two months. Some of his other offers include West Virginia, Arkansas and Notre Dame.
Larue is 5-foot-11 and 180 pounds and has offers from all over the nation. Pac-12 teams have been quick to jump on him but so, too, have Big Ten teams like Michigan and Nebraska and SEC schools like Texas A&M and Vanderbilt.
Allen, 6-foot and 187 pounds, is an ESPNU Watch List member. Like Larue, Allen’s offer list is quite extensive and quite national in the teams showing him interest.
• With defense being such a point of emphasis for OU’s 2013 class, arguably the most notable offer this week was defensive tackle Eddie Vanderdoes (Auburn, Calif./Placer).
Vanderdoes, 6-foot-3 and 285 pounds, is on the ESPNU Watch List. The Sooners are very late in getting into Vanderdoes so it will be interesting to see if the Sooners can make up ground.
SEC powers like Alabama and Georgia have already offered. Midwest schools like Michigan and Notre Dame are in the mix as well as several Pac-12 schools.