Recruiting notebook: Douglass' Deondre Clark to hit Oklahoma, Oklahoma State junior days

Defensive end Deondre Clark continues to pick up significant offers, with Texas A&M and Washington State joining the fray this week. He also has offers from LSU, Notre Dame, Texas, Tennessee and several others.
by Ryan Aber and Scott Wright Published: January 26, 2013
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photo - All-State and Little All-City high school football player Deondre Clark of Douglass poses for a photo in Oklahoma City Monday, Dec. 17, 2012. Photo by Nate Billings, The Oklahoman
All-State and Little All-City high school football player Deondre Clark of Douglass poses for a photo in Oklahoma City Monday, Dec. 17, 2012. Photo by Nate Billings, The Oklahoman

Could Alexander switch though?

He took a visit to Arkansas last weekend and visited Kansas State this weekend.

Alexander is committed to the Sooners as a linebacker, but Arkansas is recruiting him as a safety.

HANSEN MISSING BASKETBALL, EXCITED ABOUT A&M OFFER

There's no question football is Justice Hansen's sport.

The 2014 quarterback from Edmond Santa Fe is also a pretty good basketball player though.

Hansen has missed some time recently with the Wolves after suffering a back injury earlier this month.

“It's nothing too big but the doctors wanted me to take a couple weeks off to make sure it got better,” Hansen said.

Hansen's football recruiting continued to gather steam with recent offers from Texas A&M and Arizona State.

He's also expected to be in attendance for Oklahoma's junior day next weekend.

Hansen was particularly excited about the Texas A&M offer, and the reasons go far beyond their recent success and the performance of Johnny Manziel.

A big part of that is the recent hire of Tulsa native Jake Spavital as co-offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach.

“You look at the guys he's coaches before, guys like Case Keenum, Geno Smith and Brandon Weeden and the things he's helped them do, and you can't help but be impressed,” Hansen said.

SOONERS PAYING ATTENTION TO CORNWELL

Oklahoma's recruiting of 2014 quarterback David Cornwell appeared lukewarm when Cornwell was at Jones.

But whether Cornwell's recent move to Norman North had anything to do with it or not, the Sooners' interest in Cornwell is picking up.

Friday, Sooners co-offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach Josh Heupel visited Cornwell.

“Great meeting with Coach Heupel, attending a spring practice with #OU now,” Cornwell tweeted after the meeting.

Heupel was also expected to visit with Broken Arrow quarterback Coleman Key on Friday.

Cornwell was invited to the Sooners' upcoming junior day but already has visits lined up. He visited Alabama over the weekend and has visits with Indiana and UCLA planned for the next two weekends.

It's been a busy week for Cornwell, who picked up offers from Washington State and Virginia Tech before leaving for his weekend visit.

He also recently visited Michigan.

DESOTO'S WILSON HAS STRENGTH, SPEED

Oklahoma State will host DeSoto (Texas) standout Dontre Wilson next week, on the final weekend before National Signing Day, as the Cowboys try to lure Wilson, who is committed to Oregon, to Stillwater.

Wilson, a four-star running back according to Rivals.com, remains committed to Oregon, but has taken time to look around since the departure of Ducks coach Chip Kelly for the NFL.

Wilson was scheduled to visit Ohio State this weekend. The Cowboys recently added a second running back to the 2013 class, Rennie Childs of Houston's Cypress Ridge, in addition to longtime commit Corion Webster of Atlatna, Texas.

At 5-foot-10, 180 pounds, Wilson's speed stands out immediately, but coach Claude Mathis says his power will surprise people.

“People don't expect it from him, but he can run well between the tackles,” Mathis said. “He's really a strong runner, and he's got great vision to go with it.”

OSU already has a verbal commitment from DeSoto defensive back Taylor Lewis, but Mathis said the friendship between Lewis and Wilson will not factor into the recruiting process.

by Ryan Aber
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Ryan Aber has worked for The Oklahoman since 2006, covering high schools, the Oklahoma City RedHawks, the Oklahoma City Barons and OU football recruiting. An Oklahoma City native, Aber graduated from Northeastern State. Before joining The...
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by Scott Wright
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A lifelong resident of the Oklahoma City metro area, Scott Wright has been on The Oklahoman staff since 2005, covering a little bit of everything on the state's sports scene. He has been a beat writer for football and basketball at Oklahoma and...
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