Banner (6-foot-9, 310 pounds) is the No. 8 offensive tackle in the country according to Rivals.com, and the Sooners' chances appeared to improve over the weekend when he told King 5 Sports in Seattle that he'd eliminated Washington as a contender for his services. His decision will come down to USC, where he's expected to visit soon, and the Sooners. Banner took a trip to Norman in late September.
Brandon Beaver, defensive back, Compton (Calif.) Dominguez
With De'Vante Harris deciding to withdraw his commitment last week, the secondary is even more of a concern. The Sooners have JUCO signee Kass Everett and Wagoner's Kevin Peterson committed, but they still have needs at the spot. The cornerback is scheduled to visit OU on Jan. 20, according to Rivals, and is also considering Nebraska, Utah, Washington and hometown UCLA.
Akeel Lynch, running back, Athol Springs (N.Y.) St. Francis
Lynch is committed to Boston College, but with the Sooners' needs at running back growing with recent transfers, OU recently jumped in and offered the 6-foot, 205-pounder who has 4.4 speed. Lynch is expected to visit this weekend, as is Illinois high school running back David Smith.
Michael Onuoha, defensive end, Edmond Santa Fe
Onuoha isn't a threat to make an impact next year, as he still remains raw as he continues his bodily transition to football over basketball. But Onuoha is an intriguing talent, as the 6-foot-5, 225-pounder has the tools to be a big-time defender up front. Onuoha, who received an offer from the Sooners as soon as the dead period ended last week, will visit Norman this weekend. He also has an offer from Missouri.