Gunner Kiel, arguably the No. 1 quarterback recruit for the Class of 2012, will be flying to Norman today to visit OU's practice.
Speculation has been that Notre Dame is the favorite to land the 6-foot-4, 215-pound native of Columbus, Ind. Kiel's uncle,
But this is the second time in two months that Kiel has visited OU.
Wednesday, MaxPreps/CBS Sports recruiting guru Tom Lemming named Kiel the No. 2 overall prospect in the country, and No. 1 quarterback.
Lemming's No. 1 overall recruit, Springfield, Mo., wideout Dorial Green-Beckham, is also considering the Sooners.
SOONER OFFENSE ‘GAINING STRIDES'
One of the major deficiencies of the Oklahoma offense last season was goal-line production.
Despite being one of the top scoring teams in the nation, the Sooners ranked No. 63 in red-zone offense. That deficiency was accentuated in the loss at Texas A&M, when the Aggies turned OU back on three different goal line possessions.
But so far this spring, the Sooners have shown improvement at the goal line, notably during last Saturday's spring scrimmage.
“Last year we struggled on the goal line and I think we went 5-for-5 the other day punching it in on the goal line, which was really good,” said backup quarterback Drew Allen.
Said offensive line coach James Patton: “It was a good scrimmage Saturday. Had another good goal line set in practice (this week), which was good.
“It's been an emphasis. And it's been better.”
BLACKMON CONFIDENT RANDLE AND SMITH CAN FILL THE VOID
The development of a running game could be the key to Justin Blackmon's success for Oklahoma State this season as the Biletnikoff Award winner attempts to match his numbers from 2010.
Sophomore running backs Joseph Randle and Jeremy Smith are slated to fill the void left by Doak Walker Award finalist Kendall Hunter this fall.
And Blackmon is confident the youthful duo can become playmakers for the Cowboys.
“I feel real confident with Jeremy and Randle back there,” Blackmon said. “They're not Kendalls yet but they are getting there.”
GAMECOCKS SUSPEND QB STEPHEN GARCIA INDEFINITELY
South Carolina's Stephen Garcia has been indefinitely suspended from the football program, less than two weeks after the quarterback guaranteed he would not get in trouble again.
Athletic director Eric Hyman announced the suspension Wednesday.
“Stephen has exhibited behavior that is unacceptable for one of our student-athletes,” he said. “Therefore, he has forfeited the privilege to participate in any football related activity until further notice.”
South Carolina coach Steve Spurrier was expected to take address Garcia's latest problems after the team's practice Wednesday night.
ND COACH: NO WORD ON MICHAEL FLOYD
With five practices remaining before Notre Dame's annual spring football game, Irish coach Brian Kelly has no update on the status of suspended star receiver Michael Floyd.
Kelly said last week his understanding was that Floyd was to have a hearing before the Office of Residence Life, the school's disciplinary arm. But on Wednesday, Kelly had no update on Floyd's situation.
Kelly suspended Floyd on March 21, the day after Floyd was arrested on suspicion of drunken driving. It was Floyd's third run-in with the law over alcohol since 2009.
NIU'S DEVON BUTLER SHOT OFF-CAMPUS
Northern Illinois linebacker Devon Butler was in critical condition Wednesday after being shot off-campus.
The school released a statement saying the shooting occurred Tuesday night in DeKalb. He was transferred to OSF Saint Anthony Medical Center in Rockford, about 45 miles away, early Wednesday morning.
Coach Dave Doeren, who was at the hospital, says in a statement, "All our thoughts and prayers as a team and as a coaching staff right now are with Devon."
BUCKEYES TO PLAY VANDY IN 2013 OPENER
Ohio State opens the 2013 season against Vanderbilt and skips Minnesota each of the next four years under the Big Ten's new divisional setup, according to schedules released on Wednesday by the Big Ten office.
The non-conference game with Vanderbilt previously had not been announced by Ohio State. Neither had the 2014 Big Ten schedule.
TITANS, USC SETTLE OVER KIFFIN'S HIRING OF COACH
The Tennessee Titans have settled their lawsuit with the University of Southern California over Trojans coach Lane Kiffin hiring away an assistant coach just before training camp last July.
The Titans and USC announced Wednesday in a joint statement that settlement terms are private but called it an “amicable” resolution. The lawsuit is expected to be dismissed in a few weeks.
The team sued July 26, a couple days after Kiffin poached running backs coach Kennedy Pola off the Titans' coaching staff a week before Tennessee opened camp.