The countdown to National Signing Day is approaching its final month, and there's still a spotlight on the state's top two recruits.
Jenks safety Steven Parker and Douglass defensive end Deondre Clark, respectively Nos. 1 and 2 on The Oklahoman's Super 30, are both planning some January recruiting visits.
Clark has been verbally committed to LSU since late summer, and remains so. Parker has kept his options open. And with Signing Day approaching on Feb. 5, plenty of people will have their eyes on both players — among them, Bob Stoops.
The Oklahoma coach has made a strong push for both players recently.
Steven Parker's father, Steven Sr., told The Oklahoman on Sunday that he feels his son is leaning toward the Sooners.
Clark, 6-foot-3, 240 pounds, said that while LSU remains his primary focus, “Oklahoma has moved up a lot in my recruiting process.”
Stoops made an in-home visit to see Clark last month, and the Sooners have been gaining traction ever since.
Clark plans to use most of his five official visits before Signing Day, with LSU first on the list. And he has a variety of schools lined up for potential trips, including Alabama, USC, Florida and a couple others.
He said he isn't likely to take an official visit to OU, but will make a trip down to Norman at some point.
“I've been around Oklahoma, so I don't really need to take an official visit there,” he said.
Parker is hoping to make his decision in the next couple of weeks, saying he has no desire to let it drag out until Signing Day. But he has three official visits left, and Ole Miss remains on his list of potential trips.
Parker is closely watching what happens with the Texas A&M defensive coaching staff as well. He enjoyed his official visit to Aggieland, and Texas A&M remains in the mix. But secondary coach Marcel Yates had been Parker's primary recruiter, but Yates was hired as the new defensive coordinator at Boise State earlier this month.
And here's one more wrinkle to add to the drama for Clark and Parker. The two players were roommates at a Rivals.com prospect camp in the summer and have remained friends. They'll both be leaving in the next couple days for Los Angeles, where they'll play in the Semper Fidelis All-America game — and could be roommates once again.
So the futures of Oklahoma's top two recruits could be hashed out this week in a California dorm room.