Bob Stoops' Recruiting to-Do List Before 2014 National Signing Day

Ben Kercheval@@BenKerchevalCollege Football Lead WriterJanuary 30, 2014

Oklahoma head coach Bob Stoops reaches out to quarterback Trevor Knight (9) in the first half of the NCAA college football Sugar Bowl in New Orleans, Thursday, Jan. 2, 2014. (AP Photo/Rusty Costanza)
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Oklahoma's 2014 recruiting class is in good shape. With 22 commits, three of whom have enrolled early, the Sooners have the No. 17 class in the nation. 

Of course, there's always work to do. Nothing is official until a national letter of intent is signed—sometimes, it's not even official then—and a lot can happen in the final week before national signing day next Wednesday. 

Every coach has a to-do list, including Sooners head coach Bob Stoops. What do Stoops and his coaching staff need to check off over the next week?


1. Lock Down Safety Steven Parker

Oklahoma has done a nice job addressing its needs in the secondary, but it can land one more major recruit. 

The most likely uncommitted prospect to sign with the Sooners is 4-star safety Steven Parker. The Jenks High School product ranks as the No. 2 prospect in the state of Oklahoma and the No. 9 safety in the country. With senior safety Gabe Lynn departing, and with Quentin Hayes entering his final year, there's going to be some turnover in the secondary.

Parker could be a future star in that group with a chance to see playing time as a freshman. He holds 19 scholarship offers, so there's plenty of interest for his playing services. 247Sports overwhelmingly predicts that Parker will sign with Oklahoma, though Texas A&M and Auburn are technically still in the running. 

It would be a big pickup for Stoops, and a realistic one at that. 5-star cornerback Adoree' Jackson has an offer from the Sooners but doesn't appear interested. 

Oklahoma has two verbal commits at the safety spot: Jordan Thomas and Vontre McQuinnie. Locking down Parker would only add to what is a good-looking defensive back group in the '14 class. 


2. Anchor the Offensive Line Class

Oklahoma has decent depth along the offensive line but will lose four seniors. Among them is center and All-Big 12 first-team selection Gabe Ikard. 

The Sooners have four offensive line prospects committed, but another one could be on the way. That's 3-star tackle Kenyon Frison

Frison, a Salt Lake City native, was originally committed to Utah but opened things back up earlier this month. He appears to be down to Oklahoma, Nebraska and Arizona State. 

Frison, should he sign with the Sooners, would be one of the most heralded line recruits in the class. He ranks as the No. 31 offensive tackle in the country and the No. 4 prospect in the state of Utah. 

Ideally, Stoops will have five or more offensive linemen sign and redshirt the '14 season. 


3. Flip Linebacker Deondre Clark from LSU

Oklahoma has three of the top 10 players in Oklahoma. In the next week or so, it could make a major push to get two more. One is Parker, the other is outside linebacker Deondre Clark. 

Clark is committed to LSU and has been since last June. In fact, Clark took an official visit to Baton Rouge last Friday. 

Still, Oklahoma isn't out of the running for the Oklahoma City prospect. Clark, a 4-star prospect, took an official visit to Norman earlier this month and has the Sooners listed as his second choice after they made a late push. According to Jason Kersey of The Oklahoman, Clark may not make his decision until after signing day.

Clark's brother, Stevie, is a guard for Oklahoma State's basketball team. When Stevie Clark fouled out of this week's game against Oklahoma, Deondre took to his Twitter account to express his frustration with Sooner fans and how they treated his brother. 

Who knows if that one incident will sway Clark's final decision. It still sounds as though Oklahoma is very much in the mix with Clark's mother playing a role in that. 


Ben Kercheval is the lead writer for Big 12 football. All rankings courtesy of 247Sports Composite rankings.