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February 5, 2013

Signing Day Primer




For ten years, InsideTulsaSports.com has been the authority on Tulsa football recruiting. Nobody has covered more recruiting cycles than ITS, and that experience pays off most in the stretch run towards completion of another Golden Hurricane football recruiting year.

If you're not already a subscriber, now is the time to sign up, and not just for signing day. Because after the signatures are in, we will slice and dice the recruiting class, providing analysis and breakdowns that really put the 2013 class in context and clarity. And don't look now, but 2014 recruiting is already well under way! There's never an off-season at InsideTulsaSports.com!

Below is a FREE signing day eve primer to get you ready for the next 24 hours and what's to come as head coach Bill Blankenship and his staff look to sign another fantastic recruiting class.

Absolutely No Drama

One high school December graduate has already enrolled and is in spring semester classes at Tulsa. He will participate in spring practice with the Golden Hurricane in March and April.

Keevan Lucas, WR, Abilene (TX)
Enrolled at Tulsa in January; Committed to TU back in June


In the Fold

Here's a rundown of prospects that indicated this week that there is virtually no chance of signing with someone else on Wednesday.

Will Barrow, DB, Arlington (TX) Oakridge
Committed to Tulsa in December; made official visit to TU on January 18
"It's probably the most exciting moment of my life."

Joe Bean, DB, Hooker (Okla.)
Committed to Tulsa in September; made official visit to TU on January 18

Rob Boyd, OL, Vian (Okla.)
Committed to Tulsa in March; made official visit to TU on January 25
"I'll be relieved that the process is over and I'm officially part of the family!"

Jesse Brubaker, DT, Wylie (Texas) East
Committed to Tulsa in November; made official visit to TU on November 16
"I'm ready to get it done!"

Ray Crockett, DB, Southlake (Texas) Carroll
Committed to Tulsa in January 2013; made official visit to TU on January 18
"I'm ready to be part of the Golden Hurricane family!"

Frankie Davis, DE, Broken Arrow (Okla.)
Committed to Tulsa in January 2013; made official visit to TU on February 2
"I'm ready to get it official and done with. It's been a rough little journey."

C.J. Gooden, LB, Ashdown (Ark.)
Committed to Tulsa in May; made official visit to TU on January 25

Chris Hall, FB, Tulsa (Okla.) Union
Committed to Tulsa in May; made official visit to TU on January 25
"I'm excited to start a new chapter!"

Jake Hanks, LB, Fort Collins (Colo.)
Committed to Tulsa in December; made official visit to TU on October 19
"I'm super excited! Can't wait."

Jaylen Lowe, ATH, Owasso (Okla.)
Committed to Tulsa in January 2013; made official visit to TU on January 18

Blake Mejia, OL, Tulsa (Okla.) Union
Committed to Tulsa in December; made official visit to TU on December 7

Ben Oberste, ATH, Sallisaw (Okla.)
Committed to Tulsa in April; made official visit to TU on December 7
"Oh yeah, I'm excited!"

Lionell Phillips, DT, Garland (Texas) Naaman Forest
Committed to Tulsa in December; made official visit to TU on January 18

Dalton Rodriguez, DL, Tulsa (Okla.) Union
Committed to Tulsa in December; made official visit to TU on January 25
"It's been a long time coming."

Devin Rolan, LB, McAlester (Okla.)
Committed to Tulsa in June; made official visit to TU on December 7
"I'm very excited for signing day!"

Ryan Rubley, QB, Highlands Ranch (Colo.) Mountain Vista
Committed to Tulsa in June; made official visit to TU on January 18
"It's going to be awesome! I can't wait!"

Kolton Shindelar, TE, Liberty (Mo.)
Committed to Tulsa in February 2013; made official visit to TU on January 18

Zac Uhles, OL, Norman (Okla.)
Committed to Tulsa in June; made official visit to TU on January 25
"I'm so excited, I can't even wait."

Zach Webb, DT, Tulsa (Okla.) Metro Christian Academy
Committed to Tulsa in January 2013; made official visit to TU on January 25
"I'm faxing (my letter-of-intent) at 7:30 am. I'm ready to get it done!"


Up in the Air

There is one player that has been the focus of many Tulsa fans over the last few days. While the situation could clear up this evening, it seems likely to run over into National Signing Day.

Jonathan Parker, RB, St. Louis (Mo.) Christian Brothers
Parker committed to Tulsa on September 2, 2012, over offers from Ball State, Northern Illinois, Ohio and Miami-OH. After a solid senior season, in which he rushed for 1,094 yards and 18 touchdowns on just 147 carries, Parker picked up a late scholarship offer from Iowa.

The 5-foot-10, 180 pound speedster made official visits to Tulsa and Iowa over the past two weekends and he is struggling to make a final decision. He is currently considered a soft commitment to TU, and while he was hoping to have closure today, it appears a final decision may not happen until Wednesday.

If Parker chooses Iowa, look for Tulsa to jump back in on a local prospect such as Wagoner (Okla.) WR/DB Kerwin Thomas or Tulsa (Okla.) Union athlete Hunter Atyia.


BCS Battles

Tulsa has battled down to the wire to keep prospects that continue to get a strong push from BCS schools, like Parker. It happened last year with several recruits, including Caleb Muncrief, who switched his commitment to Oklahoma State at the eleventh hour, and a few years back when TU held on to Thomas Roberson after a late back-and-forth with OSU. In less than 24 hours, we'll know if signed letters-of-intent come across Tulsa's fax machine from all of the Hurricane's commitments.

Stay tuned to InsideTulsaSports.com for continuous updates leading up to and throughout National Signing Day. Follow ITS on Twitter and Facebook, and follow Chris Harmon's Twitter feed as well.



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