Midlands Recruiting Notebook

Nebraska Lands Oklahoma Four-Star

At Oregon State Mike Riley formed an excellent recruiting base in the state of Oklahoma, making connections and working through a lot of the top prep programs. 

On Wednesday, those relationships paid dividends yet again, this time it would be in the form of mammoth offensive guard prospect Jalin Barnett, a 6-foot-4, 300-pound offensive guard from Lawton (Okla.) High. 

"I’m looking for in a college is a home," Barnett said. "A place with good teammates and where people respect me." 

Barnett, who is rated as a Scout four-star prospect, plays offensive tackle in high school, but looks to be a guard prospect college, because he has excellent size and moving inside will allow him to take advantage of his strengths; his quick feet, wide base and long arms. 

To make the full-time transition to college he could use a year in the weight room or more to get stronger and more prepared to take on bigger and tougher competition. 

Big Official Weekend for Red River Rivals

It looks like Texas will be hosting three of its major uncommitted prospects in Austin this weekend. 

Leading the list of visitors is Houston (Texas) Lamar defensive back Holton Hill, a 6-foot-2, 170-pound cornerback, who is down to schools like BaylorLSUFlorida Stateand Alabama in addition to the Longhorns. It is believed that UT could be in the lead for his signature. 

Joining Hill for the second time on an official visit this season is Kris Boyd, a 6-foot-1, 190-pound four-star cornerback from Gilmer (Texas) High. Boyd joined Hill on his official visit to Florida State, a school that Boyd eliminated in his latest top five update. Texas, Baylor and Texas A&M have been the constants on Boyd’s list. 

The third guy on the list is Under Armour All-America running back Nicholas Brossette, a 5-foot-11, 209-pounder from Baton Rouge (La.) University Lab. The four-star is currently committed to LSU, but Texas has been rumored to possibly be the final destination for him for some time now. 

Oklahoma will be hosting a pretty huge weekend as well. And keep a close eye on the Sooners if you are looking to follow a school that could expect to see a flurry of action from now thru signing day. 

On commit watch this weekend is Lawton (Okla.) High defensive back Darreyl Patterson, a 6-foot-0, 170-pound cornerback recruit who rushed for over 2,000 yards and helped his team to a state championship birth playing running back. 

One recruit who has blown up with a strong senior year is Dallas (Texas) Kimball defensive back Antoine Stephens, a 6-foot-1, 185-pounder. He is scheduled to visit this weekend and could be on the verge of a quick decision with Baylor and Texas Tech joining the Sooners in his top three. 

OU will also be trying to flip a couple of recruits. Georgia commit Van Jefferson, a 6-foot-3, 175-pound wide receiver from Brentwood (Tenn.) Ravenwood and Nebraska commit DaiShon Neal, a 6-foot-8, 240-pound defensive end from Omaha (Neb.) Central are scheduled to be in Norman. 

Michigan Looking in to All-Midlands Quarterback

Scout talked Wednesday evening with Gilmer (Texas) head coach Jeff Traylor about his quarterback, 2015 sleeper McLane Carter, who’s receiving late Power 5 conference recruiting attention, most notably Jim Harbaugh and the Michigan Wolverines, who inquired about and plans to visit him in person. 

The 6-foot-2 1/2, 190-pound Carter has yet to receive an FBS offer, but has gotten interest from plenty of programs during the past few months: Arizona State, Baylor,Oklahoma StateLouisiana TechNorth TexasRiceTulsaUtah StateUTEP, and UTSA

Traylor said that in addition to Michigan, he had been contacted by new Florida offensive coordinator Doug Nussmeier and Texas Tech safeties coach Trey Havertyregarding Carter. 

"There’s not a throw on the field he can’t make. He has the arm that can make the deep out, the split, the corners, the flies," Traylor said. "But he’s also got incredible touch for the screen game. He can make all the throws." 

Gabe Brooks contributed to this report.