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Four-star cornerback Jeffery Carter de-committed from Oklahoma in January, but he says the Sooners are still in the mix.

Oklahoma recruiting: Jeffery Carter won’t visit this weekend, but still has Sooners in top 5

Stay up to date with Oklahoma football recruiting with the latest news and notes and analysis in the daily edition of DieHards’ Wagon Wheels. In this edition, we catch up with a former commit to the Sooners, 4-star cornerback Jeffrey Carter.


Jeffery Carter is still interested in Oklahoma

CEDAR HILL, Texas — Oklahoma is putting together a massive recruiting weekend in conjunction with its spring game. At least a dozen 2019 recruits will arrive in Norman on Friday for the start of their official visits. Dozens more will arrive on Saturday for unofficial visits to the game.

Former Oklahoma commit cornerback Jeffery Carter from Aledo (Texas) High School won’t be in Norman, however. He’s taking an official visit to Texas A&M.

It’s been two months since Carter announced he was no longer an Oklahoma pledge after spending six months in the fold. He shed some light on the situation Sunday at the Under Armour All-America Camp Series in Dallas at Cedar Hill High School.

“I just talked through it with my family and we felt like the best decision was for me to de-commit and take this process differently,” Carter told DieHards. “We felt like that was the best decision for me. I have different schools to look at and now and different coaches that I’ve met.”

Carter did say Oklahoma is not out of the picture for him. His relationship with the Sooners’ coaching staff remains strong.

“They’re definitely in my top 5 right now,” he said. “I talk to [Oklahoma defensive backs coach Kerry Cooks] probably three times a week.”

Carter said he plans to take an official visit to Norman during the regular season.

Notre Dame grad transfer DT will visit Oklahoma

Oklahoma signed a great class of incoming defensive linemen in December and February, but it is on the hunt for some immediate help. Notre Dame defensive tackle Jay Hayes, who last Friday announced he is leaving the Irish as a graduate transfer, will take an official visit to Oklahoma this weekend.

There’s no such thing as too much depth on the defensive line. The Sooners needed some help once Du’Vonta Lampkin surprisingly entered the NFL draft following his redshirt sophomore season.

Hayes could fit in well with the Sooners. They have three defensive line starters back from last season — Amani Bledsoe, Neville Gallimore and Marquise Overton. The Sooners also added defensive ends Ronnie Perkins, Ron Tatum and defensive tackles Michael Thompson and Jordan Kelly in the 2018 recruiting class.

Hayes, who is 6-foot-3, 290 pounds, started all 13 games for Notre Dame last season with 27 tackles and 3 ½ tackles for loss.

Thus far, Hayes hasn’t announced what other schools he is considering.

Former commit DT Derek Green will visit this weekend

Derek Green, who announced in February he was re-opening his recruitment, isn’t done with Oklahoma yet. The 3-star defensive tackle from Southwest High School in Jacksonville, N.C., will visit Oklahoma this weekend.

Green, the No. 566 overall player in the 2019 247Sports composite ranking and No. 40 defensive tackle, committed to Oklahoma in November. He has picked up offers from Georgia and Tennessee since.

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