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Recruiting Round-Up: Jordan Renaud the latest

Four Star DL Jordan Renaud is announcing tomorrow and is picking between Oklahoma and Alabama

The race for the talented defensive lineman appears to be neck and neck, one of the closer and harder-to-call races this cycle. While Renaud was "Fonged" a few weeks ago to Alabama, the Sooners had the clear edge over the Tide going into the visit that put Alabama in front. Then Renaud took a visit to Oklahoma when they took on Kent State, and Oklahoma gave the young man plenty to think on. 

A few factors in his recruitment, I have been told dad is bigger on the Sooners than the Tide, a factor that certainly is a good advantage for Oklahoma but not the end all be all. Alabama has Nick Saban and unending examples of success that show going there gives him a great chance of being a first-round pick. Venables and DL coach Todd Bates for Oklahoma have that type of resume, but not at Oklahoma. Alabama has developed so many top-notch players under Saban that the NFL payroll is over $1 billion among his former players.

If I had to make a prediction today I would give Alabama a 51-49% edge in the recruitment of Renaud, who will announce tomorrow. However, the Sooners have already pulled a last-minute caper when they convinced four-star WR Anthony Evans to spurn Georgia last minute and picked OU. Could the Sooner staff have the last-minute magic once again? Or will it be Nick Saban and the Crimson Tide, who get the last laugh like they so often do in the recruiting game?

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