OU camp storylines

Questions galore heading into OU's camp this weekend. Who will answer these questions?

It used to be on-campus camps were one of the only times you could get a prospect to camp and watch them perform. Times have changed and the goal this weekend for Oklahoma's camp isn't necessarily to rack up a bunch of commitments.

But what is the goal? Here are some of the biggest storylines to follow during the next three days.

Who gets an offer?

Seems obvious and seems like there'd be a lot of them. Simply not the case the last couple of years. OU only doled out one offer on the spot at last year's camp to Rockwall (Texas) High running back Chris Warren.

Other offers materialized but none came at the camp like it did with Warren. A couple of in-state names could make their case with Lawton (Okla.) High defensive back Darreyl Patterson and Moore (Okla.) Westmoore wide receiver Dahu Green.

Even though he's not camping on Saturday, don't be surprised if Spiro (Okla.) High safety McKinley Whitfield puts himself in this conversation, too. OU defensive coordinator Mike Stoops really liked what he saw from Whitfield last week.

If it doesn't happen for them this weekend, the other obvious choice is with a couple of Class of 2016 prospects with Oradell (N.J.) Bergen Catholic quarterback Jarrett Guarantano leading the way.

What QB will stand out?

Speaking of Guarantano, this is a huge weekend for Class of 2016 quarterbacks. And it's the in-state signal-callers who are earning the most attention.

Mustang's Chandler Garrett, Edmond Santa Fe's Keaton Torre and Broken Arrow's Scotty Gilkey are all scheduled to compete. It's way too early to say one quarterback has set himself apart from the rest so this weekend might help get some separation.

It doesn't look like Josh Heupel is too worried about the Class of 2015, but his attention will be consumed with elite 2016 kids this weekend.

Who's back to make an appearance?

The last couple of camps have seen recruits show up to the event with no intention at all of participating. Last year the headliner in that department was Steven Parker, who signed with OU.

This year will see a lot of that as well. Scout 300 prospects like Midwest City (Okla.) High safety Will Sunderland, Lawton (Okla.) High offensive lineman Jalin Barnett, Dallas Skyline linebacker Anthony Wheeler and Waco (Texas) Midway safety Kahlil Haughton have all said they intend to be in Norman this weekend.

It's foolish to think any of them will compete, but it's a great chance for the recruits to hang out with the coaches, watch how the coaches work and be in a relaxed setting.

Who is going to put himself on the map?

Happens every year where somebody was on the fringe of doing big things and then went to that next level at the camp. Last year that name was Will Sunderland.

At the time, a virtual unknown except to those who follow in-state recruiting in a huge way. Following his showing, everybody knew he'd be a name to watch.

Who is it going to be this year? Could it be Owasso (Okla.) High defensive end Michael Anderson? Or Oklahoma City Millwood defensive end Josh Little? Or perhaps 2016 Norman (Okla.) North running back Quan Hogan?

Camps are starting to have a lack of out of state names because most early 2016 offers at this point aren't going to participate in a camp so a lot of the names reside within the state borders.


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