OU not giving into recruiting pressure

It was an uneven spring evaluation period for OU, but one thing stood out more than anything else.

The spring evaluation period has come and gone for Oklahoma. Expected to perhaps be a six-week boon for the Sooners, OU actually resulted in a minus-one on the commit tracker.

April closed out with the Sooners losing two commitments, both ranked in the Scout 300. The first one came with Oklahoma City Casady offensive guard Josh Wariboko and less than a week later the same happened with Cypress (Texas) Falls defensive lineman Du'Vonta Lampkin.

Now in June, OU is still a player in the race for Lampkin and Wariboko, but it would be 100 percent silly to say the Sooners are in the driver's seat for either of them. It's not over, but there are a lot of fences that need to be mended in both scenarios.

May saw OU get its only commitment during the period with Belleville (Ill.) West kicker Austin Seibert. Ranked the No. 1 kicker by Kohl's Kicking, Seibert's relationship with special teams coach Jay Boulware helped push the Sooners over the top.

The real story of the period, though, is how OU is not blinking to the way the class is unfolding right now. Almost nobody thought the Sooners would be at four commits for the Class of 2015 at this point.

Coming off such an emphatic statement with the upset victory against Alabama in the Allstate Sugar Bowl, the general consensus was OU was going to clean up for this class. It could still happen, but it's not going to occur overnight.

And frankly, that's OK with head coach Bob Stoops. His method has always been to not pressure recruits into making a decision they're not ready to make. As things unfolded the last six weeks, many were wondering if that mentality would change.

This last weekend made it clear once again that Stoops doesn't see the need for change. OU closed out the period with two crucial visits from two major targets.

Pflugerville (Texas) Hendrickson four-star cornerback P.J. Mbanasor and Olathe (Kan.) North three-star tight end Josh Moore both return to Norman on Saturday.

OU fans were hopeful that at least one and maybe even both of them would pledge to OU. It didn't happen. Both have raved about their visit, and it seems apparent both will be making at least one more trip to campus. But the patient approach can be tough for fans to stomach when rival schools like Texas, Texas A&M and Oklahoma State are racking up quality pledges.

It has felt like this might be a smaller class than what OU has had in the last couple of years. The way the coaches treated the evaluation period is another indicator. There's no panic. With limited spots, the coaches are doing their due diligence to find exactly who they want.

It might not be popular, but it's the Stoops way. Four commits in June isn't a cause for concern to the OU staff. They know they still have plenty of chances to make a huge impression, and they're willing to wait it out.

One of those chances is this weekend as OU has its three-day on-campus camp from Friday through Sunday. The goal is always to build the relationships. That's the easy part, but OU has to find a way to close the show in the upcoming months.

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