The fact that they are one of the final two schools in the conference to land a commitment is extremely unusual.
A powerhouse rarely has trouble landing prospects, and that is what's interesting.
For comparison measures, Texas already has 11 verbals; they've got just about that many spots to fill and probably about 15 when it's all said and done.
On top of the fact that they're without a verbal, they have seemingly struggled in the state of Texas in recent days.
Consider the number of kids OU has taken from the land mine state in the past--Adrian Peterson, among others, quickly comes to mind--compared to the numbers last year and so far this early recruiting season.
In the 2012 class it just finalized, only five of the 25 commits came from a Texas HS, six if you include former Whitehouse HS wide receiver Trey Metoyer, who came in from Hargrave Military Academy at semester.
But while this is worrisome, there are obviously still some major Texas targets on the board this early in the game.
Running back Keith Ford, out of Cypress Ranch HS, also likes the Sooners.
And looking at it from a broader perspective, although the state of Texas produces some of the best football prospects in the country, the Sooners have, indeed, taken more of a national approach lately.
OU had already opened up somewhat of a pipeline there, as well as in Florida in the last couple years.
Sooner football is a national brand and so taking a highly ranked prospect in one of those two states and not getting one in Texas isn't always a problem.
Also, many times it's more about needs than it is about anything else.
So, if the prospect in one place helps fulfill the needs and one in the other place doesn't, it makes sense to go harder after the one in, say California as opposed to the one in, say Texas.
And it stands that way in the numbers game as well.
Just because OU doesn't have a commitment yet doesn't necessarily mean they're struggling out there as much as one may think.
Could be the Sooners are being extra cautious about fulfilling their needs and thus are slower at this point in the game.
After all, the last time the Sooners didn't have a commit to this point was in 2003 (the 2004 class).
They seemed to fare all right that year, hauling home the nation's No. 7 recruiting class, Peterson among that.
The two years before that, same story.
OU finished second and third in 2002 and 2003, so strong finishes then as well for a class that didn't get a recruit until at least March.
This time around it could be the same story, so don't panic Sooner fans.
Season-by-Season Recruiting Breakdown:
|Recruiting Year||First Commitment Date||National Ranking|
|2002||July 1, 2001||No. 2|
|2003||June 8, 2002||No. 3|
|2004||March 4, 2003||No. 7|
|2005||Feb. 2, 2003||No. 5|
|2006||Aug. 8, 2003||No. 6|
|2007||June 1, 2005||No. 30|
|2008||Nov. 26, 2006||No. 13|
|2009||Feb. 6, 2008||No. 10|
|2010||Jan. 29, 2009||No. 2|
|2011||Oct. 3, 2009||No. 15|
|2012||Feb. 2, 2011||No. 10|