Rodriguez de-commitment: what it means

NORMAN, Okla. — Union High School offensive tackle prospect Dalton Rodriguez de-committed from the Sooners Thursday, delivering a blow to OU's 2013 recruiting class. But what does it really mean? Sooners Illustrated breaks it down inside.

1. OU is left without an offensive lineman or defensive tackle commit less than two months from Signing Day—Those are OU's two biggest needs, and they are both completely empty as we head towards crunch time in the 2013 recruiting campaign. The cupboard is not just low; it's bare. OU was recruiting Rodriguez at the offensive tackle position although he also projects well at the next level at defensive end, and therefore they had at least one offensive lineman pledge. But no longer do they. That's a serious concern for the future despite the fact that next year's offensive line will be veteran laden.

2. The Sooners may have to hit the JUCO ranks for their need at OT—They have to make an impact and they have to make one fast on some high school guys if they plan on signing one come February. St. John Bosco HS four-star prospect and USC soft verbal Nico Falah is set for a visit this weekend and is one option if they can pull off a switch. That'll be tough. Another OU maybe has a better chance with is three-star Aaron Cochran from Buhach Colony HS in Atwater, Calif. He still has a home visit with the coaching staff, so there's some hope there. And they could make a play on UCLA de-commit Sean Dowling, a three-star prospect who took in OU for the Kansas game. Outside of that, the other high school offers have all committed or are uninterested in OU. So, if the Sooners strike out on these two, that means Contra Costa's Desmond Harrison and College of DuPage's Matt Finnin are musts. They just lost out on massive four-star prospect Trenton Brown.

3. It was a VERY short stay inside the Top 25—Yesterday with a verbal from Alief Taylor HS defensive end Ogbonnia Okoronwu, the Sooners moved up to No. 23 in the FOX Sports NEXT recruiting rankings after spending most of their time outside the Top 25. They've hovered around the 27 spot and now sit at No. 26. However, if there's any concern they'll finish outside the Top 25, there shouldn't be. They'll lock up some more commitments and eventually cement themselves inside that range. That discussion in and of itself, though, is an issue.

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