Mead the highlight of OU's June

Oklahoma was able to rattle off four commitments in a 10-day period in May. It was a significant achievement and gave fans something to pump their fist about.

Nobody was expecting the same fireworks in June and July although the hope was there. As we head into the start of camps all across the nation for colleges and high schools, the Sooners were able to net three more pledges in the last two months for the Class of 2014 and the first two for the 2015 crop.

In this first installment, we'll look at the major happenings of June.

OU got June started with a bang with its three-day on-campus camp. A lot of performers stood out but maybe none more than Irving (TX) Ranchview defensive lineman Brandon Glenn.

Glenn entered the OU camp without an offer and was determined to the leave the campus with one. That didn't happen, but he made such a big impression that everybody knew it was only a matter of time before he would get the offer.

Less than two weeks later, Glenn was offered and OU and defensive line coach Jerry Montgomery had their first commit at defensive line.

A prevailing thought for the summer was OU was going to be able to nab at least one defensive end. It didn't pan out that way. Tulsa (OK) Booker T. Washington's Jordan Brailford had a solid day at OU's camp. But once he learned an offer wasn't coming his way, he looked elsewhere and committed to Oklahoma State.

The Colony (TX) defensive end Grant Blankenship felt like a good bet. Blankenship and his family attended OU's satellite camp in Carrollton, Texas, and it seemed like OU would at least get an official visit. However, a Notre Dame offer changed the game, and he pledged to the Irish in early July.

Perhaps the best part of the summer came June 22 when Tulsa (OK) Union wide receiver Jeffery Mead decided he didn't have to wait anymore and committed.

There was no question Mead had become a favorite of OU wide receivers coach Jay Norvell. But he also had offers from Texas A&M and LSU, among others. And there was a sneaky suspicion he could end up out west at Cal because of its strong academic tradition.

Mead is a little bit of a project but has tremendous size at 6-foot-6 and 175 pounds. He showed flashes of brilliance last year and has everybody excited for his senior season. Add in the fact teammate tight end Carson Meier is also committed to OU, and Sooner fans have a reason to check out as many Tulsa Union games as possible this fall.

There was movement along the offensive line as well. Junior college offensive guard Frank Kee didn't pick OU, opting for TCU. But the Sooners netted their first 2015 commit from another guard on the rise.

Oklahoma City (OK) Casady has not been known as a hotbed for football, but guard Josh Wariboko has proven he is the real deal. After an outstanding two days at OU's camp, OU offensive line coach Bill Bedenbaugh had no choice but to offer Wariboko at the beginning of the month.

Less than three weeks later on an unofficial visit, Wariboko pulled the trigger and is accepting the responsibility of being the first pledge for the class.

Satellite camps were kind to the Sooners for the 2013 class. It might not pan out that way this time around. OU made two offers at its first satellite camp. One of them, South Grand Prairie (TX) defensive back Jason Hall, committed to Texas on Saturday.

The other, 2015 Whitehouse (TX) defensive back Justin Dunning, is only beginning what should be a long and eventful process.

The disappointment came June 9, however, as OU had to flat out cancel its satellite camp in the Houston area because of inclement weather. With so many top 2014 and 2015 names there, it was a huge blow. No makeup date was scheduled, and it was simply a lost opportunity.

The Sooners closed the month of June with 10 overall commits for 2014 and one for 2015.

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