West coast and OU reunite in August

OU's August on the recruiting trail was pretty simple: disappointments in Texas and things couldn't have gone better out west.

The month of August saw a familiar theme for Oklahoma in regards to its recruiting. It was back to the west coast for the Sooners.

OU already had one top prospect committed with La Mirada (Calif.) High four-star wide receiver Dallis Todd, but the Sooners racked up two big ones during August.

The surprise of all surprises came Aug. 2 when Scottsdale (Ariz.) Desert Mountain four-star wide receiver Mark Andrews pledged to OU. Andrews was making his second unofficial visit to campus this year but hardly anybody knew about it.

That's the way Andrews handled his recruitment the whole time. He simply never said too much so it was a big shock when tweeted later that afternoon he had committed to the Sooners.

With the addition of Andrews, the other pieces at wide receiver fell into place. OU is locked with its three commits, while names like Mount Pleasant (Texas) High's K.D. Cannon and Houston Alief Taylor's Keenen Brown found their own homes during the month.

Cannon committed to Baylor, while Brown did the same to Oklahoma State.

Texas wasn't kind to OU during the month, but California worked out fine. OU earned the commitment of Murrieta (Calif.) Vista Murrieta three-star linebacker Curtis Bolton two weeks ago.

The Sooners offered Bolton in the winter and even though he hasn't visited campus, he felt secure enough to commit to the program.

OU missed out on a few top Texas high school targets. Houston Alief Taylor four-star cornerback Chris Hardeman joined Brown in committing to the Cowboys.

Dallas Skyline four-star offensive tackle Ty Barrett, who many believed OU had been the team to beat the entire time, committed to TCU. Houston Summer Creek three-star linebacker Dakota Allen chose Texas Tech over the Sooners.

Junior college tight end Jean Sifrin made an official visit to OU last weekend. The Sooners made a solid impression, but it still remains to be seen how everything is going to work out with Sifrin.

The month gave OU commits No. 12 and No. 13.


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