Calm before the storm for Sooners

Month in review looks at September for OU on the recruiting trail and how it has helped set up what should be the busiest month of visitors in October.

Heading into the month of September, it didn't feel like there would be a lot of action for Oklahoma on the recruiting trail.

Despite playing half of their home games in the month, none of the games felt like must-see occasions. OU did land one commit during the month and it was because of one of those three games, but it was a pretty quiet month on the trail.

Mesquite (Texas) Horn offensive guard made an unofficial visit to OU early in the month for the Sooners' 16-7 victory against West Virginia. He didn't leave with an offer, but he was told by OU offensive line coach Bill Bedenbaugh a decision would be made soon.

Less than 72 hours, the offer was made. And on the same day as the offer, Alvarez pledged to OU. Not rated particularly high heading into the season, Alvarez has turned a lot of heads during Mesquite Horn's 5-0 start.

The addition of Alvarez puts OU at 14 commits and should solidify things in regard to the interior offensive linemen for the class.

West Virginia weekend also saw official visits from commits Scottsdale (Ariz.) Desert Mountain wide receiver Mark Andrews and Gulfport (Miss.) Harrison Central cornerback Tito Windham. Both said they are 100 percent solid with the Sooners because of their visits.

Now the fun month begins. OU is set to have three of its biggest recruiting opportunities of the season this month. It starts this weekend against TCU, followed by the Red River Rivalry showdown with Texas next week and an unexpected marquee home game against Texas Tech on Oct. 26.

OU is lining up one big official visit after another for TCU and Texas Tech. It's too early to say any commitments are going to happen as these are the types of recruits who will use all five of their visits because they all just that sought after.

Between Oakley (Calif.) Freedom five-star running back Joe Mixon to Fresno (Calif.) Central five-star wide receiver Michiah Quick to Lompoc (Calif.) four-star defensive tackle Ainuu Taua, it's going to be one hectic month of official visitors.

As of now, OU is hosting three five-star recruits and three four-star recruits – all uncommitted prospects from California this weekend.

If OU can continue to perform as well as it has in its 4-0 start, it should lead to even more momentum with recruits. A lot of prospects were openly talking Sooners after their 35-21 win at Notre Dame last weekend.

The stage is set for OU to make a statement this month. Now it's up to the Sooners to deliver.


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