OU makes solid impression

OU didn't earn any commits, but it was still a very successful weekend for the Sooners.

The hope, obviously, was for Oklahoma to make a statement in defeating TCU and then watch the commitments pile up to close out the most successful weekend in recent memory.

That didn't happen. The Sooners did their part on the field with a 20-17 victory in a hard-fought game that had a little something for everyone in terms of why recruits should be excited about possibly heading to OU.

The commitments, however, didn't happen. And maybe the expectations were just too high for what was realistically attainable.

It was a Cali party at OU this weekend with seven official visitors from the state of California. With all visits complete, the Sooners didn't net one football commit. But it did position itself for the future, which probably was the most realistic outlook.

It's not like Gardena (Calif.) Serra Scout 300 prospects cornerback Adoree Jackson and Dwight Williams were going to commit on their first official visit. They're going to see other campuses before making their decision.

Same can be said about Fresno (Calif.) Central prospects Michiah Quick and Tashon Smallwood. Despite the OU ties to the school, it wasn't reasonable to believe the five-star receiver or four-star defensive tackle would pledge.

But the Sooners did put their best foot forward for all of the recruits. Williams tweeted his pleasure about the visit when he returned to California on Sunday night.

Oakley (Calif.) Freedom five-star running back Joe Mixon was wowed by the trip, and there's no reason to believe the Sooners are going to leave his radar until decision day.

Junior college linebacker Devante Bond, who was probably the recruit most likely to commit, still feels that way following a great official visit.

The Sooners also made an impression on three Texas high school defensive line prospects. The game marked the first trip to campus for Dallas Pinkston's defensive end Trey Carter. His visit was so good that he said he hopes he can set up an official one soon with his father attending.

Arlington (Texas) Martin defensive end Justin Hollins and Rowlett (Texas) High defensive tackle Cedric Johnson each returned to campus to see a game for the first time.

Hollins is down to four schools, while Johnson is down to OU and Baylor. Nothing that transpired this weekend has hurt OU's chances going forward.

OU did manage one commit for the weekend, just not on the football field. Allen (Texas) High power forward/center Jamuni McNeace committed to the Sooners on Sunday morning to conclude his official visit.

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