OU recruiting momentum not derailed

It was a disappointing weekend for OU in the loss to Texas but that one game won't tell the story of OU's recruiting class.

It wasn't too long ago Oklahoma was riding a wave of recruiting momentum. A big win against TCU with so many top official visitors in attendance had the Sooners looking good.

All it took was a loss against Texas and now the sky is falling. No, it's not, but it sure feels that way for some OU fans.

One of the hot topics following the 36-20 loss in the Red River Rivalry has been how bad has the loss hurt the Sooners on the recruiting trail?

The answer? Not at all. Nothing that happened Saturday will have significant impact on the Sooners on the trail. Maybe it was that way in the past, but that's not how the recruiting game works now.

"I don't know. I think for some players, some recruits, it may be and for others it isn't," said OU coach Bob Stoops about how important the game is to recruiting Texas. "In the end, this game is never the end-all for either program. We've won this game before haven't won the rest of them and that isn't good enough."

That's true for recruits in Texas. OU won three consecutive showdown, including the 2011 and 2012 meetings by the combined score of 118-38. But it was never really reflected in the finalized recruiting classes.

Truth is one game won't make or break anything. What will is what some of these recruits experience at other campuses and that will be a concern.

Gardena (Calif.) Serra five-star recruit Adoree Jackson had a great time at OU, and based on his tweets, there's no doubt he enjoyed his trip to LSU.

Oakley (Calif.) Freedom five-star running back Joe Mixon left OU with the Sooners as his favorite. Following a trip to Wisconsin, it's OU and the Badgers running neck and neck.

If the Sooners are going to get the elite recruits, it's going to be based off what the Sooners do from after the visit in regards to the communication and interest. Losses on the field are bound to happen.

"We want to win them all," Stoops said. "I think what means more to recruits, though, is your overall big body of work through one year or several years. Those kinds of things I think stand out more than one game does."

Fresno (Calif.) Central five-star prospect Michiah Quick is going to visit schools like Alabama and Notre Dame. There's no doubt about that. They've earned that right.

A loss against Texas won't destroy what OU has built just like a potential win at Kansas this weekend won't ignite a flurry of commitments.

Recruiting is, as always, a marathon and not a sprint.

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