It's not the five-star names that have everybody excited. That was October for Oklahoma when the Sooners had one top prospect visit Norman after another.
OU only had two home games in October, but it made each of them count with a bevy of top recruits from all over the nation.
The Sooners are set for their only home game of November this weekend against Iowa State. Not the marquee opponent for a major recruiting weekend. A 11 a.m. CST start time doesn't hurt. Coming off a demoralizing 41-12 loss at Baylor in front of a national audience has done no favors, either.
Around this time, though, opponent and start time don't mean as much. Maybe visits in September and October are based a bit on who a school is playing. November and December visits are a much different animal. The feeling out process if about done. It's decision time.
October was an exciting visiting month. November, though, could be the commitment month for the Sooners.
OU didn't net one commitment during October but is already rolling this month with the flipped commitment of San Antonio Churchill recruit Dimitri Flowers. Originally committed to Boise State, Flowers switched to OU last week to give the Sooners 15 for the Class of 2014.
Here's a look at some of the official visitors this weekend.
Dallas Pinkston defensive lineman Trey Carter. Made an unofficial visit to OU last month and now he's coming back for an official visit. His stock has soared in the last month, going from a two-star recruit to a four-star prospect. His father didn't make the trip last month but should be coming with Carter this month. OU is in a great spot with Carter.
Homewood (Ala.) High defensive lineman Dwayne Orso. Is a commitment here likely? No doubt. Orso, committed to Western Kentucky since September, is ready to see what OU has to offer. OU defensive line coach Jerry Montgomery loves the way Orso plays in a 3-4 defense. As long as he feels comfortable this weekend, expect a switch to happen.
Lackawanna (Pa.) College running back DeChavon Hayes. This will be a chance for the Sooners to make an impression. Hayes had a great visit to Kansas last month and is also set to visit Arizona State later this month. With OU losing so many backs to graduation, Hayes would have a shot to come right in and play immediately.
West Valley City (Utah) Granger offensive tackle Kenyon Frison. Committed to Utah since February, Frison is set to make his official visit as well. OU offered in the spring, and he said his relationship with OU coaches Bill Bedenbaugh and Jerry Montgomery has only gotten better through the months. A flat out flip might not happen this weekend but the seed could be planted for one in the near future.
Juco OLs Sebastian Tretola and Fahn Cooper. Tretola, from Iowa Western, and Cooper, College of Dupage, appear to be OU's two biggest targets in terms of juco offensive linemen. Bedenbaugh has charged hard at both of them. Commitments don't feel as strong here as other recruits, but you never know once they get on campus. Cooper is certainly a possibility with Texas Tech being the major threat.
Pierce (Calif.) College tight end Isaac Ijalana. Doesn't have an offer from OU right now. His plan is to get one this weekend, and then we'll see how it goes from there. Said everything is going good right now and should sign in December and step foot on campus in January. A position of need for OU, no doubt, and pieces might just fall right into place.
Houston Lamar defensive back John Plattenburg. The visit is going to happen. It felt like for a while it was time to let this one go. Following an offer late in the summer, appeared Plattenburg was never going to make the visit as much as he said he was going to. This is visit No. 3 after trips to Wisconsin and Oregon. Don't expect a commitment, but this is huge for OU to get him on campus.