OU easing into holidays

Most of the time OU is loading up with official visitors before the holidays. The Sooners are going with a different tactic this year.

Next week will begin a month where college coaches aren't allowed any in-person contact with recruits and schools are taking this approach differently.

Some are trying to get as many recruits on campus as possible this weekend. Oklahoma is usually included in that group.

But this year the Sooners are going about things in a different way. There is no question OU coaches are all over the country doing in-home visits and visiting schools. No doubt about that, but this weekend might not be as star studded as before.

This weekend has traditionally been the team banquet weekend, but maybe mid-December is just too early to try to sway top recruits. As of Thursday morning, only one visitor has been confirmed and that's San Antonio Churchill fullback Dimitri Flowers, who committed to OU last month.

Let's look at the last two years at some of the top uncommitted prospects who have visited OU during this week.

Class of 2012

Defensive end Mario Edwards Jr. – A disastrous trip where Edwards, one of the top-ranked recruits in the nation, didn't have nice things to say about the atmosphere in Norman. He signed with Florida State.

Wide receiver Nelson Agholor – A trip that sort of came by surprise and was very positive. But in the end, there was nothing the Sooners could do to sway him away from USC.

Defensive back Colin Blake – The Sooners figured to have a pretty good shot with him with his teammate, Kyle Marrs, committed to the Sooners. Never really panned out, and he is with Florida State.

Cornerback Kevin Peterson – Thought to be a sure commit. He was, at least for a month. With his official visit already done at this point, Oklahoma State was able to come in and flip him a month later.

Tight end Taylor McNamara – The only uncommitted recruit from the last two years on this weekend to sign with the Sooners. It hasn't been a great two years in Norman, but next year could be a chance for McNamara to showcase his skills.

Class of 2013

Defensive back Adrian Baker – He eyed OU for a long time, and it was clear after his visit he was down to the Sooners and Clemson despite being a Florida State commit. He signed with the Tigers.

Offensive tackle Nico Falah – The Sooners were hoping to make a splash with this one because of just how badly they needed offensive tackles. It didn't pan out as Falah is with USC.

Wide receiver Laquon Treadwell – For a strong part of the 2012 calendar year, it felt like OU was the school to beat for Treadwell. But by the time his visit rolled around, things had changed. Nothing changed his mind about Ole Miss.

So the big visit weekend for the Sooners isn't going to be this one. The seeds have already been planted for the weekend of Jan. 17 as the one to circle. Several commits and top targets have given an early indication that's when they intend to visit.

The weekend is a big one for Flowers, though. Once committed to Boise State, OU swooped in during late-October with the offer and the commitment in early November. Flowers has never seen the campus and said he is obviously excited to see what it's all about.

It appears OU is grooming him to be the next Trey Millard for the Sooners at fullback.


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