There are always going to be exceptions to everything, but Oklahoma wasn't going to budge too much as it pertained to junior college recruits for this season.
They were going to have to be eligible to be mid-year enrollees or the Sooners weren't really going to take them into much consideration.
OU learned its lesson from last year with offensive tackle Josiah St. John and defensive tackle Quincy Russell. Both were huge additions to the team but because it took them so long to get to campus they were non-existent this season.
It's too early to say OU was burned by either Russell or St. John, but it's not too early to say OU is never going to put itself in that situation once again.
With the first day of the juco early signing period Wednesday, here is what OU is setting itself up for.
Sierra College linebacker Devante Bond
Good things come to those who wait, and OU had to wait a long time for Bond. Originally signed with Miami (Fla.) for the Class of 2013, an academics credits issue forced Bond to stay at Sierra this semester. Unable to play, all he did was workout and get himself ready for next season. Down to OU and Nebraska, Bond picked the Sooners last month and is one of three current linebacker commits. He is known as a pass rushing linebacker.
Los Angeles Pierce College tight end Isaac Ijalana
Who says you can't go home again? Ijalana committed to the Sooners last month before decommitting from OU two weeks ago after some mis-communication about his academic status before pledging back to the Sooners on Sunday. OU hasn't utilized the tight end in a traditional role in the last two seasons. OU tight ends coach Jay Boulware made it known to Ijalana that it was because that guy is not on the roster right now. Ijalana wants to be that guy and will no doubt get his shot to show what he can do.
And here's the big target still on the board:
Iowa Western College offensive guard Sebastian Tretola
Tretola's visit to OU seems like a long time ago at this point. He has visited so many other schools since his trip to Norman last month that it will be interesting to see if that plays a role into anything. OU coaches Bob Stoops and Bill Bedenbaugh made another trip to Iowa last week to visit Tretola, and it's going to be a battle between the Sooners, Texas Tech, TCU, South Florida and Arkansas. The Razorbacks got the final visit over Florida last weekend.