OU builds foundation for 2015

Some OU fans were hoping for more of a bang from OU's first junior day, but it was still a pretty successful event for the Sooners.

On first glance, it's easy for Oklahoma fans to say "that's it?" regarding OU's first junior day Saturday. The Sooners didn't gain one commit from the day and weren't really even in consideration to the thought of that happening with most of the recruits.

It's only when you take a second look at things and see how Saturday was a vital day for OU recruiting and how it was a positive step forward with the 2015 class.

When OU concluded its first junior day last year, the Sooners had two commits with one them, Vontre McQuinnie, occurring at the event itself.

The Sooners already have four commits for the Class of 2015, and maybe more importantly to some, all four are ranked in the Scout 300. So OU already entered the weekend with twice as many commits for the following class than it had the year before.

That's not to say OU didn't press its foot on the gas pedal because it certainly did. Three offers were handed out as the Sooners hosted approximately 25 recruits.

The first reported offer was to Hays (Texas) offensive tackle Connor Lanfear. A Texas commit since June, Lanfear didn't have an issue putting on the crimson and cream jersey. He didn't decommit at junior day, but the Sooners made a strong impression.

The second offer went to Waco (Texas) Midway safety Kahlil Haughton. Some offers are months in the making, while others are simply days or hours.

OU invited Haughton to junior day toward the latter part of last week. And after being able to get him to campus, rewarded him with another big-time offer. Arkansas and TCU are also both in the mix.

The Sooners continue to target top offensive linemen with an offer to Mesquite (Texas) Horn offensive tackle Conner Dyer. Teammates with OU commit Jonathan Alvarez, this seemed like it was destined to happen as long as Dyer made it to campus.

Dyer is quickly building a strong bond with OU offensive line coach Bill Bedenbaugh, but he said the thought of committing was never on his mind. The offer, he said, does put OU in a nice early spot, he said.

No commits, three offers, but what stood out most was getting the big guns to campus. A lot of times OU has plans for huge days in recruiting that slowly fizzle out when one top name after another is unable to make it.

That didn't happen this time. Plano (Texas) West second-ranked running back Soso Jamabo did make it to campus. Ennis (Texas) defensive lineman James Lockhart also was able to make the trip.

It wasn't just Texas kids, either. Columbia (Mo.) Rock Bridge four-star receiver Alex Ofodile made the trip south. Top in-state kids like Lawton (Okla.) High four-star offensive guard Jalin Barnett and Midwest City (Okla.) High safety Will Sunderland also returned to campus. Sunderland admits he was "this close" to committing.

It might not happen today. It might not happen tomorrow, but OU should end up with more than a handful of its 2015 class from the top uncommitted prospects who saw Norman on Saturday.


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