Sooners ready for second junior day

OU isn't bringing a lot of recruits to its second junior day unlike some of its rivals. Instead the focus is on getting the big guns to Norman.

Just like last month, Oklahoma had to sit on the sidelines last weekend as three of its biggest rivals did what they could at their own junior day events.

Texas had its first junior day, while Texas A&M and Oklahoma State each had their second event. All things considered, the Sooners have nothing to worry about.

Both the Longhorns and Aggies did get a couple of commitments but no recruit that OU was targeting heavily that it can't recover from.

Now Bob Stoops and company get their second crack at junior day the week after seeing their rivals work. And much like the first one, the expectations for OU's junior day against a school like Texas are completely different.

No school is right and no school is wrong, but they couldn't be more different. Texas had more than 70 recruits make their way to Austin to introduce the Charlie Strong era. OU had around 25 for its first junior day Feb. 1 and is poised to have maybe even less than that Saturday.

But what the Sooners have lacked in quantity during this junior day cycle, they have more than made up for with quality. OU was able to get one big gun after another to show up in Norman on Feb. 1 and the same appears to be in place Saturday.

OU found its headliners immediately. Even as the Feb. 1 list wasn't finalized, Concord (Calif.) De La Salle defensive lineman Kahlil McKenzie let the world know he was coming to Norman on March 1.

McKenzie had OU fans in giddy in late January when he started tweeting about a group of 2015 recruits all committing to one school to bring home a national championship. The line of thinking was he was indeed talking about OU.

McKenzie is great friends with OU five-star running back signee Joe Mixon. And if there's one thing Mixon knows how to do, it's recruit other players.

There has been nothing to suggest McKenzie isn't still thinking highly of OU but don't expect anything close to a commitment Saturday. It will be enough for OU to get the 6-foot-4, 310-pounder on campus for the first time.

The Sooners made a couple of offers at the first junior day and no doubt it wouldn't be surprising if a few more were made Saturday. But when you bring in big guns like McKenzie and Aledo (Texas) High wide receiver Ryan Newsome, it's not about nabbing the commitment right then and there.

OU already has five commits for the 2015 class. The Sooners haven't had five commits after the spring game in the last three classes.

The atmosphere is going to be a little different. The recruits were treated to Bedlam women's basketball with OU pulling off an upset win against Oklahoma State for the initial junior day. This time around they're in for senior day of men's basketball and OU looking for a season sweep of 24th-ranked Texas. The Red River Rivalry on the hardwood.

Obviously the second junior day is important, but the positive impact won't be felt March 1. Sooners are in it for the long haul.


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