OU accomplishes junior day goals

Quality beat out quantity once again at OU's second junior day, but the Sooners were able to get who they wanted most to attend.

Four weeks ago, following Oklahoma's first junior day, the story was about getting quality recruits to campus and making a few notable offers. It was nothing about getting commitments.

Coming off the Sooners' second foray at junior day, the story remains the same. With already five commits in the bag for the Class of 2015, OU is in a much better position than it has been in previous years at this time.

And after Saturday's junior day, OU is sitting pretty with a lot of top recruits and can say mission accomplished.

The mission was simple. Two recruits needed to show up to campus. Aledo (Texas) High four-star wide receiver Ryan Newsome and Concord (Calif.) De La Salle four-star defensive lineman Kahlil McKenzie. Anything else that happened was an added bonus.

Both Newsome and McKenzie were able to make the trip. Newsome got the quality time with OU coaches Bob Stoops and Jay Norvell. The same can be said with McKenzie for Stoops and Jerry Montgomery.

Neither committed. Neither intended to do so. Once again it was about planting the seeds for the future, and the future might happen earlier than most expect with Newsome. He said he enjoyed the visit so much that he intends to come back to Norman for a spring practice.

Only one offer was made at the event with Converse (Texas) Judson safety Keivon Ramsey but even that is up for debate. Ramsey was notified of the offer during the trip, but he actually received the offer during the week but didn't know it yet.

The one thing the OU coaches stressed to every visitor at each event was there was a reason they were there. It's easy to get discouraged when you walk away from junior day hoping to get an offer and don't.

The Sooners are hoping with how selective they were during the two days, the recruits realize coming to Norman was a big deal. OU had less than 50 total junior day visitors combined. Some schools had more than 50 in one day.

OU is expected to bring some big guns for the spring game with Scottsdale (Ariz.) Saguaro four-star wide receiver Christian Kirk and Honolulu (Hawaii) Farrington four-star defensive end Breiden Fehoko already confirming they'll be in Norman on April 12.

But the next month will be interesting as well with spring practice officially starting Saturday. OU made the most of its time in this department last year and is poised to do the same once again this time around.


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