OU planting seeds for 2015 class

OU didn't land a commit for the month of March, but that's not to say it was a lost month for the Sooners.

March has come and gone. Traditionally a month where Oklahoma is able to clean up a bit on the recruiting trail, but the Sooners netted a grand total of zero commitments this time around.

Texas got back to being Texas as Charlie Strong is building up the momentum once again in Austin. Kevin Sumlin continues to rack them up in College Station for Texas A&M. But the month was a goose egg for Bob Stoops and company.

Or was it?

It's all about expectations. OU's expectations have always been just a little bit different than their counterparts to the south. Not saying one way is right or the other is wrong, but they go about their business in totally different ways.

OU had some targets that were highlighted, bolded, underlined – OK, you get it, they were a big deal. And the Sooners were able to get them to campus.

Plantation (Fla.) American Heritage quarterback Torrance Gibson

Concord (Calif.) De La Salle defensive lineman Kahlil McKenzie

Aledo (Texas) High wide receiver Ryan Newsome

Midwest City (Okla.) High safety Will Sunderland

All four Scout 300 prospects have made at least one trip to Norman during the last month as OU continues to build the foundation. It's not the bang some fans are hoping for but that doesn't mean it hasn't been effective.

OU enters April with five commits. Doesn't sound like a lot until you compare it to the last couple of years. Heading into April for the 2013 class, the Sooners only had commitments from signees Matt Dimon and Keith Ford.

Same can be said for last year's crop. OU had two commitments at that time, too, with signees Vontre McQuinnie and Samaje Perine.

The spring game has netted at least one big-time in-state commitment last two years. Defensive end D.J. Ward two years ago and quarterback Justice Hansen last year. The stage is set for something of that nature with Lawton (Okla.) High offensive guard Jalin Barnett and/or Midwest City (Okla.) High safety Will Sunderland. Find out in two weeks.

Fact of the matter is OU didn't go all-out for its junior days. With around 40 prospects total at the two events, it was about building individual relationships and letting every single attendee know OU is serious about them.

It could pay off, it might not, but it's obvious that was the intention. And OU will get another chance to make a big imprint with the Red-White game April 12.

And even if that doesn't produce results, the five commits is still more than the last two years at the same point. Ward was added at the spring game and that's it. And last year it was Hansen and wide receiver Dallis Todd as Todd committed less than 48 hours after the event.

OU still ended up with the top Big 12 recruiting class, according to Scout, for the 2014 class and is off to a banner one so far that could increase when we're talking this month in review in May.

Good things, as they say, come to those who wait. And OU should be ready to strike.


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