Sooners need to make own luck

It has been almost two months since the Sooners have had a commitment. That could change this weekend as OU is poised for something good.

The recruiting momentum for Oklahoma was at an all-time high in January and early February. The Sooners closed about as strong as any school in the country for the Class of 2014.

OU nabbed its fifth commit for the Class of 2015 in Dallas South Oak Cliff cornerback Jamile Johnson on Valentine's Day.

The message sent was loud and clear about OU being a force again on the national recruiting scene.

But a funny thing has happened in the last eight weeks. OU hasn't earned a commitment since Feb. 14 and has seen several top targets pick other schools.

Stephenville (Texas) quarterback Jarrett Stidham to Texas Tech.

Rockwall-Heath (Texas) safety DeShon Elliott to Texas.

Houston Westfield offensive tackle Toby Weathersby to Texas.

McKinney (Texas) North running back Ronald Jones to Oklahoma State.

OU was in the picture for Stidham and Elliott but appeared to be one of the frontrunners for both Weathersby and Jones so the recruiting momentum appears to have slowed down a bit.

Junior days have come and gone without a commit, but the hope for every spring is to pick up some recruits on unofficial visits during practice.

But this year OU has not had the luck its needed with scheduling. The best day is always going to be Saturday. Kids aren't missing school. They can spend more time with the players and coaches. Parents can get comfortable.

This particular string of Saturdays has not been kind to OU. One week was the Rivals camp in DeSoto. Then there was spring break. Another week was the Texas Relays in Austin, Texas. Last weekend was the Nike Football Training Combine event in DeSoto.

That's four crucial Saturdays during the spring football period where it has been incredibly tough to either get the top regional prospects to campus or to show them an accurate depiction of the campus when they're there.

Don't get it twisted as top recruits have still found a way to campus. Midwest City (Okla.) High safety Will Sunderland, Aledo (Texas) High wide receiver Ryan Newsome and Columbia (Mo.) Rock Bridge wide receiver Alex Ofodile are some of the big names who have made the trek back to Norman.

But they've been few and far between right now. OU has its last shot this weekend with the Red-White spring game. No severe weather is in the forecast as has been the case a couple of times during previous recruiting cycles.

The Sooners have to contend with prospects taking the ACT, and it has taken quite a few marquee names off the visitor list. One that certainly sticks out is Scottsdale (Ariz.) Saguaro four-star wide receiver Christian Kirk who will be staying home instead of taking his first trip to Norman.

OU will have to make its own luck this weekend. With so many signees, commits and targets in attendance, it can certainly be a memorable weekend. And right about now it's exactly what the Sooners need.

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