OU in search of recruiting spark

Last two months figured to be some quality stuff for OU on the recruiting trail, but it hasn't turned out that way.

The sky is not falling for Oklahoma, but it's tough for OU fans to sit and watch as another rival lands another coveted recruit.

The final image of the Sooners 2013 season was Eric Striker stripping former Alabama quarterback A.J. McCarron on a sack with the fumble being recovered by Geneo Grissom for a touchdown in OU's 45-31 win in the Allstate Sugar Bowl.

The game was a catalyst for OU closing so strong in the last month before signing day. The prevailing thought, though, was as good as it was for 2014, the full effect would be felt for the 2015 class.

So far? Not so much. Saturday concluded a tough seven-day span for OU fans to swallow on the recruiting trail.

The Crimson Tide, the team the Sooners handled so well on the field in January, did laps around OU in April on the trail. Since signing day, Alabama has earned seven commits with six of them being ranked as four-star prospects. It all culminated with the Tide earning four four-star kids Saturday at their spring game.

OU, meanwhile, has earned one commit since signing day and lost one of its biggest commitments last week in Scout 300 offensive guard Josh Wariboko (Oklahoma City Casady).

The first commit of the class, Wariboko had been firm with the Sooners since June 27, 2013, before changing his mind two weeks ago and making it public last week.

The Sooners are at four commits, the same they had at this point last year. But last year was supposed to be in the past. The win against Alabama was a message about OU being relevant again in the national scene.

It's not just Alabama. Here's a look at some of OU's top rival schools and how they've fared since signing day and their biggest commitment that was an OU target.

Texas has added seven commits. Biggest addition OU had its eyes on was Houston Westfield four-star offensive tackle Toby Weathersby. He committed to Texas on March 22.

Texas Tech has added five commits. Biggest addition OU had its eyes on was Honolulu Farrington four-star defensive lineman Breiden Fehoko. He committed to the Red Raiders last week.

Oklahoma State has added four commits. Biggest addition OU had its eyes on was McKinney (Texas) North four-star running back Ronald Jones. He committed to the Cowboys on April 6.

Baylor has added five commits. Biggest addition OU had its eyes on was League City (Texas) Clear Falls three-star wide receiver John Humphrey. He committed to the Bears last week.

OU will find its class. Bob Stoops might have the best set of coaches for recruiting that he has ever had in Norman during his tenure. But OU wasn't supposed to play second fiddle this year.

The Sooners do an incredible job of getting top prospects to campus. They treat them right, don't pressure them. It's a patient approach that is commendable, but it's not resulting in anything right now.

OU was in a fantastic spot for Humphrey after his junior day visit, but it was Baylor that stepped it up following his OU visit. It was Baylor that called on the first day of the spring evaluation period and sealed the deal.

OU was the leader for Dallas Skyline four-star linebacker Anthony Wheeler. Some thought he was going to commit at the spring game. Instead he never made the trip. He did, however, make a return trip to Austin for Texas' spring game last weekend and now has co-leaders with OU and Texas.

OU seems to be the top choice for four-star in-state stars Jalin Barnett (Lawton) and Will Sunderland (Midwest City). But with each passing day, their commitment seems less likely to happen anytime soon instead of the slam dunk feeling it seemed a month ago.

The Sooners have five more weeks to make an imprint during this period. There's still opportunities, but OU must seize them and make them count.

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