OU week in review

Wasn't the busiest week for OU recruiting, but the Sooners still made some noteworthy moves.

With spring ball getting started in the state this week, it was pretty clear where some of the Oklahoma coaches were. The OU presence was felt throughout the state, while a couple of other coaches were making sure to keep tabs on other prospects.

Sooners not too late with Moore

One of the most noteworthy offers of the last week went out last Friday to Olathe (Kan.) North tight end Josh Moore. It was definitely one of those offers that felt like "it's about time."

OU was in on the ground floor with Moore but waited way too long to extend the official invitation. Moore has visited OU twice already and both times he left without an offer.

In the meantime, Florida State, Auburn and Ohio State have been some of the premier schools to not wait and to jump on getting in the mix.

It would have made sense if Moore discarded the Sooners with the late offer, but he said that is absolutely not the case. He said he's not sure exactly when it's going down, but he'll return to Norman at least one more time.

What's interesting with some of his offers is Moore said he is also being recruited as a defensive end. But Moore knows what's important to him, and he said that immediate playing time aspect trumps them all.

That has to put OU in his good graces. It's not too far away from home, and Moore can definitely make an imprint with OU's depth chart at tight end.

It's not fair to say Moore would already be committed to OU had the Sooners not waited so long, but it's also not 100 percent inaccurate. Moore and tight ends coach Jay Boulware have developed a great relationship, and there's no way of knowing how he might have reacted to an offer on a visit.

Tight end is not a pressing need by any means, but it feels like OU has had two for this class slip out of its hands because it took too long. Roland (Okla.) High three-star prospect Austin Cantrell seemed like he could have been a Sooner, but Arkansas got in way before OU. He's a firm Razorback commit.

Moore isn't committed anywhere, and he said he will most likely take all five official visits and decide. OU might not have had to contend with the Seminoles, Tigers and Buckeyes, but it certainly has to going forward with Moore.

Thomas gets long awaited offer

Everything that was said about Moore can basically be copied and pasted in regards to Many (La.) High offensive lineman Garrett Thomas.

Thomas, a three-star lineman, has also visited OU in the past. And like Moore, he left Norman without the offer. And like Moore, he was also offered last Friday.

Right now there's no question Auburn and Ole Miss have the upper hand with Thomas. They've shown the most consistent interest and offered a long time ago.

But when Thomas visited earlier this spring, he didn't rule out a return trip to Norman. Now with the offer, wouldn't be shocked at all if one of his official visits turns out to be Norman.

Thomas is listed at 6-foot-6 and 310 pounds so he can play tackle or guard. It will always be interesting to see the guard offers as it might be a sign of what OU is thinking in regards to former commit Oklahoma City Casady's Josh Wariboko.

Thomas visited OU on a bad weekend as most of the players weren't in Norman, but he got to spend a lot of time with offensive line coach Bill Bedenbaugh. The rapport started after his junior season, and it keeps getting stronger.

OU attacking the juco scene

There haven't been too many rumblings about what linebackers coach Tim Kish has been up to lately, but he made a splash Tuesday.

Kish visited San Pablo (Calif.) Contra Costa JC and offered two of the best junior college prospects on the west coast with defensive end Takkarist McKinley and defensive tackle Deonte Reynolds.

Not only did he make the offer, but he was able to lock down both of their official visits to Norman on Dec. 6, the weekend of Bedlam.

McKinley is not wasting any time whatsoever as he almost already has his visit docket set. He knows he's going to visit Arizona State, UCLA and Texas to go along with OU.

Reynolds is another story. He seems to be the prospect that's on the rise. OU and Tennessee are his two most notable offers, but the big-time Pac-12 programs are starting to close in fast.

As several SoonersIllustrated.com readers pointed out, this could be a case of OU preparing to lose a couple of its guys. Because you look at the depth chart, and immediate help at either end or tackle doesn't seem to be the biggest of concerns.

When it came to juco help, the natural assumption was offensive line or linebacker. This might be a way of softening the blow if someone like a Charles Tapper or Jordan Phillips leave early following huge seasons.

You don't go after juco players in May to add depth, you do it because you see something you really like where they can make an immediate impact. It will be interesting to watch the developments with both recruits in the upcoming months.

OU enters Craig sweepstakes

All things considered, another pretty tame week for OU on recruiting trail. One notable offer was made to Tampa (Fla.) Catholic wide receiver Nate Craig.

A Class of 2016 prospect, Craig is already considered a five-star prospect. To put that into context, when he was offered, Craig mentioned it was No. 33 for him. Yea, his 33rd offer before entering his junior season.

He wasn't done as he has added a few more. At 6-foot-2 and 200 pounds and blessed with his gifts, he'll be in the conversation for best wide receiver in the class next year.


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