Sooners in rare recruiting spot

Even when OU's commit numbers are down, Sooners usually have one big skilled position commit to help boost class. Not yet for 2015.

The natives are getting restless as it pertains to Oklahoma recruiting. Coming off an emphatic upset victory against Alabama in the Allstate Sugar Bowl, the general consensus was the Sooners were going to clean up on the recruiting trail.

They did to close out the Class of 2014, but expected boost for the 2015 class has yet to occur. Since the Sugar Bowl win, OU has added three commitments but also lost two, both of them being Scout 300 prospects.

But that's not what's weird about OU's recruiting class as we're just about ready to hit June. The Sooners have had four commits around this time of year multiple times in the past.

It's what OU coach Bob Stoops firmly believes – he's never going to pressure recruits to make a decision they're not ready to make 100 percent.

What is strange, however, is that it looks like for the first time since the Class of 2007, OU will not have a quarterback, running back and/or wide receiver commit by late May.

Wide receiver Corey Wilson committed to OU in September 2006 for the 2007 class and that was the last time OU has had to play this long of a waiting game with the offensive skilled positions.

Class of 2008

Running back Jermie Calhoun

Quarterback Landry Jones

Class of 2009

Running back Jonathon Miller

Class of 2010

Quarterback Blake Bell

Wide receiver Sheldon McClain

Class of 2011

Wide receiver Kameel Jackson

Quarterback Kendal Thompson

Running back Brandon Williams

Class of 2012

Running back Alex Ross

Wide receiver Sterling Shepard

Running back Daniel Brooks

Class of 2013

Running back Keith Ford

Quarterback Cody Thomas

Class of 2014

Running back Samaje Perine

Quarterback Justice Hansen

Wide receiver Dallis Todd

Obviously not all of those guys have panned out during their time in Norman, but for whatever reason, those three positions can usually be a springboard for recruiting.

Going back to the last three recruiting cycles, Shepard played an integral role with other recruits and is setting the tone of what an OU atmosphere was like on visits.

The same could be said with Cody Thomas for the 2013 class. Having a quarterback commit knocked out that early gave OU another unofficial official recruiter as Thomas was very active in talking to other kids even if it didn't appear that way.

Last year was a huge plus for OU with Hansen and Todd. Their quickly formed friendship spread throughout the rest of the class in terms of getting top in-state names like Steven Parker to come along and top Cali names like Joe Mixon and Michiah Quick to sign on the dotted line.

What the Sooners are missing right now is that face of the class. OU has two Scout 300 commits in Jenks (Okla.) High defensive tackle Marquise Overton and Allen (Texas) High offensive tackle Bobby Evans. The Sooners have the No. 1-ranked kicker in Belleville (Ill.) West's Austin Seibert and a quality defensive back in Dallas South Oak Cliff's Jamile Johnson.

But all four of those guys are pretty quiet. Or if they're not quiet, they're not as loud as some of the other commits to other schools in trying to lure other recruits to join them.

OU has options at all of them. Realistically, the Sooners are in the hunt for Plantation (Fla.) American Heritage five-star quarterback Torrance Gibson, Plano (Texas) West four-star running back Soso Jamabo and Columbia (Mo.) Rock Bridge four-star wide receiver Alex Ofodile.

But until any of them pull the trigger, OU will continue to be in that not-so desired spot of playing the waiting game.


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