OU states its case in June

No longer on the sidelines, OU became relevant again on the recruiting trail in June.

As schools racked up one huge commitment after another, the natives were getting a little restless when it came to Oklahoma.

The Sooners, ever so patient, made their strike in June with three commitments in a 10-day period to give OU seven quality pledges heading into the summer.

June had a Texas feel to it as all three recruits who committed are from the Lone Star State, and all three were heavily coveted by schools from across the nation.

Pflugerville (Texas) Hendrickson four-star cornerback P.J. Mbanasor got the ball rolling first. Following a return trip to Norman in late May with his parents seeing the campus for the first time, he wasted little time in declaring for OU.

It was huge for OU to nab Mbanasor now and not have it drag out. Because even though OU had felt like a huge favorite for Mbanasor dating back to March, closing the deal has been an issue with the Sooners for some recruits.

The good news continued the weekend of OU’s on-campus camp as Katy (Texas) High four-star running back Rodney Anderson surprised everyone by showing up and participating. The only thing not surprising was when he committed before he left Norman to return home.

Anderson, once committed to Texas A&M, was another prospect that felt like there was no way OU could lose. The Sooners did everything right with Anderson, and it was clear he had become OU’s top back on its board heading into late spring.

The complete package, his addition gives OU a lot of options going forward. Running back is never a sore spot for the Sooners so it’s possible running backs coach Cale Gundy takes a step back and starts working on the Class of 2016.

But there are still some viable names out there for 2015 that OU and Gundy can pursue. The keyword is “can” pursue because with Anderson in tow, there’s no need to do anything.

Lastly, OU got a much needed commitment on the offensive line from Lancaster (Texas) High three-star offensive guard Dominique Hearne.

One of OU’s first offers for the class for linemen, Hearne had been seemingly out of sight and out of mind for the last 12 months. But when he showed up with his father at OU’s camp, it was obvious things were about to pick up.

OU still needs a lot of help with its big uglies for this class, but the Sooners at least have one quality tackle and guard locked up.

More than the commits, though, this month was about setting the stage for a big July. OU is in outstanding position for recruits like offensive lineman Jamal Danley and wide receiver John Humphrey.

Danley, a top junior college prospect, will visit OU next week and could commit during his trip to Norman. Humphrey, a slot receiver with speed to burn, has been very vocal about the fact he intends to commit to OU when he visits again in two weeks.

The spring might have been a down time for OU on the commitment front, but the Sooners are doing their business and accumulating another solid class here in the summer.


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