Przybylo: Tackling recruiting questions

Still time before the season so let's open up the mailbag and answer some questions.

Just about every day in the SoonersIllustrated.com message board forums, there are questions regarding Oklahoma recruiting.

Instead of some short answers, going to take the time to explain multiple answers to the pressing questions regarding what’s going on in Norman.

Is it all or nothing with Torrance Gibson at quarterback?

As crazy as it sounds, it does appear like Gibson is the sole quarterback target for OU’s 2015 class. There was a point where it felt Norman (Okla.) North quarterback John Kolar was going to be a player in the conversation but not so much anymore.

When OU was going offer crazy during the spring, people were waiting for that quarterback offer. It simply never came. Strangely enough, OU quarterbacks coach Josh Heupel has already made two offers to prospects in the 2016 class.

But don’t get it twisted as OU is not about to go into that good night with Gibson. The Sooners are going to do everything they can to try to lure him back to Norman and get his signature.

It won’t be easy as it’s obvious the impression Tennessee has made on Gibson. All OU can do is do its talking on the field when the Vols come to Owen Field in September.

It’s not conventional, but yea, start coming to terms of acceptance of no quarterback if Gibson chooses elsewhere.

Should we be concerned about the lack of realistic targets at defensive end?

Only if you want to be. Last year was a big year for defensive line coach Jerry Montgomery to show everybody he knew what he was doing. He went outside the usual suspects and landed Dwayne Orso from Alabama.

Soon after, a bevy of SEC schools started knocking on Orso’s door and trying to sway him from being a Sooner. Montgomery knows how to evaluate targets and knows how to find guys that might not be household names in recruiting circles.

OU’s production on the field this fall will help determine things as well. If OU’s defensive line is as good as it should be, that could alter what happens down the road. As is, still feels like OU will take two at the position even if there is not one solid favorite right now.

Who is the most important target OU has to have for this class?

Going to take this in a little different direction. Believe OU will land both of the in-state targets in Lawton (Okla.) High offensive lineman Jalin Barnett and Midwest City (Okla.) High safety Will Sunderland.

But the one guy in a legitimate battle where it would do wonders for OU to get a victory is with wide receiver Ryan Newsome. OU has done a lot of legwork, and it has paid off as the Sooners made Newsome’s top five last month.

A lot of people have been dismissive about OU’s chances with Newsome, most notably followers of UCLA and Texas. This would be a statement about how OU is still a “cool” place to go and can get quality kids like Newsome.

The Sooners loaded up with size for the 2014 class. They need a slot receiver, and there’s no question Newsome is the No. 1 priority in that aspect.


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