It was obvious this weekend was going to be a big one in the recruiting world. It was the final one before practices start across the nation.
But nobody had any idea how Oklahoma would figure into the picture. While some schools were having their patented mid-summer weekend events, the Sooners were on the sidelines.
That being said, OU was able to quite a few number of big-time prospects to campus but obviously that was all overshadowed by what happened with freshman running back Joe Mixon.
It has been nearly three days since the report first leaked out about Mixon being involved in an altercation at a restaurant to celebrate his 18th birthday on Campus Corner. The facts still aren’t completely known and no arrests have been made.
However, the Mixon news took over the Oklahoma airwaves Friday night and no doubt have been the story of the weekend.
What a weekend it was, though, for OU, both good and bad.
Akamnonu returns to Norman
This was a big visit weekend for OU even if nothing was actually advertised as like a reason for why the visits happened. One of those was Arlington (Texas) Bowie offensive tackle Madison Akamnonu.
Akamnonu visited OU right before the spring game, and OU made the offer the first day Arlington Bowie was in pads during the spring. At one time it looked like it was down to OU and Texas.
That’s not the case anymore as it’s now down to OU, Missouri and Texas Tech although Mizzou seems to have fallen behind. Akamnonu has been pretty consistent about making his decision Aug. 24, and there’s a strong feeling OU is in the driver’s seat less than a month from his decision.
Akamnonu was looking to make one more visit to Missouri, but now he said that’s not really an issue. It will just be a waiting game from here on out.
His father graduated from OU, and the Sooners have easily been among his favorites ever since the offer was given.
Brown, Moore go elsewhere
Florida earned the commitment of offensive tackle George Brown, finally ending what was a strange recruitment with OU since getting offered in January.
Brown kept acting like he wanted to visit the campus, but he never actually made the trip. Offensive line coach Bill Bedenbaugh visited him twice during the spring with the hope the visit would finally come off but nothing.
Not many people at all ever expected OU to get Brown, but the other commitment definitely was a hit for OU as Olathe (Kan.) North tight end Josh Moore pledged to Ohio State.
Ever since the Buckeyes offered, it was apparent it meant a lot to Moore. The question was whether or not OU could survive an OSU visit from Moore, and the answer was a resounding no as Moore committed Friday evening.
With Moore out of the picture, every single tight end offer is off the table. All of them are either committed to other schools or do not have OU among their final choices.
OU might return to Roland (Okla.) High prospect Austin Cantrell, but it’s going to be up to Cantrell to see if anything happens. Committed to Arkansas, Cantrell felt a little slighted at how long it took for the Sooners to look in his direction.
If it’s not Cantrell, it will be up to Jay Boulware to get back to work in the fall and find some under the radar seniors through evaluation.
Sheffield still hasn’t seen Norman
A running joke had been if Missouri City (Texas) Marshall five-star cornerback Kendall Sheffield was ever going to make it to OU.
Sheffield had talked about it for more than a year, but for one reason or another, things would fall apart and he’d never make it.
The wait is still on as Sheffield did not make it to campus as expected. His father said a visit could happen this weekend now, but this trip always seems to be something that just cannot materialize.
Lampkin deciding Monday
The LSU visit is in the books and now it’s just hours away. Cypress (Texas) Falls defensive lineman Du’Vonta Lampkin will decide between OU, LSU and Texas.
The smart money says the Longhorns are the team to beat, but he has also had a lot of positive things to say about OU defensive line coach Jerry Montgomery.
The LSU visit probably complicated things a bit for Lampkin, but it seems like he is set and ready to roll. Lampkin committed to OU in November before decommitting in the spring.
Williams gets taste of OU
Both are Class of 2016 prospects with Mike Williams appearing to be among the best in the nation at defensive tackle.
He said the visit was a great one as it gave him a chance to get to know Jerry Montgomery more. The offer didn’t come as Montgomery said he wants to see him in person. Once he does, though, the offer should soon follow.