Przybylo: Tackling recruiting questions

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SoonersIllustrated.com readers have questions about Oklahoma recruiting. Here are some answers to some of the more pressing questions.

Does OU have a Texas problem?

Going to say no on this one. No doubt Texas A&M moving to the SEC has opened up the state of Texas to more SEC schools, but OU is still a factor.

Maybe not as big of a factor as before, but look up and down OU’s class and there is still that strong Texas influence. What OU hasn’t had as much lately is that unquestioned superstar from Texas where OU legitimately wins a recruiting battle.

For this class, no doubt OU won the battles with Katy (Texas) running back Rodney Anderson and Pflugerville (Texas) Hendrickson cornerback P.J. Mbanasor. There was no direct OU link for those guys, but OU was able to land both of the four-star kids.

There are still plenty on the board here going forward, most notably names like Aledo (Texas) wide receiver Ryan Newsome and Dallas Skyline linebacker Anthony Wheeler come to mind.

And to its credit, OU has branched out as well evidenced by the quality amount of success in recent years in California and Louisiana.

Lately OU has offered at least one underclassmen prospect from the state at this point. Nothing at this point. What gives?

There are a couple of options for OU for the Class of 2016, but as of right now, there is no slam dunk. No D.J. Ward. No Steven Parker. No Jalin Barnett. Doesn’t mean the class won’t produce, just might take longer than usual.

Looking at where they are right now, the two names to circle are Edmond Santa Fe quarterback Keaton Torre and Norman North running back Quan Hogan. Torre is rated as a four-star prospect by several recruiting services, while Hogan is the only OKPreps prospect in the Scout 300 at this time.

But OU has already offered three quarterbacks as of today, and it’s possible Torre doesn’t want to sit behind Justice Hansen once again. Either way, Torre is going to have a plethora of options before it’s all said and done.

OU, in a complete surprise, actually hasn’t offered a running back yet. Hogan isn’t your natural back, but it’s hard to argue with his success on the field.

With Kahlil Haughton delaying his announcement, is that a good thing or a bad thing for OU?

It’s not bad, feel confident enough to say that. In talking to Haughton, have always gotten that feeling that he’s not quite ready to end his recruitment.

There has never been a time where it felt he had 100 percent clarity into his decision. And if you don’t have that, no need to rush into such an important decision.

The deadline was a self-imposed one because he wanted to not be a distraction for his teammates during his senior season. But sometimes you have to put yourself first even if it does lead to some added attention during the year.

Haughton already locked down his OU visit so it’s not like the Sooners fell out of favor. What will be interesting to see if Baylor or Texas Tech make a stronger push now that the recruitment will go on longer.

Last week it still felt like the Bears or Sooners, but the added time could see somebody new pop up more often.

Is OU a legit player for Malik Jefferson?

Don’t want to burst that bubble but not seeing it just yet. It was huge for OU to get Jefferson on campus two weeks ago, no denying that.

But the relationships he has built with other programs far exceed what he has done with the Sooners. And with Jefferson locking down a Dec. 19 decision date since he’s going to enroll early, the clock is officially ticking.

What would have been more depressing was if OU made the first offer to Jefferson and never ever had him make that short three-hour trip up from Mesquite, Texas, to Norman. After all the near misses, OU finally put itself in the conversation for Jefferson.

But there are plenty of schools in Texas in that mix, and that’s not even counting the national schools like Ohio State and UCLA and schools like that. Jefferson is rightfully going to have his pick of any school. Just hard to see it being OU right now.


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