Przybylo: Tackling recruiting questions

OU recruiting mailbag returns with talks about Tennessee weekend and Cali Sooners.

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

How huge is Tennessee weekend?

Each year it feels like one weekend starts to stand out among the rest. Notre Dame was the big one two seasons ago. TCU became the go-to event last season.

Right now it’s clear Tennessee is the big one. It sounds like every recruit is trying to make an official visit to campus when the Vols come to Norman for a primetime showdown.

Three five-star prospects are already confirmed or rumored to be making their official visits with quarterback Torrance Gibson and linebackers Keisean Lucier-South and Ricky DeBerry.

But what is no doubt going to happen is not all of these visitors will end up seeing the campus. As happens often with big weekends, visits get canceled or rescheduled.

Luckily for OU, the Sooners are going to have a couple of more marquee home games to impress recruits so not everybody has to make this trip.

However, it’s going to be crucial to get those non-regional guys in. Perception or reality, the SEC is considered where it’s at right now in college football. An impressive statement by OU against Tennessee would give OU two wins against SEC schools in eight months and that means something on the trail.

Is the offensive line class running out of spots?

This sounded crazy two months ago, but offensive line coach Bill Bedenbaugh has done a tremendous job of sealing the deal with prospects in the last month.

The Sooners have four commits right now. All along, been stating OU would take six. It’s tough to see seven, but it would also be tough for OU to deny any of these three.

Can’t see OU saying no to Lawton (Okla.) High’s Jalin Barnett, a Scout 300 prospect. Nor does it seem possible OU passes up on Oklahoma City Casady’s Josh Wariboko, another Scout 300 prospect and former OU commit who once again has the Sooners on the brain.

And junior college tackle Jamal Danley was all set to commit to OU a couple of weeks ago before deciding he needed more time to make his choice.

Danley is all set to make an official visit to OU for Tennessee weekend as well. If someone really is going to be left out in the cold, it speaks to how well Bedenbaugh has done in less than two years in changing things on the trail.

Who is the next Cali Sooner?

OU got back on the California board last weekend with the addition of Danville (Calif.) San Ramon Valley offensive tackle Dru Samia.

Provided he sticks with the Sooners, that will mark the fourth consecutive recruiting class with at least one prospect from Cali. But there are still a lot of other options on the table.

One that sticks out is definitely Lucier-South, who tweeted last weekend he was taking his OU official for Tennessee weekend. Another name to be on the watch for is Ykili Ross, who, yes, is making his trip to Norman when the Vols come to town.

He hasn’t scheduled a visit yet, but Stanley Norman also seems like somebody the Sooners can close strong with and lure away from Pac-12 schools. Whether it’s on defense or at wide receiver, it’s clear OU has made a good impression on Norman.


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