It was the calm before the storm a couple of weeks ago. In a rarity, Oklahoma did not have one official visit to kick off its season.
This weekend? Try 14 as of Wednesday morning. And some of the unofficial visits lined up are as impressive as the official ones.
A national showcase on ABC against a traditional SEC power like Tennessee, and it’s shaping to be a Saturday to remember in Norman.
“They help. They’re exciting games,” coach Bob Stoops said. “We sell the fact that we go to Tennessee next year and we have a home-and-home with Ohio State with the recruits we’re recruiting so you’re going to get the opportunity to play in big games like that, they’re always exciting.
“It provides for hopefully a great home environment here this week so they do help us in recruiting. We do have quite a few guys coming this weekend so hopefully, again, the atmosphere is exciting and it’s what you want – it’s the atmosphere you want to play in.”
Here are the top five visitors of the weekend:
Orange (Calif.) Lutheran OLB Keisean Lucier-South
Let’s get the list started with a bang, and Lucier-South certainly is that. A five-star prospect, OU has done a great job of separating itself from being just one of his offers to being among his top five choices. The Sooners have done such a great job with Cali prospects in the last few years that nobody is discounting OU’s chances to land the No. 5-ranked outside linebacker.
Mechanicsville (Va.) Atlee OLB Ricky DeBerry
OU doesn’t just have the fifth-ranked outside linebacker in town, it has the third-ranked one as well. DeBerry, another five-star prospect, will be making his second trip to Norman. He visited with his father in June 2013 and said during the summer he wanted his mother to see OU. Now is that chance as OU was able to make his top eight schools.
Scooba (Miss.) Eastern Mississippi CC OT Jamal Danley
A huge position of need for OU going forward is the offensive line. Even Stoops tried to bring that up by saying OU is losing five after this season. Danley could be one of those guys who makes an immediate impact. He was so close to committing to OU last month before deciding he needed more time. He gets his first look at Norman this weekend.
Geismar (La.) Dutchtown safety Justin Reid
This visit has sort of snuck up in this last week. OU wanted Reid to visit for this week for a long time, and the issue was getting his father to make the trip. Reid’s family realized there’s no way his father can make it and accepted that fact so Reid will be making his first trip to Norman with just his mother. One of three top safety prospects visiting this weekend.
2016 Oradell (N.J.) Bergen Catholic QB Jarrett Guarantano
Finish the list with a look to the future and Guarantano. One of the rare early offers by the Sooners at the position, he is making his first trip to Norman this weekend as well. Despite not seeing the campus, OU made his top four last month. And because he’s playing Thursday, he said the plan is to get to OU on Friday and sort of make it an unofficial official visit.