Przybylo: Tackling recruiting questions

Biggest recruiting weekend in years for OU, trying to answer some questions.

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

No commits here in the last few weeks. Is there a reason to be worried?

No, not at all. You have to figure the Sooners are looking at around 20-22 prospects for this class as of today and already have 11 locked up.

And with some of these positions where you’re accustomed to seeing a bunch of commits, you’re just not going to see that at quarterback, running back and wide receiver.

With Plano (Texas) West running back Soso Jamabo officially saying OU is out of the race, things are pretty clear at those three spots.

The Sooners will take Plantation (Fla.) American Heritage quarterback Torrance Gibson or no quarterback for the class.

OU already has Katy (Texas) four-star running back Rodney Anderson and doesn’t need to take another running back for the class. A quintet of Keith Ford, Alex Ross, Samaje Perine, Joe Mixon (provided he returns) and Anderson is scary enough.

And at receiver, OU made room for John Humphrey and only will make room for Aledo (Texas) High’s Ryan Newsome.

Things are so clear, which is a rarity. Now things are wide open at linebacker and offensive line, and that’s where this weekend should help start separating things.

One name who will commit this weekend?

It doesn’t feel like it will be an incredible commit weekend for OU, at least not during the three days. Do believe when we look back that at least 4-6 signees come from this weekend like TCU last year with guys like Steven Parker, Joe Mixon and Michiah Quick.

But if you want one name to watch, it’s junior college offensive tackle Jamal Danley. He was so close to committing to the Sooners in August and that was without a visit.

He’s in Mississippi so if Mississippi State was his choice, it would have been done by now in my opinion. After he gets his first taste of OU, it could be done. The planned visit to Florida might not happen.

Danley was pretty clear earlier this week when he said he’s only committing once. That’s it. He finds his home, and he’s wrapping it up. It could be over Sunday.

Do you think the alternate uniforms are going to be used? Is it necessary for them to be used this weekend?

Bob Stoops said Tuesday night that the alternate uniforms are not 100 percent ready for mass production so the Sooners would go the traditional route.

Personally think it’s a diversionary tactic. OU will warm up in traditional uniforms and then come out for the game in the alternate ones.

Stoops said Monday he wasn’t sure how he wanted to unveil them, whether he would just say it or make it a surprise. The media, as a whole, said making it surprise would be a fun way.

Is it necessary? No, not at all. When you have so many top kids making the trip, it adds to the event to have the alternate uniforms, but it doesn’t take anything away in any way, shape or form.

Recruits love different uniforms, but nobody is going to say they didn’t pick OU because the Sooners didn’t use alternate uniforms on their visit.


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