SoonersIllustrated.com readers have questions about Oklahoma recruiting. Here are some answers to some of the more pressing questions.
Will OU offer any of the in-state quarterbacks for 2016?
Wouldn’t rule it out but don’t be hopeful. Quarterbacks coach Josh Heupel zeroed in on a few quarterbacks and even made the offers a heck of a lot earlier than usual.
All three have suffered setbacks on the field through the first three weeks. It’s a little bit different from excelling in camps to having to do it on the field.
In-state kids can always make the leap because it’s easy to catch the eye of the coaches in their backyard, but Buechele and Guarantano are so talented and OU is going to be in the final mix for both that it’s tough to see an in-state prospect breaking through.
Should OU jump into the Lodge picture again?
Should and will are two separate questions. But for this instance, actually going to say no on both of them. It’s highly unlikely the Sooners are going to be able to make a dent for Cedar Hill (Texas) High’s DaMarkus Lodge.
His decommitment from Texas A&M was surprising, but OU is so far behind in this chase that it feels like it would be a waste of resources.
Had Lodge shown a lot more steady interest about the Sooners during the process, then could see Jay Norvell going back to try to get Lodge.
OU is not hurting at wide receiver. There’s no question Lodge can produce, but OU is going to have size at the position going forward with receivers like Dallis Todd, Jeffery Mead and the potential of Dorial Green-Beckham playing for OU in 2015.
OU should stick with the hunt for Ryan Newsome and just see how it plays out.
Is there a tight end update?
Not surprising to see this question after Arkansas picked up its third tight end commitment of the class Tuesday with Will Gragg. All three (Gragg, Austin Cantrell and C.J. O’Grady) had OU offers before picking the Razorbacks.
It’s tough to see a tight end making that leap when all they’re seeing is tight ends block. Blake Bell has caught one touchdown and Taylor McNamara doesn’t have a catch this season. Five catches for 62 yards through four games isn’t going to entice anybody.
The answer is still Rice commit Hunter Herndon. Offered in early August, it felt like the flip would happen immediately. But as of this point, he still hasn’t set up an official visit and has said a lot of pro-Rice comments on Twitter.
That could all change once/if he sees Norman, but we’re almost into October and still feels like he’s the only legit option.