Przybylo: Tackling recruiting questions

Has OU's recruiting momentum slowed because of two losses in last month?

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

OU in danger of losing any more commitments?

The recent struggles on the field shouldn’t really impact OU’s recruiting class so far, at least not the ones who have already made their commitment to the Sooners.

Talking with recruits, and a lot of them have been able to overlook the end results and instead have been more focused on what that particular position group has been doing.

Still the one name to watch is certainly junior college offensive lineman Jamal Danley. Committed to OU during his visit for Tennessee weekend, it’s going to be tough for Danley and fellow juco product Martinas Rankin to ignore what’s happening in Mississippi right now.

Between Ole Miss and Mississippi State, the state boasts two of the three best teams in the nation and both are familiar with the area and playing their juco football there.

Danley said earlier this week he’s solid to OU, but he also said he would like to visit more schools. Much ado about nothing or cause for concern? We’ll find out.

As for everybody else, pretty clear OU should be sitting pretty with the other 13 pledges.

Can you explain the offer to the juco wide receiver?

For two months have sat here and said it’s Ryan Newsome or bust for OU recruiting at wide receiver. Then came the news Friday morning of Blinn Community College Dede Westbrook receiving an OU offer among a bunch of offers that came flooding his way last weekend.

Westbrook has been given high praise from Scout recruiting guru Greg Powers, who has seen a lot of talent in his time. But the offer was still a bit of a head-scratcher.

Westbrook isn’t a big, physical guy, and he said the Sooners view him in the same mold as Jalen Saunders, which Westbrook took as a huge compliment.

A lot of other schools have come his way before OU and a few are coming in after the Sooners so tough to know if OU stands a chance just yet though his visit is set for Baylor weekend. It does, however, maybe give an indication of what the Sooners feel they might lack for the 2015 season.

Any news to report on the Mesquite Poteet duo?

Can’t blame OU fans for getting their hopes up about Mesquite Poteet’s Malik Jefferson and DeAndre McNeal, but it’s still a huge longshot for either one of them.

Jefferson, a five-star linebacker, has seen OU play twice this season. He was in attendance in back-to-back weeks against TCU and Texas. Invited by TCU in Fort Worth and then by OU for the Red River Showdown.

It’s not fair to say Jefferson doesn’t like OU. Think it’s pretty clear he does like the Sooners, but it still doesn’t appear as if Bob Stoops and company have made a big enough impression to reach his final cut.

Same thing can be said with McNeal at this point. OU might have waited a little too long on this one. And though in the conversation, nowhere near being called a leader at all.


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