SoonersIllustrated.com readers have questions about Oklahoma recruiting. Here are some answers to some of the more pressing questions.
Will there be any commitments this weekend?
Quality question to start things and a very expected one. When OU had its monster recruiting weekend two months ago against Tennessee, it didn’t feel like it would be a huge commit one. The Sooners were able to land two on the weekend.
As of now, OU has five confirmed official visitors for the weekend. Two commits, one uncommitted and two committed to other schools.
It’s always tough to flip a committed prospect right then and there so going to rule them out. And in looking at the uncommitted guys, just not seeing it happening this weekend.
Brenham (Texas) Blinn CC wide receiver Dede Westbrook was the first OU offer at the position in several months when OU extended the invitation three weeks ago.
His visit was originally scheduled for this week but has been pushed back two weeks. He was the most likely candidate so now it feels like a weekend of making huge impressions instead of landing the “Boom” with recruits.
Do the Sooners have a chance with any of the recent cornerback offers?
OU went a little cornerback nuts late last week in offering three cornerbacks in the span of 24 hours. Two of them are committed to other schools, while another is a junior college prospect.
The least likely is Miami (Okla.) Northeastern Oklahoma A&M defensive back Justin Martin. He doesn’t really have any ties to the area except for playing his juco ball in the state. He seems destined to head to SEC country. He has the offers and has the roots.
Then you have to look at Waldorf (Md.) Stone’s Juwuan Briscoe. Committed to Clemson since May, his recruiting is heating back up in a hurry. But OU doesn’t head to Maryland all too often, and there’s no reason to suggest right now OU is in play.
That leaves Manvel (Texas) High’s Will Lockett. Committed to UCLA since August, Lockett hasn’t given a reason to think he’ll leave the Bruins.
But the OU connection is there. His former teammate, Austin Bennett is a sophomore at OU, and Lockett was at OU’s original junior day.
The Sooners might have waited a bit too long with Lockett, but it’s not like they have totally disregarded him in the past.
The honest approach has worked, too, as Lockett has appreciated the OU coaches being straight with him, and he’s excited to make his official visit to OU this weekend.
Can OU somehow get back into the picture with DaMarkus Lodge?
All the sudden wide receiver has become a hot topic once again. Between official visits for Westbrook and Aledo (Texas) High’s Ryan Newsome to talk of Cedar Hill’s Lodge, it has been an interesting couple of weeks.
Really this is all going to come down to Lodge and whether he wants OU back in the picture. It’s that simple. OU recruited Lodge heavily before letting him go when it became apparent Norman wasn’t his destination.
But after he committed to Texas A&M, schools like Ole Miss and LSU never stopped recruiting him. OU is trying to get its foot back in the door and made a concerted effort during the last bye week to let him know it wants back in.
It’s a steep mountain to climb. On the field success can help, but this will be a case about whether or not Lodge wants to entertain the thought. He holds all the cards.