Przybylo: Tackling recruiting questions

This mailbag looks at two specific Texas high school prospects and OU.

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

Does anything change with Newsome’s recruitment?

In the summer it looked like OU was only going to take one wide receiver. Then it became two. The Sooners are at two with League City (Texas) Clear Falls’ John Humphrey and junior college prospect Dede Westbrook.

Westbrook, a four-star addition, committed Tuesday so it’s natural to wonder what that means regarding OU and Aledo (Texas) High’s Ryan Newsome.

This doesn’t mean OU is throwing in the towel with Newsome, not at all. But what it will do is soften the blow if Newsome does pick another school instead of the Sooners.

Newsome said Bob Stoops said OU is not going to stop recruiting Newsome ever. OU is going to roll with him for as long as he needs to make his decision.

There’s no reason to not believe him. It’s Newsome’s ability on the field and his character off the field that has the OU coaches absolutely gushing about the four-star prospect.

Newsome doesn’t give any hints in his recruitment, but it feels like OU has some ground to make up during the in-home visit portion of the recruiting calendar or else he will head to another school.

No matter what with Newsome, it’s irrelevant when it comes to Westbrook. He’s a huge addition and a nice recruiting win for the Sooners.

Any chance of trying to land Virgil as a late quarterback addition?

Really like this line of thinking. It was incredible to hear last week when West Mesquite (Texas) High quarterback Chason Virgil was told he wouldn’t have a scholarship at Mississippi State.

Committed to the Bulldogs since May, he plans to enroll early. It is going to be a long time before the Bulldogs get a recruit from the Dallas Metroplex after what has transpired.

Virgil was sensational this season, throwing for 41 touchdowns. He is going to visit Louisville this weekend, but we’ll be on the lookout for Bedlam weekend.

It’s not the ultimate indicator, but all the right people within OU’s coaching staff have followed Virgil in the last week and there is at least been initial communication.

Whether it goes beyond that remains to be seen, but OU could be in position to swoop in and land Virgil. Been said repeatedly and it’s true that Virgil is going to succeed no matter where he goes. Obviously going to find out a lot in the next two weeks.


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