OU with work to do on recruiting trail

OU had a chance to separate itself from the pack this season, but things didn't go as planned on the field or the trail.

History supports the idea that one game won’t be the decider on the recruiting trail. Even two games shouldn’t be too much of a concern.

But when it reaches a third game, starting to look at a trend more than just an anomaly. After Oklahoma won its first two home games of the season, the Sooners dropped three of their final four to end 3-3 at Owen Field this season.

Unheard of in the Bob Stoops era as OU had only lost five games in Norman during his tenure heading into the season.

There’s no telling that if OU would have won against Kansas State, Baylor and/or Oklahoma State at home, the recruiting picture would be different. However, it’s clear those outings have certainly not helped matters.

As of the second week of December, OU has yet to have one recruit from those three visits commit to the school. And it was made abundantly clear by a couple of recruits the vibe in Norman after the loss sort of eliminated all shot for OU landing their signature.

The Sooners can’t sulk, and OU coach Bob Stoops and his assistants have hit the trail hard and furious during this week. All those three losses did was just make life a little more difficult in trying to land another solid class.

It’s great to get names like Kyler Murray, Chason Virgil, Darrion Daniels, Darrin Kirkland, Ryan Newsome, Gabriel Campbell, Jalin Barnett, Josh Wariboko, etc., to campus, but you have to make it count.

In 2014, the Sooners didn’t make the most of their opportunities. Not on the field and not on the trail. There are still eight weeks to go until signing day, but it’s going to be so interesting to see how the Sooners close.

Last year around this time OU was coming off back-to-back upset road wins at Kansas State and OSU to set up a Sugar Bowl showdown with Alabama. It was another 10-win season where you could see all signs were pointing up. The end result was a great class, best in the Big 12 as OU closed as strong as ever.

This year is an 8-4 campaign, arguably the most disappointing season in the Stoops era and a pre-New Year’s Day bowl against Clemson in the Russell Athletic Bowl on Dec. 29.

The momentum is not there for OU right now, and it’s going to be up to the coaches to try to get it back in the positive direction in these final two months.

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