'Boom' or bust: OU with big recruiting chance

OU didn't start the week on a good note, but the Sooners are in the hunt for a couple of huge recruits this weekend.

The Oklahoma football program is in the need of a pick me up. It can’t happen on the field. The Sooners ended a disappointing season with back-to-back losses to finish 8-5.

History shows, though, one game usually isn’t going to make or break things in recruiting. And with several prominent top recruits ready to decide this weekend, OU is back in the headlines once again.

Friday was going to be an incredibly anxious evening for OU fans as four-star prospects Oklahoma City Casady offensive lineman Josh Wariboko and Dallas Skyline linebacker Anthony Wheeler were both expected to announce at the Under Armour All-America Game.

Wariboko confirmed Thursday afternoon he is not going to pick at the game. He has three finalists right now of OU, Ohio State and UCLA but said he is not ready to make his selection.

Talk of a national signing day decision has been discussed, but Wariboko said that has not been confirmed yet. He said he is not sure right now.

Wheeler is still expected to announce Friday, and OU is also going to be in the hunt for Canada Prep four-star defensive lineman Neville Gallimore.

Gallimore is going to announce between OU, Florida State and Ohio State at the U.S. Army All-American Bowl in San Antonio.

Sizing up where the Sooners stand with both of them heading into their decision announcement.

Dallas Skyline linebacker Anthony Wheeler

Wheeler is a peculiar case in recruiting. He is picking from OU, Texas, Baylor and LSU despite the fact he has not taken one single official visit. That fact should actually bode well for the Sooners considering Wheeler has taken multiple unofficial visits to Norman and has been a top priority for the Sooners at middle linebacker for nearly two years at this point. If OU can land Wheeler, it would give the Sooners two huge recruiting victories at the position in two weeks. Five-star linebacker Ricky DeBerry picked OU two weeks ago.

Canada Prep defensive lineman Neville Gallimore

OU defensive line coach Jerry Montgomery made a huge impression with Gallimore and his family last winter. Other schools jumped into the mix after Gallimore tore it up on the camp circuit, but the first impression with Montgomery has carried the Sooners a long way. Gallimore made his official visit to OU for Tennessee weekend, and there has been nothing to suggest OU has fallen out of favor with the versatile defensive line prospect.

OU enters the weekend with 17 commits for the Class of 2015. The smart money is the Sooners won’t walk out this weekend at that number. It’s a boom or bust weekend for the Sooners, and OU sure could use the good news right about now.


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