The first visit weekend after the recruiting dead period usually brings the fireworks, and it certainly did in the last 72 hours.
So what all happened for Oklahoma? Come along for the ride and get caught up as there were many major moves.
The biggest occurred late Sunday morning when Dallas Kimball cornerback Antoine Stephens decided to commit to the Sooners. This one certainly didn’t come as a surprise, but still you never know until you know in recruiting. No second thoughts. It’s clear Stephens is on cloud nine right now being a part of the OU family.
Norvell to the other side of the Red River
One of the biggest moves was in the coaching ranks as former OU wide receivers coach Jay Norvell was officially named the Texas wide receivers coach. Never a dull moment in the OU-Texas wars and this is another chapter to the Red River Rivalry.
Key offers made
Not everything that happened was with OU. Couple of schools made some notable offers that have certainly changed the landscape of OU’s target board. First is linebacker/safety Fotu Leiato offered by Oregon. With the Ducks and UCLA both firmly in the mix, it doesn’t seem likely OU is going to get a visit.
Another was with cornerback Kareem Orr. Following a great Arizona State visit, it sounds safe to say the Sooners are out of the hunt. Add in an Ohio State offer as well for Orr, he has a lot more options now than what he had coming into his OU visit Bedlam weekend.
Some big offers were handed out and some interesting decommitments are worth keeping tabs on. The first was Burton (Texas) High’s Louis Brown decommitting from Texas on Saturday afternoon. Brown was down to OU and Texas in the summer. The former Baylor and now UT commit is set to visit Oklahoma State this weekend. Brown would be an ideal fit for OU at outside linebacker so it will be intriguing to see what happens this week.
The other was with Dallas Bishop Dunne wide receiver Adrian Miller. Committed to Illinois since July, Miller said it was time to part ways with the Illini. OU hasn’t offered yet, but offensive coordinator Lincoln Riley has been in touch. Kentucky and California look like early leaders for Miller.
Thomas to the Aggies
Linebacker continues to be the head-scratching spot for OU recruiting. And another one bit the dust Saturday afternoon when potential target Dwaine Thomas committed to Texas A&M. Thomas always felt like an OU offer just waiting to happen. Well, Thomas got tired of waiting and jumped on the chance from the Aggies. In the same context, it’s tough to see one-time top target Anthony McKee heading to OU. After a great Michigan State visit, seems like Spartans are sitting pretty.
Viney putting in work
No idea if Courtney Viney ends up as the cornerbacks coach for OU, but he has putting in the work and logging the serious miles on the recruiting trail. With Bobby Jack Wright gone, Viney has been designated as the replacement, which is allowing him to be on the trail. Viney is a vital cog to the OU recruiting machine.
Bedlam brings the goods
Couldn’t have been a better weekend for OU and its recruiting efforts in both football and basketball. Football and basketball visitors got to see a dominant win by the Sooners in Bedlam, and Lincoln Riley has added a breath of fresh air to the OU football program. No idea how many OU signees the Sooners get from this weekend, but don’t be shocked to see more than just Stephens on Feb. 4.
Dalton moving on
And the fun didn’t stop Monday as safety target Nate Dalton released his top four and did not have OU in it. Coming off a visit to Arkansas, it sure felt like the Sooners were still in good standing. But it’s Hogs, Michigan, Kentucky and Liberty. So there you go.
Newsome door open?
Aledo (Texas) High four-star receiver Ryan Newsome released a final two of Texas and UCLA. But OU hasn’t thrown in the towel yet. Newsome let Sooners Illustrated know OU offensive coordinator Lincoln Riley will do an in-home visit Tuesday night.