Smith a vital piece to OU puzzle

A key piece to OU's finishing class is definitely trying to land Vanderbilt commit Josh Smith.

Oklahoma brought the house last weekend for its visits with six top recruits. The Sooners aren’t focused on quantity this time around. It’s just quality, and it’s just one recruit.

Heading into the weekend, Sooners Illustrated can only confirm Murfreesboro (Tenn.) Oakland linebacker Josh Smith as the sole visitor to OU.

One visitor but one badly needed visitor as the Sooners have had extraordinary issues filling out their linebacker class for this cycle.


Smith and OU weren’t even really talking with each other until early last month. The Sooners made the offer to the Vanderbilt commit. Good thing they did it when they did because Smith is now flooded with top offers from a who’s who in the nation.

He was originally supposed to visit Norman last week but decided to visit Vanderbilt instead. At the request of the Commodore coaches, Smith changed his visit plans. His brother also plays for Vandy so it won’t be easy to snatch Smith away.

Why OU needs Smith

You can never have too many Scout 300 prospects in a class, and OU would like to make double figures with the addition of Smith. OU has one linebacker in the class and is definitely looking to add at least two more.

The problem is there are not a lot of legitimate candidates for the Sooners to look at right now, and the last month has definitely seen things change in a crazy way for Smith.

At this time last month it did feel like OU was going to be able to snatch him up, but it’s a lot less likely now with schools like Oregon, Georgia and Ole Miss in the running.

The Sooners are going to have to knock this visit out of the park to get Smith to start thinking about the crimson and cream once again.

Smith is No. 247 in the final Scout 300 rankings.

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