It’s a little later than usual, but the first junior day for Oklahoma is upon us as the Sooners will have the first of their two invite-only events Sunday afternoon.
Unlike some other junior days where 50-100 prospects end up on campus, OU tends to keep it small. That appears to be the case this year with less than 30 confirmed visitors right now.
Heading into the event, here’s what you need to know.
Lone Star invasion
Bob Stoops is never one to mince words about how important he feels the state of Texas is to OU’s recruiting efforts. This year that seems to be taken up a notch as the Sooners are hitting one quality Dallas Metroplex program after another.
Schools like Southlake Carroll, Lancaster, Arlington Lamar and Arlington Bowie all have multiple recruits confirmed for making the trip up north Sunday.
Sometimes it feels like OU is a little late to the Texas party so this is a real encouraging sign of where OU is hoping to direct its recruiting toward for the 2016 class.
Don’t forget the homegrown talent
Perception can become reality in some instances. A lot of people like to jump on the bandwagon of OU not offering enough in-state talent. Your mileage may vary on how real accurate that is, but OU is bringing a quality bunch to OU this weekend.
It starts with the state’s lone Scout 300 prospect in Edmond Santa Fe safety/outside linebacker Calvin Bundage. Offered by OU more than two months ago, his offer sheet has increased dramatically since his last trip to OU in December.
Other names to watch are Lone Grove running back Jeremy Lewis, fresh off of rushing for more than 2,000 yards and 31 touchdowns as a junior and Moore Southmoore’s Noah Jones. Is he a tight end or a defensive end? Doesn’t really matter because he can bring the goods.
Southmoore looks like a great school to hit for the 2017, 2018 classes, but Jones is positioning himself as a guy to watch for this class, too.
It’s called junior day, but OU has a strong history of inviting the top sophomores as well. Top doesn’t quite say it enough, how about elite sophomores?
This year two no-brainer four-stars are already confirmed for the event. Plano (Texas) East linebacker Anthony Hines has already been offered.
South Grand Prairie (Texas) High defensive back/outside linebacker Jeffrey Okudah hasn’t, but most expect that offer to come this weekend. Lancaster is also bringing some young talent to the event.
Who’s getting offered?
The Sooners are loading up on wide receivers and defensive backs for this junior day so look for some offers in that department.
Receiver is going to be incredibly interesting because not one single offered receiver is scheduled to be on hand. A bevy of talents are coming, and it will be interesting how the OU coaches go about doling out the offers at that spot.
Meet Cooks, Simmons
This is a chance for new OU assistant coaches Dennis Simmons and Kerry Cooks to make huge initial impressions with the Sooners.
Simmons, coaching outside wide receivers after his time at Washington State, will be very intriguing to watch as OU starts to get a feel of what he is looking for in his future targets.
Cooks, formerly of Notre Dame, knows this area well as he recruited Texas like a beast when with the Irish. Now that he’s so much closer to home, how big of a role will that be with guys like Sachse (Texas) cornerback Jared Mayden and others?