There’s usually some sort of surprise when you’re searching for the first offer, and it happens to come from Oklahoma.
Don’t get it wrong because South Grand Prairie (Texas) High safety Greg Eisworth was very grateful for the Sooners offer last month, but it’s one he hoped was coming even if he didn’t have any others at that point.
Eisworth ended up being the first confirmed 2016 offer after coaches were allowed to hit the road again in January. Several more have followed, but it’s clear the Sooners are going to be in the thick of things.
That line of thinking was only supported more by Eisworth’s trip to Norman last weekend for OU’s first junior day.
“It was really nice,” Eisworth said. “I really like the coaching staff, and they really make you feel like you’re at home.”
The junior day was an important one for all of OU’s top defensive back targets as, for the majority of them, it was the first time they got to meet first-year OU defensive backs coach Kerry Cooks.
Some might have had contact with Cooks from his time at Notre Dame, but Sunday was the first real interaction between Cooks and the 2016 crop of recruits. All signs point toward Cooks making an outstanding first impression.
“That was my first time meeting him, and I liked him a lot,” Eisworth said. “He was very respectful and someone who has been in the game a long time. I feel like I can build a really good relationship with him.”
OU has always been the goal for Eisworth ever since the Sooners started paying attention last spring. From that time on, Eisworth said he did every little thing he could do to stay on OU’s radar – attending local camps and developing a rapport with Mike Stoops.
But it was another Stoops who stood out Sunday. Eisworth said the favorite part of his visit was the one-on-one talk with Bob Stoops.
“They took me out of the group and took me to his office,” Eisworth said. “It was just me, him and my dad. I figured I would be nervous, but I wasn’t at all. He just does a great job of making you feel like you’re at home.”
First offer and making the trip had some OU fans hoping Eisworth was going to commit over the weekend, but he said that thought never really entered his mind.
Eisworth has been to OU and Baylor junior days and wants to experience more schools in the upcoming months. He said he is thinking about going to Texas on Feb. 28 but that hasn’t been confirmed.
He can play quarterback, but he understands his future is at safety for college and doesn’t have a problem with that. It’s what the Sooners see him as going forward, and he should return after a quality experience in Norman.
“They proved to me exactly what I expected out of them,” Eisworth said. “OU lived up to the hype.”