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No quarterbacks, no problem
A glaring omission from junior day was quarterback. Not one of them was on campus for the event but that was the plan.
Another quarterback offer was given Wednesday evening as OU entered the hunt for Scout 100 signal-caller K.J. Costello. Will be tough to lure him away from Pac-12 schools, but Lincoln Riley recently started to follow Costello on Twitter so it felt like if the offer was going to happen, it would be pretty soon.”
Haskins has already talked about wanting to visit OU in the spring and setting a timetable of having his commitment done by mid-April.
Buechele has been an interesting case to follow because Texas looked like it had gone all-in with Buechele. It felt like the Horns were doing everything they could to lock him up.
But then during this week Texas has made so many offers at the spot that Horns have now offered 10 quarterbacks for the 2016 class.
Does it mean Buechele said thanks but no thanks? Too early to say, but it was an interesting development.
Boateng was candid in saying the Sooners are definitely still among Buechele’s top schools even if it has been tough to get a read on Buechele here lately.
It feels like OU will want to bring in Costello for a visit, but he’s so locked up by Pac-12 schools that it’s hard to envision him making it to Norman in time before the evaluation period is over.
There’s no doubt the OKPreps quarterback class is deep, but it doesn’t seem like OU’s answer at this position is going to come from anybody within the state.
You have to think Buechele is a lock for OU’s junior day March 7, but it will be intriguing to see if any other ones are brought to campus. If not, it could just be an all-out assault to land Buechele and have him spend as much time as possible with Lincoln Riley.
Sounds like a broken record, but it does have to be said. Buechele’s older brother played baseball at OU. Two of his sisters are currently attending OU. The family ties are there, and now it’s up to Riley to try to close the deal.
If Buechele is not a Sooner by March 8, then the door opens again for Haskins and Costello. But, as we all know, wanting to visit and visiting are two entirely separate things.
So there’s OU’s quarterback picture. One on the west coast (Costello). One on the east coast (Haskins). And one in its backyard (Buechele). Should be a fascinating month ahead.
Lewis back in Norman
Not too many running backs were brought to the event and obviously none of them were offered. But be on the watch for Lone Grove (Okla.) High’s Jeremy Lewis.
He could become a victim of OU’s success because it seems pretty clear once again OU is only going to be looking for one running back for the 2016 class. That’s going to lead to the Sooners being pretty choosy and rightfully so in that regard.
Two offers are out already to Abdul Adams and Devwah Whaley, and it’s tough to imagine OU offering more than five total running backs unless Jay Boulware completely changes up the successful approach Cale Gundy had through the years.
Although not a lot of attention was given to Lewis until the last couple of months, it is becoming more and more obvious he’s not a new name for OU.
“He’s that rare combo of size and speed,” Lone Grove coach Jeremy Turner said. “He’s 6-foot-2 and up over 190 pounds now. He was a track athlete that has really blossomed into a football player. I’ve timed him in the 4.4s several times in the 40 (yard dash).”
Lewis was at OU’s camp last summer and has been around the program. He was at least at two of OU’s home games last season, against Tennessee and for Bedlam. The biggest difference for Lewis, said Turner, has been his weight.
Turner took over the Lone Grove program after the 2013 season and Lewis was about 6-2, but he was only around 165-170 pounds. As he has increased his weight and strength, his speed still remains.
Turner said it was a busy few weeks in January with coaches coming in to ask about Lewis, and he believes this spring is going to be crazy for Lewis, who once again rushed for more than 2,000 yards in a season.
“He’ll be at the Nike camp and the Rivals camp,” Turner said. “He somebody who has had one fumble in the last two seasons. He fumbled the very first game of his sophomore season, and he said it was never going to happen again.”
Turner said Lewis doesn’t love the media attention, but he’s learning to get more acclimated to it. He still has sub-11-second times in the 100, but it’s clear football is going to be his calling.
“He has learned how to finish plays,” Turner said. “He’s finishing every run with his pads going forward. That makes a big difference.”
Samia ready to be a Sooner
Going to take just a minute to go back to the 2015 class because there was one recruit that was tough to get in touch with because of cell phone issues.
Scout 150 offensive tackle Dru Samia still doesn’t have a working cell phone, but he did talk recently about Jerry Montgomery leaving the program and if any school ever had a chance to flip him away at the last second.
Samia was long thought to be a UCLA lean before a trip to OU in August changed everything. He later committed to the Sooners on his birthday, and he was sure with his decision. But that didn’t mean other schools didn’t try.
“When OU making some of those changes, other schools were asking,” Samia said. “But I told them I wasn’t going anywhere, and they respected my decision.”
Samia made his official visit for Bedlam, and it was quite different than from when he first visited OU in August.
The mindset was a complete change. He walked into Norman in August with his heart set on the Bruins and walked into Norman in December knowing he was a Sooner.
“I really enjoyed it,” Samia said. “I was able to get a little more in-depth with everything. It was great to see everybody again. It was just a completely different mindset.”
The final weekend before signing day Samia had OU coaches Bob Stoops, Bill Bedenbaugh and Jerry Montgomery in for an in-home visit. Montgomery was the first coach to notice him two years ago. It was no doubt a blow, but the relationship he has forged with Bedenbaugh softened the blow.
“Coach B is a great guy,” Samia said. “I’ve really liked getting to know him, and I’m excited to be coached by him.”
Samia said he was recruited for the right tackle position, and he intends to come in and compete immediately for the open starting position.