The goal of junior day is now to simply get top recruits to campus. The goal is no longer to walk out with 2-4 commitments or more. Build the relationship, set the foundation and close at a later date.
In that regard, mission accomplished for Oklahoma. Between three junior days, the Sooners were able to see more than 70 recruits and a lot of them are among the Scout 300.
Eventually getting them to see the campus isn’t enough, and it’s going to be all about getting at least a healthy number of them to commit to the program and eventual sign in February.
OU is at two commitments. That’s not too strange for this time of year. While some schools like Texas A&M and Baylor and TCU get off to strong starts, the Sooners patience approach leads to more to furious closes than scorching starts.
Scorching wouldn’t be the word to describe OU’s only two commitments right now. The Sooners got on the board with Tulsa (Okla.) Victory Christian linebacker Jon-Michael Terry. He visited OU on Feb. 15 during the first junior day. He left with an offer and committed.
OU earned pledge No. 2 three days after Spring (Texas) Dekaney athlete Adrian Hardy saw the OU campus for the first time at the March 7 junior day.
Neither name rung a huge bell among recruiting circles. Terry was only known in part because he was an in-state prospect, and it’s easier to know in-state under the radar names than out of state.
Hardy was virtually unknown. Almost the entire OU coaching staff was already following Hardy on Twitter before his commitment but no other school was even giving him a second look.
Two commitments, two total offers. It seems unheard of nowadays with how intense and in-depth recruiting is to find one yet alone two recruits without any offers before the Sooners come in.
Terry has earned a high ranking, No. 33 outside linebacker by Scout and just shy of a four-star status. Hardy, who plays quarterback in high school, is going to be a receiver when it comes to OU and has yet to be fully evaluated.
It appears like OU’s 2016 class is going to end up smaller than the last couple of years, which is going to make every commitment that much more important. So the question is going to be did OU find two diamonds in the rough, two guys that OU just happened to stumble upon before anybody else?
Or did OU make a miscalculation and see the possibilities for top talent shrink that much more because of no spots available?
It’s an interesting question to ask and one that absolutely already has OU fans talking. There’s no way of knowing right now how first-year OU coaches Lincoln Riley, Kerry Cooks, Dennis Simmons and Diron Reynolds are going to fare on the recruiting trail.
But the class sure is off to one unique start, for better or worse.