Oklahoma is going to be stingy with its defensive back class for 2016. After taking six for the 2015 class, the Sooners are most likely going to take about half of that.
So every offer means something, and a junior college offer only expresses even more how valuable OU feels like that recruit can be going forward.
It’s clear Miami (Okla.) Northeastern Oklahoma A&M cornerback Maurice Chandler passed all of OU’s internal tests as he walked out of Norman with an offer from OU following his unofficial visit Saturday afternoon.
The OU offer is No. 9 for Chandler, who was once a big-time high school standout at Lawton (Okla.) High. Chandler was committed to Texas Tech for the 2013 class, but he was unable to qualify and forced to go through the juco route.
There were many that felt Chandler was going to get the OU offer for the 2013 class. Defensive coordinator Mike Stoops liked Chandler back then, and it’s clear three years later nothing has changed.
Chandler hadn’t had too much contact with OU during this recruiting cycle, but it looked good for his chances of an offer when he said last week he was heading to OU for the first time in three years to watch the scrimmage.
OU has made a habit of heading back to Lawton, and there was a time when it looked like OU was going to take a Lawton combo of Chandler and D.J. Ward three years ago.
Ward is now a redshirt sophomore defensive end for the Sooners. After all this time, Chandler and Ward might finally be reuniting, this time in Norman.
It’s not a lock for OU to nab Chandler. Ranked as one of the best juco cornerbacks in the nation, Chandler is expected to visit Nebraska for its spring game. He already has an offer from the Huskers as well.