Spring eval period is here for OU

Next six weeks will be crucial for OU recruiting, and nobody will have more to prove than first-year defensive line coach Diron Reynolds.

What’s the storyline regarding Oklahoma and its recruiting for the Class of 2016? The Sooners enter the spring evaluation period with three commits, which isn’t too far out of the norm for OU.

What has been interesting is two of those commits (Adrian Hardy, Jon-Michael Terry) do not have offers from any other school besides the Sooners. That doesn’t mean they’re not worthy or won’t turn out to be dynamite players, just means they’re not nationally known.

OU was able to land its face of the class last week with Waxhaw (N.C.) Cuthbertson four-star quarterback Austin Kendall. Nearly exactly 24 months since OU last landed a quarterback commit so Kendall is a welcome edition.

That brings us back to the spring evaluation period. The next six weeks won’t see a huge amount of commitments. You have to figure OU might double its class or so and that would suffice heading into the summer.

With this period here, though, all eyes are going to be on first-year defensive line coach Diron Reynolds to see what he can do.

Reynolds wasn’t on campus for OU’s first junior day and really hasn’t had a lot of interaction with recruits to this point. He’s made a positive first impression with the few elite prospects OU is recruiting, but these next six weeks will say a lot about Reynolds.

Reynolds comes to OU from Stanford, but he wasn’t allowed to do any off-campus recruiting. He hasn’t done any sort of regular recruiting stuff since his days at Indiana when most of today’s recruits weren’t even in elementary school.

He has a strong NFL pedigree and a Super Bowl ring as part of the Indianapolis Colts staff from the 2006-07 season. OU needs help on the defensive line, and the Sooners have seemingly fallen off with a couple of elite targets after the coaching change.

Through no fault of Reynolds, it’s just the fact some of these kids won’t want to establish another relationship when they don’t face that same predicament at other schools.

Reynolds isn’t alone. Right now it’s Lincoln Riley doing the heavy lifting as both Hardy and Kendall have said how influential he has been in their respective recruitment.

Wide receivers coach Dennis Simmons and defensive backs coach Kerry Cooks have been attacking the trail hard but have yet to produce anything of real substance.

You know they will. The question is when? A good time to start for all three of them will be during this crucial evaluation period.


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