The spring evaluation period is here for recruiting, and it’s an incredibly interesting six-week period coming up for Oklahoma.
The Sooners enter the period with three commitments but have put themselves in good position with certain recruits going forward.
Here is a list of five recruits where it feels like the time is now for OU to deliver that official offer.
Broken Arrow (Okla.) High OL Rowdy Frederick
The question has been about his health. Frederick attempted to answer that question a couple of weeks ago by winning the OL MVP award at a regional Rivals camp. That performance led to an offer from Texas Tech, and a lot more should find their way to Frederick during these next six weeks. One of them could come from the Sooners. Frederick has been a frequent visitor to campus and has developed a great rapport with offensive line coach Bill Bedenbaugh. The only question left to be answered is if Frederick has shown enough to earn that game-changing offer?
Arlington (Texas) Bowie OL Tope Imade
Bedenbaugh was aggressive with offensive line offers and still has OU in quality position with a number of them. But OU isn’t the leader for any of them, and it feels like he’ll have to go back to his board to find some new ones. Imade could certainly be one of those guys. He visited for junior day and admitted he was hoping to go home with the offer. A weightlifting video gone viral helped increase Imade’s national profile and the offers have started to trickle in. Imade wasn’t the best offensive lineman at the Opening regional event last month, but it’s obvious to see how hard he is trying to reach that level.
Arlington (Texas) Lamar WR Kofi Boateng
This is one of those cases where if it doesn’t happen now, it might as well not happen at all. Boateng is already in the 20s when it comes to offers and was at OU’s first junior day. Issue right now is OU is striking out with the Fab 4 at Arlington Lamar with Shane Buechele at Texas and Madre Harper with Oklahoma State. No guarantee Boateng earns the OU offer, but he has certainly done everything in his power to make it happen. It could simply boil down to a numbers game, and if he fits what OU wants to do going forward.
Southlake Carroll (Texas) High CB Obi Eboh
Much like Boateng, OU must strike fast with Eboh or risk being left behind. OU was one of the first schools to show major interest in Eboh last fall, even getting him up for an unofficial visit. His offer sheet has increased dramatically since then, and the Sooners were able to get Eboh back to Norman for junior day. The offer seemed like a guarantee so it was a bit of a shock to see Eboh leave campus without one. He has plenty of other choices if the Sooners don’t come calling. But it doesn’t compute right now if OU doesn’t indeed show that type of interest with someone as talented and interested as Eboh is.
2017 Westlake (Utah) Saratoga Springs DB Chaz Ah You
You could make arguments for several more 2016 recruits to hold this final spot, but we’re going to the 2017 class with Ah You. It simply isn’t adding up with Ah You and OU right now. It seems readily apparent Ah You would jump at an OU offer, making the Sooners his No. 1 choice and maybe even commit. Instead, he has been to campus a couple of times and left without that offer. It’s possible OU wants to get him back for summer camp for one more round of evaluation, but Ah You is someone OU should offer sooner rather than later.