Sooner Intel, Pt. II: News and nuggets

Recruiting trail is starting to heat up for the Sooners with the spring evaluation period underway.

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Lewis back to 100 percent

The winter can be a big time for recruits to help their status, but Moore (Okla.) Southmoore defensive back Quindon Lewis hasn’t been able to showcase his skills.

Lewis, a Class of 2017 prospect who has already earned four-star status, has been on the sidelines throughout most of the camp season recovering from a fractured ankle.

Lewis became a name for OU fans to learn last summer with quality performances at OU’s camp, and he was back at OU a couple of weeks.

“It was a lot of fun,” Lewis said. “I liked it a lot. I got to talk to a lot of the guys, and they were all just telling me to keep my head up and that the offers would be coming.”

Lewis seems primed to be among the top cornerbacks in the region, but there are some schools right now that also believe Lewis can develop into a receiver.

As for OU, it does seem like it’s all defensive back. And that meant getting to know first-year coach Kerry Cooks and meeting him for the first time. His first impression was a good one.

“Looking at the corners, I just see there isn’t a certain type,” Lewis said. “There are all types of corners there, not just the long, tall ones.”

Lewis will return to OU this summer for the camp, but he said he’s also looking at perhaps visiting Oklahoma State, TCU and maybe an Opening regional camp in Ohio.

Coming off an unexpected playoff appearance, expectations are going to be high for Southmoore for at least the next couple of seasons. Lewis said he’s excited about that and knows what he’s looking to get better at for this season.

“I’m working on my speed and getting in and out of my breaks,” Lewis said. “There’s still a lot of things I know I can work on and improve.”

Lewis said the mindset at OU is what stood out for him. He said it meant a lot to him to see how the team prepares and gets ready for practice and how competitive they all are.

That competitiveness is going to be seen in spades at Southmoore. With names like Brey Walker, Casey Thompson and Gervarrius Owens, there’s a lot of young, quality talent for the SaberCats.

“It’s really fun because we’re so competitive about all the little things,” Lewis said. “We’re all top prospects out there competing and going through all these things together. It’s great.”

Williams, Sylvie returning to campus

OU is still searching for its first defensive back commitment, but Kerry Cooks might not have to wait too much longer. Two-thirds of the Shreveport (La.) Calvary Baptist trio are expected to return to Norman this weekend with cornerback Rodarius Williams and safety Chanse Sylvie.

Sylvie, Williams and Williams’ twin, Greedy Williams, were all hopeful to be in Norman last weekend for the spring game but instead competed in a 7-on-7 tournament in Dallas. No competition this week, and Rodarius is excited to return.

“Oklahoma is showing me the most love right now,” Williams said. “When I visited there, I got a lot of love from the coaches and players. They all keep reaching out to me telling about Oklahoma, the program, and I really like that.”

The general consensus is usually brothers end up a package deal. And when it comes to OU and package deals, we know that rarely happens as OU has never given a scholarship offer to someone based on bloodlines alone.

Rodarius Williams seems to have come to terms to that, and Greedy Williams is stating his own case. Greedy is ranked in the Scout 300 and still hasn’t seen OU. He’ll be at LSU this weekend.

Rodarius, however, will be making his second trip to Norman as Williams and Sylvie both visited OU for junior day last month. It will actually be Sylvie’s third trip to Norman as he also went to OU’s first junior day in February.

Cooks was still getting his feet wet at OU when the offers were made, but it’s clear now he has found his groove and is making his impact.

“Coach Cooks is already treating me like I am one of his own,” Williams said. “He talks to me like I am his son, like I am already there at Oklahoma, and we are building a very good relationship.”

The visit, provided it happens, is huge for OU. Since Sylvie’s second trip, he has visited Tennessee and Ole Miss, and it has felt like the SEC schools have turned his head.

OU still seems in pretty good shape with Rodarius Williams, but the hope is to use that momentum with Williams to get Sylvie back leaning toward the crimson and cream.

Rodarius has hinted on Twitter several times during the last couple of weeks about wanting to commit. This weekend could be that chance.

Lack of spring game fireworks

Bob Stoops said in the week leading up to the spring game that he had never had more offered prospects on campus for practice than this year.

So the natural assumption was for some fireworks at the spring game, but it never materialized. OU entered with three commits and left with three commits.

The big one, obviously, is getting five-star linebacker Caleb Kelly back to campus. That was huge, and again, the feeling is OU will be there until the end.

And it was big to get offensive lineman Kellen Diesch back to campus. He seems poised to want to commit, but he hasn’t pulled the trigger just yet.

Other than that, though, things didn’t go the way OU fans were hoping. Notable prospects Marvin Terry and Pernell Jefferson were unable to make the trip. Brey Walker, despite being a 2018 offer so the urgency isn’t there, also wasn’t able to return.

There were no major surprises at the last minute. OU brought in a lot of in-state guys like running back Jeremy Lewis, safety Calvin Bundage, defensive back Max Wariboko, but so far not one new offer has been reported from the game.

With OU wrapping up practice Thursday, it’s officially recruiting season as the spring evaluation period began Wednesday. A lack of fireworks Saturday would gladly be substituted by OU fans for some commitments during the next six weeks.


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