Sooners looking for some recruiting momentum

OU hoping to turn things around on the recruiting trail this week.

The biggest piece of the puzzle is set for Oklahoma’s 2016 recruiting class so it’s hard to get too down about the last 10 days.

But coming off the commitment of Waxhaw (N.C.) Cuthbertson four-star quarterback Austin Kendall, the hope was it would be the catalyst to a memorable April for OU on the recruiting trail.

However, since Kendall made the call April 7, things have dipped for the Sooners in regards to prospects on the recruiting trail.

It started with the spring game. Though OU had an incredible amount of offered prospects on campus during the spring, the Sooners couldn’t capitalize at the spring game itself.

Other schools, before and after OU’s game, saw the event as a showcase of the school and snagged big-time commitments. OU left spring game weekend with the same three commitments it had entering the event.

A huge issue was a transportation one as multiple potential recruits that might have made the call were unable to make the event. It still feels like OU is in good position with Dallas South Oak Cliff linebacker Marvin Terry and New Orleans Easton Charter linebacker Pernell Jefferson, but it was disappointing for Sooner fans to not have them there.

And now in the span of seven days, OU has seen a trio of legit top targets decide to commit elsewhere.

South Grand Prairie (Texas) High S Greg Eisworth

Eisworth picked Ole Miss last week in a bit of a shock. OU was the first school to offer Eisworth and was able to get him to campus for junior day. It felt like the Sooners were still clearly in the hunt, but after a trip to Oxford, Eisworth made his decision.

Copperas Cove (Texas) High OL J.P. Urquidez

OU was always in the hunt, but the gut feeling was OU needed to get at least one more visit to fully be considered. Urquidez committed to Baylor last Monday morning. He made multiple trips to OU, including one for junior day in February, but the Bears really won him over during a visit last month.

Shreveport (La.) Calvary Baptist DB Rodarius Williams

This was the gut-punch of the weekend. Williams had spoken the entire time about how OU was contacting him the most and how great his relationship was with defensive backs coach Kerry Cooks. Williams had a planned weekend with trips to OU and Oklahoma State, but during the trip to Stillwater for OSU’s spring game, he decided he had seen enough and committed to the Cowboys. This is big for a number of factors. One, because it did look like OU was clearly the team to beat with Williams. And two, it gives OU no momentum as it pertains to the other members of the Shreveport DB trio of Greedy Williams (his twin) and safety Chanse Sylvie. Sylvie was hopeful to make the trip to OU this weekend but didn’t make any trip.

Not the best start to the spring evaluation period, but it’s just the first week. OU officially concluded spring practice last Thursday so the coaches will hit the road in full force this week.

And though it would have been a boost for OU to land any or all three of the mentioned recruits, it does let the coaches know it’s time to get back to work.

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