We’re still around four months away from Oklahoma taking the field once again so we’ll open the recruiting mailbag back up.
Sooners Illustrated publisher Bob Przybylo answers all your recruiting questions every Wednesday. Let’s start another edition.
Who is one 2016 recruit OU needs to offer now and stop waiting to pull the trigger?
There are a lot of good answers for this one and most can be found on the offensive line and within the state. But the one that still sticks out like a sore thumb is the lack of an offer to Southlake Carroll (Texas) High cornerback Obi Eboh.
Eboh, a Scout 300 prospect, has shown the OU interest. He made an unofficial visit to campus last season to check things out. He returned to Norman in February for the first junior day. The interest is there.
But for some reason, the Sooners are still hesitant. OU hasn’t been afraid to offer multiple defensive backs, but Eboh is still there on the board.
His offer sheet is nice and increases nearly every week. It just feels like if the Sooners really turned up the pressure, they could make a huge imprint and be right there in the thick of things.
Of the offered 2017 recruits, who is the one right now you think OU will be able to sign?
Taking an absolute stab in the dark and going to Houston with Stafford wide receiver Hezekiah Jones. A common complaint is about OU taking too much time before making an offer. That wasn’t the case with Jones.
The Sooners still were among his first offers, but what they did is act quickly once they recognized what a talent Jones is and the potential he has going forward.
The qualifier to this one is OU’s offense under Lincoln Riley is going to have to show it can produce and be a fun place to play for wide receivers. If that doesn’t happen in 2015, tough to see elite 2017 receivers buying in with the Sooners.
Now a month into the spring evaluation period, how are things looking for OU? Doing a good job? Still lacking?
On paper, it certainly hasn’t been an incredibly eventful spring evaluation period for the Sooners. Multiple offers have been doled out and OU has landed one commitment from Tyler (Texas) JC wide receiver Ryan Parker.
The Sooners have definitely done a good job of finding new targets, especially with the offensive and defensive lines. The problem is other schools, and top ones like OU, are also finding those kids, and it’s too early to know if an OU offer is going to mean something in the long run.
Too early to call it a disappointment with the 2016 class, it’s not too early to say the Sooners are doing a nice job of trying to build that 2017 rapport with recruits. It feels like half of the offers during this period are for next year. Where that used to be unheard of, now that’s just sort of the way it has to be done with today’s recruiting.
It would go a long way for OU to nab maybe two more recruits during this cycle to have some momentum heading into the summer camp season.