It was the final week of the spring evaluation period, and Oklahoma was once again back on the recruiting trail in full force.
There was some focus on 2016 recruits, but for the most part, the Sooners were looking toward the future with multiple offers to underclassmen.
Here’s the review.
North Torrance (Calif.) High linebacker Mique Juarez
Already committed to USC, he told Scout’s Greg Biggins he certainly has some early interest in the OU offer. The Sooners are loaded with linebacker targets and have made several during the eval period, but it still feels like Juarez won’t be the answer. The first step, as always, is trying to get Juarez to Norman for the first time.
Lackawanna (Pa.) College offensive tackle Ashton Julious
Sooners went back into the junior college waters with an offer to Julious on Wednesday evening. You can’t miss him at 6-foot-8 and more than 320 pounds. He said Bill Bedenbaugh has been keeping tabs on him for a while and officially made the offer this week. Julious has strong early interest in the Sooners, but there are other schools ready to bang down his door as well
2017 Arvada (Colo.) Pomona offensive tackle Jake Moretti
Offensive coordinator Lincoln Riley tweeted Wednesday he was visiting Colorado. Nobody had any real idea who he was alluding to until Moretti, already a four-star prospect, confirmed he was offered by the Sooners. Although OU has gotten in there early, and it’s not as early as some of the others as Moretti already has one heck of an impressive list of offers.
2017 Newberry (Fla.) High defensive tackle Ja’len Parks
Committed to Florida State for a while now, it’s hard to see OU playing a factor at all in Parks’ recruitment going forward.
2017 Newberry (Fla.) High defensive tackle Cory Durden
Conversely, Durden is someone the Sooners can make some ground with. He has some quality offers, but OU has thrown its hat in the ring a lot earlier than a number of big schools and a lot of the traditional area powers.
2018 Plano (Texas) Prestonwood Christian defensive back Verone McKinley
For every time it looks like OU is slipping in terms of offering a kid, there is another case of something like McKinley. Another disciple of Clay Mack and QuickTwitch training, McKinley’s only other offer before OU was LSU. He added a Texas Tech offer as well this week and should no doubt be among the top defensive backs in the nation for the 2018 class.
The other noteworthy events of the week were seeing targets go off the board. OU had shown considerable amount of interest in Tope Imade but never did make the offer. Texas made the leap last week and Imade took the plunge and committed to the Longhorns.
And a couple of graduate transfers will not play their final season in Norman. Former Notre Dame offensive lineman Matt Hegarty is going to transfer to Oregon, while former Michigan defensive back Blake Countess is headed to Auburn.
Hegarty had visited OU once and Countess was originally expected to visit Norman this weekend.