Sooner mailbag: Best eval offer?

Answering all the recruiting questions coming out of spring eval period.

The spring evaluation period has come and gone, but recruiting obviously never stops. Sooners Illustrated publisher Bob Przybylo answers your recruiting questions regarding Oklahoma every Wednesday.

Who was the best offer OU made during the spring evaluation period?

Unfortunately, nobody really stands out. Well, let’s rephrase that. The staff did an incredible job of finding recruits who weren’t well known heading into April 15.

The problem is so did other schools and those other schools are making a bigger impact on the recruiting trail than what OU is currently doing.

What stood out more than anything was the lack of any in-state offers to anybody as there are recruits in the 2016-18 classes that certainly are worthy of a first or second or third look.

But if you have to pick one offer that might make a dent it’s the one to Houston Alief Elsik defensive back Chris Brown.

Nobody is saying at all that Brown and Scout 100 linebacker teammate Dontavious Jackson are going to be a package deal, but it sure cannot hurt OU’s chances to make the offer to Brown.

Kerry Cooks has gone offer crazy in the secondary, but he still hasn’t quite hit the jackpot. That’s sort of the reason why more offers were doled out, but if it leads to getting Brown and eventually helping with Jackson, all worth it.

Brown has several quality offers so he’s not a charity case, and you know OU’s history that it will not just give an offer to try to lure another one. The Sooners feel he’s legit, and it could pay off.

Is offensive line recruiting in trouble?

Some readers have said it and sort of right in line with it. If this was any other position, then you could start wondering if something was wrong for OU and offensive line recruiting.

However, Bill Bedenbaugh has earned the benefit of the doubt. And some of the major losses felt in the last week were actually from recruits not with OU offers but just heavy OU interest.

Did it feel like Arlington (Texas) Bowie’s Tope Imade and Lexington (Okla.) High’s Tyler Brown would get an offer? Yes, absolutely. Imade committed to Texas and Brown picked TCU.

The issue with any bit of recruiting is it just takes one. And with so many quality offensive guards in play, it feels like just one high school guard is going to get the call.

Will it be Broken Arrow (Okla.) High’s Rowdy Frederick? He’s still waiting for the offer. The answer might still end up being Parker Boudreaux. If Bedenbaugh “misses” on some of these guys, but the Sooners land Boudreaux, nobody will be complaining.

Best recruit you saw during last couple of weeks around the state?

Good question but going to dodge it slightly. Not really best but a few guys that have improved immensely included Moore Southmoore’s Noah Jones and Broken Arrow’s Rowdy Frederick.

Think last fall both were fringe OU guys, but now both have put in the work and nobody would blink if OU offered them. Not saying OU will, not saying OU should, but saying there would be no disappointing groans if it did occur.

A lot of the players lived up to their billing, but a couple like Jenks’ Dillon Stoner and Tulsa Victory Christian’s Jon-Michael Terry showed they belonged where they are and with the offers that are coming their way.

Will still see a bunch of more top recruits in the next couple of weeks, but the state is really showing its depth so far for the 2016 class.


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