Sooner Intel, Pt. II: News and nuggets

OU with plenty of moves on the recruiting trail this week.

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Is Garrett an option?

It’s time to open up the 2016 quarterback book once again. Thought to be closed after the commitment of Waxhaw (N.C.) Cuthbertson four-star quarterback Austin Kendall, things obviously got more interesting last week.

With Justice Hansen no longer with the program, the question looming is whether or not the Sooners will look for another signal-caller for the 2016 class?

And if they do, is the answer in their backyard with Mustang (Okla.) High’s Chandler Garrett? Garrett has offers from Air Force and Wyoming right now and showed once again at the Mustang Metro Team Camp even this week that when it matters most, he delivers the best.

Garrett spent a lot of time during the offseason working on his delivery, and early results are suggesting he is doing everything right.

“I’ve seen a ton of difference from last year,” Garrett said. “I always felt I was accurate, but I’m more accurate now. I’ve added 15 yards on deep ball. The ball is spinning better.”

Wyoming, at first, is a curious offer. But the Cowboys have done an incredible job of recruiting the state and Garrett could be a poster boy for their efforts. Garrett’s high school coach, Jeremy Dombek, played for Wyoming, and Garrett said he intends to visit Wyoming this weekend.

“Every offer is a big one, but it was pretty special,” Garrett said. “The coaches are really cool. They watched me throw one day and called me the next day and made the offer.”

Interest has been increasing from schools like Northwestern, but Garrett is going to be very selective about what camps he will attend this summer. He’s not looking to waste his time or the school’s time. The interest has to be mutual.

Garrett attended OU’s junior day in March and also visited for a spring practice. He has developed a good relationship with first-year offensive coordinator Lincoln Riley throughout the process.

Riley visited Garrett during the spring evaluation period, and Riley was one of several OU coaches who helped work the Mustang camp so Riley once again got to see Garrett in action.

“Nothing new yet. We’ll see,” Garrett said. “We’ll see how it all works out. Justice leaving might open some doors. I don’t know.”

Garrett is embracing his role as the team leader and really feels the speed of the game has slowed down for him. Anybody who watched him this week can attest that he continues to make the necessary strides at quarterback.

“I feel like I’m playing a video game right now,” Garrett said. “I can put it wherever I want it.”

Breaking down Roberts

Have talked to more sources regarding juco defensive end Austin Roberts and the news is rather positive.

He still does have work to do this summer to make sure he’s good to go, nothing has changed there. But the overall tone is pretty positive.

Still a little miffed OU hasn’t really tried to promote the commitment but have been told it’s not a sign of the coaches believing Roberts won’t be able to make it to Norman.

His classes have already started. It’s an English class and a history class. As of right now, Roberts said he has a B in each class and still feels incredibly confident about things.

Scout has moved Roberts officially to the commitment list, and we’ll just see how it plays out in the next month.

Eboh gets the OU call

With the spring evaluation period in the books, OU understandably wasn’t as busy making offers. The Sooners reached out to a few 2017 kids, but the one to circle for this week is Southlake Carroll (Texas) High cornerback Obi Eboh.

Eboh, ranked in the Scout 300, has visited OU multiple times and Sooners Illustrated has openly been wondering if the offer was ever going to happen.

He visited last year for OU’s first home game. Almost no recruits were in town against Louisiana Tech so it gave Eboh a huge chance to get quality time with the players and coaches.

He received that same opportunity in February at OU’s junior day, getting more and more comfortable with first-year coach Kerry Cooks.

Eboh has been a tough read because he’s not exactly playing favorites so far in the recruiting process. And academics seem to matter as much, if not more, than football.

With that in mind, Stanford is one to watch for Eboh although he doesn’t have the offer from the Cardinal just yet. Arkansas, Wisconsin and California are some of his other notable recent offers as Eboh has eclipsed the 20-offer total mark.

Wouldn’t expect Eboh to return to Norman anytime soon unless it’s for an official visit. He knows the campus. He knows the coaches. Now the waiting game begins to see where Eboh has OU in the grand scheme of things.

Hansen exploring options

One of the biggest topics of conversation at the Mustang Metro Team Camp this week was regarding the future of former Oklahoma quarterback Justice Hansen.

Hansen, a former Scout 300 prospect for the 2014 class, announced his intention to transfer from OU last week and was granted a full release by Bob Stoops.

So the question is where will he go? There are two options that seem to be picking up steam. One is Kansas State, while the other is Hansen searching for immediate playing time at a junior college.

KSU recruited Hansen pretty hard during his high school days at Edmond Santa Fe, and it would feel like he would be a natural fit for what the Wildcats like to do.

Multiple coaches not associated with Santa Fe said it sounds like KSU will be the place, but the junior college option is appealing.

You have to remember Hansen lost practically his entire senior season because of injury. So you add that to the fact he redshirted last season, and he has that itch to play. So he could decide to go to juco for one year to play once again and go through the recruiting process once again.

In talking to multiple coaches and sources close to Hansen and the program, there doesn’t seem to be any ill will at all in this situation. That seemed evident with Stoops even releasing a statement wishing Hansen well.

Hansen wants the chance to play. With the arrival of Lincoln Riley and OU’s quarterback depth chart, the writing was on the wall that it most likely wasn’t going to happen in Norman.


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