The Oklahoma coaches have been hyping it on Twitter for months. It is finally here. For the first time ever, OU is having a one-day, elite camp on campus. The best of the best are coming to Norman on Wednesday morning/afternoon.
Now it’s not unusual for OU to bring quality recruits to camp, but it was usually Day 2 of a three-day event and featured hundreds of kids.
This time around, though, it will be a smaller group of kids. But the cream of the crop as well and should make for one outstanding couple of hours in Norman.
There are also going to be several in-state stars such as Southmoore’s Casey Thompson and Quindon Lewis. And OU has been able to nail down a couple of 2017 offers from Lawrenceville (Ga.) Archer with Jamyest Williams and Isaiah Pryor (third year in a row for Pryor). Having such a top camp on a Wednesday might bring some transportation/availability issues, but it should be something to watch.
Camps aren’t what they used to be as so many recruits already have the offers and have even committed. But here’s a rundown of the last three classes who were at OU’s camp in one capacity or another.
Class of 2013
The best example that camps still matter. Austin was undersized and not well known and went toe-to-toe with K.D. Cannon for two hours. Austin earned his OU offer that day even if he didn’t technically get it until the week before signing day. OU knew it had a player in Austin.
LB Jordan Evans
OU’s linebacker class came from this camp. More of the attention going into the event was about Alexander, but it was Evans who turned a lot of heads during the event. An incredible senior season left OU no choice but to bring him home.
Alexander was looking for the offer after the camp and didn’t get it. He eventually committed to Arkansas before the Sooners did indeed come around months later and offered him and eventually got him to sign with OU.
Smallwood had zero Division I offers heading into the camp. Two days after standing out, he had an offer and committed right then and there. Injuries have derailed Smallwood so far at OU, but he still has incredible size if he can stay healthy.
Class of 2014
Parker was actually a three-day camper the previous year and didn’t actually participate this time around. He had the offer, and it was clear he was one of OU’s top overall targets. The Sooners kept on the full-court press and landed his signature.
DB Marcus Green
Green did something not too many recruits will do nowadays. Already committed to OU, Green went to the camp and participated. Not afraid of the competition, Green absolutely was among the best at the event and OU was never in danger of losing Green.
TE Carson Meier
Meier had committed to OU a month before and did not participate. Really good friends with Parker, Meier was getting the red carpet treatment and will be a redshirt freshman this season.
Hansen had camped at OU the years before so he didn’t participate. Hansen’s tenure at OU came to a close a couple of weeks ago when he announced he was transferring.
Class of 2015
Haughton came to see the OU coaches, well, coach but storms delayed the second day of the camp several hours. Haughton had a lot of quality time with OU coaches and it marked his third trip to OU in the span of four months.
Sunderland felt like an OU commit even if he wasn’t one just yet. He walked around like he was committed to the Sooners and acted like one. He had starred at OU’s camp the year before, which set the wheels in motion for Sunderland becoming a Sooner.
Hearne was a name nobody had heard for months since his offer. But there he was with his father visiting the campus. He didn’t participate, but the mere fact he was there let everybody know the countdown was on for him to pick the Sooners.
There was no reason at all for Anderson to camp at OU, but he did anyway. He spent all three days at OU and worked out during the second one. Before heading back to Katy, Texas, Anderson committed and gave OU another Scout 300 running back prospect.