Sooners bring the goods for camp

OU was hoping for a big-time camp, and it delivered Wednesday at the special one-day event.

Oklahoma has seen it so many times. Huge recruiting opportunities wiped out by weather or some sort of circumstance.

Not Wednesday. As the Sooners hosted their first ever one-day elite camp not a part of another camp setting, the day went perfectly, and OU was able to bring in a lot of top recruits.

Another concern is always about recruits showing up or not showing up. Almost every single top name that said they’d be in attendance was there, which led to an eventful, if not too short, of an afternoon.

Third time’s the charm for Pryor

There was no reason for Lawrenceville (Ga.) Archer defensive back Isaiah Pryor to come back to OU, but he did it anyway.

Already a four-star prospect of the Class of 2017, Pryor was the class of the camp in what marked his third straight summer in Norman.

At the 2013 camp, he was one to circle. At 2014, he had already arrived and left with the offer. This time around it was about making a statement, and that’s exactly what he did.

It’s going to be incredibly tough for OU to get him out of Georgia and SEC country, but the family ties are there with his father knowing Bob Stoops and the Stoops family well. And it’s never a bad sign to have somebody back for a third time.

Also doesn’t hurt when your third appearance ends up as your best one.

Worth the trip for Epenesa

One of the biggest gets for OU at this camp was Edwardsville (Ill.) High defensive lineman A.J. Epenesa. He has earned a four-star ranking for the 2017 class, and Wednesday he showed why.

Epenesa’s father has deep ties to the OU coaching staff, including the Stoops brothers and offensive line coach Bill Bedenbaugh. Epenesa had the OU offer heading into the event, and he showed why during his performance.

The Sooners should be in the short list for Epenesa going forward, but it’s another battle that clearly won’t be won from one great visit.

New Mexico invasion

OU and the state of New Mexico haven’t really been uttered in the same sentence since quarterback Landry Jones. But New Mexico brought a couple of quality linemen to Norman with Henry Hattis and Grant Hermanns.

Both Class of 2016 prospects put on a great show and received the extra attention from the OU coaching staff. The offers are slowly starting to trickle in for both of them, and after their performance Wednesday, nobody would be shocked if the Sooners are added in that group.

Switching positions

Several in-state stars were on hand but not playing the position that everyone around the state knows them for playing.

Bottom line? If OU is legitimately in their future, their old position is not going to be part of the equation.

A couple of huge ones to circle were Sapulpa (Okla.) High’s Dae Williams and Oklahoma City Douglass’ Patrick McKaufman.

Williams has been a running back, while McKaufman has been a quarterback. At OU’s camp, Williams strutted his stuff at linebacker with McKafuman at wide receiver.

Williams, who most recently picked up an offer from SMU, said that was the first camp he has ever done at linebacker. He didn’t mind the switch.

“Whatever gets me to the next level,” he said.

Trying to earn that spot

Camps nowadays are focused on the future and no doubt the 2017 and 2018 classes were well represented. But there are a few guys in the 2016 class who did everything they could to try to turn OU’s heads one more time.

Harrah (Okla.) High offensive lineman Logan Roberson and Stillwater (Okla.) High wide receiver Jordan Brown both saw this as their opportunity to make OU have no choice but to offer them.

Each had solid outings and will now play the waiting game. Brown, for what it’s worth, said he intends to camp at OU’s satellite camp in the Dallas area Thursday.

Both of them already have a number of quality offers. OU has only offered two in-state recruits for this class. Brown and Roberson put their best foot forward to try to change that.


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