While Oklahoma was busy hosting camps on campus and in Texas, a lot of top recruits are starting to narrow things down and make their unofficial visits.
*It was a good week for OU in the unofficial visit department. Besides the obvious ones of the recruits at camp, Wichita (Kan.) East Scout 300 defensive lineman Xavier Kelly made his first trek to OU.
Kelly and his father were in Norman on Tuesday. But as fast as they were there, they were gone just as quickly as Kelly continues his crazy spring/summer tour.
Before you even had time to digest Kelly’s visit, he was already seeing schools like Notre Dame and Michigan State. Still, it feels like the Sooners and first-year defensive line coach Diron Reynolds are doing all the right things with Kelly.
The tricky part is trying to stand out when a recruit is taking as much as 20 different visits the way Kelly is this summer. OU cannot get lost in the shuffle or proximity won’t mean anything in the long run.
*The Sooners haven’t made one offer from the elite camp but made three from the two satellite camps in the Dallas area Thursday.
It started real early as OU offered 2017 Dallas Wilson receiver Charleston Rambo essentially minutes after the morning camp in Mesquite ended. Rambo’s recruiting stock has been soaring lately and nobody was surprised by the offer after a quality outing in front of the coaches.
OU then offered 2017 Southlake Carroll (Texas) safety Robert Barnes and 2016 Plano (Texas) East wide receiver Adewale Omotosho later in the evening.
Barnes has always felt like a when and not if offer. His father is former OU linebacker captain Reggie Barnes so you have to figure the Sooners are in a pretty good spot right now.
Omotosho was just upgraded to a four-star prospect by Scout and Plano East is the same school as 2017 five-star linebacker Anthony Hines. OU will try to make a nice living there these next two seasons.
*OU was also about to get time with 2017 Wylie (Texas) running back Eno Benjamain. Not once but twice. Benjamin made an unofficial visit to OU earlier this week and then was a part of the nice contingent at OU’s satellite camp Thursday afternoon.
*One notable offer not from a camp was in the juco ranks as the Sooners have offered Hutchinson (Kan.) CC offensive tackle Tate Leavitt. Leavitt was on an unofficial visit to Norman last weekend, and it’s obvious the Sooners like what they’re seeing.
Again, it feels pretty certain OU wants at least one juco offensive tackle, and Bill Bedenbaugh has definitely zeroed in on a couple of worthy targets in the last month.
*OU wraps up its satellite camps Friday with one in Houston. The Sooners haven’t been as big of a player in the area here in the last few years so it’s important to make that impression when you have the chance.
*Some targets went off the board this week as well. Dating back to last weekend, junior college offensive tackle Charles Baldwin committed to Alabama. OU was in his final four. New Orleans Edna Karr defensive end Andre Anthony pledged to LSU. An OU offer in the spring evaluation period really set things off for Anthony, who was eventually down to six top-tier SEC programs.
The most interesting subplot involves Dallas Wilmer-Hutchins safety Demarkus Acy. After receiving an offer from Texas early in the week, it felt like he was committing to the Longhorns on Thursday. He had a tweet about making a big announcement, but then later tweeted that announcement will wait until Sunday.
The Longhorns still seem like easily the school to beat, but it will be interesting if Texas will accept his commitment right now. OU and Texas Tech round out his top schools and the Sooners appeared to be the No. 1 school until this week.