That’s why there was no panic for Oklahoma fans in the last couple of weeks with offensive linemen recruiting.
Two big-time potential prospects came off the board, but the track record of Bill Bedenbaugh makes it clear there’s no reason to worry.
In the span of a week, Arlington (Texas) Bowie offensive guard Tope Imade and Lexington (Okla.) High offensive guard Tyler Brown committed to other schools despite flirting with an OU offer for a couple of months.
Imade is committed to Texas, while Brown has found his home at TCU. Bedenbaugh had built a strong bond with both recruits but gave off the impression that he was OK with looking elsewhere.
In a 24-hour span over the weekend, he looked elsewhere and found it as OU nabbed two commits in the trenches – one for 2016 and one for 2015.
Harrah (Okla.) High offensive guard Logan Roberson became a name to know right around the turn of the calendar year. His freakish strength was well known, the question was how would he develop into a more all-around player.
Under the tutelage of former OU star J.D. Runnels, Roberson has made that transition and put it on full display at OU’s elite camp last week.
Roberson was offered Friday night and committed to the Sooners right then and there to give OU its first lineman commit for the 2016 cycle and second in-state prospect.
Bedenbaugh wasn’t done, though. During the last few months, he had also kept a strong eye on Butler (Kan.) CC offensive tackle Quinn Mittermeier.
Mittermeier was a full qualifier coming out of high school but received basically zero attention coming from Topeka, Kan. A year at Butler changed all that and following official visits to OU and Florida, the choice was the Sooners for Mittermeier.
Unlike most junior college prospects, Mittermeier doesn’t have to be an immediate impact guy. He has four years to play three seasons’ worth of eligibility and plans to report to OU next month.
There are a lot of questions surrounding OU’s recruiting for the 2016 class. First-year coaches Diron Reynolds and Kerry Cooks are still gunning for their first commit. The Sooners are still adjusting on the trail with the move of Jay Boulware to running backs and Cale Gundy to inside receivers. And everybody knows how important it is for the Sooners to score quality linebackers.
But nobody is concerned if offensive line takes some time or if perceived targets go elsewhere. Bedenbaugh has shown in his three years at OU he can and will get the job done.
And he knows his next target. Hours after Roberson’s commitment, Bedenbaugh tweeted about making the “407” the next one. Don’t have to be a rocket scientist to know OU is all-in with Parker Boudreaux out of Orlando, Fla.
If the Sooners can land Roberson and Boudreaux as the interior linemen for 2016, once again Bedenbaugh will have hit a home run in Norman.