Sooner mailbag: Biggest camp surprise?

Mailbag returns this week with an-all camp edition for the Sooners.

The Sooner Mailbag took a week off because of the elite camp and satellite camps, but it returns this week. Sooners Illustrated publisher Bob Przybylo answers all of your Oklahoma recruiting questions every Wednesday.

Who is the next offer from OU’s camps?

This is a really good question because not sure there is an immediate answer coming up. There could be some more offers from the camp, but nobody screams out that OU has to get in the mix now.

That was something that was a little bit different from camps in the past. OU didn’t wait to make the offers. The Sooners have made five offers from the camps and satellite camps and have earned one commitment (Logan Roberson).

The coaches didn’t go back and evaluate and things of that nature. They acted fast and made their presence known when there was still momentum.

In terms of 2016 recruits, it could be a while. But with 2017, the name remains Tulsa (Okla.) Union cornerback Tre Brown. His size will be a concern, but you cannot teach that game-changing speed he possesses.

At each camp he attends Brown is tearing it up but there is still some hesitation across the board. Once that first one comes, though, watch out as those offers are going to flow one after another.

Who surprised the most from OU’s camps?

There are a couple of in-state names for the 2017 class that really resonated. One is easily Oklahoma City John Marshall cornerback Justin Broiles. Nobody knew who he was before the event. Everybody does now.

Broiles has quality size and picked up the Tulsa offer over the weekend. John Marshall is pretty loaded with talent and Broiles should earn plenty of attention going forward.

After that it’s Meeker (Okla.) High offensive lineman Adrian Wolford. Sooners Illustrated saw him without pads at OU’s spring game, but he looked the part at OU’s elite camp last week.

Wolford is a young kid, really could have been a 2018 kid based on his birthday. However, he seems comfortable in his 6-4, 6-5 frame and is already at 300 pounds. No doubt offensive line coach Bill Bedenbaugh is going to be able to find quality linemen from within the state borders for at least the next couple of recruiting classes.

Your overall thoughts about the camps?

Four first-year coaches led to things feeling fresh and different at OU’s camps. Felt OU hit it out of the park regarding the two-day traditional camp. Recruits were having fun. The current players and coaches were bantering back and forth. Tremendous atmosphere.

Really can’t say the same for the elite camp. The first hour was so focused on testing that it felt like you never really got to see the best of the best go at it in a competitive one-on-one environment.

For a camp that was around three hours, to only have about 45 minutes of it be devoted toward the individual battles felt like a missed opportunity.

The current players weren’t around, either, to liven up the atmosphere and talk up the recruits. And it felt like the wrong DBs were going against the wrong WRs.

Overall, though, nice start to the tenure for the new coaches. They brought the energy and their own flavor to the event. Will be interesting to see if it pans out going forward.


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