Sooners find recruiting groove

OU limped into the month but has netted four commitments through the first three weeks of June.

If you have followed Oklahoma recruiting long enough, you notice a pattern. Whether it’s a good one or not is another question, but the Sooners seem to have this routine locked down.

OU starts slow for the class, earns one or two major commitments to help build the momentum. The spring evaluation period comes and not much news. Then June rolls around, and OU pounces and lands several commitments.

That pattern has once again been on display this year. That major commitment? Waxhaw (N.C.) Cuthbertson four-star quarterback Austin Kendall the first week of April.

The spring evaluation period? Offers made, for sure, but just one commitment in junior college wide receiver Ryan Parker. OU was stuck at four commitments heading into June.

Now the Sooners find themselves at six for 2016 and have added a couple of more for the 2015 group as well. In other words, it’s the same as it’s always been for the Sooners.

Part of this simply stems from how Bob Stoops has treated recruiting. He’s not going to pressure recruits to make a decision right then and there. Never has, never will.

The Sooners are also a lot different than some schools based on how they eval prospects and how in-depth they go into something like that. OU won’t offer just because some other school did. The process is generally a little slower in Norman than elsewhere.

Of course that doesn’t mean OU has faltered in this approach, but it also hasn’t seen a top 10 class in the last couple of years.

Since June has rolled around, OU has landed commitments from junior college defensive end Austin Roberts and juco offensive lineman Quinn Mittermeier for the 2015 class.

For 2016, OU has added Harrah (Okla.) High offensive guard Logan Roberson and Miami (Okla.) Northeastern Oklahoma A&M defensive back Maurice Chandler.

It was never time to panic, but it was time for action. OU needed to get some good news just like last year in this month when it pulled off the trio of P.J. Mbanasor, Rodney Anderson and Dominique Hearne in a 10-day period.

OU should probably end up with a couple of more heading into August and could sit around 10 commits once the season rolls around. Some would argue it’s not the best approach, but it’s what OU has done for a while and there’s nothing to suggest things are going to change.

The Sooners are back to getting that #OUDNA even if it took a little bit longer than some fans can stomach in this 24/7/365 news cycle.


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