Summer is the time for vacation, even at Sooners Illustrated. Now back after a week to recharge the batteries, publisher Bob Przybylo examines the biggest news and notes with Oklahoma in the week he missed.
Have to start with the obvious one, right? OU has already positioned itself well for the 2016 class with Waxhaw (N.C.) Cuthbertson four-star quarterback Austin Kendall. But now the Sooners are rolling for the 2017 class.
Mesquite (Texas) Horn’s Chris Robison, already a four-star quarterback and a potential Scout 100 member, committed to OU on Friday.
The quarterback dominoes fell Friday. Denton (Texas) Guyer five-star prospect Shawn Robinson started it with his commitment to TCU. Robinson was an OU target as well, but it always felt like the Sooners weren’t really in the mix.
Robison, though, is a major get and wouldn’t be considered a backup plan by anybody. He stood out at OU’s satellite camp two weeks ago, earned the offer and didn’t wait long. He is from the same school as OU sophomore offensive lineman Jonathan Alvarez.
In the span of three months, first-year offensive coordinator Lincoln Riley has made his mark on the trail with Kendall and Robison.
Sooners make Whaley’s cut
There are some positions where it still feels like OU is searching for answers on the recruiting trail, but running back surely isn’t one of them.
There’s still a lot of time to see how things shake out, but the best bet in this one is it’s going to be another Red River Rivalry battle between the Sooners and Longhorns.
Whaley, a four-star back in the Scout 300, had a great visit to OU in March. If the Sooners can manage to get him back to Norman before the season starts, it could be a sign good things are to come.
Does Boudreaux have #OUDNA?
Another major target is set to announce this week with Orlando (Fla.) Bishop Moore offensive lineman Parker Boudreaux.
Boudreaux recently released his top five with OU making the cut and now he has done one better in saying he will announce Thursday.
It sure doesn’t feel like good news for OU despite the best recruiting efforts by Austin Kendall and offensive line coach Bill Bedenbaugh. Boudreaux had a phenomenal visit to Norman in March, but all signs point toward Notre Dame.
Boudreaux is coming off a fantastic visit with the Irish, and if he’s not going to take any official visits, then the Irish are the odds on favorite.
Well, it’s not good
Plano (Texas) Prestonwood Christian linebacker Deonte Williams, offered by OU during the spring evaluation period, committed to Baylor.
And the biggest blow was not being able to make the top seven for Sachse (Texas) High cornerback Jared Mayden. An OU legacy, it felt like first-year defensive backs coach Kerry Cooks had repaired the relationship and made sure OU would be a factor.
But it’s not to be. In fact, the region struck out with Mayden as all seven schools are out of state with Oregon picking up late steam in this race heading into The Opening.
OKPreps continues to shine
A lot of talk has been about the lack of elite talent within the state for the 2016 class, but the same cannot be said for 2017 in both football and basketball.
The Sooners will continue to pursue Draper and Young throughout their recruitment, but it’s going to be a tough battle for both of them.
Kendall back to OU
The last weekend before the two-week dead period, and Austin Kendall made it count. OU’s 2016 quarterback commit was back in Norman this weekend, this time visiting with his entire family.
Kendall visited OU in March and was offered during the trip and committed to the Sooners during the first week of April. He talked about coming back throughout the spring, but it never happened.
There was never a worry, but it’s obviously a great sign for Kendall to make another trip to campus with at least one more in the cards with an official visit. Early reports are the trip was another tremendous success for all involved.