Sooner mailbag: All-star impressions?

Texas State 7-on-7 and The Opening saw a lot of OU targets. Who made the right impression?

The dead period in recruiting was incredibly eventful for Oklahoma in terms of top targets strutting their stuff. Between The Opening and the Texas State 7-on-7 championships, it was a good time to evaluate prospects without seeing them.

So this week’s Wednesday mailbag is going to focus on just that.

The Opening is in the books, who is the one realistic target for OU who improved his stock?

The easy answer is Fresno (Calif.) Clovis West five-star linebacker Caleb Kelly, but again, that’s the easy one.

Going to go with Houston Westfield wide receiver Tyrie Cleveland. The one-time Texas A&M commit was sensational in Oregon last week. The Sooners entered the race pretty dang early for Cleveland when he was committed to the Aggies.

At this point, still don’t feel OU is a real player in this conversation, but based on his performances, can’t fault OU for trying incredibly hard to land Cleveland.

OU made his initial top 10, but best guess would be OU is at No. 7 or so at this juncture. Once again, it’s going to be about improving the product on the field and the production at receiver to get some of these elite guys to want to look OU’s direction once again.

The question will be whether or not Cleveland has the patience to wait for the Sooners to get back on track or if he’ll roll with the schools he’s already favoring now? Regardless, outstanding week for the four-star prospect.

Texas State 7-on-7 championships are in the books, who is the one realistic target for OU who improved his stock?

Going to Manvel (Texas) High this time around with Scout 300 linebacker Jordan Carmouche. Initially felt the Sooners would already be out of the picture with Carmouche by this point in the recruiting calendar.

The longer OU hangs around, the better it seems. Carmouche visited OU for its junior day back in March and was one of several recruits that planned to return for the spring game but never attended.

Sometimes it’s a legit reason for why and others it’s more of a writing on the wall that the recruit is just not that interested. With Carmouche, appears to be the former and not the latter.

Carmouche hasn’t released a list yet, but it’s a safe bet based on talks and texts that OU is going to make a top seven or top five cut. From there is when the real work will have to be done to try to lure him back to campus for an unofficial or official visit.

He was stellar last weekend and definitely showed why so many schools are coming after him as hard as they are.

Will OU make another in-state offer?

Definitely something that is circulating more and more in the last month. OU has made four so far (Calvin Bundage, Jon-Michael Terry, Logan Roberson and Tramonda Moore) with two commits in Terry and Roberson.

If another one happens, best bet is still again at offensive line with Broken Arrow High guard Rowdy Frederick.

There seems to have been a major mis-communication with Frederick and the OU coaches regarding the elite camp as the impression around the state is Frederick didn’t know when the event was.

No matter how you slice it, it was a major missed opportunity for Frederick. Roberson and Moore both camped in person and within two weeks, both had offers. Not a coincidence.

The shocking thing with Frederick has been how the offers aren’t flowing right now. Figured spring evaluation would have given schools the time to see him in person and pull the trigger.

That’s not to say he still doesn’t have some good choices on the board right now, but many figured that list would have doubled or tripled at this point.

During the season could be an interesting time for Southmoore defensive end Noah Jones as well. Committed to Texas Tech, his stock has been soaring the last few months.


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