Things have been a bit quiet on the recruiting front for Oklahoma, but they could pick up in a hurry as the Sooners start to make the strong surge for a couple of top prospects.
One of those could be another Cali transplant in Los Osos (Calif.) High linebacker Bryce Youngquist. Down to a final five a couple of weeks ago, Youngquist has no problem saying it’s down to OU and Oregon as the last two standing.
Youngquist, a four-star linebacker, visited OU for the first time last weekend. Using one word to describe his visit would be easy – comfortable.
“First and foremost, I loved it,” Youngquist said. “I love the direction of the program and where it’s going. It was such a comfortable to be. I was able to meet Bob Stoops and a lot of the other coaches. It was a great time.”
The Sooners have been in the hunt for a long time back when Youngquist wasn’t even rated nationally. Although it has felt like a few months the Ducks were the clear leader, the Sooners have put themselves in the best position as possible.
Youngquist said he intends to talk with his high school coaches and would like to pick between hats in a ceremony in the very near future, as early as next week.
OU was the final visit, and it might end up being the one that mattered most.
“My opinion has changed in a huge way,” Youngquist said. “I felt like I was at home, felt very comfortable. I had a peaceful feeling the whole time, and it felt so good to just be there.”
OU already has one linebacker commitment for the class, but it’s clear the Sooners are going to take at least three more and maybe even four. Proximity could play a role with how much closer Oregon is to Los Osos than OU so the Sooners came prepared.
OU has hit Cali incredibly hard in the last several cycles and has found success at linebacker. Youngquist said he remembers talking to an OU linebacker who is from Cali (most likely Curtis Bolton) about being able to make the transition from Cali to Norman.
“I could go to a school on the east coast that is 3,000 miles away, but it doesn’t really matter,” Youngquist said. “What matters are the people around you and how they make you feel. The people of Oklahoma were so supportive.”
Youngquist visited Wisconsin and OU on back-to-back days last week with his father. His father enjoyed the trip, but Youngquist said this is 100 percent his decision going forward.
If it is OU, a big assist needs to go to wide receivers coach Dennis Simmons. Even though it’s on the opposite side of the ball, it has been Simmons doing the legwork and putting in the time to make this happen.
“He came out to my school one time, and we’re always talking on Twitter,” Youngquist said. “I like him so much. He tries to recruit me as much as possible. I don’t care if he’s on offense. As long as one coach recognizes, that’s all I need.”
Youngquist has been quick to point out the startling number of similarities between OU and Oregon. Again, comfort comes back into play. He said what separated those two schools from the rest of the numerous pack was that comfort factor.
With Youngquist deciding soon combined with Beaumont (Texas) Central Scout 300 running back Devwah Whaley making another trip to Norman this weekend, the Sooners are looking to strike gold with two big-time prospects.