Sooner mailbag: Take a run at Alexander?

Things are about to heat up for the Sooners on the trail.

It’s just about that time again for recruiting to pick up. As the calendar turns to August, it should bring some positive results for Oklahoma. Back with another Wednesday recruiting mailbag.

Any chance OU makes a run at Tyrell Alexander?

Alexander, from Lancaster (Texas) High, committed to Oklahoma State in April before decommitting late last week. A four-star prospect, Alexander is ranked No. 56 at wide receiver.

The timing seemed a bit odd considering there were no notable new offers to come down his way. At the time of his commitment, he had offers from others like TCU, Texas Tech and Arkansas.

OU hasn’t really jumped in with both feet yet with Alexander. He was one of several Lancaster recruits for the 2016-17 classes that came to Norman for junior day, but he left without an offer. And Lancaster recruiting coordinator confirmed earlier this week Alexander does not have an OU offer.

It would be interesting to see if OU makes a run because know many feel like OSU has “stolen” a couple of major OU targets in the last few months with cornerback Rodarius Williams in April and 2017 Scout 100 linebacker Levi Draper last week.

With OU already having two commits at receiver for the class, though, Sooners will have to weigh all options before either backing off for good or going all-in.

Is it smart to play the waiting game with some of these top recruits? It makes nervous

Common sentiment. And if it makes you feel any better, it makes OU coaches nervous, too. But it’s the way the recruiting game is played.

There are two that stick out right off the bat with this waiting game in Fresno (Calif.) Clovis West five-star linebacker Caleb Kelly and Beaumont (Texas) Central running back Devwah Whaley.

Kelly has already made multiple trips to Norman and will make one more when he schedules his official visit. The prevailing thought is he will wait until signing day. He has that luxury as a five-star kid. But the other prevailing thought is OU is still the school to beat.

So the Sooners will just have to continue pushing all the right buttons with Kelly and hope it’s enough when February rolls around.

Whaley is a little different. He has expressed his desire to commit at the Under Armour All-America Game in January. He said earlier this week, though, that he will most likely already be a silent commit to the school.

If you see OU not budge an inch in terms of recruiting running backs, it’s safe to say Jay Boulware and Cale Gundy are confident everything has worked out for OU with Whaley.

Who is the answer for OU at offensive guard for this class?

It’s starting to feel like more and more that Broken Arrow (Okla.) High’s Rowdy Frederick just won’t be a Sooner. No offer, didn’t attend camp and had an incredible time at Texas Tech last week.

So assuming Frederick is heading to the Red Raiders and Parker Boudreaux sticks with Notre Dame, who’s next?

Going to Cali but sort of coming home, too. You can turn your attention toward Dublin (Calif.) High’s Matthew Gutwald.

A three-star prospect ranked No. 61 at offensive guard, Gutwald has spent some time in Oklahoma City and his cell number is a (405) area code.

Guwald has offers from Oregon and Arizona with the Wildcats looking like the favorite after his visit two weeks ago.

He has had contact with offensive line coach Bill Bedenbaugh but no offer has been officially extended. OU is a school to watch if it gets serious with Gutwald.


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