Sooner Intel, Pt. I: News and nuggets

News and notes from some of OU's recent commitments.

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Sylvie leading the charge

For months it looked like OU was going to be the destination for Shreveport (La.) Calvary Baptist safety Chanse Sylvie. But nobody expected once it did happen, what would occur next.

Sylvie, a three-star recruit, was always engaging in interviews, but there was no way anybody could have predicted how all-in he would become for OU in terms of trying to recruit other players to join him in Norman next year.

“You always want to find the best,” Sylvie said. “You want to be the best, and you want to be part of that class that makes it happen.”

Sylvie said he was given a list of recruits by the OU coaches to concentrate on going forward, and it’s pretty obvious how that is turning out. Names like Parrish Cobb and Pernell Jefferson were both in that mix and both are now pledged to the Sooners.

The big one Sylvie is working on the most is Euless (Texas) Trinity four-star defensive lineman Chris Daniels. He’s not the most important recruit, but Daniels would be the biggest win of any recruit for the 2016 class if the Sooners can pull this battle out.

Daniels, just outside of the Scout 100, has visited everywhere. He has seen the best of the best around the nation, and if OU can stick around and earn a third visit, it would be one heck of a sign for first-year defensive line coach Diron Reynolds.

Sylvie is trying his best to make that happen. He started the dominoes falling for OU two weeks ago, and he’s not looking back.

“It was on my mind a lot so I decided to go ahead and do it,” Sylvie said. “I called Chip Viney and told him what I wanted to do. All the coaches were excited.”

Sylvie said he has like three or four schools constantly in his head but realized the Sooners were the choice for him. Despite the long trips, Sylvie has visited OU in back-to-back weekends since committing, becoming that presence that is so needed with other recruits visiting.

The three-star rating can turn off some, but offers from schools like TCU, Notre Dame and Michigan, among others, says what most already know – Sylvie is the real deal.

Sylvie got a chance to know first-year coach Kerry Cooks at both of the junior day events, and the two have just been developing that bond ever since.

“He’s a real straightforward guy,” Sylvie said. “He was always keeping it real with me. He knows the game inside and out.”

Back in the spring it looked like OU was going to nab his teammate, cornerback Rodarius Williams, before he flipped the script and committed to Oklahoma State.

High school teammates, future Bedlam rivals?

“That would be awesome,” Sylvie said. “We didn’t plan it that way, but it’s nice how it’s all worked out for us.”

When Sylvie spoke to Sooners Illustrated two weeks ago, he said he didn’t know how the official visits would shake out. He said he could take some and also talked about just visiting OU and that’s it.

His actions have spoken things loud and clear. He’s all-in with OU and putting on his recruiting hat to help out the cause to find more #OUDNA.

OU hits Youngquist’s checkmarks

Sylvie started it all July 30, but it reached its apex the following day with the commitment of Rancho Cucamonga (Calif.) Los Osos linebacker Bryce Youngquist.

Youngquist, a four-star prospect, seemed destined to head to Oregon at this time last month before a trip to OU changed all that.

Youngquist’s commitment led to a barrage of #OUDNA tweets that eventually trickled down into non-recruiting #OUDNA tweets and more than 10,000 tweets when it was all said and done July 31.

“My timeline blew up in such a major way,” Youngquist said. “Honestly, it was a humbling feeling to know the fans want me that much and think that much of me and my abilities.”

The elephant in the room with Youngquist, though, was whether or not he was going to make other official visits. He had said in his interviews prior to his pledge he was still going to take all five official visits. A commitment, sort of.

But after talking to his family and talking to the OU coaches, Youngquist revealed there are no other official visits on the horizon. He’s going to make one trip, and that’s another visit to Norman and that will do it.

“After talking to the coaches and my family, we just think this is the best thing for me to do,” Youngquist said.

That announcement almost made as many people happy as his announcement of committing did. With no visits in mind, fans truly believe he is a Sooner.

So why OU?

“I just felt like OU was the best fit for me,” Youngquist said. “When I went to OU, it just felt like a family and a family type atmosphere. The coaches are going to push you to succeed on and off the field. They’re going to make you a better overall person and prepare you for after football.”

Youngquist said he went down his personal checklist for what he’s looking for in a school, and OU hit each and every single one of them. He knew it was the choice for him.

Youngquist said his father called Bob Stoops the day before his scheduled announcement to give him the good news and then it was just about waiting for 6 p.m. CST on July 31 to tweet it out to the world.

“I was trying to stay as composed as possible,” Youngquist said. “It hit me the weekend before – that’s when I knew OU was the school for me. I don’t have any second thoughts.”

Youngquist is one of three linebackers committed to the Sooners at this time. OU will take at least one more and most likely two more to round out this 2016 class.


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