Sooner mailbag: OU's LB dilemma?

OU has three linebacker commits. Will take more. How many? Who?

Oklahoma’s recruiting momentum hasn’t disappeared, but it has been almost 10 days without a commitment, which seems like a lot after the Sooners recent run.

As things continue to work themselves out, another one-question Wednesday mailbag as Sooners Illustrated publisher Bob Przybylo looks at linebacker recruiting.

How is linebacker going to shake out?

There are so many moving parts to this train that it’s really anybody’s guess right now how things will end up when it’s all said and done.

Here’s what we know. OU has three quality commitments.

*Tulsa (Okla.) Victory Christian’s Jon-Michael Terry

*Rancho Cucamonga (Calif.) Los Osos’ Bryce Youngquist

*New Orleans Easton Charter’s Pernell Jefferson

That shouldn’t change. Not one of those guys seems like someone who is going to look around or take secret visits or anything of that nature. The connections with all three have been built, and they’re big ones.

Now comes the tricky part. If you believe, as Sooners Illustrated does, the Sooners are taking five linebackers for this class, who’s in? Who’s out?


*Fresno (Calif.) Clovis West’s Caleb Kelly

*Houston Alief Elsik’s Dontavious Jackson

*Dallas South Oak Cliff’s Marvin Terry

*Manvel (Texas) High’s Jordan Carmouche

*Edmond (Okla.) Santa Fe’s Calvin Bundage

Whew. Five legit candidates right there. Let’s eliminate Kelly right off the bat because you know no matter what happens, the Sooners will have that door open for the five-star prospect. Guaranteed.

And most feel OU is in front with Kelly so that would give the Sooners four commits now. The one where OU seems to be on the outside looking in is Jackson.

Jackson initially had the best relationship with Tim Kish than any other coach, but that doesn’t seem to be entering into things now. He listed multiple official visits last week, and OU wasn’t one of them.

And then when you add in the fact it feels like Alabama and Texas are in the driver’s seat with Notre Dame, Michigan, UCLA and OU trying to fight their way in, maybe this one just wasn’t meant to be.

So you take out Jackson, and it still leaves three very worthy candidates. Things should work themselves out, though.

The first domino to fall seems like it’s going to be Marvin Terry. Terry seems like he’s down to OU, Texas Tech and TCU. The thought being it could just be a battle between Sooners and Red Raiders with both sides having legitimate connections and reasons as to why they think he’ll be the choice.

Terry is hoping for an official visit to OU in October, which should tell us a lot more about where he stands. If OU gets Terry, believe the Sooners back off Carmouche.

Carmouche is another Scout 300 prospect in this mix, but OU appears to have a lot of work to be done with Carmouche to earn his pledge. And if you’re sitting pretty with a lot of others, then maybe you sit this one out.

The wild card continues to be Bundage. Is he a safety? Is he a linebacker? Will he stay in the state? All legitimate questions with no real answers as of today.

OU could end up taking Terry and Bundage and leave with an unheard of six linebackers and then maybe you do some tinkering.

Perhaps Bundage shows the footwork necessary for the safety spot this year and earns that position. Maybe somebody like a Jon-Michael Terry grows into a defensive end, and you move him away from linebacker.

There are ways to work it out. The biggest thing is all of this news is positive. Sooners need a home run class at linebacker and are well on their way toward achieving that.

In this game of musical chairs, it’s uncertain who will be in those seats when the music stops, but it’s no doubt going to be some quality prospects for OU.

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