Sooner mailbag: Back to recruiting grind

Big questions circulating for the Sooners on the trail this week.

Recruiting sort of takes a break in August but once Sept. 1 rolls around, everybody is all-in once again. And so, too, is Sooners Illustrated as publisher Bob Przybylo returns for another Wednesday mailbag.

Is Obi Eboh going to commit or not?

Ah, the $64,000 question at the moment. Eboh, a Scout 300 prospect from Southlake Carroll (Texas) High has felt like an OU commit in waiting for the last couple of months. For some reason, though, the trigger has yet to be pulled.

It felt like last weekend was going to be the real commit call as Eboh is starting to realize spots don’t stay open for long across the board.

The wild card has always been Stanford because Eboh wants that type of education in his school but has yet to receive the offer from the Cardinal.

With Duke starting to fill out its class, the one school still hanging around remains OU. The Sooners are going to be picky at the defensive back spot for the rest of this class since Kerry Cooks has already nabbed three in the last three months.

Then things got really interesting Tuesday afternoon when Texas finally jumped into the picture and made the offer. Eboh has been looking at the perfect blend of academics and football, which might have the Horns jump the Sooners.

It’s real murky if Eboh is going to be one of those guys for OU. But the longer the wait, the more unsure you get. Sooners Illustrated will get a chance to see Eboh live and in person Friday night at Tulsa Union. Everything is trending toward Austin, but we’ll see.

Who’s the 2016 offer that has to happen now?

Always base this off of certain criteria. It’s not just about being good because there are a lot of quality prospects OU has not offered in this class, but there’s a reason to that as well.

Can’t just jump in with a five-star and hope you make an impression this late in the game. So the recruit has to be a viable one. For that reason, going to Dublin (Calif.) High and offensive guard Matthew Gutwald.

Gutwald is somebody who is still learning how to play the position, and offensive line coach Bill Bedenbaugh showed enough interest in the spring and summer to make it plausible for this offer to go out.

Arizona has looked like the leader, but the Wildcats have been on a roll with offensive linemen during the last couple of months.

With Gutwald originally being from the Oklahoma City area and having played football when he was younger with walk-on quarterback Connor McGinnis, the connections are there.

If Gutwald isn’t offered by the start of October, probably a good chance the offer is simply never going to come.

Any potential commitments from visitors this week?

No, but the thing to watch is the impression OU is going to make on Philadelphia Imhotep Charter offensive guard JohnCarlo Valentin.

Because you know who can mess up the chance for Gutwald to get an offer? It’s if the Sooners blow Valentin away during his visit.

OU made the offer to Valentin in the summer, and it became clear it meant something to him. But the hope of an unofficial visit in the summer went out the door, and it looked like OU was slipping.

Valentin then shocked some by arranging it that his first official visit is going to be in Norman this weekend.

He’s exactly what Bedenbaugh loves with his linemen, perfect fit. Now it’s up to OU to try to make it happen, start planting those seeds.

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