Another week, another Oklahoma recruiting mailbag. Saw a lot happen with the Sooners in last seven days so let’s get to it.
With Obi Eboh out, where is the focus for OU’s recruiting in the secondary?
Sometimes the obvious answer is the right one. For now, the Sooners are going to turn their whole focus into Pittsburg (Calif.) High four-star cornerback Jordan Parker.
Parker will visit the Sun Devils, Vols and Sooners in the next month. His plan is to announce Nov. 1, but if the OU visit is as good as everybody is hoping, don’t be surprised to see that change.
The threat remains ASU because of the potential package deal with Shurod Thompson, and OU backing off Thompson last month.
Not an easy question for Parker to answer, but will he end up playing with his friend? Or go where he really feels the most comfortable?
Hate to have all eggs in one basket, but it feels like that’s the case with OU and Parker. And if Kerry Cooks has to go back to the board in November, that’s not a big deal.
And Obi Eboh will still be on the radar, especially if Texas struggles as much as it did last weekend.
Is there another 2017 recruit OU fans should be watching for a commitment in the next couple of weeks?
Not sure about commitment, but be on the watch for an offer to Moore (Okla.) Southmoore athlete Quindon Lewis as he continues to do everything right in terms of getting the offer.
Lewis feels like a wide receiver with Lincoln Riley, and Lewis seems really excited about that possibility. A natural wide receiver, Lewis has spent the last two years trying to learn how to play cornerback.
You can tell he’s still learning in watching him last week. At corner, he was still sort of looking around and thinking. At receiver, he was playing and producing as Lewis had four receptions for 79 yards and two touchdowns.
OU will most likely look at his first three games of film and make a decision during the bye week. Expect that to happen for quite a few 2017 kids during the bye week. If OU offers, it does feel like it wouldn’t take long for Lewis to make the jump.
Is OU going to land one of the visitors from last weekend?
Patience is key here, but the word from several sources is OU did everything right with Philadelphia Imhotep Charter offensive lineman JohnCarlo Valentin.
A three-star prospect, Valentin is expected to hit Arizona State this month. And although he’s waiting to see if any more big dogs get involved, the Sooners put their best foot forward with him on his official visit.
What seems to be abundantly clear is that if offensive line coach Bill Bedenbaugh can get a recruit to campus, he can make magic happen. Rutgers seemed like the school at one point, but add in its recent struggles to what OU was able to show Valentin last weekend, and the scales are certainly leaning toward the Sooners right now.