The live recruiting period began last week, and Oklahoma set off to not only round out its 2016 class but also connect with a few standouts for next year’s class.
The Sooners visited nearby 2017 point guard Trae Young in the first few live hours, meeting with Young even before he went to school for the day at Norman North. Oklahoma then made the trip to New Orleans for a Thursday night meeting with four-star point guard DeJon Jarreau and three-star power forward Brison Gresham.
The New Orleans-based teammates have said they want to play together, and it seems as though Oklahoma could be the destination.
“They are definitely in the top three,” Jarreau said of the Sooners.
“I really like Oklahoma,” Gresham said. “They stick out a lot: Them and Miami. And UMass definitely – I don’t really have an order.”
Oklahoma head coach Lon Kruger and assistant coach Chris Crutchfield met with Jarreau and Gresham together, emphasizing the importance of both players and how they fit in Oklahoma’s offense.
“We were really talking about how we fit the system – how we go with the system perfectly,” said Gresham, who described himself as a back-to-the-basket defensive stopper. “The plays they’d run for us and stuff like that.”
Miami visited the duo Thursday as well. Creighton and Tulane visited Wednesday. The pair have official visits schedule to USC and UMass, which is schedule to come Monday, but didn’t receive a visit from those schools in the first week.
Oklahoma showing up early made a difference for the duo, which will make an official visit to Norman the first weekend in October.
“Just keep doing what they’re doing,” Jarreau said. “It made them into my top three. Just doing what they’re doing. On the visit, just show they really, really want me to come there.”
Jarreau and Gresham have no official visits scheduled for in-state schools and re-iterated that they want to play out of state of Louisiana.
“We do want to go out of state,” Gresham said. “We’re still considering the in-state schools just in case something goes wrong or something like that.”
Showing up early in the live period had an impact on Young, who is arguably the Sooners top target for the 2017 class. Young has said that he plans to play his senior year outside of Oklahoma. The Sooners are trying to keep a strong connection with the 2017 target who they have seen the most.
“It was awesome for coach Kruger and coach Crutchfield to want to come see me first thing Wednesday morning and me being the first recruit they saw to start off this live period,” Young said.
Oklahoma also made in-home visits to 2017 point guards R.J. Nembhard and Jay Jay Chandler. 6-foot-11 forward Mitchell Robinson, a four-star 2017 big man, received the Sooners coaching staff as well during the first week.