Sooner mailbag: Momentum after win?

Mailbag returns with a look at how things are going for OU following the big win at Tennessee.

The Oklahoma recruiting mailbag returns this week with a look at how OU’s big-time win in a hostile environment could help the Sooners.

Coming off such a big win on a national stage, will that help the Sooners with any recruits going forward?

It won’t hurt, let’s put it that way. Now no recruit is going to pick the Sooners because of a single win at Tennessee, but it does keep you relevant.

And relevancy is half the battle in recruiting. OU assistant coaches were fired up following the win and eager to tweet facts and figures and #OUDNA during the ensuing 24 hours.

Strike while the iron is hot. The one person this should be helping the most is defensive line coach Diron Reynolds. That’s back-to-back games to start this season where the defensive line has looked about as good as you could ask for.

Again, until Reynolds gets a real handle on recruiting and recruits feel 100 percent comfortable with his approach, Reynolds’ No. 1 ace in the hole is going to be the performance of the line this season.

It’s working, too, as OU seems to be right in the thick of things for three quality defensive tackles in Euless (Texas) Trinity’s Chris Daniels, Houston Westside’s Jordan Elliott and Duncanville (Texas) High’s Marcel Southall.

Coincidence, maybe, but Elliott tweeted his OU official visit Monday, saying he will head to Norman for the showdown against TCU. Elliott backed out of his pledge to Houston a couple of weeks ago, and a performance like Saturday will keep the Sooners alive.

Few weeks into the season, any in-state prospect from 2016 class worth monitoring for the Sooners?

Easy one here. It sure feels like the stars are aligning for OU and Mustang tight end Blake Williams. Now fully healthy after all the health concerns he’s had in the last couple of years, Williams is making the most of his senior year.

Williams has nine catches for more than 200 yards and two touchdowns this season and should return to Norman this weekend for OU’s battle against Tulsa.

A lot of schools liked what Williams brought to the table in the summer but needed to see more film. When he arrives Saturday, he will have had three games’ worth of film to show.

Will it be enough for the offer? Only time will tell. Said it before and will say it again, with Wyoming quarterback commit Chandler Garrett throwing him the ball, Williams is going to have the opportunity to make a lot of plays. Garrett is off to a great start with seven touchdowns and zero interceptions in two weeks.

One recruit OU is trending up and one recruit OU is trending down?

Down, believe it’s going to end up being Manvel (Texas) High linebacker Jordan Carmouche. OU continues to strike out in Manvel since the 2013 class. And now that Austin Bennett has left the team, the only link to Manvel is gone.

With Bennett’s father being on staff at Manvel, well, it can’t be too great of reviews for how everything worked out there. Missouri and Arkansas seem to be moving in fast for Carmouche.

Trending up and going with Houston Spring Westfield wide receiver Tyrie Cleveland. Still no reason to believe he’ll end up a Sooner, but what you have to love is the fact his official visit comes on a bye week for his school.

This won’t be a truncated visit. He’ll get to experience the whole 48 hours and most likely see a nice outing for OU’s passing game against Tulsa.

This one won’t be decided this weekend, but you have to figure OU is going to put its best foot forward with how it’s playing out.


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