Sooner mailbag: Commitment time?

Is OU's big recruiting week starting to fizzle out?

Huge week for Oklahoma recruiting coming up so let’s go ahead and get right to the questions in the Wednesday mailbag.

OU made a bunch of offers in the last week, which one will end up making the biggest impact going forward?

Been talking about it all week so not going to back down from it. Although other offers are quality ones, there’s no doubt the running back offer to McAllen (Texas) Memorial’s Trevor Speights is the one to circle.

Speights has been on OU’s radar for a long time, but it’s clear now he’s no longer just on the radar with the offer Sunday afternoon.

Speights’ film seems to translate to exactly what Lincoln Riley is looking for in his running backs in this offensive system going forward. He’s not a bruiser, but Speights also isn’t afraid to lower his shoulder and deliver a shot.

He already has official visits set up for Texas A&M and Stanford later this season, but he said he 100 percent plans on making a return visit to Norman when he gets a chance to examine everything more with his schedule.

A lot of top targets coming to town this weekend, anybody you think will commit on the visit? Or is it a waiting game?

It sounds like you’ve been hearing about it for a while, but it’s absolutely true that the one position to watch is cornerback.

It’s hard to envision the Sooners being able to make it all the way back with safety target Brandon Burton from Cali, but OU could no doubt be the answer for Cali cornerback Jordan Parker.

Parker and cornerback Baylen Buchanan will be the ones to watch. Parker has made it abundantly clear Nov. 1 is his commitment date so that might just put Buchanan in a position of playing the waiting game.

Buchanan, committed to Louisville, is openly looking around, but the question is whether or not his commitment would be accepted if that’s what he chose to do. On first glance, it sure feels like a no with OU no doubt looking to see what happens with Parker first.

The whole committing on the visit thing has actually been slowly going away, especially ones where the visits are made in September or October. Too much can change going forward. Definitely believe OU’s next defensive back comes from this weekend and definitely believe it could be another month, though, before that does indeed happen.

Any commit making a bigger impact than you might have thought he would through first part of the season?

The jury is still out on Adrian Hardy, who has had some good moments and some not so good ones. It’s fresh in the mind because he played on national TV last weekend, but safety Chanse Sylvie is somebody who feels like he’s playing himself into the four-star conversation.

He has made that leap and was sensational on the biggest stage possible, causing two turnovers in the first quarter of last week’s big win.

Parrish Cobb continues to do well, while Ryan Parker returned from his suspension with a five-touchdown outing last weekend. So far, the commits are doing about what you would expect from them on a weekly basis.


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