Derek Young / Scout

Sooner mailbag: Big recruiting weekend for OU?

It's the Wednesday recruiting mailbag and a big weekend coming up for OU on the trail.

Oklahoma returns to Norman for the first time in three weeks with a major recruiting opportunity so let’s get right to it with the Wednesday mailbag.

How big of a recruiting weekend is this for the Sooners?

This is a big one. And when you factor in the 2:30 p.m. CST kick time, it becomes even bigger. OU was able to make the best of a bad spot with the 11 a.m. kick vs. West Virginia, but the stars are aligning this time around.

Not only does OU have a quality opponent in Texas Tech as 5-2 is nothing to take lightly, but it’s also getting the chance to make a real imprint on commits and top targets.

There are three names that really pop when looking at the official visitors list with Lackawanna (Pa.) CC offensive tackle Ashton Julious, McAllen (Texas) Memorial running back Trevor Speights and Lawrence (Kan.) High defensive lineman Amani Bledsoe.

This could be a commitment weekend for the Sooners, and you have to look at Speights as a huge possibility. Because he had been quick to say he would visit OU later in the season and now this visit sort of got set up in rapid fashion.

He’s coming off an unofficial to Texas A&M last weekend and has planned officials to College Station and Stanford next month. But perhaps it all ends this weekend.

Don’t see that being the case for Julious or Bledsoe, but this is OU’s chance to make its case with both of them with two longtime targets. Neither is a must get for this class, but they’re both very realistic targets where it feels like OU can separate itself a bit with a nice visit.

Is it panic time with the offensive line?

It’s not, but wish had more news to report to you to talk you off that ledge if you’re already at that point.

Because there really haven’t been any earth shattering developments in the last few weeks unless OU can turn things around with Julious in a major way this weekend.

There have been some lingering targets, and it just doesn’t seem like OU is making these kids give a second thought to their decision. Still seems like Parker Boudreaux is locked with Notre Dame, and Kellen Diesch seems all locked with Texas A&M.

The one to watch continues to be Dublin (Calif.) High’s Matthew Gutwald. He remains in steady contact with Bill Bedenbaugh but still no offer on the table.

It was good to get OKC John Marshall’s Tramonda Moore back to campus a few weeks ago, but it still looks like Oklahoma State is in the better spot in this Bedlam showdown.

In Bedenbaugh you trust, but on the surface, things seem to be the same way they were at this point last month.

Texas is on a roll for 2017. Why hasn’t OU done the same thing?

Sorry, it just doesn’t work that way for Sooners. OU doesn’t pressure commitments although also not saying Charlie Strong did that for either of the cases here.

For OU to already have two commits for the 2017 class is pretty strange. The Sooners take a while to get rolling on the trail and having two commits from the Dallas Metroplex area and in the Scout 300 is very reassuring going forward.

There are no legit commitment prospects right now for OU but that doesn’t mean much going forward. OU will do what it usually does, and if the Sooners can close strong on the field, it will definitely help on the 2017 trail.

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