Oklahoma has already earned one commitment from its major visitor weekend against Texas Tech, and OU fans were surely hoping for a second one.
If it does happen with McAllen (Texas) Memorial running back Trevor Speights, it’s just going to take a little more time.
Despite having an incredible second trip to Norman, Speights said he is content to wait out the process and make other official visits before deciding on his school.
“I was so excited to get down to Norman,” Speights said. “The visit exceeded my expectations. It was a great opportunity to meet the full staff and get to know all the players and coaches.”
Speights’ recruitment with OU has been a bit different than some of the usual ones. Back when he was committed to Arizona, Speights visited OU for junior day back in February. Although the Sooners showed spotty interest in the months that followed, most believed Speights would land somewhere else even after his decommitment from Arizona.
Things changed last week when OU running backs coach Jay Boulware watched Speights play during OU’s bye week. Less than 48 hours later, Speights had the coveted offer from the Sooners and seemed to vault to the top of OU’s prospects at the position.
Speights initially talked about waiting to make his OU visit until after the season. So when he decided to make the Sooners his first visit even though he played Friday night, it looked like the stars were aligning for the Sooners to add some #OUDNA for the 2016 class.
“It definitely did cross my mind,” said Speights about committing. “But I think I want to take three more official visits before I do anything.”
If all goes to plan, Speights will see Texas A&M (Nov. 6), Vanderbilt (Nov. 20) and Stanford (Nov. 27) in the next month and then be ready to roll with his choice.
On the OU side of the equation, things couldn’t have gone better. Speights was in town to see OU’s 63-27 win against Texas Tech and saw the Sooners put up 405 rushing yards and seven touchdowns.
“With the Sooners, I believe my running style would be a great addition to the offense,” Speights said. “I believe I have that similar running style. It was great to see that atmosphere and seeing everything they did.”
Speights was hosted by sophomore running back Samaje Perine. There were no major words of wisdom, but Speights did say Perine loves OU and had a lot of positive things to say about OU.
What has sort of become the hallmark of OU visits this year is a photoshoot with the recruits wearing the jerseys and doing different poses. It was during that event where Speights said he could see himself wearing a real No. 21 jersey for OU in the future.
“That photoshoot was awesome,” Speights said. “I definitely look good in crimson and cream. I’ve always had a positive opinion of OU. They’re known as RB U. The way they put so many running backs into the league is crazy.”
Speights said although it was tough to leave Norman uncommitted, he feels confident in saying he wants to take those other visits. And when he’s looking at these schools, he said he’s looking for a chance to play early as well as a school that has a good engineering program.
As for his senior season, Speights has been on a roll. He’s already well over the 2,000-yard mark and rushed for 326 yards on 20 carries and four touchdowns last weekend against rival McAllen. Speights has 34 touchdowns in eight games this season.
And played a little defense.
“I started both ways,” Speights said. “I played at safety, too. It’s something I do when I feel like I have to do it. It felt good to play that way against our rival.”
Three-star junior college offensive tackle Ashton Julious committed to the Sooners on Monday afternoon.