For the second time this 2015 season, Oklahoma was presented with a major recruiting opportunity. And for the second time this season, the Sooners knocked it out of the park.
Things couldn’t have been scripted better for the Sooners in a 63-27 win against Texas Tech that showcased things for recruits to like at just about every position on the field.
OU has already earned one commitment from the weekend in three-star junior college offensive tackle Ashton Julious, and it wouldn’t be surprising if at least a couple of more are part of OU’s class when signing day rolls around.
Once again, it’s just a complete role reversal from what happened last year every time OU had a chance to make a statement during Big 12 play. Three major home games against Kansas State, Baylor and Oklahoma State and three devastating losses in three different ways.
The Sooners came through earlier this month in a 44-24 win against West Virginia that helped earn the pledge of Pittsburg (Calif.) High four-star cornerback Jordan Parker and once again helped themselves on the trail with the outing vs. Tech.
OU had seven confirmed official visitors on hand to go along with multiple top unofficial visitors, and the overall vibe has been very positive coming out of the weekend.
Sooner fans were certainly hoping for maybe one or two more commitments from the weekend, but if you’ve followed OU recruiting long enough, then you know the Sooners aren’t one to sort of pressure a kid into making a choice.
It can be implied that a recruit might have to decide soon or else that spot won’t be there, but it’s never a case of do it now or you’re not welcome.
So who did the Sooners bring, and why should they be excited about possibly playing in Norman.
Juco OT Ashton Julious
Trophy Club (Texas) Byron Nelson OT Kellen Diesch
Julious already ended the drama by committing to OU on Monday, but Diesch is an interesting case. He was born in Norman and was committed at one time to Arkansas.
Since decommitting earlier this month, it has felt like Texas A&M is in the driver’s seat, but there he was back in Norman once again.
The Sooners offensive line had their best day of the season as OU rushed for 405 yards and accumulated more than 600 yards of total offense.
Diesch is an incredibly tough read on the recruiting trail, only opening up to a few people, but OU certainly did all it could to try to sway him toward the crimson and cream.
Sachse (Texas) High’s Devin Duvernay
Navasota (Texas) High’s Tren’Davian Dickson (committed to Texas)
OU is looking for that game-changer at the slot position. Duvernay or Dickson can absolutely be that guy going forward.
This was the second trip to campus for both of them as each had visited for a junior day. The Sooners passing game looked good in the win as quarterback Baker Mayfield continues to put up solid numbers this season.
But looking at the roster and it’s obvious if these two Scout 100 prospects are as good as many believe, they could find an immediate home in Norman and give the Sooners one more big playmaker.
McAllen (Texas) Memorial’s Trevor Speights
Speights appears to have jumped to the front of the board at running back and said the visit exceeded all of his expectations.
His plan is to make other visits in November before making his call. The Sooners are in a good spot right now but will have to play the waiting game.
Lawrence (Kan.) High’s Amani Bledsoe
Perhaps the biggest visit of the weekend in terms of a must-get for the class. Bledsoe has been on OU’s radar for a long time now, dating back to the spring of his sophomore year.
This was his third trip to Norman, and it’s obvious things worked out really well. The question going forward is will it be enough for the Sooners to maintain that momentum throughout the rest of the process?
Bledsoe has already scheduled his other three official visits, but it will be tough to knock the Sooners down from that top perch.
Rancho Cucamonga (Calif.) Los Osos’ Bryce Youngquist
The only commit of the weekend. And all you need to know is Youngquist said this visit sealed the deal once and for all for him. He’s 100 percent committed to OU. No intention at all at listening to other schools or taking any other visits.
Youngquist got to see OU linebackers record three interceptions, and he kept mentioning time and time again how comfortable he feels and how he knows Norman will be his home.