For as big of a visit weekend as it was for Oklahoma, the Sooners actually only brought one committed prospect in for an official visit.
Rancho Cucamonga (Calif.) Los Osos four-star linebacker Bryce Youngquist was making his first trip to Norman since July. And it’s clear nothing has changed after three months. Things might even be better at this point.
“I don’t have a favorite part of the visit,” Youngquist said. “I loved it all. It was great the whole time, from beginning to end. They showed me so much hospitality and made me feel like I was at home.”
Youngquist said he spent a lot of time with OU coaches Dennis Simmons and Tim Kish. No, he’s not planning on making a position change, but Simmons had been his main recruiter although he’s gotten to know Kish better and better in recent months.
His host was linebacker Jordan Evans, who gave the same speech most hosts give to recruits about how OU is a great opportunity if you’re willing to put in the work.
When you go to OU games or grow up in OU culture, sometimes you don’t realize what it looks like to an outsider. That outpouring of support isn’t there at every place.
“It’s motivating, to be honest,” Youngquist said. “The football program has so much support. It was a blast to see that in person.”
Youngquist picked a pretty good game to attend as well as the Sooners handled Texas Tech 63-27 and linebackers had three of the four interceptions.
Youngquist, who shocked some by picking the Sooners on July 31, has been adamant about the fact OU would be his only official visit. Despite making summer trips to Oregon and Wisconsin and earning an offer from Ohio State, Youngquist said he knows he’s made the right decision.
“This visit, for sure, seals the deal,” Youngquist said. “I was never second-guessing things. And once I stepped foot on the campus once again, I knew. I’m committed to OU.”
One of the biggest things people have wondered about is how OU’s renovations have affected recruiting. Youngquist said it’s very easy to ignore what’s going on now because you know what’s about to come in the future. He said even the temporary facilities are better than what some schools have right now.
Youngquist’s senior season has gone well personally although Los Osos has had its fair share of offensive troubles so far. He said he’s noticed the biggest difference in his game in terms of his pass coverage and the patience he’s showing at linebacker.
The Sooners currently have three committed linebackers and that is not worrying Youngquist one bit. And he definitely loved what he saw from that group against the Red Raiders.
“It was a great game plan and great scheme,” Youngquist said. “It was a lot of fun to watch and just an absolute amazing visit. I couldn’t have asked for anything more.”