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Sooner mailbag: Where does OU stand with Levi Draper?

Weekly mailbag returns following a very eventful week for OU on the trail.

After a busy and exciting weekend on the recruiting trail for Oklahoma, let’s get right to the Wednesday recruiting mailbag.

With Al Golden being fired from Miami, is there anybody the Sooners should try to poach from its commitment list?

Based on previous relationship, no. Now it’s always possible OU takes a look at some of those guys and decides it wants to get in the hunt, but it’s hard to see that.

The one guys the Sooners really wanted from that class is wide receiver Dionte Mullins, but a couple of things have happened. One, Mullins said the firing hasn’t changed anything for him. And two, well, OU has been looking in a different direction at wide receiver.

It’s clear right now that if a receiver is going to be considered for OU for the rest of this class, he’s going to have to be a game-changer. Not a good player, maybe not even a great player, but a dynamic impact guy right from the jump.

The Sooners have so many realistic targets at each position that it doesn’t feel like OU needs to go fishing around Miami to see if it can land anybody from the Hurricanes.

Where do you see things now and where do you see things ending up with 2017 linebacker Levi Draper?

Draper, from Collinsville (Okla.) High, is the No. 1-ranked prospect in the state and is currently in the Scout 100.

He committed to Oklahoma State in late July but has already made one unofficial visit to OU during this season. He did not, however, return to Norman this last weekend. It was a possibility, but it did not happen.

The Sooners have a great shot at Draper if they keep up what they’re doing now. You can’t blame Draper if he felt a little hurt by the lack of attention from his hometown favorite when schools like Alabama, Florida State and Clemson were getting involved.

OSU was smart and got in there nice and early. But you also have to think Draper has been impressed with how OU’s linebackers have looked this season and how OU’s defensive scheme seems to have fixed itself after a rough 2014.

Mike Stoops has stepped up to the plate with Draper, but there’s still a lot of work left to be done for a flip or a decommitment happens.

Texas A&M recently offered and Draper has the who’s who of offers. It just feels like it will be down to OU and OSU just like OKC John Marshall offensive tackle Tramonda Moore for the 2016 class.

Is Trevor Speights the running back commitment for this class or not? What’s the deal?

It’s a good question. Because the exact reason why it feels like OU has gone away from Beaumont (Texas) Central running back Devwah Whaley is the same thing that’s going on now from the McAllen (Texas) Memorial star.

Most, including Sooners Illustrated, felt like Speights was a shoo-in to commit to OU during his official visit last weekend. As long as he arrived in Norman, OU had its running back.

Speights said all the right things before adding he wants to make the visits to Texas A&M, Vanderbilt and Stanford before making the choice.

The thing to watch here will be how OU/Jay Boulware respond. If the Sooners start going all in with Plano (Texas) High’s Brandon Stephens, we’ll know they didn’t take too kindly to that news.

The issue with OU recruiting has always been the fact Bob Stoops doesn’t pressure for a commitment. Never has and says he never will. This is the type of situation where it might have helped just a tad.

If OU had put a little pressure on Speights, maybe Speights makes the call right then and there. You want to be friendly and inviting but you also don’t want to be taken for a ride.

OU seems to be done with Whaley, according to separate sources connected to both sides of his recruitment. With Speights not committing, will the door crack open a little bit for Whaley?

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