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Sooner mailbag: Still stuck at 11 commits?

Mailbag returns for a one-off this week, one question. Why aren't the Sooners rolling in commits right now?

With such a major game coming up Saturday between Oklahoma and Baylor and a major one looming for Norman next week vs. TCU, going to do a one-question mailbag this week.

All the success on the field isn’t panning out on the trail. How are the Sooners still stuck at 11 commitments right now?

It’s a fair question. Not going to be all gloom-and-doom about everything, but also don’t want to give off the impression all is great in Norman, either.

This class feels like it should be a great one. OU should finish about as strong as you can remember in recent years, even better than last year and maybe on par with 2014.

But the tide could turn the other way, too. There are so many positions right now where it feels like OU is looking for that “one more” guy and sort of playing it out to see if it happens.

At running back, it seems like it’s boiling down to Plano (Texas) High’s Brandon Stephens and McAllen (Texas) Memorial’s Trevor Speights.

Following an aborted visit from Michigan State commit Abdul Adams, it’s hard to envision the Sooners and Adams getting back together once again. Stephens is committed to Stanford but has mentioned the possibility of visiting next weekend.

Speights did visit a few weeks ago when many, Sooners Illustrated included, thought some #OUDNA was going to be added. For whatever reason, it wasn’t.

Houston C.E. King’s Trayveon Williams decommitted from TCU on Monday evening but that sort of adds fuel to the OU and Speights fire. It’s almost unanimous in people believing Williams ends up with Texas A&M, eliminating the Aggies from consideration for Speights.

So there’s running back.

Receiver is another one to watch as OU has symbolically thrown in the towel regarding Navasota (Texas) High’s Tren’Davian Dickson, Sachse (Texas) High’s Devin Duvernay and Houston Spring Westfield’s Tyrie Cleveland.

All Scout 100 prospects, all of them able to make a trip to OU for an official visit. It just never clicked and OU never made the impression.

So now three offers stand out as OU is looking at two junior college kids in Derrick Willies and Dre Massey (visiting next week). The Sooners are also trying to get in the hunt for Saraland (Ala.) High wide receiver Velus Jones, currently committed to USC.

OU will get one of these guys, but it’s going to take a while. An interesting thing to know would be the internal pecking order for the Sooners with these three. Is Jones ranked higher because he’s a high school kid? Is Massey ranked higher because of his outstanding connection to Lincoln Riley? Would OU take Massey if he decided on his visit next weekend that he wanted to be a part of the class?

Then defensive back is another spot to watch. With the recent decommitment of juco cornerback Maurice Chandler, it opens up for somebody.

But for who? Is it Suwanee (Ga.) Peachtree Ridge cornerback Baylen Buchanan? Is it Southlake Carroll (Texas) High cornerback Obi Eboh? Is it Gardena (Calif.) Serra safety Brandon Burton?

Buchanan seems to be the favorite, but it was Eboh who was back in Norman last weekend with fellow OU commit and teammate Robert Barnes.

A lot of irons in the fire, just no way of knowing how it will all shake out. So the 11 commits could be a little concerning but know the Sooners have planted the seeds to make sure this class pans out in a major way in the final three months.


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