It’s a perfect storm of events for Oklahoma. The Sooners, coming off a major national showcase win at previously unbeaten Baylor, are back in the conversation for the four-team playoff.
OU is riding the wave of momentum that comes with winning five consecutive games and scoring more than 44 in all of them. Now comes the final home game against one-loss TCU. A major battle on the field and a major opportunity on the recruiting trail.
If you’re looking for the Sooners in the recruiting rankings, you’ll have to go beyond that first page. Sorry, that’s just the way it is when it comes to OU recruiting with less than three months to go before signing day.
OU has 11 commitments and is currently ranked No. 44 in the Scout rankings. Not a misprint but also not an omen of things to come.
No. 44 in the rankings, but based on star average rankings, OU is No. 23 and is only going to rise more and more until signing day.
That strong close could start this weekend as already confirmed 11 official visitors for when the Horned Frogs come to town.
Everybody knew this would be a big recruiting weekend. TCU held up its end of the bargain coming in at 9-1, while the Sooners have done the same by surprising a majority of people with their success this season.
It starts with Fresno (Calif.) Clovis West five-star linebacker Caleb Kelly. He has already visited for each of the last two OU spring games, but he is set to make his official trip this weekend.
The Sooners are in a great position right now, and it’s just going to take patience. Kelly has said time and time again he is not going to decide until signing day, and OU has to be OK with it and feels like it is OK with that scenario.
Trips to Oregon and Michigan are already in the books, while a trip to Notre Dame is scheduled for next month. Kelly still has one more official to take although it’s not known where that will be just yet.
Another name to circle is Euless (Texas) Trinity defensive tackle Chris Daniels. Ranked just outside the Scout 100, Daniels is surprisingly going to have a full weekend in Norman.
Euless Trinity was upset in the first round of the Texas state playoffs, which means he’ll be able to arrive Friday and leave Sunday without worrying about anything.
Daniels has made two unofficial trips to OU back in the spring and summer. An official visit to Michigan is already in the books, but it appears like the Sooners could make a massive statement with the tackle this weekend.
Across the board, that’s what this weekend is about. Making a statement. Doing it first on the field vs. TCU and then capitalizing on everything on the trail.
The last few recruiting weekends have felt like planting seed events. This doesn’t have that same type of feel. This could be one of those multiple commit weekends.
It might not be with the high profile guys already mentioned, at least not this week. However, there are other guys lingering who feel like it might be time to pull that trigger.
From tackles Daniels to Jordan Elliott to Marcel Southall to receivers Velus Jones and Dre Massey, it will be a list of who’s who for OU on Saturday.
And the 7 p.m. CST kick will also give OU a bonus of being able to have kids from all over be able to make unofficial visits in time.
If they’re still in high school playoffs, can prep Saturday morning and then leave for Norman. If they’re not, they can hit the road early and experience everything.
The stars have aligned for OU to come up with a massive showing on the field and on the trail. The rest is up to the Sooners.