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Sooner mailbag: Commits coming?

Recruiting mailbag returns. Is this the week OU is no longer stuck at 11 commits?

It’s the biggest recruiting weekend of the year for Oklahoma coming up so stop talking and get to the questions in the weekly recruiting mailbag.

Is this the week where the commitments finally happen?

It should be. It really should. Not the major Scout 100 names you’re hoping for, but it’s hard to see OU not doing well this weekend, provided it takes care of business on the field.

Wide receiver is one spot to be on the watch for, especially with somebody like junior college receiver Dre Massey. Although OU came in third in his top three, it will be intriguing to see if reconnecting with Lincoln Riley helps the process.

Massey has Florida, South Carolina and OU as his final three right now. A visit to Florida is scheduled for next weekend, but he hasn’t ruled out committing on the spot if he’s comfortable.

You figure as long as OU’s passing game is humming along like it has been the last month that things could no doubt start turning toward the Sooners.

As more visits become set in stone, things will become a lot easier to follow going forward as to what to really expect.

Another major move in coaching with Gary Pinkel leaving Missouri. OK, any Tiger commits worth looking over?

One big one, and OU is already putting in the work with Webb City (Mo.) High offensive guard Trystan Castillo.

A three-star guard, Castillo is the No. 1-ranked guard prospect in Missouri and is definitely starting to get comfortable with offensive line coach Bill Bedenbaugh.

Castillo was asked to make an official visit this weekend, but he said he cannot because of his high school playoff game. OK, that happens a lot so just reschedule the visit, right?

Wrong. It’s clear he has so much interest as Castillo said he’s going to take an unofficial to Norman on Sunday despite the fact as of right now, he doesn’t even have an offer.

Bedenbaugh wants to see Castillo in person to make sure he is exactly as tall and big as he claims to be at 6-foot-4 and 280 pounds. If Castillo fits the bill, the offer will come. The question is if the flip will happen as well?

Who is the one visitor OU has to hit a home run with this weekend?

Arrogance is going to come into play here as believe OU is still sitting pretty with Fresno (Calif.) Clovis West five-star linebacker Caleb Kelly.

So going to Euless (Texas) Trinity and defensive tackle Chris Daniels. For whatever reason, it has felt like the Sooners have been second the whole time.

OU felt like it was second behind Texas A&M until the Aggies filled up all their defensive tackle spots so there is no room for Daniels.

Now it feels like OU is second to Michigan, perhaps. Wolverines might have a leg up just for the fact it is the only official visit Daniels has made at this point. It could be he turns out to be one of those prisoner of the moment recruits who loves every last trip he makes.

Daniels has already made multiple unofficial visits to OU during the spring and summer. Now comes the official visit. Now comes the time when OU has to stop finishing second with Daniels.

Defensive line coach Diron Reynolds is going to get the whole weekend since Euless Trinity was upset last weekend. The Sooners have to absolutely make it count with Daniels.


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