As intense as the battle is on the field for Bedlam between Oklahoma and Oklahoma State, it rarely comes down to the Sooners and Cowboys in recruiting.
And you certainly rarely find it down to those two when it comes to in-state prospects. Conventional wisdom is a recruit grows up either an OU fan or OSU, and once the offer is made from the “right” school, the pick is in.
That feeling is still strong with the 2016 class with one huge, literally and figuratively, exception when it comes to OKC John Marshall offensive tackle Tramonda Moore.
Moore seemingly came from out of nowhere to become the state’s No. 1-ranked prospect and the state’s only U.S. Army All-American Bowl selection.
A three-star prospect at one point, Moore is now No. 146 in the Scout 300.
“It has been amazing,” Moore said. “It’s just a blessing to receive so much attention. I’ve been working hard in the weight room and hard in the classroom and just taking it day-by-day.”
He has numerous ties to OSU, but his recruitment actually started with OU offensive line coach Bill Bedenbaugh. The Sooners coach has been there from the start.
Following great performances at both teams’ camps, Moore was offered by OU and OSU in June. Since then, the race has been on.
He has made multiple unofficial visits to both programs, and he’ll be back in Stillwater this weekend for an official visit this time around. This trip comes off the heels of an unofficial visit to Norman last weekend.
It took a while, but it’s all starting to come together for Moore.
“I remember him saying he was the best prospect in the state,” John Marshall coach Rashaun Woods said. “I was kind of getting sick and tired of hearing about it. But here he is a few months later, and that’s exactly what he has become.”
Woods, of course, is an OSU legend and Moore’s cousin is former OSU receiver/tight end Tracy Moore so there is some support to those who say he’ll eventually end up in orange.
For OU, it has been about Bedenbaugh and the work he has put in time and time again. His ability to mold linemen and bring the best out of them is one reason to suggest why Moore will be in the crimson and cream.
What he’ll be wearing first, however, are the colors of the U.S. Army.
“It’s big, really means a lot to me,” Moore said. “Growing up watching the U.S. Army game, it’s a blessing to be a part of it. When they explained everything to me, it’s why I chose it. It was a no-brainer. When I got the invitation, it was a dream come true.”
Other schools are in play for Moore, and there have been some discussions about making his choice at the Army game itself. With John Marshall eliminated from the playoffs last week, one thing is for sure, Moore’s recruitment is about to heat up real fast.
And you know OU and OSU are going to be there every step of the way.