Everybody knows about signing day in February. The first Wednesday of the month is starting to become a national holiday. But when you’re looking for guys who can make an impact, it’s the December one you want to keep tabs on.
Wednesday marks the first day of the junior college signing period. OU, at one point, looked like it was going to sign at least five juco prospects. But as the day has arrived, the Sooners are looking at three to ink and make it official.
Tyler (Texas) JC’s Ryan Parker (4-star WR, No. 6 JuCo 100)
OU hit it big last year with Dede Westbrook and eventually Jarvis Baxter when it comes to junior college receivers. Parker could very well end up being better than both of them. Still learning the game, Parker was a relative nobody when he committed to OU in April. He tore it up his sophomore season at Tyler, averaging more than 20 yards per reception. Receiver is a major spot of worry for OU going forward, but the addition of Parker should alleviate some of those concerns. He has three years to play two but should be able to contribute immediately.
Scranton (Pa.) Lackawanna CC’s Ashton Julious (3-star OT, No. 47 JuCo 100)
OU always seemed to be playing from behind with Julious, but offensive line coach Bill Bedenbaugh never threw in the towel. After getting him on campus in October, it was a done deal and neither side batted an eye in the last two months. Julious has to make an impact immediately as he is a two-for-two guy so it will be interesting to see whether or not there is a move to interior line for him. His incredible 6-foot-8 frame might make it tough, but the Sooners seem set at tackle so his future will be something worth tracking.
El Dorado (Kan.) Butler CC’s Ben Powers (3-star OG, No. 39 JuCo 100)
OU goes back to Butler to find a Kansas high school prospect who is completely under the radar and then snatches him up. Happened last summer with Quinn Mittermeier and is happening again now with Powers. A full qualifier out of high school, Powers played one year at Butler so he has a lot of time left when he arrives in Norman. He has four years to play three as things heated up in a hurry with OU and Powers. No offers in November, he was committed to the Sooners by the time the month was over. All three are expected to sign Wednesday and be ready to roll in Norman in January.