January is always a crazy month in recruiting. It will be again for Oklahoma this year, and it started with an offer Monday to a junior college linebacker.
Scranton (Pa.) Lackawanna CC linebacker Kapri Doucet figured he was done with the recruiting process when he committed to Arizona last week. But once his lead recruiter was let go from his position, Doucet didn’t waste any time in decommitting from the Wildcats.
And the Sooners didn’t waste any time, either. Within hours of his announcement, OU offered Doucet, who is ranked No. 78 in the Scout Juco 100 and a three-star prospect.
On the surface, it feels like a crazy week. But Doucet is taking everything in stride and knows now more than ever recruiting is a business.
“I know what I’m doing so it’s not that crazy,” he said. “At the end of the day, it’s all business. They’re going to tell you what you want to hear.”
Doucet said OU has been in contact for a while, and obviously the Sooners have had a chance to get a feel about Doucet since fellow Scout Juco 100 offensive tackle Ashton Julious signed with the university last month.
“I talked to Ashton, and he said it’s a great school and a great opportunity for me,” Doucet said. “He thinks I would be a great fit there, but he also said to make the best decision for myself and enjoy the process.”
What that means is Doucet isn’t going to rush into any decision this time around. He has three visits to play with, and he’s going to make the most of them. The only one set is the one to Norman as Doucet will see OU on Jan. 22 weekend.
Other schools in play for the Virginia native are West Virginia, Louisville and Iowa State. Other notable offers include Utah and Nebraska.
Doucet has three years to play two seasons’ worth of eligibility. In talking with OU coach Bob Stoops, Doucet said he reminds Stoops of Eric Striker in terms of his ability to come off the edge and make a play.
Linebackers coach Tim Kish has been his main contact for communication, and Kish is open to all possibilities.
“He says I can play all of the spots so he doesn’t want to say just one thing,” Doucet said. “I don’t care where I play as long as I get a chance to make plays.”
Doucet said he views himself as Striker, too, and is very interested in seeing what OU has to offer. As his stock continues to increase, he’s not nearly as willing to make any definite calls for his visits. And he said even if the OU visit goes great, he’s very likely going to wait out the process and make other visits.
OU’s depth chart should help matters, especially when it comes to what Doucet is looking for in a school.
“I’m looking for which one best gets me to the league,” Doucet said. “What school has a strong history of sending guys to the NFL – that’s’ what I want.”
Doucet said OU is his top school, at least for now. A whole lot can and most likely will change in the next few weeks, but the Sooners will get their shot with him in two weeks.