Time for Sooners to strike back on recruiting trail

OU weathered the recruiting storm last weekend. Now it's time to hit back.

If you want to equate last weekend to a boxing fight, Oklahoma took a lot of clean shots on the recruiting trail. It might have gotten staggered once or twice and got its bell rung, but the Sooners are still standing.

OU took the best shot of its competitors for multiple targets and now it’s time for the Sooners to strike back this week.

All the hoopla was on Texas having 19 official visitors to campus last weekend. Huge few days for the Longhorns, but it doesn’t mean OU didn’t already have similar weekends.

It’s just different timing. The Longhorns were pretty adamant about not bringing in a lot of kids during game weekends, insisting to prepare for that week’s game.

OU has had a different philosophy of bringing everybody whenever. No preference needed. If you can come for a big game, go ahead and show up.

Bob Stoops knows the grind. He’s talked about it a lot the last two years how he simply gives everything he has Friday-Sunday of a recruit visit/game weekend and just pushes forward. It’s exhausting, but it’s what has to be done.

Texas hosted three major OU targets during the week in Euless (Texas) Trinity defensive lineman Chris Daniels, Cibolo (Texas) Steele defensive end/linebacker Mark Jackson and Duncanville (Texas) High defensive tackle Marcel Southall.

Early reports are all positive for the Longhorns with the trio, but Daniels is still technically committed to the Sooners and Stoops and Diron Reynolds have already been back to Daniels since that trip to Austin.

And it’s not 100 percent accurate to say the Sooners have been sitting on the sidelines. It just feels that way because of the notable visits of guys like Sachse (Texas) High cornerback Jared Mayden (Alabama), Saraland (Ala.) High wide receiver Velus Jones (USC) and Scranton (Pa.) Lackawanna CC linebacker Kapri Doucet (Louisville).

OU has gone all-in to land Washington D.C. Archbishop Carroll four-star offensive tackle Jauan Williams with three assistant coaches visiting Williams and his family on Monday evening.

Monday was an interesting day with the Sooners making the top 3/4 of two quality target. Doucet listed OU, Louisville and Arkansas as his top three, and he’s expected to visit Norman this weekend.

New Orleans McDonogh 35 safety/linebacker Clifford Chattman also released a top four with OU No. 1 in the list although he said it was not in any order.

OU bided its time last weekend and saw what the competition has to offer. This is the week where OU makes its push, culminating in getting guys like Mayden and Houston Langham Creek wide receiver Quartney Davis to campus.

OU has 16 commitments entering this week. What will the number be when this week concludes?

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