Sooner mailbag: OU to make moves?

Recruiting mailbag tries to keep you informed on what has been a crazy few days in OU recruiting.

The dead period is over. The first official visit weekend is in the books. Now it’s time for Oklahoma to assert itself and time for the weekly recruiting mailbag.

Was last weekend really that bad for OU as some are saying?

You sort of have to hedge here because you won’t know that until Feb. 3. On Sunday night, it looked awful. It looked bleak, like Texas had come in and taken two of OU’s top priorities in Euless (Texas) Trinity defensive tackle Chris Daniels and Duncanville (Texas) High defensive tackle Marcel Southall.

If you follow Texas, then you’re probably feeling pretty good about your chances. If you follow OU, then you notice Daniels is still committed to OU and Southall is not pledged to the Longhorns. And the further removed from the visit, the better off OU will be.

Even though a number of top targets visited other schools, OU survived the initial onslaught. No top target is gone because of last weekend, and OU now has the chance to make a big imprint on some of those guys as well.

In the grand scheme of things, the only thing OU has done since the dead period has ended is added Philadelphia Imhotep Charter offensive guard JohnCarlo Valentin to the commit list so no, the sky is still not falling.

Biggest visitor of the weekend?

As discussed, OU was indeed on the sidelines for last week but not the case this week. The Sooners aren’t exactly bringing the house, but it’s not a quiet weekend, either.

As of now, it looks like around 5-7 visitors (more info in Intel when things clear up) and the one to circle has to be Sachse (Texas) High cornerback Jared Mayden.

Ranked the No. 4 cornerback in the nation, defensive backs coach Kerry Cooks has put in the work to make OU a viable landing spot for the Scout 100 prospect.

What’s interesting is how this should work out with Mayden visiting OU and then playing it cool until signing day.

It’s always a positive when you can keep OU legacies at home (Mayden’s father played basketball for the Sooners), and then it’s an even bigger positive when they have the skills of someone like Mayden.

Most important visitor of the weekend?

A little bit different than biggest. Going to go off the beaten path to say Murray (Utah) High defensive end Maxs Tupai.

Despite the ranking in the Scout 300, his offer list doesn’t scream elite talent. His film does, and although most will probably already peg him to Utah, his family has been vocal about the fact he’s not leaning toward anywhere.

OU will need to see Tupai in person to get a feel on whether or not he’s a defensive end or a linebacker at the next level. Big-time conflicting reports out there as to actually how big he really is that would change things up in a hurry.

Tupai has visited Oregon State and schools like USC and Texas Tech have offered, but he seems to be open and OU seems to be putting in the work.


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