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Sooner mailbag: Who is Joshua Jacobs?

Final recruiting mailbag before signing day.

Final recruiting mailbag before national signing day. One more time. You have questions about Oklahoma recruiting. Let’s find out the answers.

Is Joshua Jacobs good for Oklahoma high school or is he good enough for OU?

It’s a good question, especially from those who don’t follow recruiting on a day-to-day basis. After all these months, why is it only now that people are getting excited about the star from Tulsa (Okla.) McLain?

Jacobs has become one of the most sought after prospects in the state, heck maybe even nation, and his film certainly doesn’t lie. He said he was around 5-foot-4 after his sophomore season so you start to understand why the recruiting attention never went his way.

To answer the question, yes, he is OU good. The Sooners recognize this even if it was just a week before signing day. It’s very possible Jacobs will be the next pledge to the Sooners. The gist of it is simple that if he visits, he’s offered and can commit. It’s up to Jacobs.

Where he fits in the offense would be determined later. He’s not a full-fledged running back. But he’s never been a receiver so he would have to learn that spot. However, what he does with the ball in his hands cannot be discounted.

It took a while for it all to happen, especially at a place like McLain that is not known for huge recruiting success, but it’s all coming together for Jacobs. Once his film got out there, everybody wanted to know where McLain was.

Try to explain the linebacker situation. Aren’t there way too many targets on the board?

Another valid question. OU is losing five linebackers from the 2015 squad. Four were a given in Frank Shannon, P.L. Lindley, Eric Striker and Devante Bond. The curveball was thrown when Dominique Alexander elected to leave early.

Linebacker was already a major position of need for the class, but Alexander just added to that equation. As of today, OU has four linebackers committed. Good, but the Sooners want more.

The top target, of course, is Fresno (Calif.) Clovis West five-star linebacker Caleb Kelly. But this weekend you’ll see guys like Mark Jackson and Maxs Tupai, both in the Scout 300. And OU also hosted Louisville commit P.J. Blue last week.

OU won’t end up with all four. But the Sooners should take one more with Kelly, and recruits understand the game. Great chance by next Sunday everybody knows exactly where they stand and where they’ll be attending.

Does junior day matter this year?

Sure doesn’t feel like it, huh? You have to look at the reality of the situation, too. OU held its first junior day Feb. 15 last year. At the time, the Sooners had one commitment in Jean Delance and then added another with Jon-Michael Terry.

Delance would leave March 8, and OU had a mere one verbal after both of the junior days. So fast forward to this year. Not only does OU have four commitments right now, but it’s four major pledges to build a class around.

Collinsville (Okla.) High linebacker Levi Draper and Mesquite (Texas) Horn quarterback Chris Robison are both in the Scout 100. Southlake Carroll (Texas) High safety Robert Barnes is in the Scout 200 and Richmond (Texas) receiver CeeDee Lamb is a three-star for now but could be bumped up later.

The good thing is OU’s top commits are expected to be in town so that should make for a nice atmosphere, if nothing else.

The Sooners aren’t hurting with the 2017 class. And with only offered prospects coming to Norman, the chances of major news sort of dwindles. OU is doing fine right now but tough to imagine adding more to the class this weekend.


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