Oklahoma likes to say one thing about every recruit that comes for a junior day. If you’re coming to Norman, it means you could very well end up being offered and/or being a Sooner.
It’s tough to accept that, at times, because you’re waiting for an offer that might not come. Nearly 12 months later, the offer did come for Southlake (Texas) Carroll wide receiver Zach Farrar.
Farrar, a four-star prospect, visited OU back for junior day. The Sooners always said they’d keep in touch and keep tabs on Farrar and his progress.
Farrar, to his credit, kept the belief and kept waiting.
“I’ve been liking OU since the beginning and still do,” Farrar said. “Yes, I thought they would offer me a while ago due to my film.”
His senior film put him on the map even more than before. That’s what 56 catches for 1,114 yards and 19 touchdowns will do for you.
Schools started to flock to Farrar, who committed to Mississippi State. OU had many reasons to go to Southlake Carroll because of Obi Eboh (now committed to Stanford) and 2017 Scout 300 safety commit Robert Barnes.
And whenever OU would, it would indeed check back in on Farrar and see how things were going. The message was the same. The Sooners were interested but not interested enough to make the offer.
Around November is when it became clear OU’s top priority at receiver was going to be Saraland (Ala.) High’s Velus Jones. Committed to USC since April, the Sooners were going to go all-in to try to flip the three-star prospect.
Jones did make the switch to OU last weekend before reverting back to the Trojans less than 24 hours later. At this point, no idea where Jones lands, but the door has certainly been opened for Farrar.
OU made the offer Sunday afternoon, and just like that, the Sooners had a new No. 1 receiver target on the board.
“No, I don’t take offense,” said Farrar about the offer being so late. “It’s the process. I understand that and get that.”
Three days before the offer was the commitment to the Bulldogs. This week has been a slew of visits from MSU and OU coaches. Following a Tuesday in-home visit with Bob Stoops and Lincoln Riley, Farrar texted he would indeed make an official visit to Norman this weekend.
Sounds like a slam dunk for OU, but there are some obstacles. No. 1, there’s always the fact MSU has been there for a while. The Bulldogs have coveted Farrar for several months, and unlike OU, weren’t afraid to make the offer.
No. 2, and perhaps more importantly, is the baseball factor. Farrar committed to MSU to play both football and baseball. And though Stoops has never been reluctant to let players pursue multiple sports, it’s usually after the first year so they can get acclimated to college life.
Following OU’s visit, MSU was back with Farrar on Wednesday, putting that very thought into his head. Still, the visit to Norman is indeed going to happen. OU has been considered the dream school for Farrar. We’ll see if that’s how it plays out this weekend.