Whether or not it was an official junior day is really irrelevant for Oklahoma, what’s more important is the Sooners jumped on the chance of making offers in person to top prospects Saturday before the OU-Kansas basketball game.
OU and its work in-state is always going to be scrutinized, especially after the way Tulsa McLain’s Joshua Jacobs landed at Alabama for the 2016 class.
No idea how things will pan out, but the Sooners offered three from the state Saturday in OKC John Marshall cornerback Justin Broiles, Tulsa Memorial defensive end Isaiah Thomas and Tulsa Union Scout 300 cornerback Tre Brown.
Denton (Texas) Ryan’s Earnest Brown also picked up an OU offer to round out quite an eventful day for the Sooners in recruiting.
The debate with in-state kids will always be whether or not OU slow plays them too much with the belief it can come in whenever it feels like it and snatch them up.
That trend has sort of drifted away in the last few years, and OU’s trio of offers in the state sends the message OU wants its homegrown talent to remain in Norman.
Broiles, Brown and Thomas have all had insane weeks on the recruiting trail. Thomas had zero offers Thursday morning and now has six.
Broiles picked up six offers in two days as well before the Sooners got involved, including schools like Arkansas and Ole Miss.
Brown has had a two-week spree with one Power 5 school after another with the thought being if it wasn’t today, the Union prospect might look elsewhere.
Earnest Brown is another riser in the rankings. With the majority of OU’s 2017 commits in town as well, it was the right type of atmosphere for OU to try to make something happen. The Sooners did just that with the four offers and sending a statement that OKPreps is still their territory.