It has been a busy time for Oklahoma recruiting, but this week feels like a chance to take a step back and breathe. Still, the recruiting mailbag returns so let’s get to it.
From the offers Saturday, who is most likely to commit?
OU made four offers Saturday with three of them being from within the state. Tulsa Union’s Tre Brown, OKC John Marshall’s Justin Broiles, Tulsa Memorial’s Isaiah Thomas and Denton (Texas) Ryan’s Earnest Brown.
Believe OU will get at least two of them to sign next February. But the one have pegged as a no-doubter is Tre Brown.
Brown, ranked No. 246 in the Scout 300, is an example of the process playing out. He was under the national radar as a sophomore. Put himself on the big stage following incredible camp outings at OU in the summer.
Then he made a couple of visits to OU and got to know the coaches better. Then his recruitment took off in last couple of weeks with numerous Power 5 offers.
And it all culminates with the offer from the Sooners in person on the exact right day to do so. Had OU not offered Saturday, nobody would have batted an eye if he started to look elsewhere.
Combine the timing with his friendship with fellow OU commit Levi Draper, and things are looking great for the Sooners. Always felt Brown and Draper would play together. Back in September, that meant Oklahoma State. Now? That means OU.
Who is the next in-state offer for 2017 class?
No time to rest, huh? After making three last week, the feel is certainly more could be in store going forward.
Sooners Illustrated has all been all aboard with Moore Southmoore’s Quindon Lewis, but it’s starting to look like there won’t be any room for him.
Brown and Broiles have surpassed him as true cornerbacks, while Lewis might not be an elite enough receiver to grab a spot with OU. He’ll find a home, but it’s starting to look like it won’t be at OU.
We’re going to go to OKC Putnam City West and Nick Robinson right now. On the board this week with an offer from Toledo and three more Tuesday. This will be another process event. It won’t happen now, but it might have to with the way his stock is soaring.
The goal is for Cale Gundy to get to watch him in the spring and evaluate from there. It wouldn’t shock me if during the summer is when things start to heat up. He could be a defensive end/outside linebacker, but he seems to want to play offense. If that’s the case, tight end in the vein of Mark Andrews could be calling card.
Is the 2016 class officially in the books?
Going to say no and say no for a while. It ends if Murray (Utah) High Scout 300 defensive end Maxs Tupai picks the Sooners, no question about that.
The gut feel is Tupai won’t do that, though. However, because OU’s class isn’t as big, the Sooners are afforded that luxury to look for either qualifiers who went under the radar, junior college kids who needed to work on their grades or juco kids who qualified out of high school but had no recruiting attention.
The Sooners have gone down that last path twice in the last year with offensive linemen Quinn Mittermeier and Ben Powers.
The goal remains to try to find another big body in the trenches. Mike Stoops mentioned the Sooners would have loved to add another defensive tackle. Wait things out academically this semester and perhaps a name emerges.
OU will certainly have the option, if nothing else, regardless of what happens with Bryce Youngquist, whose status remains as unclear now as it was three weeks ago.