The hope was there. Last weekend was supposed to see more members of #SoonerSquad17 added to Oklahoma’s stellar start on the recruiting trail.
Didn’t exactly turn out that way. OU did bring a lot of top talent to Norman with the first two practices of spring but was unable to land any commitments and actually saw two major targets pledge elsewhere.
This type of weekend is what has been expected based on previous years. A good one but not a great one that sort of leaves more questions than answers.
With the way OU has started its 2017 class, these type of weekends were supposed to be in the past so it’s a bit of a step back. Not a giant freefall or anything but not the step forward most were hoping for.
The good? Obviously getting more recruits to Norman, offering another offensive lineman in person and continuing to connect with the top dawgs within in the state at cornerback.
The bad? Last weekend felt like the time for Bremond (Texas) High athlete Roshauud Paul to make his decision. With him coming to Norman, it felt like the Sooners. He did make the trip, but opted to pledge to Texas A&M later Saturday evening.
OU’s top running back target for more than 12 months for this class also picked another school. You knew Paul was down to OU or A&M so you could see the 50-50 battle going the wrong way. The same cannot be said for La Grange (Texas) High ATH J.K. Dobbins.
Thought for the longest to be a battle between OU and Texas, Dobbins surprised everybody by committing to Ohio State on Sunday afternoon.
Dobbins has made multiple visits to Norman in the last 12 months and this was a tough pill to swallow, for sure.
A look back in tweets about what exactly this weekend was all about for OU and recruiting.
OU made one noteworthy offer Saturday to Austin (Texas) Westlake offensive tackle Stephan Zabie. Texas A&M was the clear leader for Zabie entering the weekend, but OU is the first Big 12 school to throw its hat in the ring. It was big to get Zabie to campus and then striking at the right time to offer Zabie on the visit.
It was back to Norman for the second time in a month for OKC John Marshall defensive back Justin Broiles. When Broiles visited in February, OU was offer No. 11. He now has 33 offers as his stock just continues to soar more and more. Broiles is now in the Scout 300 and ranked No. 3 overall in the state. It’s no lock at all he’ll stay in-state, but OU is putting in quality early work to plant those seeds in the future.
Get to know this name now in Tulsa (Okla.) Union 2018 wide receiver C.J. Moore. Already with an offer in the bag from UTSA, Moore had a great trip to OU. All that was missing was the offer. It was a 50-50 chance of Moore getting the early offer, but it’s not a bad sign he didn’t. Moore has a great frame to work with and is one of several real nice looking receiver prospects in the state for 2018.
Back to Sachse (Texas) High with 2018 defensive back offer Isaiah Humphries. OU struck out in Sachse for the 2016 class but isn’t afraid to keep coming back. OU was among his first offers and getting him to campus was definitely a nice start to what should be another wild recruitment for a talented Mustangs player.
The Wallace twins were back at OU as Fort Worth (Texas) South Hills quarterback Tracin Wallace and receiver Tylan Wallace returned for OU’s practice Sunday. OU has not offered Tracin but is all-in with Tylan at receiver. It will be interesting if the twins are indeed a package deal or if they’re OK with finding their own way. Tylan is no doubt a top priority for the Sooners.
OU also had prospects like Tulsa Union Scout 300 cornerback Tre Brown back in Norman and Norman North linebacker Cade Mashburn. The weekend saw a first trip from Mansfield (Texas) Scout 100 running back Kennedy Brooks as well.
It wasn’t a disaster for the Sooners – just not what most were expecting heading into the first weekend of practices. OU will look to continue its recruiting momentum throughout the rest of the spring.null