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Sooner mailbag: Opening standouts?

Recruiting mailbag returns with a look at The Opening regional in the Dallas area.

The Oklahoma recruiting mailbag returns with a look at some top performers and guys who stood out at the Dallas Opening regional Sunday.

Of OU’s seven commits, who had the best performance?

This might be tough for some, but for me, it’s a no-brainer. This was a coming out party for Tulsa (Okla.) Union cornerback Tre Brown.

Despite not being 100 percent, Brown was sensational all day. It started in the testing and continued into the drills and finally into the competition part of the event.

Brown, ranked No. 219 in the Scout 300, is known for his speed. But the thing that separated Brown on Sunday was his physicality and his ability to guess right, for the lack of a better term. It’s one thing to gamble, and it’s another to gamble correctly every time.

Brown did just that. It was one pass breakup after another as Brown’s instincts carried him throughout the day and was a huge reason why he earned the invite to The Opening.

None of OU’s commits didn’t fare well at the event, but Brown had the type of day that showed people why he was ranked so high for so long even without many offers heading into January.

Who is the name or names that turned your head at the event?

The biggest one is by far Lewisville (Texas) High wide receiver Tyrell Shavers. It felt like he was the best receiver among a loaded field.

Scout had him as a three-star and felt confident enough to make the jump to four-star status based on how Shavers performed Sunday.

He has great size, but he is lean and camps aren’t everything. Shavers’ offer total has picked up some major steam in the last 72 hours and expect that to continue.

Camps are just one part of the puzzle. Schools will no doubt be eager to head to Lewisville to see what Shavers can do with pads on as well.

Copy and paste that when talking about Los Lunas (N.M.) athlete O’Maury Samuels. He was sensational during his two days in Dallas, but what will it mean in the grand scheme of things?

Samuels earned an invite to The Opening at running back, but it also looks like he could work well at linebacker.

Truth of the matter is don’t be surprised if OU doesn’t reach out to either Shavers or Samuels. The Sooners could, but it’s 100 percent not a necessity.

Which five-star recruit does it feel like OU is gaining more steam with?

There were three on display in Plano (Texas) East linebacker Anthony Hines, Kennedale (Texas) High linebacker Baron Browning and South Grand Prairie (Texas) High safety Jeffrey Okudah.

Not going to go with Hines because you know for the last two years just had a gut feeling OU can do enough to win over Hines in the end. Nothing saw Sunday changed opinion on that.

What did change was the thoughts with Okudah. Yes, he’s still an Ohio State lean, but the Sooners (and Texas, for what it’s worth) are gaining some serious steam.

This is where SoonerSquad17 came into play in a huge way. OU commits were around Okudah the entire day, and it was mutual. Okudah wanted to be around the OU guys, too.

It’s clear the relationship that is forming between guys like Okudah, Robert Barnes and Justin Broiles. Okudah has visited Norman each of the last two years for junior day. The key will be to get him back, obviously, and not just for an official visit.

The Buckeyes will be tough to beat, but it appears like OU is legitimately in the hunt now.


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