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This weekend is more the calm before the storm before the Sooners go all out to make sure the spring game is something special.
The weather next weekend is expected to be excellent so no severe threats to dissuade any recruits from making the trip to Norman.
But this weekend isn’t a total dud as one major target is ready to hit the campus.
Marietta (Ga.) Sprayberry running back Trey Sermon is finally going to be making his trip to Norman in a visit that has been much publicized by Sermon and his coaches in the last 2-3 weeks.
Ranked No. 163 in the Scout 300, Sermon is among the top running backs in the nation. Being from Georgia, it’s a natural assumption to believe he’ll end up with an SEC team, but Sermon is excited about this visit.
And OU is going to try to use its ace in the hole with Sermon’s appreciation of Adrian Peterson. No, Peterson won’t be in attendance, but you know it’s something the Sooners can emphasize much like they did back in the day with another prospect from halfway across the country, Joe Mixon, for the 2014 class.
One source said OU actually feels really good about where it stands right now with Sermon. Running back continues to be a spot worth monitoring, especially with La Grange (Texas) High athlete J.K. Dobbins picking Ohio State last month.
The Sooners continue to work on Dobbins (not sure if it will help), and OU is in great standing with Mansfield (Texas) High’s Kennedy Brooks.
For all the talk of #SoonerSquad17, though, the Sooners haven’t hit that home run yet at running back. It’s a position where OU has never had issues, but it’s one that hasn’t taken shape just yet.
It will be an interesting feel as well because depending on when Sermon gets there, head coach Bob Stoops might not get a lot of time with him.
Stoops has made it known he is heading to Houston to watch the basketball team in the Final Four. Someone who will be there is OKC John Marshall defensive back Justin Broiles.
It will already be like his fourth trip to Norman since committing, but that constant presence with all the recruits visiting during the spring is a terrific thing.
Broiles is so popular that Sermon’s coach even asked him if he would be there this weekend. A commitment seems incredibly unlikely, but with SoonerSquad17, you simply never know.