There are numerous signs that point toward why Oklahoma should be in the running for Houston Bellaire Episcopal defensive lineman Marvin Wilson.
Wilson, a five-star prospect ranked No. 1 at the position and No. 9 overall, has been a major target for the Sooners for a long time now.
OU wasn’t his first offer, but the Sooners were pretty quick to make sure they threw their hat in the ring for Wilson.
OU didn’t sign a defensive tackle for the 2016 class. OU has the momentum from SoonerSquad17 in terms of recruiting other top prospects to Norman.
But for months it appeared that OU was falling out of favor with Wilson. He has been taking visit after visit, and it hasn’t included Norman.
OU fans can thank first-year defensive line coach Calvin Thibodeaux for starting to get this ball rolling in the right direction.
“I like him a lot,” Wilson said. “He’s an HTown guy. He knows how it goes down here and what he wants to do with me when I get there.”
Originally from Houston, Thibodeaux is beginning to strike the right chords for the Sooners in that area once again. It doesn’t hurt that Bellaire Episcopal’s defensive line coach went to school with Thibodeaux when they were growing up.
That connection can help, but the work has to be put in by Thibodeaux. That’s exactly what is happening now. OU sort of lost contact when Diron Reynolds left for Stanford so Thibodeaux is spending his time rebuilding that bridge.
“Coach Thibodeaux is making it right,” Wilson said. “Almost every minute he can, he has been hitting my DMs (direct messages),” Wilson said. “They’re coming after me. They don’t like me anymore. They love me. I’ll have to take a visit to OU to see why they love me so much.”
Mission accomplished, almost. Wilson said he will not be at the spring game, opting instead to head to Ole Miss. And then the rest of April will be filled with ACT/SAT testing. He said most likely the best chance will be in the summer, but he stressed the visit will occur.
A huge reason that visit will occur? SoonerSquad17. The commitments have had a group message running for a while now, and even though Wilson is nowhere near being labeled a Sooner, they’ve made him one of the family.
“Oh my God, those guys,” Wilson said. “They recruit better than the coaches, I’ll tell you that. I want to go somewhere with a good squad. Right now? That’s the edge they have on everybody else with the class they’re building.”
Wilson seems to have a pretty clear idea of how he wants to handle things. Start to narrow the choices down in the summer. Make the official visits and then announce on signing day.
He’s a recruit who can 100 percent dictate how things are going to play out. The longer it takes to make a choice and narrow the field, the better it is for OU to try to catch up to schools like Alabama like LSU and make sure Wilson doesn’t forget about the Sooners.