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The spring game is here. Not as many visitors as you might anticipate, which can happen when you already have 11 commitments for a class. Still, it should be something worth watching.
With that in mind, three recruiting things to watch this weekend regarding the Sooners.
What impact will SoonerSquad17 have?
It’s very possible that all 10 of OU’s Scout 300 commitments will be in Norman so what sort of role will that play into things Saturday? Already know it will be the first time the defensive backs are together as a group and the hope is the same with at least three of the wide receivers.
Richmond (Texas) Foster’s CeeDee Lamb is now going to be joined by Cedar Hill (Texas) High’s Charleston Rambo and Waxahachie (Texas) High’s Jalen Reagor. He said he’s embracing them being a part of the class. Will that carry over this weekend and dissuade him from an LSU trip next week?
The secondary is also worth monitoring because Kerry Cooks’ boys will all be in town with Southlake (Texas) Carroll’s Robert Barnes, Tulsa (Okla.) Union’s Tre Brown, OKC John Marshall’s Justin Broiles and Miami Columbus’ Trajan Bandy. Quite the eclectic group of personalities there.
This group has been deadly on the recruiting trail, zeroing in on top prospects and helping land them for the Sooners. Who are their targets this weekend?
Add in this crop with the 2016 signees on campus as well, and it should be one incredibly positive atmosphere for anybody visiting Norman this weekend.
Is an OKPreps offer ready to happen?
Some quality choices here. If you’re sticking with the 2017 class, three names come to mind with Norman North linebacker Cade Mashburn, Mustang defensive lineman Deontre Thomas and OKC Putnam City West’s Nick Robinson.
Based on a pecking order, would put it Robinson, Thomas and Mashburn in that order. Robinson is tricky because OU really wanted to evaluate him more during the spring, but it won’t have that luxury as his 20 offers surely indicate right now.
If OU doesn’t offer this weekend, look for Robinson to 100 percent pick another school with places like Texas A&M and Baylor certainly in the mix.
It had felt like OU was simply waiting on Santa Margarita (Calif.) High’s Grant Calcaterra to make a move, and with Calcaterra committing Thursday evening, no idea how much it changes things but you know it certainly does.
Thomas has been another talk of spring, especially following a great visit to Michigan last weekend. OU hit a goose egg in the defensive tackle department for 2016 so we’ll see what Calvin Thibodeaux is thinking here.
Talking 2018 class and Tulsa Union’s C.J. Moore stands out immediately. He visited for junior day and has picked up a couple of offers since then, the Sooners should make a play soon before Moore starts to really earn the attention nationwide.
Is a commitment on the horizon?
And if it is, are we looking at the right class? Owasso (Okla.) High’s Josh Proctor, already rated a four-star prospect for 2018, was in Norman on Tuesday for practice and confirmed he would be coming back Saturday for the spring game.
Proctor is an in-state story right now with offers from OU and Oklahoma State, and it’s clear OU is doing everything it can to wrap this one up nice and early. But this early? Not sure, obviously a nice sign to have a four-star in-state prospect on campus twice in one week.
Copy and paste that regarding Tulsa (Okla.) Memorial’s Isaiah Thomas, who will be making his third visit to OU this spring and second visit in seven days.
Thomas had a great time in Norman last Sunday with his mother getting a chance to see everything for the first time. That was followed by an equally as good trip to Stillwater to Oklahoma State and now it’s back to Norman.
Thomas has been consistent in saying he wants to see out of state schools like Nebraska, Baylor, etc., but OU continues to be aggressive here and wrap this one up early.
OSU’s spring game is next weekend so you have to figure that unless a pledge happens Saturday, Thomas will be back to see the Cowboys as well.
Another one to be on the watch but maybe not as much is Austin (Texas) Westlake’s Stephan Zabie. Offered by OU in person the first day of spring practice, the question is simply whether or not Zabie makes the trip.
A&M seems like the leader right now, but this is where SoonerSquad17 might be able to work some of its magic.