We are in store for a spring evaluation period that has never been seen before when it comes to Oklahoma
True, there is absolutely nothing new about the OU coaches taking the road for the next six weeks just like every other staff in the nation.
What’s different is the mentality and the current standing of the group. Usually around this time OU is working with 4-8 commits at the most and trying to piece together a class from the spring that can continually be built upon in the summer and months forward.
But when you have 12 commits for the 2017 class, you have a crop known as SoonerSquad17 for how well it has done, you have the No. 2-ranked class by Scout for 2017, things are just a bit different.
One thing learned Friday on the first day of the period? OU is not slowing down. The Sooners are not about to rest on their laurels and not continue to build on this crazy momentum of the last few months.
At this point, it’s well documented how OU has 10 commits in the Scout 300 after only having five signees for the entire 2016 class.
So what you’re selling is a little different. You’re not selling being a part of something special, you’re more selling don’t miss out on being in this something special.
That has been the motto so far as OU has gone from a patient-first approach to a more aggressive recruiting regime when it comes to the 2017 class.
That was apparent once again as the Sooners made a couple of noteworthy offers Friday. One to 2017 safety Montaric Brown and another to 2018 potential five-star linebacker Teradja Mitchell.
Although it feels like the bulk of the recruiting and evaluation for the next six weeks will be on 2018 prospects, OU is still going to aggressively pursue 2017 prospects it deems worthy of inclusion into the class.
In the past, the Sooners have been handcuffed in terms of waiting it out with a prospect, and then if he goes somewhere else later in the process, trying to find a Plan B, Plan C, Plan D, you get the idea.
Now there are absolutely certain guys OU is going to wait out for as long as the recruit wants to prolong the process, but for the most part, OU is ready to attack now. So if you’re not, don’t be surprised to see more offers headed in that direction.
The commitment train has to slow down. Camp season has not even arrived, and you know OU will try to find some gems there. And with the recent ruling of satellite camps being outlawed, the camps in Norman become that much more important.
So with that thought in mind, look toward the 2018 class. Right now the Sooners stand at one commit in Moore (Okla.) Southmoore early four-star offensive tackle Brey Walker.
But just as you can take a strong guesstimate of who are some of OU’s top remaining 2017 targets, you can do the same in terms of 2018 prospects where it looks like OU has taken an early lead.
Credit SoonerSquad17. Credit the berth in the college football playoff. Credit the fresh recruiting approach. Credit the coaches, who have been all-in the entire year on the trail.
It’s paying off, and it’s not going to hit a speedbump this evaluation period.