The scuttlebutt about Oklahoma’s 2016 class was the lack of presence in the state of Texas. Out of its 20-member class, only three were from the Lone Star State and two of them (Zach Farrar, Mark Jackson) only occurred in the final week.
The OU staff righted that issue in a hurry with the 2017 class. The talk has been about SoonerSquad17 and the 10 four-star prospects. But a huge reason for that is OU striking it big in Texas.
*Mesquite (Texas) Horn QB Chris Robison
*Waxahachie (Texas) High WR Jalen Reagor
*Cedar Hill (Texas) WR Charleston Rambo
*McKinney (Texas) Boyd OG Tyrese Robinson
*Southlake (Texas) Carroll S Robert Barnes
Five commits from Texas, five ranked firmly in the Scout 300. The spring evaluation period has seen the Sooners return to Texas time and time again. Offers were made in a major way in the last week.
*Hutto (Texas) High DE Ondario Robinson
*Missouri City (Texas) Fort Bend Elkins OLB Kenneth Murray
*Lake Dallas (Texas) CB Kobe Boyce
*2018 Arlington (Texas) Lamar DT Bobby Brown
With OU already hitting it big on the offensive side of the ball, the Sooners are starting to attack defensively. And more specifically, it’s time for first-year defensive line coach Calvin Thibodeaux to make his impression.
This is the time where Thiboadeaux should be making his mark. Originally from Houston, one of the reasons it made sense for Thibodeaux to head back to Norman was because of his ties to the region.
It’s a little too early to know whether or not any of these offers will generate hits although early returns are OU is sitting pretty with both Robinson and Murray, but it’s clear Thibodeaux is ready to hit the ground running and start building up the defensive class.
With only two weeks left in the spring evaluation period, it will be intriguing to follow where the coaches hit up next. OKPreps spring ball starts this week but work in Texas is never a bad idea and OU is off to a great start for the loaded 2017 class.