This is the weekend Oklahoma fans have circled for a while regarding Houston Bellaire Episcopal defensive tackle Marvin Wilson.
Ranked No. 1 at defensive tackle and No. 9 overall in the Scout 100, Wilson is set to make an unofficial visit to Norman this weekend.
He’ll arrive Saturday but confirmed earlier this week that it will indeed be a two-day visit for Wilson as well as other top prospects from the Houston area.
The weekend coincides with OU’s on-campus two-day camp, but to put it bluntly, more eyes will be on the guys like Wilson not participating than the group that actually will be.
The visit continues OU’s mission to become a legit player for Wilson’s services when it’s all said and done. The Sooners were all but out of it a few months ago until first-year defensive line coach Calvin Thibodeaux changed that.
Thibodeaux’s connection with being from Houston to go along with knowing some of the Episcopal coaching staff has at least gotten OU in the door.
But that’s about all it’s going to do. The rest will be up to Thibodeaux, Bob Stoops and company to make the best impression possible so Wilson decides to schedule OU as one of his five official visits. At this point, the gut feel is OU would be on the outside looking in.
Other schools to watch include LSU, Alabama, USC, Florida State and Texas, among others. Alabama has been intriguing to watch because Wilson initially said the Tide were out following the dismissal of Bo Davis as defensive line coach.
That didn’t last long, however, and Wilson was back in Tuscaloosa earlier this week. But the plot thickens even more with the Tide.
Alabama snagged five-star defensive tackle Kendell Jones for the 2016 class, but all signs point toward Jones not enrolling at the university. If this comes to pass, it would make Bama’s pursuit of Wilson increase dramatically, you would have to believe.
OU’s ace in the hole for Wilson has been SoonerSquad17. The group, ranked No. 2 in the Scout rankings, has been in Wilson’s ear for a long time. Wilson said two months ago the commits are even better recruiters than the coach.
Leading the way has been OKC John Marshall’s Justin Broiles, who is routinely the most outspoken of all the commits, but there are others as well.
LSU is always going to be in the picture and was thought to be the leader at around this time last year. But Texas is also there lurking, especially if the Longhorns can earn the pledge of Episcopal teammate Walker Little.
Defensive tackle is a spot we’ve talked about consistently about and how it’s important for OU to hit a home run at the position.
There isn’t a bigger run on the board than Wilson. Thibodeaux is rolling right now, coming off the commitment of high three-star defensive end Isaiah Thomas last week so he should be feeling pretty good about things.
The battle won’t be won for OU with Wilson this weekend, but it could 100 percent be lost if things don’t turn out well. This weekend is about planting the seeds to lead to the future return of Wilson to Norman. We’ll all find out together exactly how things turn out.