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Sooners making charge for Wilson
Early returns for OU following the visit of Houston Bellaire Episcopal defensive tackle Marvin Wilson are all positive. How positive simply remains to be seen.
Wilson, the No. 1-ranked defensive tackle in the nation and No. 9-ranked overall prospect, was able to make his first trip to Norman last weekend even though it wasn’t as long of a visit as it the Sooners were hoping.
It’s clear there are two reasons why OU is in the race, but the No. 1 reason is certainly the work defensive line coach Calvin Thibodeaux has put in.
Multiple sources now are not afraid to admit OU wasn’t even close to being in the picture with Wilson as late as four months ago. That has all changed with Thibodeaux, especially because of his incredible connections in Houston.
SoonerSquad17, OU’s second-ranked recruiting class, is the other reason. OKC John Marshall’s Justin Broiles has been leading the charge in that regard, and Wilson hasn’t been afraid to admit the hot start of the class is very appealing to him.
Once again this goes to the fact that by building such a dynamic class right off the bat, the Sooners are going to have an incredibly strong presence with top recruits like Wilson throughout summer all-star games and going into the postseason events.
The main thing to take out of the Wilson visit, one source said, is that it seems a lock for OU to be one of those five official visits. That is just another indicator of the work the Sooners have put in to legitimately be in this race.
Texas, Florida State, LSU, USC, yea, they’re all still in it. But you can officially say the Sooners are in this picture.