With Oklahoma playing in Houston, it’s the first time the Sooners have been in the city since winning the 2002 Big 12 championship against Colorado.
In today’s age of digital media and basically every game being at a viewer’s disposal, it won’t be a huge net gain for OU being in the city in recruiting. It certainly doesn’t hurt, though.
OU has been working its way in Houston for the 2017 class and has two commits from the area in Scout 300 wide receiver CeeDee Lamb (Richmond Foster) and outside linebacker Kenneth Murray (Missouri City Fort Bend Elkins).
There are more targets from the Houston area for the 2017, namely Galena Park North Shore’s K’Lavon Chaisson and Bellaire Episcopal’s Marvin Wilson.
Wilson won’t be in attendance, but Chaisson will. Chaisson said during the summer that OU and Houston were No. 1 and No. 2 in his list. The lingering question remains that with OU earning commitments from Murray and Addison Gumbs in a two-week span, has the door closed for Chaisson and OU?
Since the game is in Houston with the Cougars slotted as the home team, it also means OU had no control whatsoever about who was invited to the game.
Houston is bringing the house with its 2017 commits so the key for OU is to make an impression with some of these notable 2018 offers and targets who have confirmed they’ll be at NRG Stadium on Saturday afternoon.
2018 Houston Alief Taylor WR Brennan Eagles
2018 Angleton (Texas) High ATH B.J. Foster
2018 Houston Lamar WR Al’Vonte Woodard
2018 Houston Lamar CB Anthony Cook
Cook and Foster are clearly two of OU’s top targets for 2018, while it wouldn’t shock anybody if OU ends up offer Eagles and/or Woodard.
OU was able to get in Foster’s ear this summer as he was a part of Team Vapor Speed, which obviously had every then-OU commit at The Opening on one team.
More names could certainly pop up at NRG, but those are the ones confirmed as of Thursday evening.