Not exactly a news flash that Oklahoma is getting ready for one of its biggest recruiting weekends, perhaps ever. If you’ve been following along with Sooners Illustrated, then you know nearly 40 confirmed Scout 300 recruits will be in attendance.
Some, though, do mean more than others. And that’s where we’re here to help you figure it out as to what to watch on the trail this weekend.
Five Most Important Visitors
Houston Bellaire Episcopal DT Marvin Wilson
Duh. The No. 1-ranked defensive tackle is returning to Norman for the first time since June. Not only that, he’s making it a two-day visit with his first official visit of the cycle going to the Sooners. This is big for a number of reasons, one of them being he only has four trips left so he’s going to have decide which schools do not get the trip that aren’t nearby. The goal remains for Wilson to be in Norman now and then return for Bedlam. We’ll see if that happens. OU fans can rejoice enough that he’ll make it this time around and worry about the rest later.
South Grand Prairie (Texas) High ATH Jeffrey Okudah
Would OU fans accept a deal that winner of this game gets Okudah? Not trying to paint him as an object, but it seems pretty clear right now Okudah’s top two schools are Ohio State and OU. But the Buckeyes are in that No. 1 spot. Okudah’s relationship with OU’s 2017 class cannot be understated and the comfort factor he has with the coaches is another thing to mark down. This trip isn’t about convincing Okudah as much as showing his family that Norman can be a great home for the five-star athlete. OK, yea, a win wouldn’t hurt, either.
Las Vegas Arbor View DT Greg Rogers
You have to give a lot of credit to defensive line coach Calvin Thibodeaux. He’s not backing down, gunning for the big boys. If it’s not Wilson, Rogers is one heck of a Plan B, maybe a Plan A, Pt. II? Rogers is also ranked in the Scout 100. Appears like it will be pretty tough to lure him away from the west coast, but this is the weekend to show him why OU is the right fit. Rogers is another who has been building that bond with the commits and the coaches. It has been a while since OU struck gold in Vegas so maybe Rogers is the right guy at the right time.
Gonzales (La.) East Ascension OT Adrian Ealy
Ealy has talked repeatedly about wanting to visit OU. Now he gets his chance. Look, it’s pretty clear that not everybody who wants to make an unofficial visit in the summer can do just that. It’s not that cut and dry. But nothing should be stopping this official visit from happening, and that’s a good thing as Ealy is in great position as the No. 1 target for Bill Bedenbaugh at offensive tackle for this class. It might be a bit much to say commit watch, but if Ealy gets swept away with emotion and loving the visit, you never know. He fits what OU needs and sometimes the pieces come together.
2018 Yoakum (Texas) High WR Joshua Moore
The only 2018 prospect in this part of the list because it seems like Moore has a solid top four with OU, Texas, Texas A&M and Tennessee. Ever since Cameron Rising committed to OU last month, he has been working overtime to try to convince Moore to join him with the Sooners. Unfortunately, Rising cannot make the trip so this won’t be a chance where they can bond and get to know each other. Moore and his twin, Jordan, will be in attendance. Jordan could get an OU offer, which could help OU’s standing not just with Jordan but also Joshua. Both were offered by Ohio State on Thursday.