Sooner Intel: OU news and nuggets

Intel returns with a look at how OU did the week after Ohio State.

There was so much to digest this last week in Oklahoma recruiting, especially as it pertains to all the official visits that occurred.

You had 12 commits in for two days to go along with one Texas commit and six uncommitted prospects making their way to Norman.

As of now, the 12 commits remain locked in with the Sooners so we’re going to spend time examining the seven other visitors and where OU stands after last weekend.

Houston Bellaire Episcopal DT Marvin Wilson

This was a miss. Not an epic miss, but a miss. He was the one player where you felt like OU had to prove something to get the Sooners closer to his top three instead of closer to his top 10. The Sooners just did not do that. The score is one thing, but the way OU played and the lack of physicality by the Sooners compared to Ohio State simply could not be ignored. Wilson rated the visit an 8 on a 1-10 scale, and most do believe Wilson will look at other avenues. The Buckeyes are making their push, but other schools involved are faltering. Texas, USC, Florida State, Ole Miss, LSU, none of them are off to great starts, which might be the only solace for OU in this race.

South Grand Prairie (Texas) High ATH Jeffrey Okudah

The other five-star prospect in town. When you come in with a pretty clear-cut top two of OU and Ohio State and then see what you saw Saturday, it makes the choice easy. As much as SoonerSquad17 has done everything in its power to recruit Okudah to the crimson and cream, just don’t see it happening. His mother not being on the official visit was also a strike for OU. The Sooners and their staff have seemingly done everything they can to convince Okudah. Sometimes no matter what you do, it’s just not going to happen.

Lake Dallas (Texas) High CB Kobe Boyce (committed to Texas)

Committed to Texas in name only? Boy it sure feels that way. Even though OU didn’t perform well on the field, Boyce left with a glowing review of his trip to Norman. Some sources said Boyce wanted to flip right then and there, but there’s a family issue holding him up. It has been known that Boyce has considered leaving the Longhorns before and then got roped back in. This might be the time where the switch does occur. The issue becomes the longer the wait and longer the gap between the OU visit, the more chances for Texas to secure his pledge 100 percent once again.

Gonzales (La.) East Ascension OT Adrian Ealy

You want to know when a visit is great? When the recruit decides to come Saturday and makes sure to leave Monday, it’s a fantastic sign. It’s means they’re legit about the visit and want to spend as much time as legally allowed at the spot. That’s what Ealy did. Multiple OU commits have already given the wink and nod about how it’s just a matter of time for Ealy to become the offensive tackle for this class. He might just wait until October as he said, but it’s hard to see him taking another visit. As long as Ealy made it to Norman, you felt he would be a Sooner. With no mentioning of LSU whatsoever, sounds good for the Sooners.

Riviera Beach (Fla.) Suncoast DE K’Jakyre Daley

This is another one to watch for a commitment sooner than later. Daley is not a defensive end at all for the Sooners, but he is for Notre Dame. The Irish, though, took another defensive end earlier in the week basically coinciding with all the feel-good vibes going on right now with OU and Daley. The Sooners have built up the bond for several months and made a great impression with the 6-foot-3 future outside linebacker. Perhaps one more visit with the likelihood of Wisconsin occurring, but OU is sitting about as pretty as possible right now.

Las Vegas Arbor View DT Greg Rogers

Now this is the one to circle. You can feel confident and give yourself a pat on the back about Boyce, Ealy and Daley. But if OU doesn’t get Rogers, then that’s another story. OU didn’t hit it out of the park with Marvin Wilson, but the Sooners might have done just that with Rogers. You never ever want to base something on social media but Rogers saying he will be back to Norman is one heck of a good sign for someone as far away as Las Vegas. With Deiontae Watts heading to Nebraska, opens the door for Rogers even more, who should be viewed as the unquestioned unanimous No. 1 realistic choice for Calvin Thibodeaux.

Buford (Ga.) Lanier OLB Tyler Taylor

The second visit to OU was twice as nice for the Scout 300 outside linebacker. Taylor visited in the spring and was blown away by his second trip to Norman. Taylor still seems to be content on taking more visits, which is fine. Guess the big question becomes if Daley wants to make the call, what does that to with someone like Taylor? He has a fine set of options so he’s not hurting there, but you get the feeling he’d like to come back to Owen Field one more time. There can’t be room for anybody so perhaps it’s just a case of wait-and-see with Taylor and Daley.



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