Winning doesn’t cure all ills, but it sure can feel that way. After a less than stellar 1-2 start to the season, a lot of people had written off the 2016 edition of Oklahoma.
Head coach Bob Stoops kept the tone positive. Players crossed off national championship goals in favor of Big 12 conference title dreams, and they kept truckin’ along.
Two games into conference play, the Sooners have gone to Fort Worth and took out TCU, while finally bringing some of their best ball back to the Cotton Bowl to upend Texas in the Red River Showdown.
OU’s offense is playing like most thought it would, while Mike Stoops continues to try to plug in the holes on defense after the unprecedented rash of injuries the group has had.
It’s only the second week of October, but it feels like OU has weathered that storm. We knew we’d find out a lot about the 2016 team based on the first five games of the season. Nobody wanted 3-2, but after a 1-2 start, two wins sound pretty dang good.
And two wins on the recruiting trail helped boost morale, too.
It has been a good month of October so far for OU. Starting last Saturday with the 52-46 win against the Horned Frogs. Two days later, OU picked up a commitment from Mansfield (Texas) High running back Kennedy Brooks.
Brooks is the highest-ranked running back commit for OU since Joe Mixon, and on Friday night he showed exactly why he’s that dude.
Brooks rushed for 323 yards and four touchdowns in a 47-28 victory against Arlington Martin. Yes, SoonerSquad17 has found another pivotal piece to the puzzle.
Friday morning brought more good news to OU’s recruiting class with the addition of a ‘Destroyer’ coming to Norman.
Riviera Beach (Fla.) Suncoast outside linebacker K’Jakyre Daley. OU made a big impression on the three-star prospect during his official visit to Ohio State. Showing that even if you lose on a visit weekend, the whole weekend isn’t necessarily a loss.
Daley is someone who the Sooners have been high on for several months and decided in last couple of months to go all-in and see if he wanted to be a Sooner.
Brooks and Daley put the OU class at 21 commits now with 15 of them ranked in the Scout 300 and ranked No. 3 in Scout rankings.
That ranking shouldn’t go down, either, after the way OU performed Saturday against the Longhorns. There weren’t a lot of top undecided recruits at the Cotton Bowl, but the key was for the Sooners to perform well in front of their commits already decided.
On that front, mission accomplished, including seeing Waxahachie (Texas) High’s Jalen Reagor back in crimson and cream colors after a trip to TCU the week before.
OU is hoping for more good news Wednesday with Nashville (Tenn.) East Literature Scout 300 inside linebacker Jacob Phillips set to make his choice.
The Sooners have done everything right with Phillips, but there are a couple of schools in Alabama and Texas A&M to absolutely watch out for as this week continues.
September really couldn’t have been more disappointing for OU from the team side of things. Ship seems righted, and ol’ mo appears to have returned back in Norman to go along with a Golden Hat.