Oklahoma closed out its 2016 season as strong as possible in a 35-19 win against Auburn in the Allstate Sugar Bowl.
The Sooners, who were once 1-2, closed on a 10-game winning streak and 11-2 overall.
OU’s 2017 class, known as SoonerSquad17, is about as highly touted a group as we’ve seen in recent memory, but the Sooners aren’t done yet.
And as the contact period in recruiting sets to begin Thursday, here’s a look at some of the biggest news of the recent couple of weeks.
Daley staying put
This is a nice one for OU. Riviera Beach (Fla.) Suncoast outside linebacker K’Jakyre Daley confirmed to Sooners Illustrated on Sunday that he will no longer visit Florida State.
The Seminoles offered Daley last month and a visit seemed destined for this weekend, but Daley woke up Sunday and let the world know he was sticking with OU and further elaborated that he isn’t going to visit anywhere during this final month.
As important as it is for OU to add the finishing pieces to the 2017 class, a huge part is going to be about maintaining what’s already there. Schools are coming to poach, and OU is going to have to fend them off for the next four weeks.
Curl is out
OK, not all the news is great. Muskogee (Okla.) High safety Kamren Curl, ranked the No. 1 safety in the state, is not headed to Norman.
His father, Greg Curl, let Sooners Illustrated know Monday morning that their visit plans do NOT include the Sooners in the final month.
Curl has already visited Nebraska and TCU and will close things out with Baylor, Ole Miss and Arkansas. OU offered in late-November and felt like Kerry Cooks was going to be able to work some magic. Well, turns out it won’t happen.
Junior day announced?
It’s always intriguing to see how OU schedules its junior days. Last year the Sooners struck before signing day. This time around it sounds like it’s going to take a couple of weeks after signing day to get it going.
Euless (Texas) Trinity safety Cameron Jones, a Scout 300 prospect for the 2018 class, tweeted Saturday evening about heading to OU on Feb. 12 (Sunday), which should indicate the initial junior day for the Sooners.
OU still has its three commits for the 2018 class in offensive tackle Brey Walker, quarterback Cameron Rising and defensive back Jordon Austin. Expect the Sooners to start to load up and lock up some quality recruits for the 2018 class.
SS17 shines in U.S. Army All-American Bowl
Last week was a great week for OKC John Marshall’s Justin Broiles, who made a huge statement at the Under Armour All-America Game.
This time around for OU commits it was an impressive showing in San Antonio for the U.S. Army All-American Bowl.
The Sooners had six commits at the event and five that participated. Nobody made a bigger impression than Nashville (Tenn.) East Literature’s Jacob Phillips.
Ranked No. 182 right now in the Scout 300, expect a nice bump when Scout’s analysts go back to the board and re-rank the Scout 300 now that all-star games are in the books.
Phillips and Broiles weren’t the only stars of the two weeks, but they are the two to circle when those rankings are released later this week or early next week.