Oklahoma has done so many things differently in terms of the 2017 recruiting class that why wouldn’t signing day week be any different?
“Reserve your spot” was the mentality throughout the cycle, and it held true even through the final visit weekend.
So all the smoke has cleared, and there’s OU standing with 27 commitments and a No. 4 Scout ranking for the group known as SoonerSquad17.
Is there any drama left? But first, a recap of the weekend that was.
Trio heading to Norman
Couldn’t ask for much more if you’re an OU fan in terms of how the weekend worked out. Zero surprises on the visit front. Everybody you thought would commit did just that. Give a lot of credit to the OU staff for how everything worked together.
Ardmore (Okla.) High DT Tyreece Lott
The weekend started with the expected flip of three-star defensive tackle Tyreece Lott from TCU to head home to the Sooners. Defensive line coach Calvin Thibodeaux simply would not go away and won the war in the end even if the initial battle went to TCU. Lott will need time to develop, but he’s got the tools and the size to do just that when he arrives in Norman. Lott is OU’s sixth prospect from the state for the 2017 group.
Baton Rouge (La.) Madison Prep DL Troy James
Right around the time Lott was making it official, James was on his way toward making his own major call. An Arkansas commit since November, the three-star lineman made a mid-week official visit to OU that turned out to be a game-changer. He wasn’t even decommitted from Arkansas when he made the call to Thibodeaux on Friday to say he was a Sooner. By Saturday morning, all the steps had been taken and James was officially with SoonerSquad17.
Charlotte (N.C.) Mallard Creek ATH Ryan Jones
Hey, look what fell into OU’s lap? Jones, a four-star talent across the board, is headed to the Sooners as OU never left his side during the brief run of trouble he had as a teammate during his senior season. The prevailing thought was as long as Jones got on the plane and arrived at OU, he was going to commit. Really wasn’t too far off from the truth as Jones wasted very little time in committing to become OU’s 19th four-star recruit for the class. To put that in perspective, OU ended up with 19 total signees for the 2016 edition.
Drama in Gainesville?
The drama wasn’t in Norman, but it did arrive in the form of Florida with two major Scout 300 commits for the Sooners making a last-weekend trip to Gainesville.
Not much surprise about Cedar Hill (Texas) High wide receiver Charleston Rambo as he had talked about going, but there was a head-scratcher with Tulsa (Okla.) Union cornerback Tre Brown being seen in Florida, too.
Again, when you want a top class like this, you have to survive these type of trips. OU, it seems, has done just that. After things picked up in the morning and early afternoon hours Sunday about Brown and/or Rambo leaving the group, it died down just as quickly heading into the evening.
Legitimate question. OU is at 27 commits right now. No doubt the Sooners would love to add two more to that total, but it’s hard to envision that happening as of this moment.
All eyes will be on Lanier (Ga.) Buford linebacker Tyler Taylor with an expected announcement Tuesday between OU, LSU and Auburn.
Linebackers coach Tim Kish made a last-gasp effort to visit Taylor on Saturday to try to give him something to think about now that Jacob Phillips is with LSU.
And then, of course, the big dog is out there. The #RealLifeGoon remains undecided for a few more days as Houston Bellaire Episcopal five-star defensive lineman Marvin Wilson will make his choice Wednesday afternoon.
Wilson, ranked No. 1 at defensive tackle, has a final four of OU, Florida State, LSU and Ohio State. Prevailing thought is OU is on the outside looking in heading into these final hours.
Of course, with OU, you never know about a last-minute surprise. Seen it too often in last few years to discount it. Nobody seems like an obvious bet, but OU coaches never stop working to make something happen.