No matter how high a recruit is on a school, it just usually doesn’t make sense for a prospect to visit both of a school’s junior days.
It’s the same exact thing both times, just different kids to see the presentations and take in the afternoon with the players and coaches.
So when Oklahoma was getting a return trip from Allen (Texas) High wide receiver Theo Wease, yea, it felt like something was up.
Wease, a four-star prospect for the 2019 class, visited OU’s initial junior day last month and was back in Norman to seal the deal and make his commitment Sunday afternoon.
“I almost had my mind made up last month after the first visit,” Wease said. “I wanted to take some time and think about it. And then I wanted to do it in person.”
Wease wasn’t the only 2019 wide receiver to commit to OU on Sunday with Richmond (Texas) Travis’ Arjei Henderson doing it as well. The two tweeted their commitments at the exact same time Sunday afternoon.
While Wease was doing his best to keep it a secret, the cat was already out of the bag by Henderson so the OU coaches knew what was coming.
“They kind of thought something was up because I was coming to both junior days, but then Arjei told them the news a little earlier so they definitely knew.”
Wease hasn’t been an OU target for a long time as the Sooners offered in January, but the connection has been built quickly. Wease said OU’s winning tradition reminds him a lot of Allen, and of course OU has the Allen connections in quarterback Kyler Murray and offensive tackle Bobby Evans.
Then when you add in what OU has been able to do at receiver with Dennis Simmons as coach, and you understand why.
Simmons was a huge reason for the improvement of Dede Westbrook, who became OU’s first winner of the Biletnikoff Award as the nation’s best receiver last season.
“As a kid, I’ve always wanted to win the Biletnikoff,” Wease said. “It would be nice to win it, but the receiver tradition is great anyway. They were saying how they want to build the class around me like they did with CeeDee Lamb.”
Wease isn’t wrong in that OU is doing all it can to make sure the cupboard is never bare at receiver, anchored by Lamb and Charleston Rambo for the 2017 class like Wease and Henderson.
With nearly two full years from signing day, it’s a little outlandish to think Wease won’t make more visits. Even in his commitment tweet, Wease mentioned he would still see other schools. It’s the nature of the beast nowadays in recruiting.
“I am committed, but I’m keeping an open mind,” Wease said. “I most likely won’t visit too many other schools. I’ll just be looking to visit schools that are high on me and that I could see myself fitting in.”
Sooners Illustrated will get its first chance to see Wease in action next weekend at The Dallas Opening regional March 5. Wease plans to return to Norman either for a spring practice and definitely for the spring game April 8.