Przybylo: OU flexes its recruiting muscles in March

OU got back into the 2018 recruiting game with a major March.

It’s just a different mentality with Oklahoma recruiting right now. The Sooners entered March with only three commits for the 2018 class but nobody was worried.

Not one person was hitting the panic button. #SavageTeam2K18 wasn’t off to the infamous start of #SoonerSquad17, but it was just a matter of time.

That time came during this month as OU doubled its class and put on some big-time performances during camp events.

It started three weeks ago with Tulsa (Okla.) Union defensive back Patrick Fields and his commitment to the Sooners following The Opening regional in Frisco, Texas.

Fields was huge for OU because it broke the seven-month slump of no commitments, and it got the ball rolling in terms of getting the OU brand out there again. The Sooners seem to do best when guys are out there working the recruiting trail as hard as the coaches, and Fields has certainly done that.

His No. 1 priority? Fellow Redskin teammate and best friend Jordan Kelley. OU appeared to be in the driver’s seat the whole time with Kelley, but it was definitely made a lot easier having someone like Fields in his ear.

Taking a page from Fields’ playbook, Kelley announced his commitment to the Sooners on Sunday afternoon following the Under Armour camp in Cedar Hill, Texas.

Two major commits from within the state, but the Sooners weren’t done yet. It was time to get that one name to turn people’s heads.

That came Saturday afternoon when Bradenton (Fla.) IMG Academy running back T.J. Pledger announced his commitment to the Sooners while on an unofficial visit with his parents.

Pledger had already seen Norman, had already felt comfortable being a Sooner, but he needed that seal of approval from his mother. Once that came, there was absolutely nothing stopping OU from adding another Scout 100 prospect and the No. 3-ranked overall running back for the class.

And just like that, OU fans who perhaps were wondering what the Sooners were doing on the recruiting trail, now have a great idea of just how quickly things can start coming together.

Timing is everything, well, most everything in recruiting. OU bided its time, planted the seed and waited for the right time to strike.

The countdown expired this month with the Sooners showing the rest of the nation why #SS17 won’t be a mere one-time thing.

OU is rolling with a lot of momentum right now, and it should lead to even more positive news with OU’s spring game less than two weeks away.

On the camp circuit, a couple of commits showed up and showed out to earn prestigious honors and help keep the name OU out there in recruiting circles.

Moore (Okla.) Southmoore five-star offensive tackle Brey Walker earned an invite to The Opening all-star event in the summer, based on his overall resume and performance at the regional in Frisco.

OU had eight commits at The Opening last July, the most its ever had heading into the showcase. Walker becomes the first and most likely not the last to get that golden ticket.

Allen (Texas) High wide receiver Theo Wease, a class of 2019 pledge, showed what he can do in earning a Future 50 invite at the Under Armour camp Sunday. Unable to compete at The Opening regional, Wease had a breakout performance Sunday for anybody wondering just how good he is.

The March onslaught has moved OU into the No. 8 spot in the 2018 rankings, and the Sooners already have three commits in the Scout 100 and are in great shape with certainly a few more as #ST2K18 starts being formed.

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