Expectations can be a tough thing to handle. For Oklahoma and its spring game, the expectations were incredibly high about the Sooners coming away with at least one commit, maybe as much as three based on recruiting trends.
Instead, now 48 hours removed from the game, and OU still sits at six commits for the 2018 class and two for the 2019 class.
Missed opportunity? Dud of a weekend? Hmm, let’s not get too hasty.
The Sooners are doing as well as ever right now regarding #SavageTeam2K18 and #NewWave19 (changed from #Norman19) is off to a banner start.
You’d like more commitments, sure, but don’t get worked up about the fact a slew of pledges didn’t occur Saturday or Sunday.
Although OU is absolutely more aggressive on the recruiting trail, it doesn’t push too hard for commitments at big events. Junior days, spring games, haven’t been a huge factor into OU’s success on the trail in terms of commitments at the events.
Chalk up Saturday up once again in that frame of mind. But here’s where things get good. Almost every top target hoping to make the trip did indeed see Norman. Giddings (Texas) High’s Treveon Johnson a major exception there. All the signees expected to be in town were back at OU one last time before arriving for good in June.
A bevy of former OU players who played or are playing in the NFL returned, showing that type of support and camaraderie that comes from being a Sooner.
You see guys like Joe Mixon, Samaje Perine, Dede Westbrook, Trent Williams and Adrian Peterson coming back for a spring game, it tells you they’re proud of representing OU.
The good things from the weekend:
*Newbury Park (Calif.) High quarterback Cameron Rising did indeed make the trip. He was there for two days and was seen with fellow OU commits and having a great time at the spring game. Rising couldn’t confirm he was still making the trip to Texas this weekend but also didn’t say the trip was canceled. It’s obvious the trip gave him something to think about.
*Offers were made to a couple of major in-state stars in the making. Friday saw Collinsville ATH Grayson Boomer earn the offer for the 2019 class and then OU became the first to jump for 2020 Broken Arrow offensive lineman Andrew Raym on Saturday afternoon. No slow playing going on here as OU continues to try to lock up the state.
*The facilities continue to be an eye-opener for recruits. Multiple prospects using the word “spoiled” to describe how they’re going to feel if they’re a Sooner and have those facilities during their time in Norman. OU upped its game in the renovations and will now reap the rewards that come with it.
OU tends to work hard to become the No. 1 choice for a recruit and then let the recruit dictate the when and how they’ll commit. If you see OU start offering prospects where it looked liked the Sooners were golden, then you can worry.
So guys like Bixby’s Bryce Bray, Justin Northwest’s Darrell Simpson aren’t officially a part of #ST2K18, nothing to suggest things are trending in the wrong direction.
In-state guys like Putnam City’s Ron Tatum, Owasso’s Josh Proctor and Midwest City’s Jalen Redmond once again hanging around each other? Never a bad thing.
And here are some tweets from selected players recapping their time in Norman during the weekend.
2019 OT Tyler Johnson
DB commit Jordon Austin
2019 DE Collin Clay
2018 WR Maureese Wren (Erick’s brother)
2018 OL Bryce Bray
2018 DE Malik Vann
2020 OL Andrew Raym
2019 DE Cole Mashburn
2019 OL Ricky Stromberg