One thing Oklahoma has done a little bit differently this year is try to have recruits on campus as much as possible during the spring evaluation period.
Every weekend the Sooners have brought at least one or two major names, and Rockdale (Texas) High wide receiver JaQualyn Crawford certainly qualifies as that for last weekend.
Crawford, ranked No. 267 in the Scout 300, was finally able to make it to Norman on Saturday, and OU did everything to put its best foot forward.
The interesting contrast of OU’s recruiting strategy was once again on display this weekend. OU is known right now for saying “reserve your spot,” but if you flip it, OU still absolutely does not pressure kids to commit when on visits themselves.
It still happens as we’ve seen with Deerfield Beach (Fla.) High’s Miguel Edwards and Bradenton (Fla.) IMG Academy’s T.J. Pledger, but it’s not because OU was forcing their hand.
If OU would have turned up the heat, multiple sources said Crawford would already be a Sooner. Those same sources said it’s OK that OU didn’t because the Sooners did everything right with the slot receiver prospect and that a commitment has turned from an if to a when proposition.
The Sooners seem to be eyeing four wide receivers for the class. After initially looking like three, the transfer of Zach Farrar felt like an indicator of why OU has been so aggressive in lining up multiple targets.
If you believe Crawford will be a Sooner, eliminates one of those spots. From this group of four, take your best three. Not a bad choice among them.
What would be interesting there is if Waddle and Crawford were both among the quartet. Not too often you take two slot receivers, but when you think about OU, the term slot doesn’t apply as it does with some other schools.
OU is known for taking smaller (height) receivers and placing them outside and feeling comfortable. Sterling Shepard is the name everyone thinks of right now, but OU has had a history. Shepard’s success is what OU can point toward with these guys.
Basically, you can take Waddle and Crawford because you’re not pigeon-holing them as one spot. Inside, outside, there are options.
Waddle and Crawford are both members of the Texas-based 7-on-7 team, Team Fast, which has quickly become a hot spot of OU recruiting in recent weeks.
Crawford said he would like to wait, but we’ll see if that happens or if the good vibes of his OU visit carries the day the rest of the way.
Louis earns Seminoles offer
News isn’t so great for OU regarding Deerfield Beach (Fla.) High inside linebacker Rosendo Louis. After originally setting a May 17 commitment date, Louis decided to postpone and release a top seven.
To no shock, OU made that cut with most believing it was between the Sooners and South Carolina. But a major wrinkle got thrown in this weekend with Florida State making the leap.
Maybe it’s wrong to assume, but when an in-state recruit gets the offer from Florida/FSU/Miami, it’s always worth monitoring. You say the same thing about an OKPreps recruit looking for an OU offer and then getting it.
Feels like a game-changer. OU was able to survive a late push by the Seminoles last year for K’Jakyre Daley but doesn’t appear that will be the case here.
Ahanotu coming to OU
There have been a lot of defensive line offers made by Calvin Thibodeaux during the spring evaluation period.
And one of them might pay off sooner than later as Tampa (Fla.) Berkeley Prep defensive end Mayan Ahanotu told Sooners Illustrated on Monday he is visiting OU this weekend.
Ahanotu looked like a strong Minnesota lean for the last couple of months before the Sooners offer turned his recruitment upside down.
Not too often you get kids visiting Memorial Day weekend, but it continues the trend of OU trying to bring the best of the best to campus.
Ahanout said it will be a one-day visit. With so many realistic targets and defensive end and defensive tackle, you wonder where he stands in the pecking order and wonder what this visit is all about coming up.
(Sooners Illustrated hopes to have more with Ahanotu in this week’s Intel)