Father’s Day weekend doesn’t mean anything in recruiting, and Oklahoma coach Lincoln Riley is ready to bring more top targets to Norman.
Here is a preview of who to watch and what to watch in the next few days.
It’s a St. Louis thing to start the weekend with Trout making his initial trip to campus. This is huge because OU has been trying tirelessly to get Trout to Norman for the last couple of months, and he should arrive Friday morning.
Trout released a top 10 earlier this week with OU easily making the cut. Nobody was surprised there. OU should even make a top five without even taking a breath. After that? OK, it gets interesting.
This visit is going to be very interesting because it will be the first time new defensive tackles coach Ruffin McNeill will be on campus. Hired by Lincoln Riley earlier this week, timing couldn’t have worked out better with McNeill arriving the same time Trout is coming to town.
OU has some ground to make up here with Trout. There is no clear-cut favorite, but it seems like OU is just a step or two behind. This weekend could level the playing field.
Recruiting is a marathon and not a sprint, duh, and Perkins might be a great indicator of that. OU defensive ends coach Calvin Thibodeaux has done a great job of fostering this relationship. Now it’s time to try to close the show.
It might be too much to expect the Sooners to earn a commitment from Perkins this weekend, but you wouldn’t be wrong to hope for it.
Perkins has felt like an OU lean for a while even though the Sooners haven’t been able to get Perkins for an in-depth visit like is set to occur this time.
OU landed OKC Putnam City’s Ron Tatum earlier this week and Perkins is absolutely in that short list of notable defensive end targets.
Missouri is going to be one to watch for Perkins and for Trout, but the Sooners always have a good shot with Missouri prospects and that’s the case with both.
(Editor's note: Perkins says OU visit will have to be rescheduled)
Riley’s first Father’s Day as the OU head coach should be a memorable one as long as Robinson is able to make the trip from Fort Worth to Norman.
Robinson earned the OU offer last week following a great showing at a satellite camp. He has been on the peripheral before, visiting OU back in the winter during junior day.
You know how much the offer meant because Robinson wasted little time decommitting from Texas Tech less than 48 hours after the OU offer.
Robinson said the OU offer meant the world to him and was the only reason he opened things up. They shouldn’t be open for long. If Robinson arrives in Norman, it will be incredibly difficult to envision a scenario where the Sooners don’t earn their initial wide receiver commitment.
Here is the unknown. It is so crucial for OU to be able to get Rattler on campus this early in the game, but it feels like it’s too early to expect the commitment.
Rattler has been a top target for Riley for a long time, offering Rattler following his freshman season last spring.
The early four-star prospect visited USC last week and doesn’t have any other visits planned as of this moment. Could it be because the Sooners will be the call?
He has been consistent in publicly saying he has no favorites, but if you ask around, it does appear as if OU has picked up steam and is sitting as the leader in the clubhouse.