OU Junior Day a Success!

NORMAN, OKLA – Oklahoma hosted an abundance of top juniors on Saturday during their first Junior Day, and judging by the recruits and their families comments it seems to have been a huge success.

It is somewhat hard to judge a Junior Day's success in the hours after it is over.

Many fans are left clamoring for the big commitment.

So far there has not been a verbal uncovered or announced, but the early feedback has been nothing but positive.

Saturday the Oklahoma coaching staff hosted what may have been their biggest junior day ever when at least 60 recruits and their families were brought in to get familiarized with the program and how things are run at OU.

A Junior Day is a huge recruiting tool for the coaches and the recruits.

Potential offerees are brought in and given a tour of the facilities and the coaches, and current players inform them of what it is like to be a Sooner.

Typically these events are held with a much smaller target group, because with larger groups it is sometimes hard to give a personal touch.

Chalk up a victory for the OU coaching staff on this one because all of the feedback from Saturday has been largely positive.

The biggest stroke of genius may have been the "press conference" style meeting that was set-up for the recruits.

For this meeting the coaches left the room and recruits got to sit down and ask current OU stars like Sam Bradford and Jermaine Gresham questions about the program.

Every recruit seemed to enjoy having the opportunity to have an "unscripted" look at what is like to be a player in the program.

"I really, really liked that," said 2010 Tulsa Central star Demarco Cobbs.

"I liked how the players had fun and joked around with one another."

Some players on the visit received official scholarship offers to attend OU and some did not.

Mustang High road-grader Bronson Irwin was one of the players that was lucky enough o pick up a scholarship.

"They offered me today. It was real cool," Irwin informed. "The program tradition, the heritage, and the program level (at OU) can not be beaten by anyone really."

Celina High (Texas) star Caleb Lavey, who has racked up over 400 tackles in prep career, did not reel in an offer from the Sooners but he also agreed that the Junior Day was a good one.

"It was good," Lavey said of the experience. "We took a tour and saw what they had to offer academically. They have a lot to offer student athletes with the football program and academically."

Many times players are easier to impress than the parents, and Junior Day is one of the first times that parents get to step up and get many of their questions answered and see how the coaches relate to their kids.

"It was an awesome day," a top rated player's mom informed. "Everyone at OU and around the program were so nice!"

"We got lost and the first person to step up and help us find out where we needed to be was coach Stoops. He seemed like he was a terrific man."

More Jr. Day Notes: The Sooners stepped up to the plate with an offer for their top QB prospect Connor Wood, who has OU at or near the very top of his list.

Defensive coordinator Brent Venable got to spend a lot of one-on-one time with top linebacker recruit Corey Nelson. Could a commitment be around the corner?

Offensive coordinator Kevin Wilson spent a lot of one-on-one time with McKinney quarterback Zach Lee. We are still trying to reach him for comments, but he is player that could be in the mix for an offer.

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