Sooners show their QB hand

It takes a while for Oklahoma quarterbacks coach Josh Heupel to make an offer. But after analyzing things, he made his first two Wednesday.

The quarterback question for Oklahoma regarding the Class of 2014 wasn't much of an issue at all. It was clear from his sophomore season Edmond (Okla.) Santa Fe quarterback Justice Hansen was going to be the guy.

It was also obvious once he was offered, it would be the only offer necessary. Hansen made that the case when he committed at the spring game. He is now enrolled at OU.

Give OU a couple of months to celebrate having a Scout 300 quarterback in the bag but then the question quickly turned to what about 2015?

For months, there was no answer. No offer. No sniff of an offer. That all changed Wednesday when OU made its first two offers at the position to two of the most well-known quarterbacks in the state of Texas.

First to get it was Fort Bend (Texas) Marshall four-star prospect J.W. Ketchum. He confirmed the offer late Wednesday morning and also said he hopes to be at OU's junior day Saturday.

Ranked as a safety right now by Scout, Ketchum's dream is certainly to play quarterback at the next level. At 6-foot-1 and 190 pounds, he's not the biggest quarterback, but the Sooners showed they could make that work in 2013 with Trevor Knight.

Like Knight, Ketchum is a dual-threat recruit. He only threw for 603 yards with 10 touchdowns and three interceptions, but he ran for 1,172 yards and 14 more scores. He averaged more than 13 yards per carry.

In the evening, it was Stephenville (Texas) four-star prospect Jarrett Stidham getting the call. This was a name OU fans had been hoping to hear about for a while.

His junior numbers illustrate why OU fans are so excited. He threw for 2,613 yards with 30 touchdowns and five interceptions and also rushed for 821 yards and 14 scores.

But it's not like OU was the first school to offer either of them. Or heck both of them as a number of schools have already offered the Texas duo.

Schools like Texas, Baylor, Texas A&M, Oregon, Michigan and Oklahoma State, among numerous others, are involved with one or both of them.

The offers show the direction OU wants its program to go in at the quarterback spot. The pocket passer is a thing of the past. Hansen doesn't fit that mold and neither Stidham nor Ketchum are that guy.

OU is looking for the mobile quarterback, and there's a strong chance it could be one of these two selections.

For the Class of 2012, OU made three offers at the spot and Josh Heupel got his man with Knight. For 2013, two offers were made and Heupel got his man with Cody Thomas.

This cycle was that single offer to Hansen and once again Heupel sealed the deal. Heupel has shown his cards for the class. These are the two he wants. We'll all see what he and the Sooners get.

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