Sooners recruiting staff gets boost

Sooners Illustrated
Posted Aug 7, 2013


In order to keep up with everybody else, OU has hired several quality control coaches and added onto its recruiting staff

Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops addressed quality control coaches Monday and now all the coaches have officially been hired.

Last year Stoops said there were no quality control coaches. There were the two graduate assistants on each side of the ball and that’s it.

The staff, particularly on the recruiting side, just went through a major overhaul. Reed Case has been promoted to director of player personnel after spending the last two seasons as the on-campus recruiting coordinator.

Case’s duties will include player evaluations and coordination of the recruiting calendar for the coaches. That will be crucial in making sure the coaches get out to where they need to be.

With Case covering the college side of recruiting, Rajeeb Hossain has been hired to cover the high school side of things. Hossain’s official title is director of high school relations. His job is simple – make OU the most appealing school in the nation.

Hossain will be the one in charge of creating the recruiting materials that mean so much to recruits nowadays and will also be the guy in charge of developing and maintaining the relationships with high school coaches.

Hossain will have some help as Stephanie Oakes has been bumped up form part-time to a full-time recruiting assistant.

OU defensive tackle Chuka Ndulue spent a lot of time Tuesday talking about a “Miss Tiffany” that was helping him gain weight properly. That is Tiffany Byrd, who is the director of sports nutrition.

Quality control coaches are Joe Jon Finley for offense, Chad Walker for defense and Ryan McKim for special teams.

The graduate assistants are Jon Cooper and Joey Halzle on offense and Corey Callens and Chip Viney on defense. OU cornerback Cortez Johnson mentioned Viney as somebody who specializes in technique. Finley, a former OU tight end, has been credited by Trey Millard as helping Millard learn the position more.

The additions don’t feel like game-changing names, but what they do could be game-changing for the program. The more bodies to help with recruiting, the better OU will be. The workload can be distributed more and no recruit is going to be left out, at least that’s what the hope will be.

Add in the new members of the staff with the completion of Headington Hall, OU’s newest residence hall, and the Sooners are trying to make sure they don’t get left behind in the ever-evolving world of recruiting.



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