Following his freshman season at Tulsa (Okla.) Memorial, it looked like cornerback Markale Moses was going to no doubt be the top corner in the state for the Class of 2015.
Watch Moses on the field and there's no doubt he delivers the goods. But on paper people can be hesitant. He might be 5-foot-10 now but spent the last two seasons hovering around 5-9 and the strong interest that appeared to be a shoo-in for Moses has instead been sporadic.
Just like his relationship with Oklahoma. Moses has been at OU's camp the last two summers and took some unofficial visits to campus during his sophomore season. Now at Broken Arrow (Okla.) High, Moses didn't make one trip to Norman during the 2013 season.
He did make one Saturday, though, to OU's second junior day and is continuing to develop his relationship with OU defensive coordinator Mike Stoops.
"I was on the phone with Coach Stoops, and he said he liked the way I play," Moses said. "We've been talking a lot more here lately. He said they really like big cornerbacks, but I'm not out of the picture."
On the surface it might appear to be a "thanks but no thanks" offering from Stoops, but that's not how OU's junior days were run this year.
Between the two events, OU hosted less than 50 recruits. The message was simple – if you were invited, you are a serious contender for the Sooners. And the visit was certainly a success for Moses.
"There's stuff little corners can do that the big ones can't," Moses said. "They were going to waste my time or their time. This visit felt a lot more up close and personal."
Moses said he enjoyed seeing Headington Hall, OU's newest residence hall that houses a lot of OU athletes. He also said one of the highlights was the film session with cornerbacks coach Bobby Jack Wright.
Moses tweeted out the standard picture Saturday of him next to OU's championship trophy and Bob Stoops on the other side. While Stoops was smiling, Moses wasn't. That didn't mean he wasn't enjoying the trip to Norman.
Ou Jr day with stoops pic.twitter.com/YOY5lWEJm4— Markale Moses (@Only1_Moses) March 1, 2014
"I took like six pictures before that," Moses said. "I took some with Mike Stoops. I took off the jersey, but then my mom said she wanted me to put the jersey back on and take another picture."
Moses said he has been seeing the most interest from Tulsa, Notre Dame and the Sooners. He would love to visit the Irish campus but nothing has been set just yet.
Part of the issue has been his weight. He said he weighed in recently at 162 pounds. His high metabolism has made it difficult to keep the weight on, but OU's recent recruiting efforts certainly shows Mike Stoops' flexibility.
Known for taking bigger corners, one of the first pieces to the puzzle for OU's 2014 class was cornerback Tito Windham, who is 5-9 as well.
"That does make me feel a lot better," Moses said. "If you can back up your play even if you don't have the height, then he'll come at you. He'll find you."
Mike Stoops said he wants Moses to make the trip to Norman for the summer camp one more time this year.