Sooners rolling on the trail

OU commit P.J. Mbanasor

OU was reeling heading into May, but it never panicked and now things are going in the right direction.

It sounds like a broken record regarding Oklahoma and its stance on recruiting, but the Sooners are nothing if they're not patient.

Things aren't going the way people hoped, OU doesn't press the panic button and get out of its element. It doesn't make any uncharacteristic moves.

No doubt the early part of spring put that theory held by head coach Bob Stoops to the ultimate test. Coming off an emphatic win in the Allstate Sugar Bowl, logical thinking was the Sooners were going to clean up on the recruiting trail.

They did to close out the Class of 2014, but the results weren't there for this crop of recruits. And heading into May, things were downright bleak and tough to tell people the sky wasn't falling.

OU lost two Scout 300 commitments in a seven-day period. First it was Oklahoma City Casady offensive guard Josh Wariboko, followed by Cypress (Texas) Falls defensive lineman Du'Vonta Lampkin.

It feels like OU and Wariboko might have gone their separate ways permanently, but Lampkin still mentions the Sooners among his top three choices.

OU was down to three commits and wasn't sniffing any sort of recruiting ranking. Now in the middle of June and the Sooners are slowly working their way back up the ladder.

It started in May with the addition of Belleville (Ill.) West kicker Austin Seibert, ranked the No. 1 kicker in the country by Kohl's Kicking Camps.

Now following the spring evaluation period, things are heating up for OU and heating up in a hurry in the state of Texas.

The Sooners last three pledges have come from the Lone Star State with all three being coveted by regional rivals.

It started two weeks ago with the Sooners being able to nab Pflugerville (Texas) Hendrickson four-star cornerback P.J. Mbanasor. OU had felt like the leader since March, but it was a statement OU need to make in closing the deal.

Later that week the Sooners were able to secure the commitment of Katy (Texas) running back Rodney Anderson. Once committed to Texas A&M, OU quietly went to work on Anderson during the spring before getting him to pledge at its on-campus camp.

At the same camp was when Lancaster (Texas) offensive guard Dominique Hearne made his first trip to OU. As it turns out, it was the only he needed to make.

The three-star prospect committed to the Sooners last week to give OU seven commits. Because the Scout team rankings are based on points, OU is still not on the first page of the rankings.

The Sooners are a notch below at No. 26. But if you take into consideration the quality of commits, that's when OU makes its imprint.

With four four-star recruits and three three-star and four in the Scout 300, the Sooners are ranked No. 9 right now in the country with a 3.57 star rating average per recruit.

Don't expect OU to slow down, either. The Sooners coaches are hitting all the right notes with a multitude of prospects in the last month. Closing the deal felt like an issue in the early part of spring, but the patient approach continues to pay off.

Stoops has no intention on changing his ways, provided he keeps delivering the results. He has been consistent saying he would never want to rush his own kid's commitment so he doesn't pressure anybody else's kid.

It might have taken longer than some were hoping for with the class, but the pieces are starting to come together for the Sooners with the Class of 2015.

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