SoonersIllustrated.com readers have questions about Oklahoma recruiting. Here are some answers to some of the more pressing questions.
How will the Joe Mixon situation affect OU’s recruiting at running back for the rest of the 2015 class?
Fantastic question here. Going to have to hedge a bit because there’s no way for any of us to really know what’s going on inside Mixon’s mind right now even though Tuesday’s tweet made it sound like he’s not going anywhere.
If he feels like he can keep his head and keep trucking along at OU, I can’t see this playing a big role at all. You come back next year with Keith Ford, Alex Ross, Samaje Perine, Mixon and 2015 commit Rodney Anderson and you tell defenses to give you their best shot.
That’s one heck of a quintet right there. Add in some spot action from Daniel Brooks and his athleticism, and nobody is feeling sorry for the Sooners.
But if Mixon feels he needs a fresh start, which is quite possible, then the Sooners will no doubt start making a hard charge on the recruiting trail.
OU looked like it was leading for Soso earlier in the spring. Maybe Cale Gundy and the Sooners pick up the intensity once again. Add to that with OU repairing its relationship with Jamabo’s cousin, Josh Wariboko, and things can look good again.
If Mixon stays, OU doesn’t refuse Soso or Gray if they come looking this direction. But don’t see a real sense of urgency, either, to find the second running back.
What Class of 2016 prospect hasn’t been offered yet needs to be offered now by OU?
Now can only really speak to Midlands area because that’s what follow the most. One name to throw out there is Lawrence (Kan.) defensive lineman Amani Bledsoe.
But the unquestioned answer to this one for me is Fort Worth (Texas) All Saints defensive lineman Mike Williams. Was stunned when Williams left his OU unofficial last month without an offer.
Williams wasn’t hurt by it as OU defensive line coach Jerry Montgomery was clear in he needed to see him on the field, but Williams is going to have an offer sheet of who’s who in college football.
The earlier that relationship is forged, the better off OU will be in the Williams sweepstakes.
OU has to lock down its home grown kids like Lawton’s Barnett and Midwest City’s Sunderland. Right now, no, no concern since OU is the overwhelming favorite for both Scout 300 prospects.
Sunderland has a top two of OU and Ohio State with his official visits set up for both. Sunderland has visited the campus three times since camp started. It would be incredibly shocking if one trip to Columbus, albeit for a great atmosphere against Michigan, trumps the double digit times he has been to Norman and the relationship he has built with OU’s coaches.
In the winter it felt like both of them would already be OU commits, but instead, Sooners are having to play the waiting game. However, there’s no reason to speculate the waiting game period is leading to anything negative for OU with either one of them.
When is OU going to get a linebacker commit?
With the Frank Shannon situation happening, all it does is reinforce what little depth OU has at linebacker right now and how crucial this class is in landing at least a couple of immediate impact guys.
The Sooners are in the conversation for a bunch of them but not the leaders for anybody. Names like Keisean Lucier-South, John Houston and Ricky DeBerry make OU fans giddy, but when you want the best, you have to sweat it out.
No way any of those guys make a decision here soon. It’s going to be a long process. The biggest realistic shot remains Dallas Skyline’s Anthony Wheeler but even that feels like it’s going to happen a lot later in the game than originally expected.