- Bob Przybylo, Reporter, RecruitingNation
OK, Oklahoma fans, take a deep breath and try to digest the last seven days in OU recruiting. The Sooners have gone from having 14 commits to 18 commits.
And it wasn’t just getting four pledges in seven days, it was where OU picked up the slack. It’s almost as if the coaches heard the cries of the fanbase asking for some tackles. The Sooners have delivered with two offensive tackles and two defensive tackles.
The Sooners offered Huggins in September and never gave up hope of switching his commitment. An in-home visit to Huggins by OU coach Bob Stoops sealed the deal.
And then there was Wednesday, a day OU fans won’t forget anytime soon. The Sooners picked up three commitments and one of them, three-star ESPN JC 100 defensive tackle Quincy Russell, signed his letter of intent with OU.
Minutes after St. John announced his commitment, three-star offensive tackle Christian Daimler (Houston/Stratford) followed suit and picked OU. Daimler decommitted from Arizona State on Wednesday afternoon and committed to OU hours later. He was offered by OU on Tuesday night.
In other words, the Sooners have found some big uglies. After being on the outside looking in of several top tackle targets throughout October and November, December is bringing some good fortunes to OU’s 2013 class.
Panic mode is gone. OU is still looking for at least one more commit at each position, but the coaching staff can take its time and make it gets who it wants.
The only position OU struck out with was tight end. The Sooners were gunning for ESPN JC 100 prospect Emmanuel Bibbs (Yuma, Ariz./Arizona Western). An Iowa State commit, the Sooners made a serious late charge at Bibbs. But Bibbs remained a Cyclone and signed his letter of intent with Iowa State on Wednesday.
OU can turn its attention toward tight end as the plan has appeared to be the Sooners wanting two for the class. But the idea was to have at least one of those be a juco product. With that seemingly going out the window, it might just be a one tight end group from the high school ranks.
Almost lost in all this is the positive visits of a couple of ESPN 300 prospects in No. 1-ranked wide receiver Laquon Treadwell (Crete, Ill./Crete-Monee) and four-star athlete Adrian Baker (Hollywood, Fla./Chaminade-Madonna) for OU’s banquet weekend.
Treadwell has OU squarely in his top three, while not only is OU in Baker’s top three, the Sooners might be his top choice.
Following his official visit, Baker decommitted from Florida State and has listed OU and Clemson as the frontrunners at this point.
Treadwell is expected to visit Oklahoma State in January. Ole Miss is still in the hunt, but the Sooners did all they could to make a positive impression during his visit.
OU was looking like it had lost its mojo in the last couple of months. With a string of top-notch commitments to close out the calendar year, the Sooners look poised to close out the 2013 class in a strong way and move on toward securing a quality 2014 group.
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