OU postpones junior day to focus on 2013 

January, 7, 2013
Is it possible the last 72 hours have simply been a nightmare for Oklahoma? OU fans would certainly wish that was the case.

When it rains, it pours, and it’s a thunderstorm of bad news for the Sooners right now. The latest misstep is with OU’s junior day.

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Jim Cowsert/US PRESSWIREBob Stoops and the Sooners have postponed their junior day away from this weekend.
Originally scheduled for this Saturday, ESPN Watch List quarterback Justice Hansen (Edmond, Okla./Santa Fe) was among several expected visitors to confirm they have been notified that OU is postponing its junior day.

It’s possible it won’t hurt things in the long run, but it does give the perception of the OU program not being very organized. OU picks its own junior day and Bob Stoops and company decided Jan. 12 was the best option. To change now, less than a week before the event, is not a positive sign.

The reasoning makes sense and is logical. The Sooners cannot seriously address the 2014 class when the 2013 class is not sitting pretty.

And this weekend is a big visitors weekend for senior recruits. Five have already been confirmed to be making their official visits, including four-star cornerback L.J. Moore (Fresno, Calif./Central East) and two recruits where commitments seem likely to occur in three-star wide receiver K.J. Young (Perris, Calif./Citrus Hill) and defensive tackle Charles Walker (Garland, Texas/South Garland).

But it has been known for a while that Jan. 11 appeared to be a huge visitors weekend. Other official visitors might be planned, especially after what happened Sunday, which could have played a role.

OU’s defensive class took a major hit Sunday evening when ESPN 300 linebacker Jordan Mastrogiovanni (Dallas/Jesuit), a lifelong OU fan, flipped his commitment to Texas A&M.

His defection left a gaping hole at linebacker for OU’s class. It would be tough for OU coaches Tim Kish and Mike Stoops to spend the amount of quality time necessary with 2014 prospects when 2013 is not even close to being sewn up.

The trouble, though, is OU looked like it was ahead of the curve with such an early junior day. A constant complaint among 2013 recruits was OU took too long to offer. With an early junior day, some of those problems were being addressed.

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