- Bob Przybylo, Reporter, RecruitingNation
Texas A&M has cleaned up. The Longhorns have had both of their junior days. Even Oklahoma State has gotten into the fun for its 2013 class. Is this the week Oklahoma starts making moves? Bob Przybylo answers readers' questions about Oklahoma football and basketball recruiting in his mailbag every Monday. Got a question for Bob? Send it to his mailbag at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tyler in Oklahoma City asks: I feel like I’ve been patient, but if OU doesn’t get any commits this weekend, is it time to hit the panic button?
Bob Przybylo: The Oklahoma coaching staff has opted for the patient approach. Because of it, they have seen a lot of top targets head to Austin, Texas, and College Station, Texas. But it also could have been a way for the staff to gauge who really has OU as one of their favorites. If a recruit is still holding out at this point, it has to be a good sign, right?
I really believe the Sooners will get two or three commits this weekend. I’ll join you, Tyler, if that doesn’t happen. Patience is one thing, but I’m not sure how anybody could justify what would happen if OU is still commit-less on Monday after Saturday’s junior day.
One thing I’m interested in seeing is if OU goes back to some of the Feb. 4 junior day visitors. A few recruits that don't currently have offers -- in particular safety George Baltimore (Mansfield, Texas/Mansfield) and cornerback Stanvon Taylor (Tulsa, Okla./East Central) -- could be considered OU leans.
Nick in Lincoln, Neb., asks: In years past you get could get a feeling early on who may be leaning towards OU but this year doesn't seem to be the case. Who are five guys OU fans should feel good about that will end up in the 2013 class?
Bob Przybylo: This is a bit of a cop out, but I do think four in-state kids top this list. If OU were to pull the trigger on Taylor, offensive guard Rob Boyd (Vian, Okla./Vian) and quarterback Brayden Scott (Tahlequah, Okla./Sequoyah), I think those are three commits right there.
Taylor is an interesting situation because OU is targeting so many nationally-ranked defensive prospects in Florida, California and Arizona. It almost feels as though OU is trying to gauge the interest of some of those recruits before coming back to him.
With Scott, I do think he is OU’s second choice behind Max Browne (Sammamish, Wash./Skyline). OU will just have to play it out with Browne.
I like defensive end D.J. Ward (Lawton, Okla./Lawton) to end up with OU, too. And I think it will happen sooner rather than later. And finally, you have to like OU’s chances with Justin Manning (Dallas/Kimball). Manning, the younger brother of former Sooner DeMarcus Granger, should get a lot of attention this weekend at junior day.
Steve in Owasso, Okla., asks: I’ve noticed you can’t even really tell where some of these national guys stand with OU. Is this approach worth it when you don’t know what the recruits are thinking?
Bob Przybylo: At this point, you have to simply trust Mike Stoops and Tim Kish. Two weeks ago OU hit Arizona and California hard at defensive back. Kish responded by hitting the Midwest hard at linebacker last week.
It’s obvious the recruits think an OU offer is still a big deal, no doubt about that. But what does an OU offer for someone like Shane Jones (Cincinnati/Moeller) mean if a school like his hometown Buckeyes comes in? How much will distance play a role in keeping somebody like John Johnson Jr. (Fresno, Calif./Central East) close to home instead of trying to see Norman?
It might drag out the process a little longer than most would like, but if OU lands a couple of top recruits from the West Coast or Midwest, the class will be worth it in the end. This class is about planting the seed that OU will be a factor in years to come in these regions.
Ryan in Little Rock, Ark., asks: Which of the in-state kids do you think Lon Kruger will eventually lure to Norman?
Bob Przybylo: Kruger has hit the gas pedal hard regarding 2013 point guard Stevie Clark (Oklahoma City/Douglass). Kruger has seen Clark play in person and has invited Clark to the last three home games and is making the Sooners a player for the ESPNU Super 60 member.
The new OU coach has also done a good job with four-star point guard Jordan Woodard (Edmond, Okla./Memorial). It wouldn’t make sense for OU to get both point guards, but it makes absolute sense to keep pursuing the pair as hard as possible.
This could also be an interesting summer for power forward Shaquille Morris (Edmond, Okla./Santa Fe). Morris is really good friends with Clark. Morris is a legit 6-foot-8, and if he can put up some big numbers in AAU play this summer, he becomes a very realistic option.
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