Wednesday, June 20, 2012
Triple Option: OU at 84 scholarships
By Dane Beavers
Every weekday morning, a member of the SoonerNation gives his take on three things happening in the Sooner sports world.
1. We unveiled our Oklahoma football scholarship breakdown chart Monday, and noted that the Sooners are using 84 of their allotted 85 scholarships (assuming all of the signees make it in, which is no sure thing). We didn't include Trey Franks, Jaz Reynolds or Quentin Hayes because coach Bob Stoops said they were stripped of their scholarships after their spring suspensions. Is there a possibility one or more of them make it back to school this fall without a scholarship? I think it's possible, especially now that OU has almost reached its limit. But it's also possible none of them makes it back to OU.
2. Bob Przybylo pointed something out to me Monday that I hadn't realized. Did you know that all of USC's nine commitments for the class of 2013 have Oklahoma offers? That says something about the Sooners' recruiting tactics, since most of the prospects are from the West Coast. OU is trying to get a foothold in that region, but USC is still king. The Trojans' class, which is ranked No. 8 overall, has seven recruits in the ESPN 150.
3. When The Opening kicks off July 5, running back Greg Bryant (Delray Beach, Fla./American Heritage-Boca Delray) will be the only Oklahoma commit in attendance. In order to be invited to The Opening -- a Nike football event that features some of the best recruits in the nation -- prospects have to compete at one of the regional Nike Football Training Camps, and several of OU's commitments didn't attend one this spring. But there will be several uncommitted kids with OU offers at the camp in Oregon. Check out the full list of 2012 invites here.