Monday, January 28, 2013
No commits but solid weekend for OU
By Bob Przybylo
NORMAN, Okla. -- With everybody looking for instant gratification, it’s tough to view the weekend as a success for Oklahoma.
But it was even if it doesn’t feel like it for fans.
Four-star offensive tackle Josh Outlaw said he enjoyed his visit to Oklahoma.
The Sooners hosted three recruits but didn’t get a commit, saw a couple of more targets officially leave the board and survived one of their commits taking an official visit to another school.
OU has been on a big-time search for offensive tackles. Already with two pledges, it appears the Sooners are gunning for two more. It’s possible both headed to Norman this weekend, but we just don’t know it at this point.
OU hosted under-the-radar tackle George Adeosun (Alpharetta, Ga./Alpharetta) and four-star lineman Josh Outlaw (Lithonia, Ga./Martin Luther King). The results were overwhelmingly positive.
“I had a great time,” Outlaw said. “Norman was great. Had fun at Bricktown. The coaches were fun to talk with. Can’t complain.”
Outlaw is ranked No. 25 at offensive guard, but the Sooners view him as an offensive tackle. It’s a position he said he feels comfortable with and believes he will play in the future.
There’s no question about the future position of Adeosun, who is 6-foot-5 and 305 pounds. He has burst onto the recruiting scene. Though he thought about committing, Adeosun said he would like to make another visit and weigh his options.
OU has preached patience and that’s exactly what it will have to be with Outlaw, Adeosun and three-star defensive tackle Matthew Romar (Port Arthur, Texas/Memorial).
Romar’s coach, Kenny Harrison, said Romar had a great time on the visit but also won’t commit. Why? He has more visits to take.
Adeosun is hoping to take one this weekend. Outlaw is at Missouri on Monday and Texas Tech this weekend. Romar is closing out his schedule with a trip to TCU this weekend.
Elsewhere, a couple of one-time OU targets found homes. Four-star athlete Devin Lauderdale (Houston/Bellaire) committed to Texas Tech on Sunday. Lauderdale was originally committed to the Red Raiders before decommitting after the coaching changes. But on another visit this weekend, he again felt at home.
When OU approached Lauderdale, it only had two wide receiver commits. Since then, the Sooners have added two more, and it was a logical move by Lauderdale to head back to Lubbock.
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Logical is an appropriate word as well for three-star cornerback Lamar Robbins (Miami/Southridge). Robbins was thought to be an automatic OU commit in the summer and fall but pledged to South Florida on Sunday.
The communication between Robbins and the OU coaching staff was almost non-existent in the last month. OU was looking elsewhere and Robbins was hoping to play closer to home. That became a reality with the Bulls.
The other major development of the weekend happened with three-star athlete commit Dominique Alexander (Tulsa, Okla./Booker T. Washington).
Alexander took an official visit to Arkansas last week and followed that with a trip to Kansas State this weekend. KSU players Tyler Lockett and Dante Barnett are both from Tulsa Booker T. Washington.
Alexander did not answer repeated phone calls and text messages this weekend but had two interesting tweets. One came Sunday evening talking about how great his visit was. The other one came four hours later where Alexander said he had a great conversation with OU coaches Tim Kish and one of the Stoops brothers. His tweet didn’t specify if it was Mike or Bob.
Alexander wanted to experience the recruiting process. With these two visits in the books, it looks like he has scratched his itch. Now the question will be if he sticks with OU, and if he does, when will he let the OU coaches know what his intentions are?
Nine days until signing day and OU still has its 20 commits and still in play for some top targets as the Sooners gun for between 3-5 more recruits to close out 2013. This weekend didn’t add any but has put OU in good position to do so in the future.