Thursday, January 31, 2013
Roundtable: OU's best recruiter in 2013
By SoonerNation staff
Every Thursday, the SoonerNation staff will answer a roundtable question about OU football. Leave a comment or talk about it in our "There's Only One" forum.
Cale Gundy's work of adding one of the top tailbacks in Texas earns high praise.
Today's question: Which Oklahoma coach has recruited best for the Sooners in 2013?
• In two years, Bobby Jack Wright has loaded up the defensive end spot for bear in Norman. Last year, he signed promising athletes Charles Tapper and Mike Onouha. This year, he augmented the position further, garnering commitments from two of the Top 25 DEs in the country in D.J. Ward and Matt Dimon. That foursome, along with upside prospect Ogbonnia Okoronkwo, whom the Sooners swiped from Oklahoma State, should ensure that defensive end is a position of strength for years to come.
- Jake Trotter
• While receivers coach Jay Norvell has done a superb job securing receivers and defensive ends coach Bobby Jack Wright continues his solid recruiting, running backs coach Cale Gundy gets the nod. He secured arguably the headline recruit in this class in Keith Ford (Cypress, Texas/Ranch), despite having a quality group of running backs already on campus. Gundy does a terrific job evaluating and recruiting running backs for the Sooners, and the Class of 2013 is no exception.
- Brandon Chatmon
• He's not the youngest coach of the group, but there is something about OU defensive ends coach Bobby Jack Wright and his personality that appeals to so many recruits. The 2013 group is another example in earning commitments from two ESPN 300 prospects in D.J. Ward (Moore, Okla./Southmoore) and Matt Dimon (Katy, Texas/Katy). By the spring game, Wright already had locked up Dimon and Ward. He took his time and evaluated further before deciding three-star end Ogbonnia Okoronkwo (Houston/Alief Taylor) was worth the effort. Wright put in the time and nabbed another one. Dimon said Wright is a great representative of the university, and Okoronkwo has said he is excited to see what Wright can bring out in him as a player. Add in Wright finding juco punter Jed Barnett, and he did another bang up job on the trail for the 2013 class.
- Bob Przybylo