April 6, 2011
OU's Bad, and their Nationwide
The Mailbag is a SoonerScoop.com feature for our fans to get questions that may require a little more depth and clarity of explanation directly from assistant editor Josh McCuistion. Each week we'll field questions for the mailbag and get you all answers at the week's end!
This week's mailbag has a look at numerous topics such as breaking down the state of Oklahoma's impressive class of 2013, as well as lots of talk about Oklahoma's apparent national recruiting plan with so many offers out around the country, is there a clear plan in place to change the way the Sooners do things? Also, how do recruits go from little known to first round draft picks or end up as highly publicized recruits who end up disappointing? All this and much more in a massive edition of the Mailbag.
Do you see any locations that OU has a realistic shot to make some "in roads" in that otherwise haven't provided much? Outside of location, do you see any changes that need to take place in recruiting at a specific position, and their in-state vs out of state philosophy?
Honestly not really but then again Florida and Georgia aren't areas that are foreign to Oklahoma success with guys like Davin Joseph, Tashard Choice, and Duke Robinson among several wins. Now obviously those are somewhat dated signings for Oklahoma but I don't know that landing guys in either area is going to be considered 'winning on foreign soil'. And honestly I just don't see offers out to places that Stoops-era coaches haven't landed guys before.
You could make a case that Florida, with Joseph and Laenar Nixon being the only real wins for the Sooners, that it is a bit of a different situation than Georgia.
As far as offers, I admit to think that Oklahoma is probably a little deliberate with their regional offers sometimes. But I think that comes with the turf, Oklahoma is one of those schools that if local kids have offers
they'll commit before Oklahoma can make sure they are absolutely the best option for the program. It's kind of a damned if you do, damned if you don't situation because they aren't going to get early commits from the national guys but they also might have a lesser talent base if they don't pursue those guys. And in that vein, you can't have those offers to extend if you offer every regional guy worthy of that level.
I'm not sure there is an easy answer when you are dealing year to year with different people and wholly different situations. I will say that I think sometimes the coaches fall too in love with national guys and ignore very legitimate talent. I mean you can look all over and it's very unlikely you're going to find a guy you have a legitimate shot at that is a superior talent to Devonte Fields.
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