Sooners on track with strong start to July
At the end of June, the Oklahoma Sooners were ranked 35th in the 247Sports team recruiting rankings and many people thought the sky was falling on them. The Sooners were doomed. It was as if we had learned nothing from Lincoln Riley’s departure and the ensuing exodus of recruits: It’s not that easy to kill the Sooners.
On June 30, I even wrote an article telling everyone to relax. “Rankings mean absolutely nothing in June,” I said.
Just a week and a half later, Oklahoma is poised to be a top 10 scout. The Sooners are now 11th in 247Sports recruiting rankings for the Class of 2023 and are in the running for several other high-end recruits. The only Big 12 team the Sooners are following in recruiting for 2023 is the Longhorns.
What does it mean?
The departure of Lincoln Riley hit the Sooners as hard on the recruiting trail as it did on the field. Riley was a great recruiter, and USC will no doubt benefit from that.
Something Riley excels at is his use of social media in the modern era of college football. It seemed like something OU was going to miss. However, the new staff seems to have picked up where Riley left off on social media, and the commits themselves help.
Here’s what Sooners QB clerk Jackson Arnold had to say when Adepoju Adebawore signed up:
Undecided players are absolutely influenced by what others in their class decide. Oklahoma has already passed the hard part: recruiting the first recruits.
OU will continue to pick up these young men. It will be interesting to see both where OU ends up falling in the final standings and what Brent Venables’ staff ends up shaping these rookies into.
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