OU football recruiting update
BY ERIC BAILEY World Sports Writer
Sunday, January 20, 2013
1/25/13 at 2:30 PM
Recruiting philosophy: Some schools will throw out a number of offers - sight unseen - to would-be recruits. It's a philosophy that Bob Stoops doesn't subscribe to.
"I still don't believe in just going out without any evaluation and, just because a few other people have offered, we need to get in the game (and) see that he doesn't fit us," Stoops said.
That doesn't mean that some offers haven't come before an in-person visit. But those instances appear to be rare.
"We could tell enough on tape," Stoops said. "We'd watched five games and, if he's three inches taller than every single guy out there, OK, he's 6-4. You know what I mean?
"Those are the kinds of things you're trying to gauge. So we still try to see every guy. I can't say that's 100 percent, but we're still pretty choosey about it."
Busy week at wide receiver: Oklahoma wasn't the final selection of Laquon Treadwell, who was rated the nation's top wide receiver by Rivals.
The OU coaches likely didn't lament Treadwell's decision to attend Ole Miss. The Sooners picked up commitments from wide receivers on back-to-back days.
KJ Young, a 6-foot, 180-pounder out of Perris, Calif., pledged to OU on Monday, followed by a commitment from Dannon Cavil (6-5, 205) on Tuesday.
Cavil, a mid-year enrollee from San Antonio Madison High School, drew immediate interest from Texas after announcing his plans. Cavil appeared intrigued with the Longhorns, but kept his word to OU.
Young scrapped a planned visit to Iowa State after last weekend's official visit to Norman.
OU now has four wide receivers among its 2013 recruiting commitments. Cavil and Young join Jordan Smallwood (Jenks, 6-2, 190) and Austin Bennett (Manvel, Texas, 6-0, 170).
Signing day countdown
Oklahoma has 20 commitments in its Class of 2013 class.
As the countdown to signing day shifts from a weekly watch to a day-by-day job, the Sooners are looking to complete their class.
The defensive tackle spot continues to be a point of emphasis. The Sooners also could use more depth at linebacker.
ESPN 18th (up one spot), Rivals 14th (up five spots), Scout 15th (up two spots).
Position watch: Quarterback
Cody Thomas, a 6-foot-5, 220-pound quarterback from Colleyville, Texas, is the only QB committed to the Sooners' 2013 recruiting class.
Thomas completed 270-of-424 passes for 4,221 yards and a state-best 46 touchdowns in 2012. The senior also rushed for three touchdowns.
Thomas is scheduled to be one of five quarterbacks on the Sooners' roster in 2013.
He would join senior Drew Allen, junior Blake Bell, sophomore Kendal Thompson and redshirt freshman Trevor Knight.