Oklahoma’s top 15 recruiting list for 2020 according to Rivals.

1….Andrew Raym …………..4 stars/OU

2….Sevion Morrison………..  4 stars/Nebraska

3….Myles Slusher………….. 4 stars/Arkansas

4….Isaiah Jacobs……………3 stars/Maryland 

5….Javian Hester……………3 stars/Missouri

6….Duece Mayberry………..3 stars/Kansas

7….Dominic Richardson…..3 stars/TCU

8….Jeff Roberson……………3 stars/OSU

9….Brynden Walker………..3 stars/OU

10..Krishawn Brown………. 3 stars/KU

11..Eli Williams……………… 3 stars/TCU

12..Jordan Reagan………….3 stars/OSU

13..Eli Russ………………….. 3 stars/OSU

14..Ben Starks……………….3 stars/SMU

15..Blake Howell…………….3 stars/TCU

As we examine this class of Oklahoma prospects certain points jumps out at us.

  • First off, there were no five-star prospects in this Oklahoma class.  Unfortunately, this is not unusual for Oklahoma high school recruiting.
  • Additionally, there were only three four-star players in the class as well.  OU finds a way to contend for the National Championship every year in spite of weak Oklahoma high school classes.  This must drive Longhorn fans crazy.
  • This class underscores the essential need for OU to have at the helm a Head Coach who can recruit Texas and the rest of the country hard.  OU has to pay Lincoln whatever it takes to keep him in Norman.
  • While the State of Oklahoma class was relatively weak, OU did get the cream of the crop in Andrew Raym. Many recruiting services listed Raym as the top offensive linemen in the country.  It’s hard for an offensive lineman to get five stars.
  • Next, OSU continues to settle for 2nd best as top-notch talent either signs with OU or goes out of state.
  • Finally, six different football programs from outside the state signed players ahead of OSU.  Every year out of state schools recruit three-star players and turn them into difference makers.
  • The one player that OU could have used was Broken Arrow’s Myles Slusher, Slusher was a four-star standout defensive back out of Broken Arrow. He eventually ended up at  Arkansas after turning down Oregon.
  • Thanks to the OU brand, the Sooners can recruit nationwide.  Last year’s class hailed from nine (9) states other than Texas and Oklahoma.

Oklahoma’s top 15 recruiting list for 2020 according to Rivals.

1….Andrew Raym ……………..4 stars/OU

2….Sevion Morrison………….4 stars/Nebraska

3….Myles Slusher………………4 stars/Arkansas

4….Isaiah Jacobs………………..3 stars/Maryland 

5….Javian Hester……………….3 stars/Missouri

6….Duece Mayberry…………..3 stars/Kansas

7….Dominic Richardson…… 3 stars/TCU

8….Jeff Roberson………….,……3 stars/OSU

9….Brynden Wa,,lker…………3 stars/OU

10..Krishawn Brown………. .3 stars/KU

11..Eli Williams………………….3 stars/TCU

12..Jordan Reagan……………..3 stars/OSU

13..Eli Russ………………………….3 stars/OSU

14..Ben Starks……………….,,,….3 stars/SMU

15..Blake Howell…………………3 stars/TCU

As we examine this class of Oklahoma prospects certain points jumps out at us.

  • First off, there were no five-star prospects in this Oklahoma class.
  • Overall, this was a weak class. There were only three four-star players in the class.  OU finds a way to contend for the National Championship every year in spite of weak Oklahoma high school classes.  This must drive Longhorn fans crazy.
  • While the class was relatively weak, OU did get the cream of the crop in Andrew Raym. Many recruiting services listed Raym as the top offensive linemen in the country.  It’s hard for an offensive lineman to get four stars.
  • Next, OSU continues to be settle for 2nd best as top-notch talent either signs with OU or goes out of state.
  • Finally, six different football programs from outside the state signed players ahead of OSU. While Oklahoma high school talent is not great, there always seems to be a few gems that other schools recruit that turn into difference makers.
  • The one player that OU could have used was Broken Arrow’s Myles Slusher, Slusher was a four-star standout defensive back out of Broken Arrow. He eventually ended up at  Arkansas after turning down Oregon.
  • Finally, due to the OU brand, the Sooners can recruit nationwide. Last year’s class hailed from nine (9) states other than Texas and Oklahoma.

 

 

The new schedule in the new normal era…

Unfortunately, for the OU gymnasts the Corona virus era has snuffed out their National Championship season.  OU officials should create a 2020 championship banner for these girls similar to what OSU did for their 1945 football team.  Trust me, this team deserves a retroactive championship much more than that bunch of clod busters did.

Basketball teams were going nowhere so putting a merciful end to their horrid seasons was an act of kindness.  I hated to see this baseball season end as this team actually had a shot at Omaha.  Softball was set to limp to the finish line with too many key injuries to make a run at the top so in this case a hiatus was probably a good thing.

I know that this pandemic is extremely serious, but life must go on.   It is at times like these that we most need a light at the end of the tunnel.   Most importantly once the end is in sight we will need external stimuli to help us get back to normal.  In Oklahoma, that means college football.

Scientists have suggested that the Corona virus will need three months to hit its peak and three months more for a full descent.  This means that an August 1 report date for players and a September 1 starting day may be a stretch.  At the same time, all of us realize that life without football just can’t be.  To ease the pain of such a thought I have concocted a later than normal schedule to help us sleep at night.

OU’s 2020 football schedule…

Sept.1……fall workouts

Oct…4…..Missouri State

Oct…11…Tennessee

Oct…18…open date

Oct…25…@Army

Nov..4…..Baylor

Nov..11…Texas

Nov..18…@ Iowa State

Nov..25…Oklahoma State

Nov..1…..@ TCU

Dec..8…..@ West Virginia

Dec..15….Kansas State

Dec..22….Kansas

Dec..29…@ Texas Tech

Jan…4…..Big 12 Championship game @ Jerry World

As you can see, this modified schedule is not that bad.   The only issue I can see is that the late schedule moves the OU-Texas game away from the Texas State Fair.   While this move would deprive OU fans of waiting in lines in the the scorching Texas heat, I think most OU fans could live with that.

Hopefully, we will not need to use an adjusted football schedule, but just in case…we have one…after all, as Patrick Henry, one of the greatest Americans of all time and yes, an OU football fan once said… give me OU football or give me death!

Boomer Sooner…

 

 

Breaking news…

As we know channel four is the master of breaking news…these guys can make breaking news out a cat being stranded on a roof in Gotebo.  When I was principal at Edmond North, the camera crew would set up across the street from the high school looking for news to break out.  Those guys were pathetic then and they are equally pathetic now…

My wife who knows first hand that I can get worked up about the latest, greatest conspiracy theory when it comes to OU-bashing.   However, in this case she has noticed the blatant one-sided view on this channel as well.  One must wonder and I’m being serious here…does OSU pay Channel Four for a program sponsorship similar to how companies pay for advertisement.  If so, maybe we should take up a collection of our own.

Case in point, you can never turn on Kfor during the weather report these days without seeing the OSU logo in the top left hand corner.  Next, the sports report starts every session with the most inane OSU story. OU could win a National Championship and that story would be second page news on this channel. Lastly, whenever this channel does lead with an OU story, the story will invariably be negative in nature.

Possibly, someone should give those bozos a call and tell them how to spell OU.  I know that time is of the essence, but I believe that this could be done in just a day or two.

I know that I am paranoid when it comes to OU, but in this case, I think I may be onto something.

 

The new normal…

When it works to our advantage I love the new transfer rules…when it doesn’t I don’t.  How can three-year starter and potential Heisman Trophy candidate Trey Sermon leave OU for parts unknown.  Yes, I know the Heisman Trophy line was a stretch, but then again, this is OU where anything is possible.

Let’s consider some options.  First, we have to consider the possibility that Lincoln’s pass first offense could have forced Trey Sermon’s hand as he realized that there is room for only one premier back in this offense.  With Kennedy Brooks set to be that guy, he decides to cash in his senior year somewhere else.

If this be the fact, we can’t blame the guy.  It’s hard to get two running backs enough carries in this offense to sell themselves to NFL scouts.  Then again, he could have waited for the turf monster to gobble up another starter in Kennedy Brooks, but expecting that to happen for a fourth year in a row was a gamble.  That tradition has to end some day so he decided not to risk it.

Another possibility and one that I prefer is that OU’s younger backs have made a major impression on coaches this off-season and they have encouraged Trey to seek work elsewhere.  It’s hard to keep a bunch of top flight running backs happy in this offense.  In that vein, let’s consider other options…

Possibly, this will be the year that former five-star running back T.J. Pledger will strut his All-American stuff.  Another possibility is that Rhamondre Stevenson has convinced OU coaches that he can stay out of trouble long enough to become a star.  Finally and this one will be a stretch, let’s give true freshman and early enrollee Seth McGowan some love.   Possibly this highly touted running back is set to become the next great OU running back.

Okay, there you have it.  We’re going to go with one of these options because I don’t want to think about the alternative.  I just hope that the new normal works in our favor one more time.

Boomer Sooner…