• OU Football: Evaluating OU's class of 2017, re-evaluating the meaning of commitment

    By Jason Kersey Staff Writer jkersey@oklahoman.com | Published: Sun, Feb 7, 2016

    NORMAN — There's an old recruiting maxim uttered by dozens of college football coaches through the years: It's like shaving; do it every day or, pretty soon, you'll look like a bum. That's why there's no rest for coaches around the country, despite having just signed their 2016 classes Wednesday. It's on to 2017, and Oklahoma is already off to its best start in years. The Sooners have five commitments, each ranked among the nation's top 250 prospects by Rivals.com.

  • Oklahoma football: QB Tanner Schafer to walk on for Sooners

    Ryan Aber | Updated: Fri, Feb 5, 2016

    NORMAN — Oklahoma might only have two eligible scholarship quarterbacks but they added another preferred walk-on quarterback Friday in Tanner Schafer. Schafer (6-foot-3, 180 pounds) joins Reece Clark and Connor McGinnis as walk-on quarterbacks for the Sooners. Schafer is from Canadian, Texas, and also was offered a preferred walk-on spot at Texas Tech. Sooners' quarterback Baker Mayfield, who walked on at both Texas Tech and Oklahoma, offered Schafer congratulations on Twitter. Say what you want about stars and rankings...But winning speaks for itself.

  • OU football: A look at the Sooners' recruits

    From Staff Reports | Updated: Thu, Feb 4, 2016

    Oklahoma boosted one of the nation's top recruiting classes with the addition of linebacker Caleb Kelly late Wednesday. Kelly, a 6-foot-3, 225-pounder from Clovis West High School in Fresno, California, was listed as a five-star prospect by Rivals and Scout. He chose the Sooners over Alabama, Notre Dame, Oregon, Texas and others. Kelly's addition is critical because Oklahoma lost five of its top six linebackers from its squad that reached the College Football Playoff, including second-team All-American Eric Striker. THINGS TO KNOW ABOUT OU'S CLASS: * Top 25 Class: Yes. * Best in class: Caleb Kelly, LB, Clovis West (Fresno, Calif.) * Best of the rest: Zach Farrar, WR, Southlake Carroll

  • Will Horns' haul translate into wins and Big 12 championships?

    By Jenni Carlson Columnist jcarlson@oklahoman.com | Updated: Wed, Feb 3, 2016

    Charlie Strong had been talking for nearly an hour during his National Signing Day press conference when the question he'd been expecting finally came. Do you have enough talent now to win the Big 12? "I knew that was coming," the Texas coach said. He chuckled. "We'll put it together and see what we got." What Strong got Wednesday was not only one of the best recruiting classes in the country but also the biggest story of signing day. The Longhorns surged like no other team, going from outside the national top 25 recruiting rankings to solidly in the top 10. It was a Horn haul. But, of course, we've heard this song and dance before.

  • OU Football: The fallout from losing two defensive tackles to Texas

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Updated: Wed, Feb 3, 2016

    Texas won a couple Red River recruiting battles with Oklahoma on Wednesday, signing four-star defensive tackles Chris Daniels of Euless Trinity and Marcel Southall of Duncanville (Texas). Daniels has previously committed to Oklahoma. Southall had visited OU and Miami. In this video with The Oklahoman columnist Jenni Carlson, OU beat writer Jason Kersey discusses the impact on OU's recruiting class and Daniels' de-commitment.

  • OU Football: What happened to the Sooners' Texas recruiting commitment

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Updated: Wed, Feb 3, 2016

    For generations, the state of Texas has been the Oklahoma Sooners' recruiting base.   Yet there are only three Texas high school players in the Sooners' signing class of 2016: Wide receiver Zach Farrar of Carroll, defensive end Mark Jackson of Cibolo and Houston's Adrian Hardy, a player who will be tried at multiple positions. The Oklahoman's Jason Kersey explains what changed and how OU's 2016 class wound up with as many players from Lackawanna Community College as from Texas.

  • OU Football: Jon-Michael Terry's long, unwavering commitment ends with a signing

    By Ryan Aber Staff Writer raber@oklahoman.com | Updated: Wed, Feb 3, 2016

    TULSA — After committing to Oklahoma just weeks after signing day 2015, Jon-Michael Terry had never wavered. “I wouldn't have committed unless I knew that was where I wanted to go,” the Victory Christian linebacker said. “When I did, I just knew. It was easy to stick to that commitment.” Kim Terry still noticed her son was more relaxed after he made things official Wednesday, signing with the Sooners. His smile came easier. His shoulders were more relaxed. “He's a guy of very few words,” Kim said. “I feel like he's handled it well. I think at times, he's felt a little bit of the pressure of it. For the most part, he's handled it real well. Even on the football field, you never sense that he's

  • OU Football: Could the Sooners' signing day surprise contribute immediately?

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Updated: Wed, Feb 3, 2016

    National Signing Day started off with a Sooner surprise when four-star receiver Mykel Jones of Patterson (La.) High School signed with Oklahoma. Jones (6-0, 180 pounds) visited Alabama and Tennessee before cancelling a trip to Ole Miss last weekend in favor of a Norman visit. "He's a major get," said Jason Kersey, OU beat writer for The Oklahoman, in this video with Jenni Carlson. "They needed at least one more wide receiver with what they were losing, and in Lincoln Riley's offense you can never have enough receivers." Jones made his announcement in the Patterson gymnasium Wednesday morning. After thanking his family, friends and supporters, he acknowledged how stressful the decision had been.

  • OU football: A look at the Sooners' recruits on the defensive side of the ball

    From Staff Reports | Updated: Wed, Feb 3, 2016

    [pagebreak] EMMANUEL BEAL, Linebacker SCHOOL HEIGHT WEIGHT TWITTER Lackawanna Community College 6-2 215 @In_EB_We_Trust Beal was the last of the Lackawanna College trio to commit to the Sooners. He’s originally from the Columbus, Ohio, area, so OU’s upcoming games against Ohio State will be particularly meaningful to him.

  • Live Coverage: National Signing Day

    From Staff Reports | Updated: Wed, Feb 3, 2016

    Follow up-to-the-minute coverage of National Signing Day from our high school and college coverage team and more around the web.

  • OU football: Sooners get Signing Day commitment from 4-star receiver Mykel Jones

    From Staff Reports | Updated: Wed, Feb 3, 2016

    Oklahoma has picked up its first Signing Day surprise. Mykel Jones, a four-star wide receiver out of Patterson, La., committed to Oklahoma Wednesday morning. Jones took a surprise visit to OU this past weekend while most figured he would commit to Ole Miss.  Jones, at 6-foot-1 and 185 pounds, held offers from Alabama, Ole Miss, Clemson, LSU, Tennessee and USC among others.

  • For the first time in years, Signing Day in Oklahoma carries Bedlam suspense

    By Jenni Carlson Columnist jcarlson@oklahoman.com | Published: Tue, Feb 2, 2016

    When signing day dawns Wednesday, there will be several big names with local ties who have yet to announce their choices.

  • How technology shifted the recruiting sands and left parents on an island

    By Jenni Carlson Columnist jcarlson@oklahoman.com | Updated: Tue, Feb 2, 2016

    Imagine if your kid was talking to a stranger on the phone or on social media — and you had no idea who the person even was. Stuff like that makes most everyone squeamish. But that's seen as normal nowadays in recruiting.

  • Oklahoma football: CB Parrish Cobb switches commit to Baylor

    Ryan Aber | Updated: Tue, Feb 2, 2016

    Four-star cornerback Parrish Cobb, who had been committed to Oklahoma since August, switched his commitment to Baylor on Tuesday, just a day before National Signing Day. Cobb's change of heart comes days after the 5-foot-11, 175-pound Waco product visited the Bears. The Sooners still have two cornerbacks committed—Parnell Motley and Jordan Parker. Oklahoma is also still after four-star cornerback Jared Mayden, who will select between the Sooners and Alabama on Wednesday morning.

  • Oklahoma football recruiting: Did an Oklahoma fan upset a 5-Star recruit with angry tweets?

    darnell mayberry | Updated: Mon, Feb 1, 2016

    Caleb Kelly is a five-star linebacker from Fresno, Calif. He's ranked as the third best outside linebacker and the 14th best overall prospect in the country by Rivals.com. As National Signing Day approaches Wednesday, Kelly has narrowed his college choices to Oklahoma, Oregon and Notre Dame. If the Sooners land him, he will be the jewel of OU's 2016 class. But did one antsy Sooners fan possibly hurt his team's chances by sending angry tweets at Kelly on Monday afternoon? Usually don't comment on fans but damn this ignorance is crazy. Recruits let it be known to ignore people like this! pic.twitter.

  • Oklahoma football: Sooners land commitment from offensive lineman Erik Swenson

    Updated: Sat, Jan 30, 2016

    Four-star prospect Erik Swenson committed to the Sooners during his official visit, becoming OU's fifth offensive commit.

  • Recruiting: Could Oregon steal more of Oklahoma's top recruits?

    By Scott Wright and Jacob Unruh Staff Writers | Updated: Tue, Jan 26, 2016

    Duck coaches were at Edmond Santa Fe, checking in on uncommitted linebacker prospect Calvin Bundage.

  • Oklahoma football: Sooners pick up DE commitment

    Ryan Aber | Updated: Thu, Jan 21, 2016

    A day after losing one commitment, Oklahoma picked up another. Amani Bledsoe, a four-star defensive end from Lawrence, Kan., committed to the Sooners on Thursday after OU coaches visited. Bledsoe (6-foot-5, 272 pounds) also considered Kansas, Baylor, Oregon and North Carolina State among others. The strongside end is No. 9 at his position nationally according to Rivals.com and the top prospect from Kansas. Bledsoe announced his decision on Twitter, though Sooners coach Bob Stoops alluded to the commitment before Bledsoe had posted it. Bledsoe's announcement comes a day after Chris Daniels, who had been OU's only defensive line commit, announced that he was reopening his recruitment.

  • Oklahoma basketball: Ohio State transfer chooses Sooners

    Ryan Aber | Updated: Sat, Jan 9, 2016

    Austin Grandstaff gave No. 2 Oklahoma an off-the-court victory on Saturday before the Sooners took on Kansas State on the court. The 6-foot-5 guard who is transferring from Ohio State, decided on Oklahoma during a visit to Norman. Grandstaff will be eligible after the first semester next season after playing in 10 games for the Buckeyes this season before deciding to transfer. Grandstaff averaged 4.4 points in those 10 games. Grandstaff nearly chose the Sooners out of high school in Rockwall, Texas, but wound up choosing Ohio State. He figures to help fill a void for perimeter shooting next season after Buddy Hield and Isaiah Cousins depart.

  • All-State football: Effort not an issue for Oklahoma commitment Jon-Michael Terry

    By Ryan Aber, Staff Writer, raber@oklahoman.com | Updated: Tue, Jan 5, 2016

    It'd been 20 years since Ron Smith coached a football player that wound up going to Oklahoma. But beginning when Jon-Michael Terry was a freshman at Victory Christian, Smith has said Terry has the hallmarks of a player that could wind up at a place like OU. "The thing that I've noticed (about) every OU football player that I've coached — you never find any lack of effort on film," Smith said. "It's amazing. They may not make every play, but they go hard every down. The relentless effort, that's the common denominator from all of them and he certainly has that.