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Oklahoma football coach Bob Stoops prefers a low-pressure approach to recruiting

OU has lost two 2015 commitments in the last month, but there isn't any reason to panic just yet, as the Sooners traditionally close well.
by Jason Kersey Modified: May 17, 2014 at 6:47 pm •  Published: May 17, 2014
/articleid/4832380/1/pictures/2310688">Photo - Oklahoma quarterback Trevor Knight will be back to lead the Sooner offense in 2014. Photo by Sarah Phipps, The Oklahoman
Oklahoma quarterback Trevor Knight will be back to lead the Sooner offense in 2014. Photo by Sarah Phipps, The Oklahoman

“I think people wanna make it into one thing or turn it into some kind of overriding theme, and I don’t know that that’s fair.”

For example, Wariboko-Alali’s younger brother Max is a 2016 cornerback prospect, and the two would like to play together in college, a factor that might’ve played a big role in his decision to decommit.

Lampkin still considers OU the top school on his list, but has said he re-opened his recruiting because he didn’t feel right taking other visits while still being “committed” to Oklahoma.

Overton said Stoops and his staff told him before he committed that he should make sure Oklahoma is where he wants to be before making any decisions, something the Jenks standout said he respected about the Sooner coaching staff.

Two of the Sooners’ top signees in 2014 — running back Joe Mixon and receiver Michiah Quick — visited Norman in early October, but didn’t commit to the Sooners until early January and signing day, respectively.

“It’s always something I’ve found really commendable about Oklahoma’s recruiting,” McCuistion said. “They are not the types that are gonna try to pressure these kids. There is always gonna be some pressure; it’s recruiting. But by comparison, the stories I hear of kids at other schools, there’s really no comparison.”

Stoops said the only times he’ll apply any heavy pressure is when it becomes late in the process and he’s got fewer scholarships available than interested prospects, and that’s only because he wants to be upfront and honest with the players.

“But in the end, I have confidence we’ll get the guys that fit us,” Stoops said. “I’ve always had a feel that you get guys in the end who you’re supposed to get.

“They get a feel for how we work, how we do things, and if it isn’t what they want, that’s OK. There’s enough guys out there that we’ll find the right ones.”

by Jason Kersey
OU Sports Reporter
Jason Kersey became The Oklahoman's OU football beat writer in May 2012 after a year covering high school sports and OSU recruiting. Before joining the newspaper in November 2006 as a part-time results clerk, he covered high school football for...
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