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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

— Oklahoma’s top-rated commitment so far in its class of 2015 insists there’s nothing fundamentally wrong with the way the Sooners are recruiting.

“Those things happen; people decommit,” said Jenks four-star defensive tackle Marquise Overton. “It’s still really early, so we’ll be fine.”

After Oklahoma’s Sugar Bowl upset of Alabama and strong finish to the 2014 signing class, recruiting momentum seemed especially strong. But after two decommitments last month, the Sooners only have four players committed in their 2015 class, causing many to wonder what’s wrong.

This isn’t terribly unusual, though, for Oklahoma, which has traditionally closed extremely well over the final month before signing day. The Sooners don’t often land major commitments while prospects are on campus, and much of that might have to do with Bob Stoops and his staff preferring a much lower-pressure sales pitch than some other major programs.

“It’s not my style,” Stoops said last week in an interview with The Oklahoman. “I’m just not that kind of a person. The way I look at it, I wouldn’t want my son being pressured by somebody.

“I want a guy to come to it on his own. The other thing is, I have enough confidence in what we have here, which is incredibly positive, that a guy will want to come on his own.”

Casady offensive guard Josh Wariboko-Alali, a top-100 player nationally who was the Sooners’ first commitment for 2015, decommitted in late April. Only a few days later, three-star defensive tackle Du’Vonta Lampkin, of Cyprus Falls, Texas, decommitted as well.

Lampkin had been committed to OU since November.

Josh McCuistion, who covers OU recruiting for the Rivals network site, said those decommitments shouldn’t be a reason for fans to panic just yet.

“I don’t think it’s a widespread issue that is something Oklahoma’s just not doing,” McCuistion said. “I think this is just something of a run of back luck.

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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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