NORMAN — Oklahoma's football coaches sent a clear message with the postponement of this weekend's scheduled junior day: Getting a jump on the 2014 recruiting class would've been nice, but this year's class must be their top priority.
OU hosts several important official visitors for the 2013 class this weekend, like four-star cornerback L.J. Moore (Fresno, Calif.) and two-star defensive tackle Charles Walker (Garland, Texas).
The sense of urgency that the junior-day decision suggests surely stems — at least in part — from linebacker Jordan Mastrogiovanni's stunning switch from OU to Texas A&M on Sunday.
Mastrogiovanni, from Dallas-Jesuit, first committed to Oklahoma in June. The Sooners' late-season defensive struggles — particularly their 41-13 Cotton Bowl loss on Friday to Texas A&M — highlighted a strong need for linebackers.
Oklahoma's recruiting has been a wild, up-and-down ride over the past month:
*Dec. 6, Dallas Kimbal defensive tackle Justin Manning — whose brother, DeMarcus Granger, was a Sooner tackle from 2006-09 — committed to Texas A&M.
*Dec. 12, though, Houston three-star defensive end and longtime Oklahoma State commit Ogbonnia Okoronkwo flipped to Oklahoma.
*Two days later, four-star defensive tackle Kerrick Huggins (Dallas Skyline) flipped from Texas A&M to OU.
The Sooners also lost Tulsa Union's Dalton Rodriguez, who was committed to OU as an offensive tackle, but switched to Tulsa because he wanted to play defense.
Among the expected junior-day visitors was Edmond Santa Fe quarterback Justice Hansen, who attended three OU games this season and currently holds offers from Arkansas and Missouri.
Hansen, whose father, Dusty, played on OU's baseball team in the 1990s, learned that junior day was canceled when OU co-offensive coordinator Josh Heupel sent him a Facebook message.
“Yeah, I guess so,” Hansen said when asked if the postponement was frustrating. “But they've got their things to do.”