Questions about OU recruiting
→Is OU done with this class?
At this point, the likeliest recruit still out there who could sign with OU is junior-college offensive tackle John Cullen (Fullerton, Calif.), who reportedly is leaning toward Utah, but is also considering OU, USC and Kansas State.
The Sooners nearly landed another commitment late last week, though, in Corey Nelson (Dallas Skyline).
Nelson, who has been committed to Texas A&M for months, took an official visit to Norman last weekend and following an in-home visit from Brent Venables, committed to the Sooners, OUInsider.com reported Thursday night. But the following morning, the Web site said Nelson had changed his mind, and would stick with A&M. Later in the day, Nelson told the fan site TexAgs.com via text that he was "not committed to OU” and "will remain an Aggie.”
→If the NCAA limit is 25 players per class, how does OU plan to sign all 29 of its commitments?
Twenty-five per class max is the rule, but NCAA bylaws allow for some flexibility. Players enrolling early for spring ball can be counted toward the previous signing class. OU has five early enrollees (Bronson Irwin, Tony Jefferson, Sheldon McClain, Kenny Stills, Adam Woods) they can push back to 2009 class. So in the eyes of the NCAA, OU technically claims only 24 players for 2010.
In other words, the Sooners have been well under the 25-man threshold their last three recruiting classes, which is why they’ve been able to load up past the limit on this one.