It feels like the Sooners have been playing catchup for most of the year on the recruiting trail. The OU coaches have preached patience with the class offers, and it has put OU in a tough spot.
This time, though, it wasn’t OU’s fault. With the Sooners playing Saturday at TCU, they couldn’t utilize the first week of in-home visits, so they will have to make up some ground.
OU will get started in a hurry. Three big names scheduled to have in-home visits are ESPN 150 defensive tackle Maquedius Bain (Fort Lauderdale, Fla./University School), ESPN 150 safety Tahaan Goodman (Rancho Cucamonga, Calif./Ranch Cucamonga) and ESPN 300 athlete and Florida State commit Adrian Baker (Hollywood, Fla./Chaminade-Madonna).
And the saga of ESPN 150 defensive tackle Justin Manning (Dallas/Kimball) has taken another turn. Originally scheduled to announce among OU, TCU and Texas A&M on Friday afternoon, he has moved it up to Thursday afternoon.
After looking like a sure bet to the Sooners, the Aggies have no doubt closed the gap in the race for the No. 88 prospect in the nation. If OU cannot snag Manning, it will be a major blow to the Sooners' class.