Triple Option: Offers gets Opening invites

Every weekday morning, a member of the SoonerNation gives his take on three things happening in the Sooner sports world.

1. The Nike Football Training Camp event Sunday brought out the competitive fire in some of the area’s top recruits. So many of these players aren’t accustomed to being tested like that and the passion was on full display. OU offers such as cornerback Maurice Smith (Sugar Land, Texas/Dulles), wide receiver Ra'Shaad Samples (Dallas/Skyline) and linebacker Mike Mitchell (Plano, Texas/Prestonwood Christian) were simply on another level than most of the other competitors. It wasn’t a shock that all three have earned invites to The Opening. Samples suffered a fractured fibula during the event and will miss three-to-four months but that shouldn’t hurt his standing with OU at all.

2. Big bounce back week for OU baseball last week. The Sooners went 4-1, including taking two of three games at Texas Tech for their first conference victories of the season. OU (15-10, 2-4 in Big 12) begins a four-game home stand this week with a Tuesday game against Oral Roberts and a three-game set against Kansas State. Pitcher Dillon Overton continues to be consistent, but at the plate, it has been Max White right now. White has a .351 batting average and has a hit in 16 of the last 18 games with eight multi-hit games during the stretch.

3. The weekend events in Dallas didn’t give too much insight into OU’s 2013 class, but there were several 2014 quarterbacks on display. The obvious in-state answer has been Justice Hansen (Edmond, Okla./Santa Fe), but Coleman Key (Owasso, Okla./Owasso) is another signal-caller to watch. Key is 6-foot-4 and 205 pounds. Though he registered too late for the Elite 11 regional event Saturday, Key performed well at the NFTC event. He already has an established relationship with OU quarterbacks coach Josh Heupel. Look for more with Key on Wednesday on SoonerNation.

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