Oklahoma was supposed to have its biggest recruiting weekend of the season against Texas A&M. But several factors -- including the colossal LSU at Alabama matchup -- resulted in a missed opportunity for the Sooners on the recruiting trail.
It looked like two of the top three prospects in the nation might show up on campus, but neither Mario Edwards (Denton, Texas/Ryan) nor Dorial Green-Beckham (Springfield, Mo./Hillcrest) made the trip.Courtesy of Mario Edwards Sr.
The nation's No. 1 prospect Mario Edwards watched the LSU-Alabama game on TV from his home in Texas.
With Springfield Hillcrest playing a second-round playoff game Monday night, it wasn’t shocking for Green-Beckham, ranked No. 3, not to attend. And after preliminary reports about a potential official visit from Edwards, it didn't happen. Edwards, the No. 1 prospect in the nation, told ESPN’s Damon Sayles on Sunday that he watched LSU’s win against Alabama from his home in Texas.
Several other 2012 targets were expected to be on hand but couldn’t make the trip, and that included three official visits that were canceled in the last week.
One major reason was the SAT. Wide receivers Derrick Woods (Inglewood, Calif./Inglewood) and Avery Johnson (Pompano Beach, Fla./Ely) each had scheduled the SAT and his official visit on the same weekend. Johnson also had a game Saturday that he decided was too important to miss. A’Shawn Robinson (Fort Worth, Texas/Arlington Heights) a 2013 defensive tackle, also missed his planned trip because of the test.
Woods and Johnson both said they want to reschedule their official visits and both said it doesn’t necessarily have to be during the season.
Defensive back Corey Coleman (Richardson, Texas/Pearce) canceled his official visit because his father had to work Saturday.
Coleman, a Baylor commit, was supposed to make the trip with OU commit De’Vante Harris (Mesquite, Texas/Horn). Because Coleman’s father couldn’t come, Coleman nixed the idea and attended Baylor’s victory against Missouri.