Triple Option: Good OU recruiting news

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

1. The best recruiting news from Monday wasn’t anything the Sooners did, but what one recruit is opting not to do. A big sigh of relief was released by OU fans when defensive end D.J. Ward (Lawton, Okla./Lawton) said he doesn’t think he is going to attend Texas’ junior day on Saturday. Ward, the top in-state prospect and top Sooners target for the 2013 class, missed the first junior day for both the Longhorns and Sooners because of a family issue. Ward said he plans to make it to OU’s second junior day March 3. If Ward does in fact bypass the Longhorns, it would be a positive sign for the Sooners.

2. There is no question the OU men’s basketball team has struggled during conference play, but the Sooners can do themselves a world of good with a strong performance Wednesday against Bedlam rival Oklahoma State. A lot of top in-state names are going to be on hand, including 2013 stars Stevie Clark (Oklahoma City/Douglass), shooting guard Juwan Parker (Tulsa, Okla./Washington) and power forward Shaquille Morris (Edmond, Okla./Santa Fe). Still undecided is 2013 point guard Jordan Woodard (Edmond, Okla./Memorial) and 2014 guard Omega Harris (Oklahoma City/Putnam City West) said he would like to attend as well.

3. The only people raving more than recruits about the reputation of OU linebackers coach Tim Kish are the high school coaches out on the West Coast. Not one coach has had a bad thing to say about Kish and most are extremely excited for Kish’s new opportunity as they also see it as a chance for their kids to get more recognition by being noticed by the Sooners. The Kish pipeline is strong in Arizona and southern California, and even though we’re already seeing some signs of it, there is going to be a lot more to come in the future.