settle Open Post | Monday, April 21st

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– This is K. I’m still over here in the UK on business. Will be heading back to the states tomorrow, but I’ve got a good internet connection here now so I figured I’d add a quick open post. That way you (our readers) and the other fellas can update throughout the day if anything of note comes about.

– Let me start with a bit of Tim Settle news. As y’all probably know by now, he visited OU twice on unofficial visits last week. I had a brief exchange with Tim before I left on my trip, but I hope to catch up with him more when I get home. However, what I did find out is that he enjoyed Oklahoma enough to not only take two trips, but apparently he also wants to take a third. The plan is he will use one of his official visits to come to Norman this fall. It’s too early to know where we stand at this point, but stars like Settle can take official visits anywhere so an official has to be seen as a good sign.

– For those who didn’t see it, OU safety target Keivon Ramsey committed to Texas over the weekend. Based on what I know about Keivon, it didn’t surprise me one bit. When he got the UT offer we kind of figured he would end up committing there. Keivon had visited Oklahoma for a jr. day, but as some of you may recall he was the player that didn’t seem to warm up to Oklahoma’s “pitch.”

I am a fan of Ramsey’s game but OU’s top two targets, Will Sunderland and Kahlil Haughton, are still on the board and Oklahoma is very much in the mix. In fact, some might even say we lead for both.

– Speaking of the Texas spring game, I didn’t get a chance to watch it but would love to hear comments below from those who did. Everything I heard while I was over here indicated there were some struggles but I’m looking forward to watching it myself.

– Another note of interest that I caught while I was checking college football news over the weekend was Alabama landed five recruits over the weekend. Not necessarily OU related, unless we meet them in the future again and they are the next batch of top Alabama talent to fall to the crimson and cream ;)


  • Sooner_Ace

    ” … future again and they are the next batch of top Alabama talent to fall to the crimson and cream” …. nice sentence :) Enjoy the Cider and the good beer across the pond!

  • EasTex

    I thought this very interesting, concerning the Power 5 conferences and next weeks NCAA board meeting.

    • Super Keith

      Yep. That’s a big time development. Things are changing.

      • EasTex

        Worth noting this meeting takes place the day before the NW union vote.

  • Jordan Esco

    If this even qualifies as “news” I’ll leave it here. Though it would, IMO, seem to quell what I’ve perceived some to believe could be an impending commitment. Sure doesn’t see like he’s in much of a hurry if the next stop is a Top 20.
    https://twitter.com/tim_settle/status/458300879444381696

    • SoonerPhins

      Yeah because a Top 20 really breaks things down lol

    • Zack

      Seriously just another WTF recruiting moment this spring for the sooners. A top 20 though? Who does he think he is Casey kasem?

  • Stephen

    When can we expect OU grab recruits? Feels like the program is lagging behind opposed to Bama, Baylor, even OSU.

    • SoonerPhins

      Honestly OU always starts out slow and then is at full steam in November and December. I am not to concerned. Recruits will start looking when OU makes it to the playoffs.

      • Stephen

        I don’t want to seem negative, but if OU’s recruiting tool is getting into the playoffs, they better deliver. It is just disheartening that they cannot gain recruits during the offseason.

        • Kody K.

          I totally agree! It would be different if OU wasn’t considered the top program of all time.–And I’m not here to argue that point with any Tech trolls.
          What more do these recruits need to hear?
          Top recruits should be fighting with each other to get an OU scholarship.—–Not the other way around.

  • Doobie74OU

    Not really upset by loosing Keivon Ramsey as K pointed out we are in good on a couple other top Safties! I do find it interesting that he chose the Longhorns. He apparently didn’t like our pitch because he seemed to think it was a bit arrogant “We have won in the Past, WE WILL WIN IN THE FUTURE!” But he chose a school that last year would have never offered him unless he guaranteed to accept the offer and never talk to other schools! Maybe Coach Strong is different but the Longhorns are about as arrogant as it gets in college football! Our approach to recruiting will bring in the right kids for OU and we will have a great class regardless! Media is already starting to turn around on what most thought was a sub par 2013 class!

  • Stats

    OT – You’re “in the UK on business” over Easter Weekend? You must have harder working business associates than our technical/banking associates over there. Our guys took a 4 day (Fri-Mon) holiday; we can’t even get on-call support until they come back on tonight (Tuesday morning there).

  • ellisbr

    Eddie Radosevich wrote on Twitter about an hour ago “This weeks daily recruiting notes started off with an interesting note on a personnel change in Norman…” anyone know what change that is?

    • Zack

      It’s behind a pay wall but whoever reed case is.

      • ellisbr

        thank you. I was hoping it wasn’t one of our big name coaches. I like the direction this team is heading, we need to find a way to keep who we have in place for a while.

      • Jordan Esco

        He is OU’s director of player personnel. It’s a very important position and a big impending hire for Bob, IMO. I’m gonna try to get K to address it in a post b/c I think he can provide some good insight as to why it is such an important position.

        • Gary Robbins

          Just read Reed Case is now at Texas per Jeff Howe of Texas insider- whatever that is. I don’t know if it’s true though.

          • Jordan Esco

            It is true, though IMO it’s not that big of a loss. From all I’d ever heard I was never under the impression he was very good at what he did. Granted, that is entirely from second-hand info as I’m clearly not in the football offices daily.

            His wife works at UT and has for quite some time I believe. So I wouldn’t read to much into this being the “steal” some might present it as. Honestly, I wouldn’t say it’s all that great of a hire for Texas (which is just fine w/ me).

            All that said, this is a very important hire for Bob.

          • Sooner Ray

            He obviously wasn’t “OU good” anyway.

          • Jordan Esco

            well played

    • Gary Robbins

      Reed Case OU on campus recruiter (2011-2012) and Sooners director of player personnel in 2013 is now at Texas as their on campus recruiting per Jeff Howe of Texas insider. And I don’t pay for any sites-just snooping. Besides paying for info cuts into my happy hour money

      • EasTex

        Could his moving on be a reflection of the job he was doing, or even worse, be part of the reason there are so few commits?
        Enquiring minds and such.

  • Dustin Parish

    Just realized the Fehoko brother is a senior this year. That stings even more because he will graduate before Breiden even gets there…

    • Sooner Ray

      He ain’t there yet.

    • EasTex

      Which brother? He has two there.

  • Ed Cotter

    Found it interesting that UT’s second team O went down the field and scored on the #1 D and Swoopes struggled mightily in the first couple of series. Just saw the first three series before turning away.