mbanasor Open Post | Wednesday, May 7th (Updated 1:10 pm)

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- For a while Oklahoma had neglected recruiting much of the deep south, including New Orleans. A lot of people felt it was a waste of time since the SEC programs were sure to swallow all those players up. But last year Oklahoma was able to sign a couple New Orleans natives in Courtney Garnett and Dwayne Orso (Orso went to school at Homewood HS in AL but is originally from New Orleans).

The OU coaches seem to have decided to not only continue to recruit SEC territory, but increase their efforts in the region. Yesterday Coach Montgomery was in New Orleans visiting a number of recruits, and it sounds like coach Bobby Jack Wright will be down there next week.

- Oklahoma also stopped by yesterday to see one of the top OLB prospects on their board, Marshall ‘Bo’ Wallace. Who is a very realistic option for the Sooners and would be a great pick up.

- They were also by to see star 2016 DLineman, Glen Logan (Destrehan, LA). Logan is another example of Oklahoma not only increasing their efforts in SEC territory, but also trying to get out in front with early offers.

- Yet another player they saw was 2015 ATH Donte’ Jackson (Jefferson, LA). Apparently, Oklahoma likes Jackson as a cornerback and he definitely impressed live in person. It sounds like Jackson may receive an offer in the very near future.

- As we mentioned yesterday, Coach Wright stopped by to see PJ Mbanasor and it sounds like the visit went really. I talked to PJ about it and he said “I love that man” in reference to Wright. He said Wright will be back to see him again next week.

- UPDATE (9:11 am): Donte’ Jackson has just told me that he has indeed received an offer from Oklahoma!

- UPDATE (1:10 pm): Sooners have offered 2016 LB Lokeni Toailoa out of Rialto, California – VIDEO


  • Jordan Esco
  • Jason Vos

    You forgot to mention Joseph Paul, another player OU got out of New Orleans

    • Super K

      indeed!

  • SoonerPhins

    Where hasn’t Coach Monty been? Dude is on his USA Tour

    • Super K

      He’s an incredibly hard worker. He and coach Bedenbaugh both are.

    • BigJoeBrown

      Monty needs his own bus like John Madden.

  • Jason Vos

    Hey Super K, can you look into another big Texas CB, Holton Hill? I think he is about 6’2 and do you know if OU has offered thanks.

    • Super K

      Hey Jason! OU has not offered Holton yet bud

      • thegoodmagneto(CJ)

        247 has OU offering him on 4/30..I do not know much about 247 so I will take it as a grain of salt.

  • SoonerScrooge

    I know it’s earlyish, but seems we’ve lost a bit of momentum with recruiting. Is there a particular position(s) where we seen a lot of our offers commit elsewhere?

    • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TDUvqXK4DEM DCinAZ

      I stopped thinking we’ve lost momentum. We’re about where we were at this time last year. Seems like now that we’re recruiting nationally (thank god!) that it’s more of a marathon than a sprint to reel in some of these recruits. Convincing a kid to move hundreds of miles away from home ain’t easy.

      • SoonerScrooge

        Definitely understand that the national recruits are going to take longer. Many of them need the official visit to see campus. But, we’re not just recruiting nationally; we’re still offering tons of kids in TX that we’re missing out on. Losses to TX teams and SEC expansion the past couple of years has really hurt us in what is traditionally our backyard. We’re doing better nationally, but get top kids in TX and nationally is what is going to get us into the top 5 of recruiting rankings.

        • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TDUvqXK4DEM DCinAZ

          Agree that we’ve fallen off in Texas too much.

  • thegoodmagneto(CJ)

    Darrell Williams off the board for now.

    • Zack

      This comes to mind.

      • thegoodmagneto(CJ)

        For sure.

    • Jordan Esco

      Because?

      • Doobie74OU

        They are reporting he verbally committed to Auburn

  • ohiosoonerdevildog

    I heard an OU coach was in Dublin, Ohio yesterday visiting a lb named Nick Conner. Im waiting to hear which coach, but he is a beast. I know his cousin and he apparently likes OU. He is disgusted with Urban and Blowhio State due to the fact they are slow playing him and he wants out of the state. I would definitely look at his tape. I know its on espnu.

    • Super K

      Thanks bud!

      • ohiosoonerdevildog

        Anytime. Thank you guys for your work.

    • thegoodmagneto(CJ)

      Watched his HUDL tape..Nice

      • ohiosoonerdevildog

        Yeah he is actually up to about 230 now too. And last I heard he ran a 4.5.

  • Jordan Esco
    • Doobie74OU

      Any word on which position they are recruiting him for? I see he is list as a OT and DT but most of his HUDL film is as a OT!

      • Super K

        I believe it’s OLine bud.

        • Doobie74OU

          Thanks K! He is a big boy on Sophomore tape and real life 6’5 around 320lbs for a 2016 prospect! WOW! When he gets more technique and polish should be stout!

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TDUvqXK4DEM DCinAZ

    I can’t express how thrilled I am that we’ve taken to recruiting nationally. I’ve been barking about that for years that we shouldn’t be afraid to go into any state, anywhere, no matter who the flagship school is there. We’re a national brand and those schools can’t get every kid in their states. If I’m in Ohio and OSU is full of LBers at the moment and Oklahoma comes calling on me, am I really going to be disappointed? Maybe a little in not getting on with my desired choice but is it really a bad choice for my career to go play at a place like Oklahoma? Naw…..

    • Super K

      I agree. I think if you’re strategic about it…and you look for the right of kids it can be great…in an odd way it can force people to become a tighter knit family because they’re further from home. I do think though that there is an opportunity to reassert ourselves in Texas

      • SoonerScrooge

        Absolutely must sweep the TX teams this year to build recruiting momentum: TX and Tech – can’t give that recruiting chip to new coaches; Baylor – three losses in four years after never losing to them!!!; TCU – meh, not as worried about them, but would suck for natty hopes. Pivotal year ahead fellas.

      • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TDUvqXK4DEM DCinAZ

        I agree. I think some of our influence in Texas has decreased a little bit, or been consolidated to a couple of metro areas in San Antonio and Houston. We don’t seem to be much of a factor in the DFW area these days.

        • Super K

          I think the state is ripe to be reclaimed to some degree.

  • Neworleanssooner

    Glad to see the Sooners are starting to tap into the wealth of talent in the New Orleans area and all of Louisiana. So much talent in the state. They all can’t go to LSU, so why not OU?

    • Super K

      Exactly!

  • SilverFox

    Looks like to me Rialto, California needs to move up a class. Half the Dline was in backfield on every play. Didn’t matter what team they were playing.

    • Ed Cotter

      I live 10 minutes from Rialto, so I’ll check out some games and report back about the young man.

  • ToatsMcGoats

    Lokeni looks like a skinny Alvin Mack!

  • Super Keith

    Small thing, but can you guys put the name of the player under the images? I don’t always follow our recruits close enough to know who is who in a picture.

  • Sooner Ray

    Seen on LT that a D lineman out of NC is visiting in a couple weeks. Name is Darian Roseboro. Anyone know anything about it?

    • Super K

      Thanks Ray…I’ll check it out bud!

  • L’carpetron Dookmarriot

    A DT out of Louisiana…hmm. If LSU wants him, he’ll be hard to snag. There are many high schools that are lined up with LSU, and they don’t let their players go elsewhere very often.

  • Ed Cotter

    Just wondering if TFB will doing some kind of Sooners draft updates over the next couple of days.