Sebastian Sebastian Tretola Update (UPDATED 9:05 pm)

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I know everyone is waiting to see where JUCO OL Sebastian Tretola ends up. We just got word from someone very close to Sebastian about the situation and this is exactly what we we’re told. Take it however you want:

Paraphrased: Sebastian’s qualification situation isn’t great. The issue goes back to the Nevada days and he and the coaching staff have been working to get it rectified. It appears that was the reason that Florida pulled out. I don’t know where Sebastian is going and I don’t think Sebastian even knows where he is going.

That’s what we we’re told. SEC is harder to qualify in than the Big 12 so if what we we’re told is true then it would seem Arkansas would have a tough time getting him in. And we don’t know what it means for OU.

Again, this what we we’re told by someone close to Sebastian.

UPDATE: Sebastian has signed with Arkansas. We’ll have to wait and see if can indeed qualify but the information we got about his qualification issues came straight from a coach at the school.

  • Super K

    Honestly it was a confusing situation. But this person is close enough to Sebastian that he should know where Sebastian is going. The fact that he didn’t know and said that he didn’t think Sebastian even knows surprised me. Not sure what to make of it. Just passing along what I heard.

    • Sooner Ray

      I would like to have every good athlete out there but the truth is D1 football is a complex, thinking man’s game and if you gamble on a kid that could be an academic liability then you spend all your time working on grades instead of developing a football player. Just my opinion.

  • pitbull17

    Really sounds like he may not qualify at all. Because it appears he’s spending more time trying to get that done than he is looking at schools.

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    • Super K

      I honestly don’t know. Again, the whole thing confused me but it was clear there is some academic issue which doesn’t mean the kid isn’t smart. I want to be clear about that. It’s just that it seems he came in with some issues from Nevada that they’ve been trying to work through. Also, this person should have known where Sebastian was going. Definitely confused me more when he said he doesn’t think Sebastian even knows. That was about an hour ago.

      • pitbull17

        Oh I completely understand that. You can have a perfect GPA and if your adviser doesn’t make sure what you’re taking will transfer to where you need to go, you’re pretty much screwed.

  • CoachStauder

    OU must have had some indicator that he could/should be able to qualify by December. If this is the case, you would think qualifying by May would be easy. I don’t think the kid is a grade risk as much as he may not have cleared the red tape of the clearinghouse quite yet.

    • Sooner Ray

      Hope that is the case, gotta love that red tape wrapped like a bow around the NCAA

    • JD

      There is no clearing house if he has a juco degree

      • CoachStauder

        True enough, I misspoke. However, there is conference and university red tape. Plus, if he did not graduate from JUCO then the clearinghouse would be involved. If he had academic issues that could have come into play. It’s all moot now as OU missed out on the kid.

  • Kdubracing

    Twitter rumor is he’s about to sign somewhere. Have you guys done any kind of breakdown on him? Curious to hear you’re thoughts on him compared to some others.

    • Kdubracing

      I guess that rumors been going all day too though.

      • Super K

        Yeah we aren’t saying we don’t expect him to sign. We’re just passing along what I one of his coaches said.

        • Kdubracing

          Didnt mean that, just saw on Twitter right before I came here that he was waiting on people to get off work and was about to sign. Not sure of credibility or who it was, but sounded like he knew where he was signing. Again, just twitter rumors though. Still hasn’t happened so I guess that let’s me know how in tune they were.

  • John Williams

    “SEC is harder to qualify in than the Big 12″–ha. Hahahaha. Bwahahahahahahahahahahahahahah! Now THAT’s some good ship right there! Haven’t heard an SEC player able to complete a sentence in decades!

    • Super K

      Their qualification requirements from JUCO are more stringent than those from the Big 12

      • ctsooner

        For anyone who still disagrees with K, just look at a few of the JC kids we’ve gotten over the years who wanted SEC or even signed and couldn’t qualify there, but could at OU. MS moment for me, but that LB’r from SFCC who went to FL, but couldn’t get in and transferred to OU….Bowl game MVP wasn’t he? I’m sure some will know the name. Sorry can’t help when the MS moments hit.

    • Super Keith

      Yeah, this is actually a case when the information isn’t SEC hype. It is harder for JUCO kids to qualify into the SEC.

    • boomersooner

      this one got a chuckle. a lot of em sound like mushmouth dont they

    • Scott Bradock

      How about, “We are national champions.” That’s been said by several players that past 7 years.

  • blaster1371

    Take the Hill kid. OU depth at OT next season allows for a redshirt season. Would rather get four years out of a player than a “maybe” for two.

    • Kdubracing

      We need both. Tretola for depth next year to allow Hill to redshirt. Only gonna be crickets left in 15 as of right now.

    • CoachStauder

      Tretola was a G/C.

  • OUFan123

    Looks like he signed with Arkansas…. Bummer.

  • CoachStauder

    It has taken a lot, but my spirit has finally been crushed by the 2014 recruiting cycle. I like a lot of the kids OU is bringing in, but we are losing too many battles to schools that are lesser programs lately. I’ve stayed pretty positive and I’ll never be a negative person, but I have finally hit my tipping point… I’m not going to have any hair left…

    • Super K

      Man I hear you but we’re keeping the faith. OL recruiting is tough sledding right now.

      • CoachStauder

        One year is tough sledding, but the last 3 cycles have been absolute disasters at OT and not good on the OL really. That will show up in 2014 from a depth stand point, but in 2015 our QBs might need to wear bubble wrap around their entire bodies because it could get ugly…

        • Billy Jackson

          Good point. Kish had a really rough first year, too. And Kittle not only left a bare cupboard, he never even went to the store to stock it.

          Bill B. will get it done, but the situation he was left to fix really needed fixing. Still not sure how a crappy Arkansas team could snag this kid…But, oh well.

          • CoachStauder

            With an OL coach that has been on the job for the same length of time as BB basically. Pittman is a good coach, but BB lost Pruitt and Tretola to him. Also Zach Rogers. He needs to win those head to head matchups with an inferior program in our region.

          • Super K

            Yeah we’ve got plenty to sell Olinemen. Definitely need to win some of these battles.

          • Rashad See

            We all understand that games are won in the trenches but the most development happens at the offensive and defensive lines during the 1st 2 years of college. Don’t think that one or two kids will make this class great or a bust on the offensive/defensive lines. Growth will happen and we’ll get who we need to be successful.

      • CoachStauder

        I will say that Bedenbaugh works his tail off on the trail, he just needs to start closing some kids that could be impact OL in the 2014 class. I know he will eventually get the job done, but OU needs him to come through for this class in a bad way.

  • Sooner Ray

    Is there a reason OU seems to struggle lately loading up on quality lineman? We stayed loaded years ago. We have a few in the pros right now but it seems like it’s getting hard to reload at that position.

  • Learguy

    Does make one wonder why OL is such a tough recruitment lately.

    • Super K

      Indeed

  • Sooner Ray

    A good OL is vital to a successful zone read but I also would love to see a dominant DL so our D ends and backers can unleash on people.

  • Adrian

    This really makes me angry, not at Coach B or the staff, just the situation that was like to Bedenbaugh. It’s a situation that we have no choice but to get good results THIS year and when you give a guy only a year to learn your school and program and try to form positive, honest relationships, it is a 2-3 year process. You see it for next year already (both Oline and Dline) but this is just frustrating. Two guys we want and they are both to Arkansas. I hope something can happen with Curtis, Sims and Frison

    • OUFan123

      It’s really frustrating. We need Curtis and Frison badly since we’ve got a pretty good chance of landing them, and if we could get Sims on an official visit that would be good progress. I hope this starts coming together, it’s looking pretty rough right now.

  • OUFan123

    Have you guys heard anything from other o-line targets, such as Frison, Curtis, and maybe Patrick Au? If we could get a couple of those guys that would be helpful