Big 12 weekend wrap: OU scores ESPN 300 commit, questions loom in Austin


Defensive back, especially, cornerback is one of the most important needs Oklahoma wants to fill with the 2016 class. After landing Jordan Parker this past weekend, the Sooners have gone a long way toward getting that need filled. Plus, another Texas loss will lead to more issues on the recruiting trail.

Biggest commit: Bob Stoops has strived for a long time to build a family environment at Oklahoma, and a big part of his recruiting game plan is his multi-million dollar home in Norman. Stoops loves to bring official visitors to dine at his home and be around his friends and family. It was during a visit to his house this past Saturday night that ESPN 300 cornerback Jordan Parker of Pittsburg, California, fell in love with the Sooners. Parker, a coveted cornerback prospect, had a feeling he was “at home” and committed to OU while dining with Stoops. The timing was unexpected, as Parker indicated he was going to announce originally on Nov. 1, but it was a welcome decision for the Sooners. His decision further strengthens the Sooners’ California connection and could help them lure even more players from the Golden State in the future.

Biggest question: Recruits were admittedly already a little uneasy about the future of the Longhorns, but have to be even more so after Texas suffered another crushing defeat this past Saturday. Losing a close game to Oklahoma State can be sold to prospects as a missed opportunity, but a blowout defeat to in-state rival TCU will only give the Horned Frogs ammunition to attack the Longhorns on the recruiting trail. Texas has been idling in recruiting for quite some time, waiting for something positive to happen, but right now it’s just not happening. How Texas responds on the field the next few weeks could go a long way toward answering questions about the future of Charlie Strong’s program many top recruits surely have at this point.