There are Several Reasons Why Oklahoma Doesn’t Have a Lot of Verbal Commitments

Heading into Saturday’s Spring Game — one of the pivot points on Oklahoma’s annual recruiting calendar — there has been some consternation among Sooner fans about OU not having locked up a lot of verbal commitments.

First, those will happen, coach Brent Venables says. In fact, he made it sound on Tuesday like there are some almost scheduled for the near future.

Second, the nature of when schools land verbal commits has changed—some might say drastically—for a handful of reasons.

OU currently has four verbal commitments in the 2023 class. From 2016-2021, the Sooners had anywhere from 8 to 11 prospects committed by April 20. That changed last year, when only seven had pledged by this time in the 2022 class.


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