Oklahoma recruiting: Do commitments ride on winning in Dallas?

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Stay up to date with Oklahoma football recruiting with the latest news and notes and analysis in the daily edition of DieHards’ Wagon Wheels. Today, we look at the importance of the Red River Rivalry when it comes to recruiting.

There was a time when commitments swung based on the outcome of an Oklahoma-Texas game. Recruits, especially from the Dallas-Fort Worth area, flock to the event.

But does bringing the Golden Hat home flip the tables in recruiting?

“It’s a little difficult to say. At the end of the day, is what happens in this game, is it going to decide one guy or another? I doubt it,” Oklahoma coach Lincoln Riley said on Wednesday.

The Sooners have dominated the serieslately, winning 11 of the last 17 dating back to the 2000 season. Yet, the Longhorns have signed higher-ranked recruiting classes in the 247Sports composite rankings in nine of those seasons.

The size of the victories didn’t seem to matter either. Oklahoma’s lopsided routs of the Longhorns in 2000, 2003, 2011 and 2012 didn’t have a noticeable impact in what either program signed the following February.

Perhaps, that’s one of the factors of the schools linking up as Big 12 Conference rivals in 1996. Recruits don’t measure victories as much as study championships. The Sooners have 10 Big 12 titles since 2000. The Longhorns have two over the period.

“There’s no question that winning just in general and doing well in big games helps you establish the brand that you want to establish,” Riley said. “In the end, does it help you get guys down the line or this and that? Yeah maybe. Definitely, it’s a factor. This is another big game. It always is. Is it going to individually impact one person or change it? No. But it certainly is a factor in the brand of both schools.”

Sooners make Bobby Brown’s top 8

Four-star defensive lineman Bobby Brown announced his finalists on Wednesday. The Sooners made the cut for the No. 153 player in the 2018 class and No. 17 player in Texas.

Brown also listed Alabama, LSU, Florida State, Baylor, Texas, Texas A&M and Houston as the others he’s considering.

The Sooners got an official visit from Brown for the Tulane game. Since then, the defensive lineman took an official visit to Florida State last week. Brown scheduled an official visit to Alabama for Oct. 20 and Texas A&M on Oct. 27.

Brown will announce his commitment Nov. 2.

White picks up Texas offer

Oklahoma hopes to flip 4-star linebacker DaShaun White from Texas A&M by the Dec. 21 signing period. It picked up more competition Wednesday. Watson, who is expected to attend the Red River Showdown on Saturday, announced he’s received an offer from the Longhorns.

White committed to Texas A&M in August. He took an unofficial visit to Norman, Okla., for the Tulane game and is scheduled to return on an official visit for the Texas Tech game Oct. 28.

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