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 how the Sooners’ national recruiting has changed some aspects of the Red River Rivalry.
There was a history lesson for Oklahoma’s players on Monday. Jay Boulware, the Sooners’ special teams coordinator/running backs coach, gave a historical lecture on what goes on each October at the Cotton Bowl in Dallas and how it has become one of the fiercest rivalries in sports.
Boulware is a great resource. He played at Texas. He knows the passion for the game runs both ways.
“It’s been a heckuva series,” he said. “You give all the guys a little history lesson before you play this game. You’ve got kids from California.”
That’s one thing that’s changed over the last decade or so. In the 1970s and 1980s, this game was for recruiting dominance in Texas. Former Oklahoma coach Barry Switzer planted the Sooners’ flag so deep in Texas, playing for the Sooners didn’t feel like leaving home.
Texas is still Oklahoma’s most important recruiting territory. Its roster numbers 43 players from the Lone Star State. But recruiting nationally grows in importance every year. The Sooners’ roster includes seven Californians. Two starters — running back Trey Sermon and left tackle Orlando Brown — are from Georgia.
The Sooners signed players from 20 different states over the last four recruiting classes. They even broke out the passport to get defensive tackle Neville Gallimore in 2015.
Texas’ roster has a national flavor, too. They’ve players from nine states in the last four recruiting classes. The history lesson isn’t needed as much. Texans dominate the Longhorns’ roster.
It doesn’t matter where anyone is from when they arrive at the Cotton Bowl for the first time.
“It’s something when you’re a part of it and you’re able to come down that tunnel, no matter which side you’re on, it’s special,” Boulware said. “I still get goosebumps pulling into that State Fairgrounds to this day.
“I can feel it immediately; you can feel that intensity as soon as you pull in. It’s special, man, I’m telling you. It’s like nothing I’ve ever been around, and I’m getting goosebumps just thinking about it right now, just talking about the importance of that game to both sides.”
LB DaShaun White sets official visit for Texas Tech game
Oklahoma lost the initial battle with Texas A&M to land 2018 4-star linebacker DaShaun White. The war for the Richland, Texas, prospect isn’t over.
White will take an official visit to Oklahoma for the Texas Tech game on Oct. 28. It will be the second time in 6 weeks White will visit Norman. He made an unofficial visit for the Tulane game on Sept. 16.
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