For the second time in less than a month, the coaching instability at the University of Oklahoma has cost the Sooners a talented cornerback recruit. A couple of weeks ago it came in the form of De'Vante Harris and Monday night it came in the form of Wagoner CB Kevin Peterson.
Despite being committed to Oklahoma, Peterson was in Stillwater this past weekend for an official visit which very likely took place only as a result of Brent Venables departure. Initially it was reported that Peterson enjoyed his visit, but had not de-committed from Oklahoma. That is no longer the case.
Peterson's high school coach confirmed that his star player has switched his commitment from Oklahoma to Oklahoma State. He also confirmed the obvious, that Willie Martinez and Brent Venables leaving had a significant impact on Peterson's decision to switch.
It's a bit of a gut punch for the Sooners because Oklahoma State didn't even get involved with Peterson until he had already committed to Oklahoma (the
Pukes Pokes offered Peterson the day after he committed). Plus, it's losing a recruit to Oklahoma State.
High school kids come and go, that's just the game of recruiting, but as I said Sunday night on the podcast the days of OU swooping in really late on kids and getting a commitment just "because they're OU" are pretty much over. With less than 10 days to go till NSD, the OU coaches have some significant work to do for the close of this class not to be a major disappointment. These two recent de-commitments, the Mario Edwards fiasco, the Brandon Beaver deal, the expected 2nd (or worse) place finish on multiple five star recruits, and things aren't exactly looking up for the Sooners on the recruiting trail at the moment. There is a certain feeling of disorganization and it's definitely not one that elicits a sense of confidence. Hopefully they'll close strong on some of the kids they're still targeting, this weekend is shaping up to be a big one for official visits, but this news was a pretty crappy way to start the home stretch to NSD.