The Oklahoma Sooners have received 26 letters of intent with a few surprises. On the heels on a successful morning and afternoon, Head Coach Bob Stoops held a press conference to discuss some of the on-goings inside of the program. To start things off, Stoops commented on the effect the new coaches have had on recruiting.
STOOPS on new assistants: "They had a positive impact. We're really good at working as a team. Rarely is it one guy recruiting somebody."— Oklahoma Football (@OU_Football) February 5, 2014
However, the topic quickly shifted to the future of quarterback Blake Bell. While I initially thought the transfer of Kendal Thompson removed any notion that Bell would move over to tight end, I couldn't have been more wrong.
STOOPS: "Blake (Bell) wants to stay here and finish out. He wants to try tight end. I think it's a great fit. He has size and athleticism."— Oklahoma Football (@OU_Football) February 5, 2014
STOOPS: "We anticipate (Blake Bell) playing (at tight end). I don't see why it would be difficult for him."— Oklahoma Football (@OU_Football) February 5, 2014
Bell certainly has the size and physicality to play tight end. But, let's not fool ourselves...it is completely different position than quarterback. If the coaches have faith in him, then I cannot refute that. So, where does a guy like Taylor McNamara fit in now?
On another note, Coach Stoops addressed the idea of Baker Mayfield walking-on as a Sooner.
Stoops indicates that he met Baker Mayfield for the first time last night and will have the opportunity to walk on.— Oklahoma Football (@OU_Football) February 5, 2014
Does this mean that Texas Tech and
Ryan Gosling Kliff Kingsbury are ready to release Mayfield? If so, the quarterback situation gets a little bit more complicated down the road.