The temperatures outside aren’t the only things that look to be heating up this summer. The 2023 recruiting class is at the forefront of the college football world as this summer represents their last summer before they decide on what their future holds for collegiate football.
The Oklahoma Sooners haven’t hit double digits yet in terms of commits, so they have quite a long way to go before they fill up their scholarships. However, they need to keep the guys they have committed in the fold. No one has decommitted yet but our friends at Ducks Wire confirmed Sooner wide receiver commit Ashton Cozart will be in Eugene, Oregon, for a visit this weekend.
Cozart spoke with On3 earlier this month about his thoughts on recruiting and was on record saying, “In my opinion, in this industry, it’s become a business, so you can’t just be too high on one person because anything can happen,” Cozart told On3 earlier this month. “I’m still committed to Oklahoma, but I think it’s smart to keep an eye on other opportunities as well and keep those relationships up.”
In many ways, he’s extremely right. That’s not the kicker though. The catch is that his would-be future head coach whom he committed to spoke candidly and passionately about commitments and scholarships needing to mean something and even compared recruiting to marriage in essence comparing the need to take additional visits as akin to dating someone while already married.
There’s another part of this equation that may be flying under the radar and not being considered when looking at this picture from a wider point of view. Since Cozart committed to the Oklahoma Sooners on Feb. 4, the Sooners have landed not one but two transfer wide receivers with multiple years of eligibility. Javian Hester was first and earlier this week LV Bunkley-Shelton joined the mix. Both primarily play in the slot, which is not what Cozart offers outside as a Z or X receiver.
However, that’s another body and more reps that could be taken away from him on top of the other receivers the Sooners would return next year: Jalil Farooq, Jayden Gibson and Nic Anderson.
Maybe after seeing this unfold and looking at the situation, Cozart feels compelled to make sure his heart and his path to playing time still lead him to Norman and that going on visits is a way of confirming or denying that. There are months between now and the time he has to sign the dotted line for his final decision.
No one knows for sure what’s going on behind the scenes but the situation is something to monitor going forward. How will Venables and the staff take to it? Will it have a lasting impact on recruiting going forward if the Sooners switch their policy or will the policy remain in place and the Sooners have a conversation with Cozart? We don’t know, but we’ll continue to monitor Cozart’s recruitment going forward.