On Friday morning, the Oklahoma Sooners announced a three-game series with the Tulsa Golden Hurricane. Set to begin in September of 2023, the final pairing will conclude ten years later in 2033. Making the agreement public knowledge, fans took to social media to express disapproval of the announcement.
Those same fans fail to remember the importance the Tulsa area plays in terms of recruiting specifically on the defensive side of the ball. Clearly, the epicenter for football in the state of Oklahoma, the top players often come from the northeast part of the state. Recently, names such as Tress Way and Aaron Colvin graced the Sooners’ roster before moving on to the next level of competition. In addition, the program has three players from the area in the starting lineup on defense alone this season.
Yet, for every player that Oklahoma secured a commitment from, another slipped through the cracks. This includes the likes of Josh Jacobs and Tyler Lockett, both of whom are playing in the NFL at the moment. More recently, Daxton Hill, a 5-star safety opted to leave the Tulsa area for Michigan in hopes of making a name for himself. Coincidentally, the safety position is an area of need/concern on the current roster at the University of Oklahoma.
In conclusion, the future pairings between the Oklahoma Sooners and the Tulsa Golden Hurricane provide an opportunity for prospects to interact with the program personally on their own turf. How can that be a bad thing?