Oklahoma Sooners

Oklahoma Spring Game Postponement | The Real Loss Could Be Off The Field

M. Hofeld


Let’s be honest. Outside of a sneak peek at Spencer Rattler and somewhat of an understanding of how much of a leg up he has on Tanner Mordecai, we weren’t going to learn much at Oklahoma’s spring game next month. That’s not to say the Sooners don’t have some key position battles going on and some new wrinkles to add on both sides of the ball through.

New personnel on all three levels of the defense, the loss of Trey Sermon at running back, and the need to fill a void on the offensive line all highlight things Oklahoma needed to work on in the spring. We just weren’t going to learn much about any of that by watching a scrimmage that has become a secondary event in recent years to a massive recruiting push that same weekend. That’s where the biggest loss is by potentially not having this weekend.

We’ve been receiving a lot of questions about whether the spring game will be held on April 18, or even at all,” said Castiglione. “The fact of the matter is it would be virtually impossible to hold the game on the originally scheduled date since we’re not sure when or if we’ll be able to return to practice. So in talking with Coach (Lincoln) Riley, we feel at the very least it’s appropriate to announce that the game and associated activities will not occur on April 18.”

The Sooners have been gaining a ton of traction for the 2021 recruiting cycle. Four-star receiver Mario Williams just listed Oklahoma in his Top 5, three-star JUCO corner De’Jahn Warren set an extended visit for June, and top recruits Caleb Williams (quarterback), Camar Wheaton (running back), and Bryce Foster (offensive tackle) were all recently on campus.

An unexpected dead period has pumped the brakes on recruiting across the nation but the hope remained that April 18th could still be a big weekend for both 2021 and 2022 recruits. That could have been the jump-start to amp things back up heading into the summer.

With no reschedule in sight right now everything remains in limbo, including recruiting momentum. Spencer Rattler will eventually take the field in Norman. Baker Mayfield’s statue will eventually be unveiled. The recruiting opportunity that surrounds the spring game can’t be made up and that’s a big loss.

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