Midlands: The Flip Masters
Bob Stoops
Bob Stoops
Regional Recruiting Manager
Posted Jan 28, 2011


Take a look at history and you will quickly see that Bob Stoops and his staff at Oklahoma are one of the best staffs when it comes to securing talent very late in the recruiting process. So it would be no surprise to see it happen again.

Start looking at the recruiting lists over the years and you will quickly notice that Oklahoma has a habit of flipping a recruit late in the process, sometimes just hours before things go silent in the days heading up to National Signing Day.

So it would be no surprise to hear that the OU staff could be closing in on such a player late in the process in Baylor commitment Nila Kasitati, who happened to be one of the highest risers in the most recent Scout.com rankings updates. The three-star was a dominant blocking tight end all year for Trinity and could develop in to a truly great offensive lineman down the road.

The Sooners have been relatively quiet on the recruiting front, as a matter of fact the last commitment came by the way of Dan Tapko back on June 29th.

The only fireworks were the ones let off by Brandon Carter when he flipped his commitment from OU to TCU. The Irony is that Kasitati, who played alongside Carter all year at Trinity, is being considered to fill Carter’s spot in OU’s class.

It remains to be seen if Kasitati will indeed flip from BU to OU, but there is no doubting that Stoops and Co. have the ability to close the deal and if recent history is any indication someone will likely make the signing day switcheroo.

2010 - OLB Corey Nelson
Nelson was highly recruited and made a pre-senior season decision to sign with Texas A&M. Oklahoma never threw in the towel and less than a week before signing day the Sooners grabbed a pledge from Nelson during an in-home visit. Nelson denied reports of the commitment until signing day when he arrived at a press conference draped in crimson.

2009 - CB Demontre Hurst
Hurst made a commitment to sign with Oklahoma State, but when a scholarship opened up the OU staff brought him in for an official visit the weekend before signing day and offered him a scholarship. Hurst accepted and parted ways from the Cowboys and committed to the Sooners. He earned playing time as a true freshman and started at corner as a sophomore.

2008 - S/CB Lamar Harris
Harris is another one that the Sooners managed to convince that Norman was a better destination than College Station. There were rumors all year that Harris would indeed switch and his commitment to OU was not a huge shock to everyone as his highly recruited teammate at the time Justin Johnson also inked with OU. Johnson is no longer at OU and Harris has yet to make a real impact on the field.

2007 - WR Ryan Broyles AND OLB Travis Lewis
This could be the banner year for the flip, because the argument could be made that Broyles is the best offensive player on the roster and that Lewis is the best defender. The Sooners were also able to pull them away from conference rivals. Broyles was from Norman High and flipped back and forth between Oklahoma and Oklahoma State throughout the process. On signing day he ended speculation by signing his letter to stay in his home town. Lewis took his time and decided on Nebraska, but close to signing day he got ‘cold feet’ and decided to switch to the Sooners.


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