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OU football recruiting strong despite defensive uncertainty

Woodi Washington changes his hand signal in each photo. “Horns down” in one. “There’s only one” in another. Four fingers for Oklahoma’s run of Big 12 titles in the last one.

What doesn’t change is the Sooner recruit’s posture. In each picture snapped during a recent in-home visit, Washington stands tall and proud and smiling.

The other constant in each photo — Kerry Cooks.

You have to wonder if the OU defensive backs coach will be standing next to Washington next season.

Cooks is one of OU’s defensive assistants whose future in Norman is in question. Sooner coach Lincoln Riley is expected to name a new defensive coordinator at some point, and at big-time programs, coordinators are routinely allowed to bring a few of their own assistants.

What assistants will remain? Who will be replaced?

It’s impossible to say.

And yet, with the first of two signing periods starting Wednesday, all of the Sooner assistants have been on the recruiting trail in recent weeks. Seeing photos on social media of Tim Kish in San Bernardino, California, with linebacker Jonathan Perkins or Calvin Thibodeaux in Wichita, Kansas, with defensive end Marcus Hicks or Cooks in Murfreesboro, Tennessee, with Washington is weird.

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