Oklahoma recruiting: Latest updates on the Sooners’ class
Welcome to DieHards’ daily Wagon Wheels, a rundown of everything happening with Oklahoma recruiting. In this edition, we ponder how coach Lincoln Riley will utilize his in-season visits and analyze how the 2018 class looks today.
Oklahoma’s 2018 recruiting class grew by one this week with the addition of Midwest City (Okla.) defensive end Jalen Redmond. The Sooners now have 16 commitments, with six of them coming since Lincoln Riley’s promotion to coach on June 7.
With nine spots open, Oklahoma is two-thirds of the way to completing the class, but it is unlikely that the Sooners will fill all of their slots before the season begins in September. Former coach Bob Stoops always used official visits during the season to his advantage. First-year coach Riley likely will do the same.
Here’s an early glance at where things stand for the 2018 class.
Where Oklahoma’s class ranks
Oklahoma’s 2018 class is ranked No. 11 nationally and No. 2 in the Big 12. One of the Oklahoma commits is a 5-star recruit and three are 4-star prospects. They are one of five teams ranked in the top 12 who hold 16 commitments or less.
A pair of linebackers — 3-star Brian Asamoah (Columbus, Ohio) and 4-star DaShaun White (Richland Hills, Texas) — both visited Norman on Saturday. Both could announce commitments soon. White’s list is down to the Sooners, Texas A&M and Oklahoma State. The Sooners, Pittsburgh and West Virginia appear to be Asamoah’s top three. Linebackers are the biggest missing pieces in the 2018 class. Figure on Oklahoma taking at least two.
In case you missed anything from this week, here are the latest headlines:
• Oklahoma could need two quarterbacks in 2018 class
• Oklahoma on pace for another elite class, but needs remain
• Oklahoma reaps the rewards from recruiting barbecue
• Oklahoma picks up trio of commitments in 3 different classes
Offers by the numbers
Reported offers: 186
5-star offers: 16
4-star offers: 114
In-state recruits offered: 9
Texas recruits offered: 48
Georgia recruits offered: 15
Florida recruits offered: 37
California recruits offered: 16
OL Brey Walker, 5 stars, Westmoore (Moore, Okla.)
RB T.J. Pledger, 4 stars, IMG Academy (Bradenton, Fla.)
DE Ron Tatum, 4 stars, Putnam City (Oklahoma City)
WR Jaquayln Crawford, 4 stars, Rockdale (Texas)
DE Jalen Redmond, 3 stars, Midwest City (Okla.)
RB Tavion Thomas, 3 stars, Dayton Dunbar (Ohio)
QB Tanner Mordecai, 3 stars, Waco Midway (Texas)
OL Tramonda Moore, 3 stars, Independence (Kan.) Community College
CB Miguel Edwards, 3 stars, Deerfield Beach (Fla.)
WR Jaylon Robinson, 3 stars, All Saints Episcopal (Fort Worth, Texas)
WR Kundarrius Taylor, 3 stars, Ridgeway (Memphis, Tenn.)
CB Starrland Baldwin, 3 stars, Cy Falls (Houston)
DT: Jordan Kelley, 3 stars, Tulsa Union (Okla.)
S: Patrick Fields, 3 stars, Tulsa Union (Okla.)
CB: Jordon Austin, 3 stars, Lancaster (Texas)
WR: Treveon Johnson, 3 stars, Brenham (Texas)
5 top uncommitted targets
4-star WR Kamryn Babb, Christian Brothers College (St. Louis)
The 6-foot-1, 19o-pound Kamryn Babb hasn’t set a timetable for when he’ll commit. Ohio State remains the assumed the leader, but the Sooners moved into his top 5 after receiving an offer in May.
With four wide receivers currently committed, the Sooners are likely one more away from filling out the class. The key is getting Babb to visit Norman. So far his lone summer trip went to Ohio State. As long as there isn’t a timetable for a commitment, the Sooners have a chance to make up some ground.
4-star DE Ronnie Perkins, Lutheran North (St. Louis)
Ronnie Perkins (6-3, 256) made an unofficial visit to Texas three weeks ago, but Oklahoma has seemed like the leader for Perkins. The Sooners’ switch to a 4-3 defense this season creates a significant need for defensive ends in this class. Over the years, Oklahoma has enjoyed great success plucking players out of the St. Louis area. The Sooners are firmly in his top 5, joining LSU, Michigan, Missouri and Nebraska.
Perkins hasn’t given a commitment timetable, which is good for Oklahoma. He still hasn’t visited the campus. Expect that to come before December.
4-star DT Dante Stills, Fairmont (W.Va.)
The Sooners still don’t have a defensive tackle in this class. Stills (6-4, 265) could fill a major hole. Getting him out of his home state could be the hard part. West Virginia appears to be the leader, with Florida and Oklahoma trailing.
Stills has indicated he’d like to make his commitment before his senior season begins. It would be tough for the Sooners in that scenario.
Stills’ brother is a sophomore at West Virginia and his father was a standout there, too. The Sooners host West Virginia on Nov. 25 this season. It’s unlikely they’ll get many official visitors on Thanksgiving weekend.
4-star OLB Merlin Robertson, Junipero Serra (Gardena, Calif.)
It’s August, and the Sooners lack a California commitment. They’ve had great success recruiting the state in the last seven years. Robertson (6-3, 241) would be a great addition.
The Sooners seem to be the only school he’s interested in that is east of the Rocky Mountains. Proximity leaves the Sooners in a tough situation against Southern Cal. The Trojans are the leader for Robertson.
4-star OT Darrell Simpson, Northwest (Justin, Texas)
Oklahoma seems to be in good shape with Simpson (6-7, 336). He attended the CHAMPUBBQ last weekend. That event has been highly productive the last two years.
Simpson plans to take at least four official visits during the fall. Oklahoma is expected to get one. Proximity helps with Simpson. Ohio State, TCU, Texas A&M and Oklahoma State are the other schools to gain Simpson’s interest. Staying within the Big 12’s footprint seems like the likely outcome for him.
Here’s a breakdown of the number of commits by position and how many are projected to be signed in the class:
QB: 1/1 (Mordecai)
RB: 2/2 (Pledger, Thomas)
OL: 2/4 (Walker, Moore)
WR: 4/5 (Crawford, Johnson, Taylor, Johnson)
DL: 3/5 (Redmond, Tatum, Kelly)
CB: 2/2 (Austin, Baldwin)
S: 2/2 (Fields, Edwards)
Here’s a breakdown of Oklahoma commits by state:
Oklahoma: 5 (Walker, Tatum, Redmond, Kelly, Fields)
Texas: 6 (Crawford, Mordecai, Robinson, Baldwin, Austin, Johnson)
Florida: 2 (Pledger, Edwards)
Ohio: 1 Thomas
Tennessee: 1 Taylor
Kansas: 1 Moore
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