Official offer graphics a hit with Oklahoma recruits
Welcome to DieHards’ daily Wagon Wheels, a rundown of everything happening with Oklahoma recruiting. Today we look at how recruits responded to their official offers.
Potential recruits, including those interested in Oklahoma, were in a tweeting frenzy on Tuesday. The beginning of August is when coaching staffs can officially send out offers to 2018 recruits.
The days of mailing a simple form letter from a school are long over. These days, the goal isn’t just to inform recruits of the offer. Creating a splash is another stated goal.
Oklahoma’s attempt came with these social-media friendly graphics.
— Ron Tatum III‼️🎯 (@rontatum3_) August 1, 2017
They may have been sent to recruits on August 1, but it was apparent these had been planned for months.
The graphic were personalized for each recruit and for the recruit’s home state. According to the 247 composite, the Sooners have offers out to players in 29 different states.
“It’s just another way to connect, to get our information out to recruits, fans, something that we’ve enjoyed doing with the recruits, kind of in a creative way to reach them individually,” Oklahoma coach Lincoln Riley said last month at Big 12 Media Days. “Again, we’ve got so many great things about our program to be able to put on display that you’ve got something nice and shiny, you want to be able to show it off the right way.”
The Sooners are finally in a position to show everything off. The two-year renovation of Gaylord Family-Oklahoma Memorial Stadium is complete. The football facilities, which were in temporary units in 2015 and 2016, are now in their permanent homes.
But the elevation of Riley to head coach has brought an increased attention on social media and everything that surrounds it.
Graphics seemed to be hit with recruits with a day full of retweets from those who received them.
“We’ve talked a lot with our staff about creating the OU experience so that when a recruit, when a player or whoever walks into our building or gets on to our twitter account … that we have kind of some set parameters, but we’re able to create a brand,” Riley said.
“Branding is what it is. We’re creating a brand that no matter what time a year a guy walks into our building, what time a day whatever, that they can feel that brand and understand it visually and the graphics on that is a big part of it.”
USC commit plans OU visit
Four-star linebacker Raymond Scott committed to USC a year ago, but the No. 93 player in the 247 composite rankings told Rivals.com he remains interested in making an official visit to Norman.
That would be Scott’s second trip to Norman. The Harbor City (Calif.) Narbonne High School product made an unofficial earlier this summer.
The Sooners still lack any linebackers in their 2018 recruiting class. But spots could fill up quickly with both North Richland Hills, Texas three-star DaShaun White and Columbus, Ohio three-star Brian Asamoah expected to announce their pledges as early as this week.
Moore is coming to Netflix
The Netflix documentary series “Last Chance U” will follow Independence (Kan.) Community College this season. Oklahoma pledge Tramonda Moore is a starting tackle for the Pirates.
Moore is the No. 8 overall junior college recruit, according to the 247 composite. The former Oklahoma City John Marshall High School standout has been committed to the Sooners since June and attended the #CHAMPUBBQ last weekend.
Sooners made the cut for Bridges
Four-star 2019 wide receiver Trejan Bridges had the Sooners when announced his top 11 on Tuesday.
— Trejan Bridges (@trejanbridges) August 1, 2017
The 6-foot-1, 174-pound standout at Carrollton (Texas) Hebron High School is the No. 224 overall player in the 247 composite for 2019 and the No. 28 player in the 2019 Texas class.
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