Oklahoma recruiting: 4-star OL Branson Bragg likes the Sooners
Stay up to date with Oklahoma football recruiting with the latest news and notes and analysis in the daily edition of DieHards’ Wagon Wheels. In this edition, we catch up with 4-star lineman Branson Bragg and his interest in Oklahoma.
Texas’ top interior lineman talks Oklahoma
There isn’t a more coveted 2019 offensive lineman in the state of Texas than Crandall High School’s Branson Bragg. The 4-star center, who has received an invite to the Under Armour All-America Game, holds offers from just about every Big 12 Conference school as well as Texas A&M, LSU, Michigan State, Stanford and USC.
But what seems to be forming is an old-fashioned battle between Oklahoma, Texas and the Aggies for the No. 303 overall player and No. 3 center in the 2019 247Sports composite rankings.
Bragg spent the last two weekends taking a look at two of those schools. He took unofficial visits to Texas A&M’s spring game and was at Texas on Saturday for the Longhorns spring game.
But Oklahoma remains firmly in the picture. Bragg said Oklahoma offensive line coach Bill Bedenbaugh, who extended an offer to Bragg more than 10 months ago, has built a strong relationship with him.
“I really like Coach Bedenbaugh,” Bragg told DieHards.
What is it about Bedenbaugh that could make Bragg send his letter intent to Norman?
“It’s almost like an aura of greatness around him, if that makes sense,” Bragg said. “You talk to him and you see his players play and you see that they play for him and they absolute trust him. They’d run through a brick wall for him. He gives off that sense of greatness.”
Bragg hasn’t decided when he’ll visit the Oklahoma campus on a trip from his home, which is about 25 miles southwest of Dallas.
But it might happen soon.
Bragg said he wasn’t going to take any official visits in the spring, but he would like to take a look at the campus when he can find a few team members there.
“I’m probably going to get up this spring for a visit,” Bragg said. “It’ll be after spring practice is over. I just want to get up there whenever I can find some time.”
There appears to be no rush for Bragg to make a final decision. He released his top-8 schools about a month ago. That came on the one-year anniversary of his first offer. The only deadline he’s set for himself is to sign in the December signing period.
“At first, I thought it would be before the season. I think now I’m gonna take my time,” Bragg said. “It might be until the December signing day.”
How many linemen will Oklahoma sign in 2019?
The Sooners made tremendous recruiting strides last week. Jumping into the No. 1 spot in the 247Sports composite rankings illustrated how big the collective addition of the six commitments for the class was.
But Oklahoma doesn’t have a commitment from an interior offensive lineman for the class yet. That isn’t a concern at this point. But it’s likely the Sooners will take at least four offensive linemen in the class.
Obviously, the coaching staff would love for Bragg to jump on board. The Sooners hosted 4-star tackle Tyler Johnson (Tyler, Texas), 4-star tackle Michael Tarquin (Belleview, Fla.) and 4-star guard Caedan Wallace (Princeton, N.J.) last weekend.
Johnson is still in play. Wallace committed to Penn State on Saturday. Tarquin committed to Miami.
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