Oklahoma recruiting: Sooners add to 2018 class, boost 2020 offers
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 look back on a week where it added to a recruiting class that seemed finalized in February.
Where Oklahoma’s 2019 class ranks
The Sooners remained at No. 2 in the 247Sports composite rankings for the third straight week. With 11 commitments, Oklahoma has the Big 12’s top class by a wide margin. One of the 11 commits is a 5-star prospect and seven have 4-star ratings.
The latest news
Oklahoma coach Lincoln Riley got the week started with his Twitter call to arms around 8 a.m. on Monday. This time it was the signal the Sooners added to their 2018 class.
The week’s only commitment came from Navarro (Texas) College tackle David Swaby. He announced his commitment on Monday. He told DieHards he still has to complete two online classes over the summer. If all goes as planned he’ll arrive in Norman in the middle of July. Adding Swaby brings the 2018 class to 24 members. Ten of those arrived at Oklahoma in January and attended classes during the spring semester. The rest will arrive when the summer semester begins on June 4.
The coaching staff continued its spring evaluations. They’ve hit the road from coast to coast to watch players. That has led to a flood of offers for the Class of 2019. The coaching staff also has spent a lot of time watching players who are wrapping up their sophomore years of high school. There are 59 prospects in the 2020 class who have received an offer from the Sooners. There are five in the 2021 group that Oklahoma has offered. Three of those high school freshmen are tackles.
The coaching staff will stay on the road next week before returning to Norman for Riley’s football camps early June.
More recruiting headlines
Reported offers: 150
5-star offers: 19
4-star offers: 110
In-state recruits offered: 3
Texas recruits offered: 38
Florida recruits offered: 27
Georgia recruits offered: 16
California recruits offered: 14
WR Theo Wease, 5 stars, Allen (Texas)
QB Spencer Rattler, 4 stars, Pinnacle (Phoenix)
WR Arjei Henderson, 4 stars, Fort Bend Travis (Richmond, Texas)
TE Austin Stogner, 4 stars, Prestonwood Christian (Plano, Texas)
WR Trejan Bridges, 4 stars, Hebron (Carrollton, Texas)
OL EJ Ndoma-Ogar, 4 stars, Allen (Texas)
S Jarrian Jones, 4 stars, Northwest Rankin (Flowood, Miss.)
S Jamal Morris, 4 stars, Fort Bend Bush (Richmond, Texas)
DE Kori Roberson, 3 stars, Manvel (Texas)
LB Jonathan Perkins, 3 stars, Cajon (San Bernardino, Calif.)
DT Derek Green, 3 stars, Southwest (Jacksonville, N.C.)
Top 5 uncommitted targets
5-star S Daxton Hill, Washington (Tulsa, Okla.)
The top uncommitted prospect on Oklahoma’s board rose in the 247Sports 2019 composite ranking. Hill, who closed April with a dominant performance at The Opening Dallas Regional, jumped to the No. 14 overall spot. As far as Hill’s future goes, nothing has changed since he released his top 6 in April. The Sooners are still firmly an option. They’re waiting as long as it takes for Hill to make a decision.
4-star CB Chris Steele, St. John Bosco (Bellflower, Calif.)
The interest between Oklahoma and Steele remains strong. But the Sooners must sweat out a couple official visits the cornerback has planned. He’s going to visit Miami and USC in June. Steele plans to announce his commitment on July 7. Members of Oklahoma’s staff were in California to see Steele last week. The Sooners hope he returns for an unofficial visit before making his commitment.
5-star OT Tyler Johnson, Oak Ridge (Conroe, Texas)
All signs point toward Texas and Oklahoma being the finalists for Johnson. But he did pick up offers from USC and Florida State this week, increasing Johnson’s list of offers to 23. The 5-star tackle will pick up more if he wants them. The Sooners have had tremendous success landing tackles in Texas. They hope Johnson continues that run.
4-star RB Noah Cain, IMG Academy (Bradenton, Fla.)
The No. 53 overall prospect in the 2019 247Sports composite ranking still hasn’t narrowed his list from the 27 offers he has. The Sooners’ coaching staff saw him in late April at IMG Academy. Cain isn’t planning to make official visits until the fall. But he will be busy. Cain plans to be an early enrollee.
4-star DE Marcus Stripling, Mayde Creek (Houston)
It seems to be down to Texas A&M, Florida and Oklahoma for the No. 140 player in the 2019 class. The Sooners have some ground to make up with the Aggies. The key with Stripling will be whether the Sooners get him to Norman this summer. Oklahoma would love to see him in June or July and lock up an official visit for the season.
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 (Rattler)
OL: 1/4 (Ndoma-Ogar)
WR: 3/3 (Bridges, Henderson, Wease)
TE: 1/1 (Stogner)
DL: 2/4 (Roberson, Green)
ILB: 1/2 (Perkins)
S: 2/3 (Morris, Jones)
Here’s a breakdown of Oklahoma commits by state:
Texas: 7 (Stogner, Bridges, Roberson, Wease, Henderson, Morris, Ndoma-Ogar)
Arizona: 1 (Rattler)
California: 1 (Perkins)
Mississippi: 1 (Jones)
North Carolina: 1 (Green)
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