Oklahoma recruiting: Theo Wease says he knew he’d wind up with 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 2019 4-star wide receiver Theo Wease, who announced his commitment to Oklahoma on Friday and was part of the spring game’s epic recruiting weekend.
Theo Wease made up his mind before visit
ALLEN, Texas — About a month ago, a trio of 4-star prospects — wide receivers Theo Wease and Arjei Henderson, and safety Jamal Morris — hatched a plan. They were ready to commit to Oklahoma, but they were just waiting for the right time.
About a week ago, they decided when that would be — Friday, as their official visits began. They let Oklahoma’s coaching staff know in advance and everything took off from there.
That didn’t surprise Wease.
“I told everyone that was there that if it was their first time there, they would want to commit,” he told DieHards on Monday. “I knew what the momentum would be like.”
That momentum seems like a tidal wave that keeps getting bigger. By Sunday evening, Oklahoma coach Lincoln Riley hinted that seven commitments would come out of the weekend.
The first six were spoken for by Sunday night. The final one was 4-star safety Jarrian Jones, from Northwest Rankin High School in Flowood, Miss.
Wease said several things led to a flurry of commitments from others.
“It was really fun. You know, I’ve been there so many times. This one was really exciting,” Wease said. “We got to hang out with the players more. We got to talk to them more and see what they go through. That was great.”
There was the interaction with the all of Oklahoma’s former players, especially those playing in NFL, that helped set the visit apart from anything they’d get in the fall.
“Talking to them, you got to see how much they like to come back,” Wease said. “Most of them want to move back to Oklahoma after they’re done with their NFL careers. That was really interesting. That was cool.”
Then there was the Sunday morning breakfast at Riley’s house.
“It was the best bacon I’ve ever had in my life!” Wease said. “It was like caramelized bacon. Everything was good, but the bacon really stood out.”
Add it all up, and the Sooners came out of it with their most productive weekend of official visits in two decades.
Theo Wease: ‘I always knew I’d be a Sooner’
Even after Wease de-committed from Oklahoma on April 27, 2017, he felt as if it was just a matter of time before he would call Riley and outside receivers coach Dennis Simmons to let them know he was ready to return to the class. Picking a college before he even started his junior year of high school was just too soon.
“I knew I was a Sooner since the first time I committed,” Wease said. “I just wanted to back off just to make sure it was right, and it was.”
The timing is different. Wease, the No. 31 overall player and No. 5 receiver in the 2019 247Sports composite rankings, picked up 39 offers during the recruiting process and took unofficial visits to several. But none had the attraction of Oklahoma.
“Really, the coaching staff and family-like environment,” he said, striking a similar chord to what other committed players have told DieHards over the last year. “They really care for what’s going on in your life other than football. They want to know what’s going on in your life and with your parents and stuff.”
Allen High School went 16-0 and won the Class 6A-1 Texas state title last season. Wease finished the season with 57 receptions for 879 yards and scored 14 touchdowns. He possesses that knack for catching balls in traffic. He can run by defenders and fight through. Wease is that type of big receiver (6-foot-3, 195 pounds with room to grow) that Oklahoma’s struggled to land.
But Allen High School Terry Gambill said the athletic ability is just a small piece of what makes Wease special.
“You have to have an attitude that you want to be coached and want to get better every day and that you want to go earn it,” he told DieHards. “Those are the things Theo has done.”
Wease sighed the way someone who finally has a chance to relax does when asked if the recruiting process is over with him. The weight of the decision placed on his shoulders is gone.
“Nope,” he said when asked if he’d be visiting other schools. “I’m done. I’m a Sooner.”
Jarrian Jones commitment locks up second 2019 safety
Landing a commitment from 4-star safety Jarrian Jones on Monday gives Oklahoma two pieces at a critical defensive position in the 2019 class. Jones joins 4-star pledge Jamal Morris in the 2019 class.
In 2018, safety was the defensive spot where Oklahoma failed to hit its biggest targets. It signed 3-star safety Patrick Fields, an early enrollee who drew very positive reviews from the coaching staff during spring practice, and 3-star safety Delarrin Turner-Yell in the 2018 class. Four-star defensive back Brendan Radley-Hiles played the nickel safety spot during the spring and is the likely starter at the spot this season.
But Oklahoma missed on targets Josh Proctor (Ohio State) and Leon O’Neal Jr. (Texas A&M).
The Sooners likely will sign at least three safeties in the 2019 class and perhaps more. The door is still wide open for 5-star prospect Daxton Hill from Washington High School in Tulsa, Okla.
But landing Jones and Morris puts the Sooners well ahead of the pace of last year at a position of huge importance.
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