Oklahoma recruiting: Sooners close another week at No. 3 in 247Sports composite
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 the week.
Where Oklahoma’s 2019 class ranks
The Sooners stood at No. 3 in the 247Sports composite rankings at the end of this week. The addition of 4-star defensive end Marcus Hicks lifted the Sooners’ 2019 commitment total to 13 with just a little over six months left until the December signing period. With 13 commitments, Oklahoma has the Big 12’s top class by a wide margin. One of the 13 commits is a 5-star prospect and eight possess 4-star ratings.
The latest news
The addition of Hicks six days ago was a commitment the Sooners were heavily favored to receive. They identified him the prospect from Wichita (Kan.) Northwest several years ago. Defensive ends coach Calvin Thibodeaux, defensive coordinator Mike Stoops and coach Lincoln Riley maintained strong contact throughout the process.
It also continued Oklahoma’s strong presence in the border state. The Sooners tend to get the players they want out of Kansas. He’ll be the first Kansas player the Sooners have signed since defensive end Amani Bledsoe in 2016. More often than not, if the Sooners offer a player from that state, they get him. There have been exceptions. Clemson beat out the Sooners for 4-star defensive end Xavier Kelly in 2016.
What Hicks’ commitment also does is put Oklahoma’s defensive staff ahead of the curve for the end and tackle spots in the 2019 class. The staff can put all its effort into landing another tackle and another end.
The defensive target Oklahoma covets most is 4-star end Marcus Stripling (Mayde Creek High School in Houston). The Sooners can recruit him with laser focus the rest of the way.
More recruiting headlines
Reported offers: 161
5-star offers: 19
4-star offers: 111
In-state recruits offered: 3
Texas recruits offered: 39
Florida recruits offered: 28
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)
DE Joseph Weté, 4 stars, Gonzaga (Washington)
DE Marcus Hicks, 4 stars, Wichita Northwest (Kansas)
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.)
OL Marcus Alexander, 3 stars, Sunnyvale (Texas)
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 rankings. Daxton Hill, who closed April with a dominant performance at The Opening Dallas regional, jumped to the No. 8 overall spot. As far as Hill’s future goes, he has a top 6 and that could start to change in the coming weeks. He’s taking an official visit to Alabama this weekend. This will be Hill’s first official visit. He doesn’t seem to be in a hurry to commit. But Hill could be paring down his choices for the fall.
4-star CB Chris Steele, St. John Bosco (Bellflower, Calif.)
The interest between Oklahoma and Chris Steele remains strong, but the Sooners must sweat a month of unofficial visits the No. 39 overall player in the 247Sports composite has planned. He’s taken official visits to Florida and Oklahoma. Steele has an official visit planned for South Carolina this weekend. A trip to USC at the end of June will be his final official visit. The Sooners took their swing at Steele in April and seemed to be the favorite. Steele plans to announce his commitment July 7.
4-star OT Stacey Wilkins, Fairview (Camden, Ark.)
The tackle’s stock rose throughout the winter and the spring. He’s now up to No. 193 in the 237Sports composite — a rise of nearly 200 spots since February. Stacey Wilkins wants to take five official visits and then choose. He visited Norman during the winter and spring. The Sooners seem like the favorite to land the 6-foot-7 tackle. He’s spent a lot of time at Arkansas in the last month. There’s a June visit to USC on the horizon.
4-star RB Noah Cain, IMG Academy (Bradenton, Fla.)
The No. 53 overall prospect in 2019 still hasn’t narrowed his list from his 27 offers. The Sooners coaching staff saw Noah Cain in late April at IMG Academy, and he isn’t planning on making official visits until the fall. He took an unofficial visit to Auburn last weekend. Cain holds 27 offers and just about all those schools believe they have a legitimate shot to land him.
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 Marcus Stripling will be if the Sooners can get him to Norman this summer. He went to Norman once last summer and Oklahoma would love to see him again this summer, then lock up an official visit for the season. But if Stripling is not back soon, Oklahoma might need to start looking at other options.
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: 2/4 (Ndoma-Ogar, Alexander)
WR: 3/3 (Bridges, Henderson, Wease)
TE: 1/1 (Stogner)
DL: 4/4 (Roberson, Green, Weté, Hicks)
ILB: 1/2 (Perkins)
S: 1/3 (Morris)
Here’s a breakdown of Oklahoma commits by state:
Texas: 8 (Stogner, Bridges, Roberson, Wease, Henderson, Morris, Ndoma-Ogar, Alexander)
Arizona: 1 (Rattler)
California: 1 (Perkins)
Kansas: 1 (Hicks)
North Carolina: 1 (Green)
Washington DC: 1 (Weté)
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