Oklahoma recruiting: Commits, targets ready for The Opening
Stay up to date with Oklahoma football recruiting with the latest news and notes and analysis in DieHards’ Wagon Wheels. In this edition, we look back on the week.
Where Oklahoma’s 2019 class ranks
The Sooners dropped to No. 7 in the 2019 247Sports composite rankings. The Sooners didn’t pick up or lose a commitment in the 2019 class over the last seven days. With less than six months left until the December signing period begins, Oklahoma has 13 commitments, 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
Six of Oklahoma’s committed prospects in the 2019 and 2020 classes will descend on The Star in Frisco, Texas for the Nike’s The Opening, beginning on Saturday.
Of the 2019 commitments, quarterback Spencer Rattler, wide receivers Theo Wease, Arjei Henderson, Trejan Bridges, tight end Austin Stogner and guard EJ Ndoma-Ogar all received invitations. In the 2020 class, running back Jase McClellan garnered a spot on the roster.
An abundant amount of Oklahoma targets will also take part in the event. Those include safety 5-star safety Daxton Hill, 4-star cornerback Chris Steele, 4-star tackle Stacey Wilkins, 4-star running back Noah Cain, 4-star defensive Marcus Stripling, 5-star linebacker/receiver Bru McCoy, 4-star running back Isaiah Spiller, 4-star cornerback Isaiah Rutherford, 4-star linebacker Shammond Cooper, 4-star tackle Jonah Tauanu’u and 4-star cornerback Erick Young.
The event runs Saturday to Tuesday.
Reported offers: 163
5-star offers: 19
4-star offers: 113
In-state recruits offered: 3
Texas recruits offered: 39
Florida recruits offered: 28
Georgia recruits offered: 16
California recruits offered: 15
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 took a trip to check out Alabama. He also visited Michigan in the spring. The safety doesn’t seem to be in a hurry to commit. But Hill could be paring down his choices for the fall. The Sooners remain firmly in the mix. Hill told DieHards he plans to be in Norman for the ChampUBBQ in July.
4-star CB Chris Steele, St. John Bosco (Bellflower, Calif.)
The interest between Oklahoma and Chris Steele remains strong, but the Sooners must await the last of Steele’s official visits planned by the No. 39 overall player in the 247Sports composite. He’s taken official visits to Florida, Oklahoma and South Carolina. The trip to USC last weekend brought out rumors of a commitment to the Trojans. Steele, however, remains steadfast that he’ll announce his decision on 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. 192 in the 247Sports 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 and Wilkins hasn’t been shy about taking unofficial visits just about anywhere.
4-star RB Noah Cain, IMG Academy (Bradenton, Fla.)
The No. 58 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. Geography doesn’t seem to matter to Cain. He’s eyeing Ohio State, Penn State, Texas, LSU, Georgia and Auburn along with the Sooners.
4-star DE Marcus Stripling, Mayde Creek (Houston)
It seems to be down to Texas A&M, Florida and Oklahoma for the No. 145 player in the 2019 class. The Sooners have some ground to make up with the Aggies. The key with 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 in the next month, 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 D.C.: 1 (Weté)
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