Oklahoma whiffs on 4-star LB DaShaun White, still in play for others
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Many noticed Oklahoma coach Lincoln Riley hasn’t tweeted any “eye” emojis in a week. Sunday looked like a solid chance for that drought to end. DaShaun White, the 4-star outside linebacker from North Richland Hills, Texas, announced on Saturday a commitment was coming by the end of the weekend.
It was down to the Sooners and Texas A&M for White. He went with the Aggies.
— DaShaun White (@schoolboyshaun) August 6, 2017
Oklahoma felt like it was in a strong position with White. He attended the #CHAMPUBBQ on July 29, which included the majority of the Sooners’ 16 commitments for the 2018 recruiting class.
White seemed to have a favorable impression of Oklahoma when he left for Norman.
Missing out on White means Oklahoma’s class, which dropped one spot to No. 12 in the 247Sports composite rankings, still lacks a linebacker.
The Sooners hope that changes with Columbus, Ohio (St. Francis De Sales) outside linebacker Brian Asamoah hinting he’s ready to announce a commitment soon.
Pittsburgh and Oklahoma seem to be Asamoah’s top 2. The Ohio native’s trip to Norman over the last weekend in July created a favorable impression.
4-star DE/OLB places Sooners in top 7
Fort Lauderdale (Fla.) St. Thomas Aquinas defensive end Nik Bonitto announced his top 7 on Sunday. The Sooners, who offered Bonitto in May, joined Louisville, Alabama, Virginia Tech, Mississippi State, Oregon and Penn State in the Bonitto’s list of finalists.
— SNAKE (@nikkkkbonitto) August 6, 2017
Bonitto is listed as the No. 12 outside linebacker in the country and the No. 32 prospect overall in Florida. Because of his size (6-4, 200), Bonitto also projects as a possible defensive end.
2019 athlete places Sooners in top 12
Marquez Beason (Bishop Dunne High in Dallas) released his top 12 over the weekend. Oklahoma joined Texas, Baylor and TCU as Big 12 schools on Beason’s list.
— Marquez Beason¹ (@Ezmoneyquez) August 4, 2017
Beason could play on either side of the ball in college. The 5-foot-11, 173-pound junior de-committed from Nebraska in May, and offers flowed in throughout the summer.
Sooners offer IMG Academy 2019 tackle
Another 2019 offer became public with IMG Academy (Bradenton, Fla.) tackle Evan Neal announcing the Sooners’ interest on Sunday.
— Evan Neal (@EvanNeal47) August 6, 2017
Neal is considered a top-100 prospect and the No. 4 guard among 2019 prospects. At 6-7 and 378 pounds, he already possesses the size to play at the Power 5 conference level.
The Sooners have started making inroads at IMG Academy. Current IMG Academy 2018 running back T.J. Pledger has been committed to OU for months.
BBQ recruiting party becoming a Sooner staple
Oklahoma coach Lincoln Riley envisions the late July barbecue event with recruits and their families becoming an annual event under him.
The first was the weekend before the Sooners opened practice for the 2016 season. The second took place on July 29.
“We had another great event last week. I think it’s going to become part of our calendar,” Riley said on Saturday at the Sooners’ Media Day. “I think it’s something the kids look forward to. I think it’s a unique chance to build relationships with them and their parents and show them the lighter side of who we really are. Other than catching a pie in the face, it was a really good time.”
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