Oklahoma recruiting: While next class stands still, the Sooners add more future pledges
Stay up to date with Oklahoma football recruiting with the latest news and notes and analysis in the daily edition of DieHards’ Wagon Wheels. This edition looks back on the week in recruiting.
Where Oklahoma’s Class of 2018 ranks
The Sooners’ 2018 class remains No. 8 in the nation and No. 2 in the Big 12 in the 247Sports composite ranking. The Sooners trail No. 2 Texas for the spot in the league. Oklahoma holds 20 commitments, including one 5-star prospect and six 4-star prospects.
The latest news
While the Sooners didn’t add to their 2018 class over the last week, they picked up two 2019 commitments with the addition of 4-star running back Isaiah Spiller and 3-star defensive tackle Derek Green.
With it being Thanksgiving weekend, the Sooners are bringing in a light group on official visits. JUCO offensive lineman and 2018 commit Tramonda Moore will take his official for the West Virginia game. Also, Rivals.com reported that 3-star linebacker/defensive end Vernon Jackson (Boling, Texas) is expected to make an official. The Sooners are trying to nail down an official visit from 4-star guard Tank Jenkins (Montgomery, Ala.). Jenkins, who took an official visit to Auburn last weekend, is still deciding between visiting Oklahoma and attending the Auburn-Alabama game on an unofficial visit.
The Sooners will get an unofficial visit from 2019 3-star wide receiver and Oklahoma commit Jeffrey Carter (Aledo, Texas) while 2020 tackles Chris Morris (Memphis, Tenn.) and Geirean Hatchett (Ferndale, Wash.) both tweeted they will be in Norman for unofficial visits.
Reported offers: 188
5-star offers: 16
4-star offers: 116
In-state recruits offered: 9
Texas recruits offered: 48
Georgia recruits offered: 15
Florida recruits offered: 37
California recruits offered: 16
OL Brey Walker, 5 stars, Westmoore (Moore, Okla.)
RB T.J. Pledger, 4 stars, IMG Academy (Bradenton, Fla.)
DE Ron Tatum, 4 stars, Putnam City (Oklahoma City)
DE Ronnie Perkins, 4 stars, Lutheran North (St. Louis)
WR Jaquayln Crawford, 4 stars, Rockdale (Texas)
T Darrell Simpson, 4 stars, Northwest (Justin, Texas)
DE Jalen Redmond, 4 stars, Midwest City (Oklahoma)
RB Tavion Thomas, 3 stars, Dunbar (Dayton, Ohio)
QB Tanner Mordecai, 3 stars, Midway (Waco, Texas)
OL Tramonda Moore, 3 stars, Independence (Kan.) Community College
CB Miguel Edwards, 3 stars, Deerfield Beach (Fla.)
WR Jaylon Robinson, 3 stars, All Saints Episcopal (Fort Worth, Texas)
LB Brian Asamoah, 3 stars, St. Francis DeSales (Columbus, Ohio)
WR Kundarrius Taylor, 3 stars, Ridgeway (Memphis, Tenn.)
CB Starrland Baldwin, 3 stars, Cy Falls (Houston)
DT Jordan Kelley, 3 stars, Union (Tulsa, Okla.)
S Patrick Fields, 3 stars, Union (Tulsa, Okla.)
CB Jordon Austin, 3 stars, Lancaster (Texas)
WR Treveon Johnson, 3 stars, Brenham (Texas)
S Delarrin Turner-Yell, 3 stars, Hempstead (Texas)
5 top uncommitted targets in 2018
5-star DE Micah Parsons, Harrisburg (Pa.) High School
Parsons is the last 5-star recruit on the board for Oklahoma. His official visit in October went well, but it seems to be down to the Sooners and Penn State for the potential star from Harrisburg, Pa. Landing him would be a coup and sign of the Sooners’ national recruiting muscle. Parsons’ talent allows him to play on the edge or inside linebacker in any scheme.
Parsons will announce his decision when he signs his letter of intent on Dec. 20. He is worth the wait if Oklahoma can land him.
4-star CB Brendan Radley-Hiles, IMG Academy (Bradenton, Fla.)
Since Radley-Hiles dropped his commitment to Nebraska following a late October visit to Norman, he’s been the Sooners’ top target. As this season displayed, there’s always room for an immediate-impact defensive back.
Radley-Hiles took an official visit to Clemson last weekend and he’ll be at UCLA this weekend. The Sooners feel good about where they are with him. But they’ll have to wait until Jan. 6 to find out for sure. Radley-Hiles will announce his commitment at the U.S. Army All-American Bowl in San Antonio, Texas.
4-star OLB Merlin Robertson, Junipero Serra (Gardena, Calif.)
The Sooners have had great success recruiting California in the last seven years. Robertson made his official visit to the Oklahoma in September. Robertson told 247Sports.com last week Oklahoma remains the leader. However, the linebacker scheduled a visit to LSU for its game against Texas A&M this weekend.
4-star G Tank Jenkins, Park Crossing (Montgomery, Ala.)
After the Sooners parted ways with 4-star tackle Reuben Unije, they’ve started looking at an interior player for the final offensive line scholarship in the 2018. Jenkins has expressed interest in the Sooners for months. He seems like an Auburn lean at this point. Jenkins did take an unofficial visit to Norman in the summer and seems intrigued with leaving Alabama for college.
4-star DE Jeremiah Martin, Cajon (San Bernardino, Calif.)
The offer from the Sooners didn’t come until October, but there’s clearly interest. Martin made the trip to Norman for the Sooners’ massive recruiting surrounding the Texas Tech game in late October. It will likely be the 6-foot-5, 240-pound lineman’s last trip out of the Pac-12 footprint. Martin’s size makes him ideal for the Sooners’ multiple schemes. He could play anywhere other than nose guard. Martin’s long frame means he could play on the edge or inside.
The wait for Martin will be a long one. He’s scheduled a visit to Washington for January. That means he’s not going to sign in the December period. Also, it’s hard to pull prospects out of Southern California who are coveted by USC and UCLA.
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 (Mordecai)
RB: 2/2 (Pledger, Thomas)
OL: 3/4 (Walker, Moore, Simpson)
WR: 4/5 (Crawford, Johnson, Taylor, Johnson)
DL: 4/5 (Perkins, Redmond, Tatum, Kelly)
OLB: 1/2 (Asamoah)
CB: 2/3 (Austin, Baldwin)
S: 3/4 (Fields, Edwards, Turner-Yell)
Here’s a breakdown of Oklahoma commits by state:
Texas: 8 (Crawford, Mordecai, Robinson, Baldwin, Austin, Johnson, Simpson, Turner-Yell)
Oklahoma: 5 (Walker, Tatum, Redmond, Kelly, Fields)
Florida: 2 (Pledger, Edwards)
Ohio: 2 (Asamoah, Thomas)
Missouri: 1 (Perkins)
Tennessee: 1 (Taylor)
Kansas: 1 (Moore)
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