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New Oklahoma coach Lincoln Riley (left) wants to stick with recruiting just one quarterback per class.

Oklahoma coach Lincoln Riley sticking with quarterback recruiting plan

Stay up to date with Oklahoma football recruiting with the latest news and notes and analysis each weekday in Wagon Wheels. In this edition, we look at the Sooners’ quarterback depth and why coach Lincoln Riley believes it will be fine after the departure of 2017 4-star recruit Chris Robison.


Oklahoma’s QB depth still strong despite dismissal

Make no mistake, losing freshman quarterback Chris Robison will have no impact on the 2017 season. The Sooners’ quarterback depth is as strong as any team in the country with Baker Mayfield in the top spot and sophomores Kyler Murray and Austin Kendall battling for the backup spot.

“We always recruit quarterbacks being prepared for this,” Sooners coach Lincoln Riley said. “You’ve got to be, guys, whether something like this happens, which you never want to see, or guys transferring out because they’re not playing, that position, probably there’s more back and forth with that position than any in college football. You’ve got to be prepared. We’ve got a couple of pretty good cats lined up the next two years that we’re excited about.”

Riley referred to 2018 commitment Tanner Mordecai and 2019 commitment Spencer Rattler.

Mordecai quickly jumped aboard after former commitment Cameron Rising flipped from the Sooners to Texas in April. Rattler announced his choice in July.

Getting that quarterback in the fold early and signing just one in each class was the way former coach Bob Stoops liked to do things. Riley wants to follow the same path.

Who’s next for 2018?

It’s been 10 days since Oklahoma’s 2018 recruiting class grew with the commitment of Midwest City (Okla.) defensive end Jalen Redmond. At 16 players strong and at No. 12 nationally in the 247Sports composite, the Sooners are in solid shape.

But the chances of the class expanding much more before the season begins are diminishing.

August is a critical month in the recruiting calendar. Its early days are the last time for prospects to make unofficial visits before preseason practices begin at their high schools.

The Sooners seem to have one more chance to pick up a commitment before everyone goes into season mode. Justin (Texas) Northwest tackle Darrell Simpson is set to announce his commitment on Saturday. The Sooners are considered the favorite to land the nation’s No. 170 overall player.

Simpson attended the Sooners’ CAMPUBBQ on July 28 and seemed to leave with a favorable impression.

Offensive linemen tend to feel that way about Oklahoma. Its highest-rated recruit for 2018 is 5-star tackle Brey Walker. The Sooners’ 2017 class included four 4-star offensive linemen.

It remains a position of need in this class, as the Sooners could take five offensive linemen. Walker and Independence (Kan.) Community College guard Tramonda Moore are the lone commitments thus far.

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