Oklahoma recruiting: Lincoln Riley’s offense picks up steam
Stay up to date with Oklahoma football recruiting with the latest news, notes and analysis in the daily edition of DieHards’ Wagon Wheels. In this Thursday edition, we look at how well Oklahoma’s offense is playing to recruits.
The Sooners’ 2018 recruiting class is nearly full of offensive players. It’s one offensive lineman short of completion.
The 2017 Sooners are giving offensive recruits a sight to behold, too. The Sooners lead the country in total offense (605.5 yards per game), are fourth in passing offense (399.8), come in 38th in rushing offense (205.8) and are the fourth-best scoring offense (48.0 points a game) in college football.
Coach Lincoln Riley and his staff have a lot to sell to offensive recruits for 2019 and beyond.
“You feel like you can walk into any position group and any player and have something for them.,” Riley said Wednesday. “It’s something that you put in front of them that they’ll like.”
The Sooners have six 2018 commitments from players rated as 4-star prospects or higher in the 247Sports composite rankings. Only two, IMG Academy (Bradenton, Fla.) running back T.J. Pledger and Rockdale, Texas, receiver Jaquayln Crawford, are offensive skill players.
Riley, who made several recruiting trips last week, said the diverse offense that he can show off to recruits is something new to him.
“There’s been other times in my career when it felt like it may be hard to get backs because we’re throwing it so much, or receivers because we’re running it so much or whatever,” he said. “Right now, we’re using all those guys. We’re using them decently. I think a lot of guys are interested in coming and playing here.
The impact on skill players in the 2019 class and beyond is clear. The Sooners hold four commitments from the Class of 2019 — 4-star dual-threat quarterback Spencer Rattler, 4-star tight end Austin Stogner, 4-star receiver Trejan Bridges and 4-star receiver Jeffery Carter — and one for the 2020 class in 5-star running back Jase McClellan.
More visitors for the Iowa State game
The Sooners will bring in three of their 2018 commitments for the game Saturday against Iowa State. Three-star wide receiver Treveon Johnson, 4-star offensive tackle Darrell Simpson and 4-star defensive end Ron Tatum are scheduled to make their official visits this weekend.
Oklahoma also will host the Florida trio of 3-star cornerback Keidron Smith, 4-star safety C.J. Smith and Nik Bonitto.
Ken Seals, a 2020 4-star quarterback, announced he would be at the game for an unofficial visit.
— Ken Seals (@KenSealsQB) October 3, 2017
Seals is the No. 92 overall player in the 2020 class and the No. 7 pro-style quarterback. The Sooners haven’t offered a scholarship to him yet.
Ricky DeBerry’s position switch likely opens 2018 scholarship
Riley announced on Wednesday that former 4-star linebacker Ricky DeBerry has moved to H-back this season. The move likely means the Sooners will recruit at least one more defensive player in the 2018 class.
As it stands, the Sooners will have only four scholarship linebackers returning for the 2018 season. Sophomore Mark Jackson and freshman Addison Gumbs are both considered defensive ends.
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