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Four-star defensive end Jalen Redmond's huge senior year helps Oklahoma rise in the recruiting rankings.

Oklahoma recruiting: New evaluations help Sooners rise in rankings

Stay up to date with Oklahoma football recruiting with the latest news and notes and analysis in the daily edition of DieHards’ Wagon Wheels. In this edition, we look at why Oklahoma’s 2018 recruiting is rising in the rankings despite only picking up two commitments since September began.

Oklahoma rises in 247Sports composite rankings

You may have noticed last week the Sooners climbed to No. 6 in the 247Sports composite team rankings for 2018. They’ve hovered somewhere between No. 8 and No. 11 since the 2017 season began. But the recent jump opens the door to Oklahoma inking its first top-5 class since 2010.

But why the jump? Oklahoma has picked up just two 2018 commitments since Sept. 1. They were quality additions — 3-star linebacker Brian Asamoah and 4-star defensive end Ronnie Perkins — but you wouldn’t think it would be enough to catapult over several teams in the top 10.

What has helped the Sooners is recently released senior-year evaluations. Oklahoma had some commitments make tremendous leaps over their senior seasons.

The best example is 4-star defensive end/linebacker Jalen Redmond (Midwest City, Oklahoma). Redmond started the season outside of the 247Sports top 300. He moved up to No. 76 overall player in the December evaluations.

Redmond dominated Class 6A-II football in Oklahoma as a senior – his first season as a full-time football player. Redmond will enroll at Oklahoma in January and figures to make an impact on the 2018 season.

He wasn’t the only mover. Quarterback Tanner Mordecai (Waco, Texas) and JUCO offensive lineman Tramonda Moore were elevated to 4-star recruits after December evaluations.

More recruiting services will update their rankings in the coming weeks. That should help the Sooners rise even more.

Lincoln Riley heads to Florida to cap busy recruiting week

Oklahoma coach Lincoln Riley was in Florida on Wednesday. His first stop was to IMG Academy in Bradenton, Fla. to see committed 4-star running back T.J. Pledger along with 4-star cornerback target Brendan Radley-Hiles and 4-star linebacker Ayodele Adeoye, who is committed to Texas. All three took official visits to Norman in October.

The trip to Bradenton counts as an in-home visit for Riley because the players’ parents were also in Bradenton.

For Riley, it was one of his last recruiting trips of the week. He’ll travel to Atlanta to be at the Home Depot College Football Awards Show Thursday with quarterback Baker Mayfield, tackle Orlando Brown and tight end Mark Andrews. Riley will head to New York with Mayfield for the Heisman Trophy ceremony on Friday.

T.J. Pledger and Brendan Radley-Hiles receive U.S. Army All-American Bowl jerseys

Radley-Hiles scheduled the third quarter of the Jan. 6 all-star game in San Antonio, Texas, to make his commitment. The Sooners’ 2018 class will have a heavy presence at the game. Committed tackle Brey Walker, defensive end Ron Tatum and defensive end Ronnie Perkins also are playing in the game.

Targets playing in the game are linebackers DaShaun White and Raymond Scott and safeties Josh Proctor and Leon O’Neal.

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