Oklahoma recruiting: Sooners end week on uptick
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 back on the week.
Where Oklahoma’s 2019 class ranks
The Sooners closed their sixth straight week at No. 2 in the 247Sports composite rankings. The addition of 3-star guard Marcus Alexander allowed Oklahoma to move back up a spot. With 13 commitments, Oklahoma has the Big 12’s top class by a wide margin. One of the 11 commits is a 5-star prospect and seven possess 4-star ratings.
The latest news
The Sooners had a busy week, though there was a net gain of one commitment when the dust settled. On Saturday, the Sooners landed 4-star defensive end Joseph Weté. The No. 190 overall player in the 247Sports composite jumped is Oklahoma’s highest-rated defensive commitment.
Saturday wasn’t all sunshine for the Sooners, however. A few hours after Weté announced his pledge, 4-star safety Jarrian Jones flipped his commitment from Oklahoma to Mississippi State.
The week ended on an uptick, though, with 3-star guard Marcus Alexander announcing his pledge a few days after returning home from an unofficial visit.
Landing two commitments the first week in June seems like the trigger for Oklahoma starting its summer run. It’s up to a dozen members in the class. A realistic target for the end of the July is to have close to 20 commitments secure. That seems realistic with the number of prospects who want to make a commitment before the start of the senior year. The Sooners are on pace to make that happen.
More recruiting headlines
Reported offers: 157
5-star offers: 19
4-star offers: 111
In-state recruits offered: 3
Texas recruits offered: 38
Florida recruits offered: 28
Georgia recruits offered: 16
California recruits offered: 14
WR Theo Wease, 5 stars, Allen (Texas)
QB Spencer Rattler, 4 stars, Pinnacle (Phoenix)
WR Arjei Henderson, 4 stars, Fort Bend Travis (Richmond, Texas)
TE Austin Stogner, 4 stars, Prestonwood Christian (Plano, Texas)
WR Trejan Bridges, 4 stars, Hebron (Carrollton, Texas)
OL EJ Ndoma-Ogar, 4 stars, Allen (Texas)
DE Joseph Weté, 4 stars, Gonzaga (Washington)
S Jamal Morris, 4 stars, Fort Bend Bush (Richmond, Texas)
DE Kori Roberson, 3 stars, Manvel (Texas)
LB Jonathan Perkins, 3 stars, Cajon (San Bernardino, Calif.)
DT Derek Green, 3 stars, Southwest (Jacksonville, N.C.)
OL Marcus Alexander, 3 stars, Sunnyvale (Texas)
Top 5 uncommitted targets
5-star S Daxton Hill, Washington (Tulsa, Okla.)
The top uncommitted prospect on Oklahoma’s board rose in the 247Sports 2019 composite rankings. Hill, who closed April with a dominant performance at The Opening Dallas regional, jumped to the No. 13 overall spot for the Class of 2019. As far as Hill’s future goes, nothing has changed since he released his top 6 in April. The Sooners enter the summer with as good a chance as anyone at landing the top-ranked player in Oklahoma. Hill told DieHards he does plan to take an unofficial visit to Norman this summer. That trip will most likely come in July.
4-star CB Chris Steele, St. John Bosco (Bellflower, Calif.)
The interest between Oklahoma and Steele remains strong, but the Sooners must sweat a month of unofficial visits for the No. 39 overall player in the 247Sports composite has planned. He visited Florida last weekend and will spend this weekend at South Carolina. Trips to Miami and USC close the book on Steele’s official visits. The Sooners took their swing at Steele in April and seemed to be the favorite. Steele plans to announce his commitment July 7.
4-star OT Stacey Wilkins, Fairview (Camden, Ark.)
The tackle’s stock rose throughout the winter and the spring. He’s now up to No. 215 in the 237Sports composite — a rise of nearly 200 spots since February. Wilkins wants to take five official visits and then choose. He visited Norman during both the winter and spring. The Sooners seem like the favorite to land the 6-foot-7 tackle. After losing out on 5-star tackles Tyler Johnson and Kenyon Green last week, getting Wilkins seems like an essential part of the Sooners’ class.
4-star RB Noah Cain, IMG Academy (Bradenton, Fla.)
The No. 53 overall prospect in 2019 still hasn’t narrowed his list from his 27 offers. The Sooners’ coaching staff saw Cain in late April at IMG Academy, and he isn’t planning on making official visits until the fall. He took an unofficial visit to Auburn last weekend. Cain holds 27 offers and just about all those schools believe they have a legitimate shot to land him.
4-star DE Marcus Stripling, Mayde Creek (Houston)
It seems to be down to Texas A&M, Florida and Oklahoma for the No. 140 player in the 2019 class. The Sooners have some ground to make up with the Aggies. The key with Stripling will be can the Sooners get him to Norman this summer. He came to Norman once last summer and Oklahoma would love to see him again this summer, then lock up an official visit for the season. But if Stripling is not back soon, Oklahoma might need to start looking at other options.
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 (Rattler)
OL: 2/4 (Ndoma-Ogar, Alexander)
WR: 3/3 (Bridges, Henderson, Wease)
TE: 1/1 (Stogner)
DL: 3/4 (Roberson, Green, Weté)
ILB: 1/2 (Perkins)
S: 1/3 (Morris)
Here’s a breakdown of Oklahoma commits by state:
Texas: 8 (Stogner, Bridges, Roberson, Wease, Henderson, Morris, Ndoma-Ogar, Alexander)
Arizona: 1 (Rattler)
California: 1 (Perkins)
Mississippi: 1 (Jones)
North Carolina: 1 (Green)
Washington DC: 1 (Weté)
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