Oklahoma recruiting: Sooners land Stacey Wilkins’ initial official visit
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 an important target for the Sooners in the 2019 class — 4-star offensive tackle Stacey Wilkins.
Stacey Wilkins has a great relationship with Bill Bedenbaugh
CEDAR HILL, Texas — Oklahoma is pushing for a huge contingent of official visitors for the spring game. Another important target in the 2019 class has decided to join the group.
The Sooners will host 4-star tackle Stacey Wilkins (Fairview High School, Camden, Ark.) beginning on Friday, lifting their list to 12 confirmed official visitors for what Oklahoma coach Lincoln Riley is calling the biggest recruiting weekend of the year.
“I have visits coming up,” Wilkins said Sunday morning prior to the Under Armour All-America Camp Series at Cedar Hill High School in Dallas. “I have Oklahoma coming up next week and Alabama the next week. I’ll start figuring out the rest after that.”
Wilkins, who is currently the No. 340 overall recruit and No. 32 tackle in the 247Sports composite rankings, oozes potential. There aren’t many tackles who have the frame of a basketball power forward. Wilkins does. He measured 6-foot-7 with an 82-inch wingspan on Sunday.
Besides the Sooners and Crimson Tide, Wilkins’ list of offers includes Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Ole Miss, Oklahoma State, TCU, Tennessee, Texas, Texas A&M, USC and Notre Dame.
Obviously, only five of those schools are going to get official visits. Why did the Sooners get the first chance to make the best impression?
“Me and (Oklahoma offensive line coach Bill Bedenbaugh) talk just about every day. I have a great a relationship with him,” Wilkins said. “We’ve connected on a lot of stuff and he knows where I come from. It’s great talking to him.”
The Sooners have shown an interest in Wilkins as a defensive tackle, too.
“They want me to play there some my senior year just to see what I look like,” Wilkins said. “I’ll test those waters.”
As far as the Sooners’ chances of getting a commitment from Wilkins following his official visit, that seems highly unlikely. Wilkins decided to push his commitment back until December at the earliest. The reason: He wants to take an official visit to USC in December.
Oklahoma DE target visits Norman over the weekend
The Sooners had a special guest on Saturday for their scrimmage. Four-star defensive end Marcus Hicks (Northwest High School, Wichita, Kan.) made the trip to Norman.
— Marcus Hicks (@harcus_micks) April 7, 2018
Hicks is the No. 254 overall player and No. 15 weakside defensive end in the 247Sports 2019 composite rankings. Saturday marked his second trip to Norman this year. He was at the Sooners’ first junior day in January.
Oklahoma, which extended an offer to Hicks more than a year ago, has been on Hicks’ radar for some time. But he’s picked up a number of major offers over the last year. Michigan, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Florida and Texas are vying for his attention.
4-star California cornerback coming to Oklahoma spring game
Isaiah Rutherford, the No. 314 player in the 2019 247Sports composite rankings and No. 29 cornerback, announced he will attend Oklahoma’s spring game.
— Isaiah Rutherford (@zay_rutherford) April 6, 2018
Rutherford (Jesuit High School in Carmichael, Calif.) is the second defensive back from California expected to attend. The Sooners will host 5-star cornerback Chris Steele (St. John Bosco High School in Bellflower, Calif.) on an official visit.
Oklahoma commit Trejan Bridges picks U.S. Army All-American Bowl
Oklahoma 2019 commit and 4-star wide receiver Trejan Bridges (Hebron High School in Carrollton, Texas) was a no-show at the Under Armour All-America Camp Series in Dallas.
On Sunday, he revealed why. He has decided to play in the U.S. Army All-American Bowl instead of the Under Armour All-America Game.
— Trej (@trejanbridges) April 8, 2018
Bridges is expected to attend Oklahoma’s spring game as an unofficial visitor.
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