Oklahoma recruiting: Landing quality running backs is key for 2019 class
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 edition, we look at where Oklahoma stands with running backs in the 2019 class.
Oklahoma waits for running backs to commit
As good as Oklahoma’s 2019 class is setting up to be, one of the questions remaining is at running back. The Sooners are likely to take two in the class. But with May coming to a close and the summer about to arrive, those spots remain vacant.
DieHards detailed where 4-star in-state running back Marcus Major is in his process earlier this week. Major is one of nine running backs the Sooners have offered, and a lot of fans wonder when the RB holes will be filled.
Major is becoming a bigger target for the Sooners by the day. He added an offer from Alabama earlier Tuesday. He also told DieHards that picking a school before the end of the summer would bring him some insurance in case of injury.
A potential commitment window could be late July. He told DieHards he’s very likely to attend the ChampUBBQ the Sooners hold for recruits before the start of preseason practice.
“I’m looking forward to it,” Major told DieHards. “I always like seeing [Oklahoma coach] Lincoln Riley and [Oklahoma running backs coach] Jay Boulware. It’s always good talking to them. I always have great conversations with them. We don’t just talk about football. We really get into each other’s lives. They check in on my family and I really appreciate that.”
Sounds like the Sooners are hitting all the right notes with Major.
However, none of the recruits the Sooners seem to be recruiting heavily are not in much of a hurry.
Houston-area Oklahoma commit Arjei Henderson told DieHards he’s working hard to get former commit 4-star running back Isaiah Spiller back into the fold. Katy, Texas, 4-star running back Deondrick Glass, who stars at the same high school that produced current Oklahoma running back Rodney Anderson, has the Sooners in his top 10.
— Deondrick Glass (@deondrickglass) May 11, 2018
Most Oklahoma fans have their hearts set on landing 4-star IMG Academy running back Noah Cain. The No. 53 overall player in 2019 247Sports composite rankings told 247Sports’ Billy Embody that he’ll announce which schools get official visits over the summer.
But for those waiting on the Sooners to secure commitments for the lone open skill position in 2019, the anticipation continues.
Oklahoma could receive a visit from 5-star OL
One of the most coveted linemen in the 2019 class is Kardell Thomas. The 6-foot-3, 356-pound guard at Southern University Lab School in Baton Rouge, La., is the epitome of a powerhouse interior player. Thomas committed to LSU nearly two years ago, but now he’s open to taking his five official visits. Thomas told Rivals.com’s Chad Simmons that Oklahoma could be one of the schools that gets an official.
“I wouldn’t say it is impossible for a school to change my mind, but it will be pretty hard,” said Thomas. “I still talk them [LSU] every day. The entire staff makes sure I am good and they still make me feel welcome and important.”
Thomas picked up an offer from Oklahoma offensive line coach Bill Bedenbaugh in January 2017. As of yet, he has not visited the campus.
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