Oklahoma recruiting: Theo Wease expects ‘fun’ 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 catch up with 4-star wide receiver Theo Wease as he prepares to take his official visit to Oklahoma.
CEDAR HILL, Texas — In the last two years, Theo Wease has made several trips to Oklahoma’s campus. The most recent was in February for the Sooners’ second junior day of the winter.
But on Friday it will be different for the No. 31 overall player in the 247Sports 2019 composite ranking. The 4-star receiver will be part of the large group of official visitors rolling into Norman for the Sooners’ spring game
“Just because they hit me up first about the official visit in the spring. That should be fun,” Wease told DieHards on Sunday at the Under Armour All-America Camp Series at Cedar Hill High School in Dallas. “They have a lot of NFL players coming back and some of my friends are going, so it should be a fun weekend.”
Wease, who is standout at Allen (Texas) High School, isn’t alone. So far, 12 prospects have publicly stated are taking official visits to Oklahoma this weekend. It looks like two dozen more will be on hand for unofficial visits.
Some of those who will join Wease as official visitors include 4-star wide receiver Arjei Henderson (Fort Bend Travis High School in Richmond, Texas) and 4-star tight end Austin Stogner (Prestonwood Christian Academy in Plano, Texas).
The 2019 class is the first since the NCAA passed legislation allowing recruits to take official visits beginning in April prior to their junior year.
Some programs have been tentative about spring official visits, preferring to stick with the model of bringing in prospects during regular-season games.
Wease certainly could have taken his in the fall. Allen is less than 3 hours south of Norman. He could’ve made it up for just about any regular-season game. But Wease sees a potential advantage with the spring visit.
“You can probably spend more time with the coaches,” he said. “They don’t have to get ready for a game day. That’s what I see the most.”
Wease reiterated on Sunday that’s he’s unlikely to commit until the fall. He recently cut his list of schools down to five. Alabama, LSU, USC and Texas A&M join the Sooners in Wease’s top 5 heading into the spring.
“I have the same feeling for all those schools,” Wease said, “the coaching staffs, the environment, the football, everything about them.”
NFL alums are a spring game draw for recruits
The Sooners do have a healthy contingent of alums playing in the NFL. If recruits need a reminder, that will be on display for the spring game on Saturday. Adrian Peterson and Trent Williams are serving as honorary coaches for the spring game. Tony Jefferson and Lane Johnson are serving as assistant coaches.
Between Peterson and Williams, they have 13 Pro Bowl appearances. Johnson made the game last season.
Oklahoma coach Lincoln Riley wants to use the former Sooners in recruiting as much as possible. Being around the NFL players is something recruits like.
“They’re making that game a huge event,” said 4-star safety Jalen Catalon from Legacy High School in Mansfield, Texas, who has an offer from Oklahoma. “I’m going to see if I can make up there. It should be crazy.”
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