Oklahoma recruiting: Top targets left on Sooners’ board
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 Oklahoma’s remaining targets for the 2018 class.
Here’s who Oklahoma wants to complete the 2018 class
The Sooners’ coaching staff hits the road in mass this week as it tries to put the final additions to the 2018 class together and get a jump on the 2019 and 2020 classes.
There aren’t many spots remaining in the 2018 class. The Sooners have 18 signees and five verbal commitments heading into the February signing period. That puts the Sooners at 23. Coach Lincoln Riley hasn’t provided a definitive number on how many players Oklahoma will sign other than a “full class” which is 25.
The early departures by tackle Orlando Brown, tight end Mark Andrews and defensive tackle Du’Vonta Lampkin seemingly opened more scholarships.
But here are the players the Sooners are trying to land to wrap up the class.
4-star OL Tank Jenkins, Montgomery, Ala.
Tank Jenkins is the lone possibility for adding an offensive player. The Sooners tried throughout the regular season to get him in for an official visit, but dates weren’t able to align.
Jenkins will be the Sooners’ lone official visitor this weekend.
University of Oklahoma..OV Friday ⭕️🙌🏾 #ST2K18
— Tank Jenkins (@_MJ70_) January 11, 2018
It’s still a slow period for official visitors at Oklahoma. The spring semester doesn’t begin until Tuesday. But the Sooners did fine the last time it brought in a solo visitor. Linebacker Nik Bonitto was by himself when he visited in December and he signed with the Sooners less than a week later.
If the Sooners’ land Jenkins, he’s the lone guaranteed interior lineman in the class. Junior college transfer Tramonda Moore could play either tackle or guard. Brey Walker and Darrell Simpson are both tackles.
However, if the Sooners don’t get Jenkins, they’re fine with signing three offensive linemen in the class. Jenkins is also weighing offers from Ole Miss, Auburn and Arkansas.
Offensive line coach Bill Bedenbaugh has already had an in-home visit with Jenkins. If the official visit goes well this weekend, expect Riley to make a trip to Alabama soon.
4-star S Leon O’Neal Jr., Cypress, Texas
The Sooners hoped to get Leon O’Neal in the Dec. 20-22 early signing period but the 6-foot-2, 190-pound safety didn’t put pen to paper.
He has a top four — Oklahoma, Georgia, Clemson and Texas A&M. O’Neal committed to Texas A&M in June but dropped the pledge after the Aggies fired Kevin Sumlin. New coach Jimbo Fisher is actively trying to get O’Neal back.
Georgia gets to make its on-campus pitch this weekend. O’Neal already took his official to Oklahoma, Texas A&M and Clemson. He hasn’t given a commitment date. Expect it to extend to Feb. 7.
The Sooners would love to get O’Neal. He’s the No. 79 player in the 247Sports composite ranking. The lanky safety could make an instant impact on the Sooners’ defense. Riley already made his in-home pitch last month. Expect defensive backs coach Kerry Cooks to be in the O’Neal home a few times in the coming weeks.
4-star LB Solomon Tuliaupupu, Santa Ana, Calif.
The Sooners expect to get a visit in January from the No. 89 player in the country. Solomon Tuliaupupu always planned on signing in February and slowed the recruiting process until his season ended in December.
He has a top five and hometown USC feels like the favorite for him. Notre Dame, which Tuliaupupu visited in October, Oklahoma, Ohio State and UCLA are the others still in the running.
Landing 4-stars DaShaun White and Bonitto and 3-star Brian Asamoah filled the must quota at linebacker. But Tuliaupupu is a take under any circumstance. He’s an instant-impact player at a position where the Sooners’ depth is thin.
4-star DE Jeremiah Martin, San Bernardino, Calif.
Jeremiah Martin visited Norman in October and Oklahoma’s coaching kept in touch. The 6-5, 240-pound edge rusher is the kind of player the Sooners need to turn the defensive corner.
Martin visited Texas A&M in October and has a visit planned for Washington later in January. Fisher made a trip to visit Martin a priority after taking the job. Riley can still make an in-home visit with him. The popularity of the No. 248 player in the country seems to grow by the day. USC and UCLA are battling for him as well.
The Sooners already have three defensive ends — 4-stars Ronnie Perkins, Ron Tatum and Jalen Redmond — in the class. Riley made defense the priority in the class. Getting Martin would be icing on the cake.
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