Oklahoma football: Recruiting class holds at 16 after a slow week
Welcome to DieHards’ daily Wagon Wheels, a rundown of everything happening with Oklahoma recruiting. In this edition, we look at where the Sooners’ recruiting class stands after the week.
Oklahoma’s 2018 recruiting class remains at 16, and it seems likely Oklahoma will sign a full allotment of 25 by the February signing period. With preseason practice underway and the start of the 2017 season in three weeks, it’s unlikely the Sooners will add many commitments this month. Expect the bulk of the remaining nine slots to be filled after official visits occur in September, October and November.
Here’s an early glance at where things stand for the 2018 class.
Where the Sooners stand
Oklahoma’s 2018 class is ranked No. 12 nationally and No. 2 in the Big 12. One of the Oklahoma commits is a 5-star recruit, and three are 4-star prospects. Oklahoma is one of five teams ranked in the top 12 nationally to hold 16 commitments or fewer.
The Sooners’ hopes of landing their first 2018 linebacker were dashed when 4-star DaShaun White (Richland H.S./Richland Hills, Texas) selected Texas A&M over the Sooners last weekend.
Oklahoma enters this weekend eyeing its first commitment since July 29. Darrell Simpson, a 4-star offensive tackle (Northwest H.S./Justin, Texas) is scheduled to announce his decision Saturday.
In case you missed anything from this week, here are the latest headlines:
Offers by the numbers
Reported offers: 186
5-star offers: 16
4-star offers: 114
In-state recruits offered: 9
Texas recruits offered: 48
Georgia recruits offered: 15
Florida recruits offered: 37
California recruits offered: 16
OL Brey Walker, 5 stars, Westmoore (Moore, Okla.)
RB T.J. Pledger, 4 stars, IMG Academy (Bradenton, Fla.)
DE Ron Tatum, 4 stars, Putnam City (Oklahoma City)
WR Jaquayln Crawford, 4 stars, Rockdale (Texas)
DE Jalen Redmond, 3 stars, Midwest City (Okla.)
RB Tavion Thomas, 3 stars, Dayton Dunbar (Ohio)
QB Tanner Mordecai, 3 stars, Waco Midway (Texas)
OL Tramonda Moore, 3 stars, Independence (Kan.) Community College
CB Miguel Edwards, 3 stars, Deerfield Beach (Fla.)
WR Jaylon Robinson, 3 stars, All Saints Episcopal (Fort Worth, Texas)
WR Kundarrius Taylor, 3 stars, Ridgeway (Memphis, Tenn.)
CB Starrland Baldwin, 3 stars, Cy Falls (Houston)
DT Jordan Kelley, 3 stars, Union (Tulsa, Okla.)
S Patrick Fields, 3 stars, Union (Tulsa, Okla.)
CB Jordon Austin, 3 stars, Lancaster (Texas)
WR Treveon Johnson, 3 stars, Brenham (Texas)
5 top uncommitted targets
4-star OT Darrell Simpson, Northwest (Justin, Texas)
Oklahoma seems to be in good shape with Simpson (6-foot-7, 336 pounds). He attended the CHAMPUBBQ last weekend. That event has been highly productive the last two years.
The 4-star offensive tackle has the Sooners, TCU, Texas A&M, Ohio State and Oklahoma State on his final list. Offensive tackles are a position of need in this class, and offensive line coach Bill Bedenbaugh is on a hot streak in landing them. If the Sooners get Simpson, he would join 5-star Brey Walker and 4-star junior college transfer Tramonda Moore in the 2018 class.
4-star DE Ronnie Perkins, Lutheran North (St. Louis)
Ronnie Perkins (6-3, 256) made an unofficial visit to Texas three weeks ago, and Oklahoma hade seemed like the leader for Perkins. The Sooners’ switch to a 4-3 defense this season creates a significant need for defensive ends in this class. Over the years, Oklahoma has enjoyed great success plucking players out of the St. Louis area. The Sooners are firmly in his top 5, joining LSU, Michigan, Missouri and Nebraska.
Perkins hasn’t given a commitment timetable, which is good for Oklahoma. He still hasn’t visited the campus. Expect that to come before December.
4-star DT Dante Stills, Fairmont (W.Va.)
The Sooners still don’t have a defensive tackle in this class. Stills (6-4, 265) could fill a major hole. Getting him out of his home state could be the hard part. West Virginia appears to be the leader, with Florida and Oklahoma trailing.
Stills has indicated he’d like to make his commitment before his senior season begins. It would be tough for the Sooners in that scenario.
Stills’ brother is a sophomore at West Virginia, and his father was a standout there, too. The Sooners host West Virginia on Nov. 25. It’s unlikely they’ll get many official visitors on Thanksgiving weekend.
4-star OLB Merlin Robertson, Junipero Serra (Gardena, Calif.)
It’s August, and the Sooners lack a California commitment. They’ve had tremendous success recruiting the state in the last seven years. Robertson (6-3, 241) would be a great addition.
The Sooners seem to be the only school he’s interested in that is east of the Rocky Mountains. Proximity leaves the Sooners in a tough situation against Southern Cal. The Trojans are the leader for Robertson.
4-star OL Reuben Unije, IMG Academy (Bradenton, Fla.)
The Sooners seem to be in great position with the nation’s No. 248 overall player. Unije received the official offer on Aug. 1. Landing him likely would wrap up the offensive line recruiting for the class.
Oklahoma is getting some in-class help with this one. IMG Academy running back T.J. Pledger committed to the Sooners in March. Clearly, he wants his prep school left tackle to follow him to Oklahoma.
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 (Mordecai)
RB: 2/2 (Pledger, Thomas)
OL: 2/4 (Walker, Moore)
WR: 4/5 (Crawford, Johnson, Taylor, Johnson)
DL: 3/5 (Redmond, Tatum, Kelly)
CB: 2/2 (Austin, Baldwin)
S: 2/3 (Fields, Edwards)
Here’s a breakdown of Oklahoma commits by state:
Oklahoma: 5 (Walker, Tatum, Redmond, Kelly, Fields)
Texas: 6 (Crawford, Mordecai, Robinson, Baldwin, Austin, Johnson)
Florida: 2 (Pledger, Edwards)
Ohio: 1 (Thomas)
Tennessee: 1 (Taylor)
Kansas: 1 (Moore)
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