Oklahoma’s Lincoln Riley wants energized crowd for ‘biggest recruiting weekend of year’

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 the buildup heading into the Sooners’ most substantial recruiting weekend of the 2017 season.

Officially a major recruiting weekend

Oklahoma coach Lincoln Riley did not mention it casually during his Monday press conference. The Sooners’ meeting with Texas Tech is big on many fronts. The hope is Oklahoma fans will be as energized as they’ve been all season Saturday night.

“It’s a night game. It’s going to be the biggest recruiting weekend of the year,” Riley said. “We expect to play well and have a terrific atmosphere behind us at 7 o’clock on Saturday.”

The Sooners learned the importance of prime-time games when it comes to hosting recruits years ago. The game-day atmosphere is one of the program’s strongest selling points. Night games allow those on official visits soak up all of it.

As of Monday night, the Sooners have official visits from 14 players set up. Seven of the visits are from players committed to Oklahoma. Five are uncommitted. Two of the scheduled visitors are committed to other schools.

Here is the rundown:


• 5-star defensive end Micah Parsons (Harrisburg, Pa.)

• 4-star tackle Reuben Unije (IMG Academy, Bradenton, Fla.)

• 4-star safety C.J. Smith (West Palm Beach, Fla.)

• 4-star defensive end Ronnie Perkins (St. Louis)

• 4-star defensive end Jeremiah Martin (San Bernadino, Calif.)

Committed to Oklahoma

• 4-star running back T.J. Pledger (IMG Academy, Bradenton, Fla.)

• 3-star cornerback Starrland Baldwin (Houston)

• 3-star safety Patrick Fields (Tulsa, Okla.)

• 3-star defensive tackle Jordan Kelley (Tulsa, Okla.)

• 3-star wide receiver Jaylon Robinson (Fort Worth, Texas)

• 3-star quarterback Tanner Mordecai (Waco, Texas)

• 3-star wide receiver Kundarrius Taylor (Memphis, Tenn.)

Committed to other schools

• 4-star linebacker Ayedole Adeoye (IMG Academy, Bradenton, Fla.), Texas

• 4-star linebacker DaShaun White (North Richland Hills, Texas), Texas A&M

Oklahoma offer de-commits from Texas

A 3-star JUCO tight end could be in play for the Sooners’ 2018 recruiting. Dominick Wood-Anderson from Arizona Western Junior College announced on Monday he is no longer committed to Texas.

The Sooners extended an offer to Wood-Anderson earlier this month. Members of Oklahoma’s coaching watched him in person during the bye week.

Wood-Anderson garnered a lot of interest since this season began. Besides Oklahoma and Texas, he holds offers from Alabama, Auburn, Arizona State, LSU, Oregon, TCU and Tennessee.

The Sooners seemed content to not sign a tight end in this class. They brought in 4-star Grant Calcaterra last season and have Austin Stogner, who is the No. 1 tight end in the 2019 class, committed.

Offering a two-year player seems like an insurance plan in case current tight end Mark Andrews enters the NFL draft after this season.

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