Oklahoma mailbag: Sooners’ California connection remains strong

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The Sooners recruit nationally. The 2018 class featured players from six states, with Texas serving as Oklahoma’s recruiting base.

Randall Garren asks: “ I did not see any commits from California this year. Did we lose a pipeline into California?”

It depends on how you want to look at. Oklahoma did not sign any players in the 2018 class that played their senior year at a California high school. However, 4-star defensive back Brendan Radley-Hiles and 4-star running back T.J. Pledger are from Southern California.

Before both transferred to IMG Academy in Bradenton Fla., for their senior seasons, Radley-Hiles was a standout at Calabasas (Calif.) High School. Pledger’s prep career began at Chaminade High School in West Hills, Calif.

Pledger committed to Oklahoma on March 25, 2017, before he transferred to the Florida prep school.

Don’t expect the California pipeline to dry up anytime soon. With the addition of Pledger and Radley-Hiles, the Sooners enter the 2018 season with nine Californians on the roster. They join cornerback Jordan Parker, linebacker Curtis Bolton, tight end Grant Calcaterra, defensive tackle Dillon Faamatau, linebacker Addison Gumbs, linebacker Caleb Kelly and offensive tackle Dru Samia.

The Sooners have signed an average of just more than two Californians in each of the last four Oklahoma classes. They’ve offered 12 prospects from the Golden State in 2019 and three in the 2020 class.

Oklahoma’s appearance in the Rose Bowl and facing UCLA this season will give the Sooners better exposure in California. So, don’t expect that pipeline to dry up anytime soon.

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