Oklahoma recruiting: Coaches are back home after busy 2 weeks

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 back on the week.

Where Oklahoma’s 2018 class ranks

The Sooners dropped one spot to No. 7 in nation and No. 2 in the Big 12 Conference in the 247Sports 2018 composite ranking. Oklahoma trails Texas (No. 2 nationally) for the Big 12’s top spot. With five days to go until the early signing period begins, the Sooners hold 20 commitments. Nine of those are 4-star prospects.

The latest news

The Oklahoma coaching staff spent its final day on the road for the 2017 recruiting cycle on Thursday. It’s been a very busy two weeks for the group. They’ve visited every commit and target in the 14 days since the regular-season ended with the Big 12 title game victory over TCU.

The team practiced for just the second time this month as it will turn its attention to the College Football Playoff and the Jan. 1 meeting with Georgia in the Rose Bowl.

The recruiting work appears to be paying off. The Sooners expect their committed players to sign when the early period starts on Wednesday morning Dec. 20. The national letters of intent were shipped to recruits on Thursday.

Here are some of the latest Oklahoma recruiting stories:

It’s closing time as Sooners try to wrap up defensive commitments

Sooners’ offensive class is nearly complete

Lincoln Riley weighs options for 10th assistant

2018 quarterback Tanner Mordecai seems familiar

4-star Sooners commit Jaquayln Crawford does the work

Sooners have another busy week coming up

Elite 2019 WR Arjei Henderson names Oklahoma in top 6

5-star CB Isaac Taylor-Stuart names Oklahoma in top 6 


Reported offers: 188
5-star offers: 16
4-star offers: 116
In-state recruits offered: 9
Texas recruits offered: 48
Georgia recruits offered: 15
Florida recruits offered: 37
California recruits offered: 16


OL Brey Walker, 4 stars, Westmoore (Moore, Okla.)
RB T.J. Pledger, 4 stars, IMG Academy (Bradenton, Fla.)
DE Ron Tatum, 4 stars, Putnam City (Oklahoma City)
DE Ronnie Perkins, 4 stars, Lutheran North (St. Louis)
WR Jaquayln Crawford, 4 stars, Rockdale (Texas)
T Darrell Simpson, 4 stars, Northwest (Justin, Texas)
DE Jalen Redmond, 4 stars, Midwest City (Oklahoma City)
QB Tanner Mordecai, 4 stars, Midway (Waco, Texas)
OL Tramonda Moore, 4 stars, Independence (Kan.) Community College
RB Tavion Thomas, 3 stars, Dunbar (Dayton, Ohio)
CB Miguel Edwards, 3 stars, Deerfield Beach (Fla.)
WR Jaylon Robinson, 3 stars, All Saints Episcopal (Fort Worth, Texas)
LB Brian Asamoah, 3 stars, St. Francis DeSales (Columbus, Ohio)
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)
S Delarrin Turner-Yell, 3 stars, Hempstead (Texas)

5 top uncommitted targets in 2018

5-star DE Micah Parsons (Harrisburg, Pa.)

Landing Parsons would be an enormous recruiting coup for coach Lincoln Riley. Parsons’ visit in October went well. Riley had an in-home visit with Parsons last week and defensive ends coach Calvin Thibodeaux made multiple trips to Pennsylvania in the last two weeks. Whether it’s enough to pull Parsons away from Penn State will get a definitive answer on Wednesday, Dec. 20.

4-star CB Brendan Radley-Hiles (IMG Academy, Bradenton, Fla.)

It was the late-October visit to Oklahoma that caused Radley-Hiles to drop his commitment to Nebraska. Since then he’s taken official visits to Clemson, UCLA and will visit Florida this weekend. No one will know for sure when Radley-Hiles stands for four weeks. He’ll announce his commitment on Jan. 6 at the U.S. Army All-American Bowl. The cornerback is also expected to be a mid-year enrollee.

4-star S Leon O’Neal Jr., Cypress Springs (Texas) High School

Leon O’Neal Jr. makes his first appearance on this list because he put himself back on the market late last week. The longtime Texas A&M pledge dropped his commitment the day news leaked that the Aggies had hired former Florida State coach Jimbo Fisher. O’Neal visited Norman in October. Adding him would give the Sooners the center fielder-type safety they covet. The feeling is Oklahoma is the leader because of familiarity with the coaching staff. O’Neal hasn’t announced whether he wants to sign in December or reassess and stretch things out to February.

4-star T Tank Jenkins, Montgomery, Ala. (Park Crossing)

If the Sooners take a fourth offensive lineman in the 2018 class, Jenkins is the top target. He’s the only true interior lineman on Oklahoma’s recruiting board. Jenkins has shown a strong interest in leaving Alabama. Auburn is a finalist, but Jenkins grouped the Sooners, Louisville and Arkansas as his favorites. Jenkins seems likely to wait until February to pick a final destination.

4-star LB Solomon Tuliaupupu, Santa Ana, Calif. (Mater Dei)

The Sooners had an in-home visit with the No. 88 overall player in the country. That was a good sign that an official visit could come in January. All signs point toward Tuliaupupu waiting until February to pick a school. Thus far, his lone official visit was to Notre Dame in October. USC feels like the favorite for one of the best inside linebackers in the 2018 class. It’s going to be hard for the Sooners to pry him out of California, but he’s worth the effort.

Position breakdown

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: 3/4 (Walker, Moore, Simpson)
WR: 4/5 (Crawford, Johnson, Taylor, Johnson)
DL: 4/5 (Perkins, Redmond, Tatum, Kelly)
ILB: 0/1
OLB: 1/2 (Asamoah)
CB: 2/3 (Austin, Baldwin)
S: 3/4 (Fields, Edwards, Turner-Yell)

Geographical breakdown

Here’s a breakdown of Oklahoma commits by state:

Texas: 8 (Crawford, Mordecai, Robinson, Baldwin, Austin, Johnson, Simpson, Turner-Yell)
Oklahoma: 5 (Walker, Tatum, Redmond, Kelly, Fields)
Florida: 2 (Pledger, Edwards)
Ohio: 2 (Asamoah, Thomas)
Missouri: 1 (Perkins)
Tennessee: 1 (Taylor)
Kansas: 1 (Moore)

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