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 importance the upcoming Junior Day will have on spring recruiting and one major official visitor for the 2018 class.
Calvin Anderson will visit Norman this weekend
Graduate-transfer tackle prospect Calvin Anderson announced on Tuesday he will take an official visit to Norman this weekend.
— Calvin Anderson (@THE_CONDA25) February 14, 2018
Anderson, who was a three-year starter at left tackle for Rice, added that Oklahoma will be his final visit. His finalists are Texas, Michigan, Auburn and the Sooners.
Oklahoma signed three offensive linemen in its 2018 class — 5-star tackle Brey Walker, 4-star tackle Darrell Simpson and 4-star junior college tackle Tramonda Moore — in December.
Oklahoma coach Lincoln Riley said he specifically left a couple scholarships open for graduate transfers. Anderson is the first to make a visit.
Locking down official visits key for Oklahoma’s junior day
The Sooners will host some of the top high school juniors — both in the region and the nation — on Saturday. This will likely be the biggest junior day for Oklahoma’s 2019 recruiting class.
However, with the change in the recruiting calendar, it’s unrealistic to expect many commitments to come out of the one-day event. In April, members of the 2019 class can start taking official visits.
With that now just two months away, most recruits want to take those visits. Committing at this point would, in theory, eliminate those chances.
One of the Sooners’ biggest 2019 targets — 4-star receiver Theo Wease (Allen, Texas) has said his plan is to take his five official visits in the spring and then commit by the end of July.
Riley expects to have a busy spring with official visitors. He and his staff focused their post-Rose Bowl recruiting largely on the 2019 class because of the spring official visits.
“I think it’s definitely gonna be an advantage,” Riley said, “and it’s gonna need to be because that one’s gonna happen quicker with the guys that will take official visits in the coming spring.”
The Sooners cannot host official visitors until April. But don’t be surprised if some of those on campus on Saturday return for official visits in the spring.
Oklahoma spring game will be a recruiting event
It’s no secret Riley wants the Sooners’ spring game on April 14 to be a recruiting event. The scrimmage that goes on around it is just one part of the show. It’s why he put out a call to fans to fill up Gaylord Family Oklahoma Memorial Stadium while the athletic department kicks around ideas to make it a bigger event.
“It’s gotta be a group effort, both from us and our fan base. Our administration is really stepping up. We’ve got some great things planned before and around the game, during the game, that I think is gonna make it a great experience that people are gonna want to be at,” Riley said. “It’s gonna be a hot ticket. We’re excited about it and we’ll announce it here as soon as we can for our guys out there.”
Wease told Rivals.com he’d likely be in Norman on April 14. Five-star cornerback Chris Steele already announced he will take an official visit to Oklahoma that weekend.
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