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 Friday edition, we look on the week.
Here’s an early glance at where things stand for the 2018 class.
Where Oklahoma’s class ranks
Oklahoma’s 2018 class dropped one spot to No. 11 in the 247Sports composite rankings and No. 2 in the Big 12 Conference behind Texas. The reason for the one-spot drop in the national ranking is Notre Dame moving ahead of it in the national composite. One of the Oklahoma commits is a 5-star recruit and five are 4-star prospects.
The latest news
The Sooners had a slow recruiting week. They were on the road last weekend for the Texas game and travel to Kansas State on Saturday.
Winning the Red River Showdown for the sixth time in eight seasons came at a good time for the 2018 class. Texas hosted the recruits last week. But 4-star defensive end Bobby Brown and 4-star linebacker DaShaun White were in attendance. Brown has already taken his official visit to Norman. It’s down to the Sooners, Alabama, where Brown will visit this weekend, and Texas A&M.
White remains committed to Texas A&M, but he scheduled an official visit to Oklahoma for the Oct. 28 game against Texas Tech. White already made an unofficial visit to Norman in September. A flip could be coming soon.
Things are setting up for the Texas Tech game to be Oklahoma’s biggest recruiting weekend thus far. The 7 p.m. CT start means out-of-state recruits have no problem getting to Norman in time for the start. It also looks like Oklahoma is asking many of its commits to be on campus that weekend as well.
Offers by the numbers
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, 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 Jacquelyn Crawford, 4 stars, Rockdale (Texas)
OT Darrell Simpson, 4 stars, Northwest (Justin, Texas)
DE Jalen Redmond, 4 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)
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, Tulsa Union (Okla.)
S Patrick Fields, 3 stars, Tulsa Union (Okla.)
CB Jordon Austin, 3 stars, Lancaster (Texas)
WR Treveon Johnson, 3 stars, Brenham (Texas)
S Dellarin Turner-Yell, 3 stars, Hempstead (Texas)
5 top uncommitted targets
• 4-star DE Ronnie Perkins, Lutheran North (St. Louis)
Ronnie Perkins (6-foot-3, 256 pounds) made an unofficial visit to Texas three weeks ago, but Oklahoma has seemed like the leader for Perkins. 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 has said he will visit Oklahoma during the season. He hasn’t set a date for the trip. He has set a trip to Michigan for the second weekend in December. Don’t be surprised if he makes it to Norman before then.
• 4-star OL Reuben Unije, IMG Academy (Bradenton, Fla.)
The Sooners seem to be in a great position with the No. 248 overall player. Reuben 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.
Unije made an official visit to Florida four weeks ago and is scheduled to make his official visit to Oklahoma for the Texas Tech game on Oct. 28. That trip is the last one Unije has scheduled. The Sooners hope they can wrap up the 2018 offensive class with a commitment from Unije.
• 4-star OLB Merlin Robertson, Junipero Serra (Gardena, Calif.)
The Sooners have had great success recruiting the state in the last seven years. Robertson made his official visit to Oklahoma for the Tulane game.
Oklahoma seems to be the only school he’s interested in that is east of the Rocky Mountains and seems to be in the lead. As of yet, Robertson hasn’t scheduled more official visits. He lives close to USC, so that one could come at any time. The Trojans are Oklahoma’s main competition. Thus far, the Sooners seem to hold the lead.
• 4-star DT Bobby Brown, Lamar (Arlington, Texas)
Bobby Brown picked up an offer from Oklahoma well over a year ago. The coveted defensive lineman has shown interest. Brown’s official visit for the Tulane game seemed to be a hit.
Brown is expected to announce his commitment on Nov. 2. The Sooners clearly made a good impression. Brown announced this week six schools made his final cut. The defensive lineman will be very busy in October. He’s visited Florida State, and Alabama will host him this weekend. Brown decided Texas A&M will get his fourth official the last weekend in October.
There seems to be more momentum growing for the Sooners. Brown was at the Cotton Bowl for Oklahoma’s victory over Texas last Saturday.
• 4-star DaShaun White, Richland (North Richland Hills, Texas)
DaShaun White, who was recently upgraded to a 4-star prospect in the 247Sports composite ranking, is committed to Texas A&M, but that didn’t stop him from making a trip to Norman for the Tulane game. He’s expected to make an official to Oklahoma for the Texas Tech game.
White’s commitment to the Aggies hangs on the status of coach Kevin Sumlin. If a coaching change is made, expect White to quickly jump on board with the Sooners. The lines of communication were never severed between him and Oklahoma’s coaching staff.
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: 3/5 (Redmond, Tatum, Kelly)
OLB: 1/2 (Asamoah)
CB: 2/2 (Austin, Baldwin)
S: 3/4 (Fields, Edwards, Turner-Yell)
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)
Tennessee: 1 (Taylor)
Kansas: 1 (Moore)
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