Oklahoma recruiting: Late visits shake Sooners’ next class

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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 where Oklahoma stands with its class in the final days before the early signing period begins.

What’s up with Brey Walker?

The longest-standing commit in the Sooners’ 2018 class took an official visit to Texas A&M over the weekend. The trip sent a tremor throughout Oklahoma.

Walker, a 5-star tackle and the No. 28 player in the 247Sports composite ranking, committed to the Sooners over two years ago and has steadfastly remained in the fold.

But it is worth noting that Walker has two official besides his visit to Oklahoma this year. The first was to Florida State in late September. The Aggies recently hired former Florida State coach Jimbo Fisher.

Obviously, losing a player of Walker’s stature (6-foot-7, 320 pounds) would be a huge blow to the class. But all signs point to Walker signing his national letter of intent Wednesday afternoon with Oklahoma.

Jaquayln Crawford visits Arkansas

New Arkansas offensive coordinator Joe Craddock was on the sideline when DieHards visited Oklahoma commit Jaquayln Crawford (Rockdale, Texas) for Class 3A-1 state quarterfinal game on Dec. 8 in Waco, Texas.

Apparently, it was enough to leverage an official visit from Crawford on the final weekend before the early signing period begins. Crawford picked up an offer from the Razorbacks before new coach Chad Morris was even introduced as coach.

When DieHards talked to Crawford, he seemed completely on board with the Sooners. Oklahoma is expecting him to sign on Wednesday and enroll at school in January.

4-star DE Nik Bonitto vists Norman

Oklahoma brought in one of official visitor last weekend. 4-star defensive end/outside linebacker Nik Bonitto from St. Thomas Aquinas High School in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., finally made the trip. The Sooners worked for months to get him in town for a game weekend. It didn’t work out so they settled for the weekend of their team banquet.

Bonitto is one of at least four 4-star prospects the Sooners eye for the final defensive end spot in the 2018. Tre Brown, who remains committed to Texas A&M, Jeremiah Martin, who is unlikely to sign this week and Abdul-Malik McClain, who is committed to UCLA, are the others that raised Oklahoma’s interest. Looks like if any sign with the Sooners this week, the Sooners are done recruiting defensive linemen in this class.

It did see odd that the Sooners only had one official visitor last weekend. But there were two factors for that. First, 19 of the 20 players committed to Oklahoma took their official visit to campus between September through November. Second, the fall semester ended at Oklahoma on Friday. Taking an official visit when the campus is virtually empty isn’t an ideal way to show off the program.

Flipping Josh Proctor seems unlikely

Oklahoma tried to flip 4-star safety Josh Proctor from his commitment to Ohio State for six months. If you looked at Proctor’s Twitter account on Sunday, that seems highly unlikely heading into the early signing period.

Proctor remains the lone in-state player who Oklahoma has offered that it hasn’t received a commitment from in the 2018 class.

2018 class update

The early signing period begins on Wednesday. Here’s a list of Oklahoma’s commitments and whether they expected to sign in the early period.

• T Brey Walker, 4 stars, Westmoore (Moore, Okla.) — Yes
• RB T.J. Pledger, 4 stars, IMG Academy (Bradenton, Fla.) — Yes
• DE Ron Tatum, 4 stars, Putnam City (Oklahoma City) — Yes
• DE Ronnie Perkins, 4 stars, Lutheran North (St. Louis) — Yes
• WR Jaquayln Crawford, 4 stars, Rockdale (Texas) — Yes
• T Darrell Simpson, 4 stars, Northwest (Justin, Texas) — unknown
• DE Jalen Redmond, 4 stars, Midwest City (Oklahoma City) — Yes
• QB Tanner Mordecai, 4 stars, Midway (Waco, Texas) — Yes
• OL Tramonda Moore, 4 stars, Independence (Kan.) Community College — Yes
• RB Tavion Thomas, 3 stars, Dunbar (Dayton, Ohio) — unknown
• CB Miguel Edwards, 3 stars, Deerfield Beach (Fla.) — Yes
• WR Jaylon Robinson, 3 stars, All Saints Episcopal (Fort Worth, Texas) — Yes
• LB Brian Asamoah, 3 stars, St. Francis DeSales (Columbus, Ohio) — Yes
• WR Kundarrius Taylor, 3 stars, Ridgeway (Memphis, Tenn.) — Yes
• CB Starrland Baldwin, 3 stars, Cy Falls (Houston) — Yes
• DT Jordan Kelley, 3 stars, Union (Tulsa, Okla.) — Yes
• S Patrick Fields, 3 stars, Union (Tulsa, Okla.) — Yes
• CB Jordon Austin, 3 stars, Lancaster (Texas) — unknown
• WR Treveon Johnson, 3 stars, Brenham (Texas) — Yes
• S Delarrin Turner-Yell, 3 stars, Hempstead (Texas) — Yes

Oklahoma coach Lincoln Riley said last week he expects all of the Sooners’ commitments to sign in the early period.

“We think if guys are committed then they do need to sign. Our guys, this group has been great. We’ve had very little resistance. A lot of guys are excited about getting it done,” Riley said. “This is going to become in a lot of ways the new national signing day. Now this one will – I think the one in February will kind of become secondary a little bit. And I think it will be more and more as the years go on.

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