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 what Oklahoma will do when it gets to hire a 10th assistant coach in January.
Oklahoma coaches wrapping up the recruiting for the year
This is the final week of the 2017 contact period. By Friday night all of Oklahoma’s assistant coaches will be off the recruiting trail until January.
By then, a wild hiring spree will take place. All 129 FBS schools have some sort of full-time opening. The Sooners will have 10 assistants on the road recruiting.
“It’ll be different. You add a 100 something new jobs all of a sudden and there’s going to be a lot of movement,” Oklahoma coach Lincoln Riley said. “The good thing though is that at a place like OU, there’s plenty of people that want to come work here. So we’re lucky.”
What does Riley plan to do with the post?
He’s playing that one close to the vest. An assumption is the Sooners will add another offensive assistant. In the current configuration of nine, five of them handle defensive positions. Riley evaluated those things since Oklahoma’s regular season ended with the Big 12 title game victory over TCU on Dec. 2.
The goal was to see where it would help most — as a recruiter and a position coach.
“I think you get the best guy and if it is a young guy you don’t not do it because you are scared he doesn’t have experience or this or that,” Riley said. “I think you just have to trust your gut and just bring in the guy that you know is absolutely the best fit.”
According to the NCAA rules, the 10th assistant coach can be employed by the schools beginning on Jan. 9, 2018. That happens to be the day after the 2017 national champion will be crowned in Atlanta and two days before the contact period leading up to the Feb. 7 signing day begins.
Oklahoma is in the mix for 4-star guard
Four-star 2018 guard Tank Jenkins (Montgomery, Ala.) plans to take an official visit to Norman in January. He told 247Sports on Monday the Sooners, Auburn, Mississippi and Louisville are his final four choices.
Oklahoma offensive line coach Bill Bedenbaugh had an in-home visit with Jenkins on Sunday.
— Tank Jenkins (@_MJ70_) December 11, 2017
“Oklahoma’s was awesome, great talking to coach B and with him talking to me he was great,” Jenkins told 247Sports. “I have a good relationship with him, he’s a really cool guy. I’ve got my official visit set up in January, I forgot what date it was.”
The Sooners have turned their focus to a guard for the final offensive lineman in the 2018 class. They hold commitments from 4-star tackles Brey Walker (Oklahoma City), Darrell Simpson (Justin, Texas) and junior college prospect Tramonda Moore (Independence Community College), who could play guard or tackle.
Thus far Jenkins is the only definitive visit set up for January. Oklahoma expects to sign its current 20 commitments during the Dec. 20-22 early signing period.
The only one of that group who didn’t take his official visit to Norman during the regular season is 3-star cornerback Jordon Austin (Lancaster, Texas).
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