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 that included the start of spring practice and some unofficial visitors coming through Norman.
Where Oklahoma’s class ranks
The Sooners commitment list for the 2019 class remained at five this week. Oklahoma remains at No. 8 in the 247Sports composite rankings for the second straight week. The Sooners still have the Big 12 Conference’s top class. Four of the commitments carry a 4-star ranking.
The latest news
There are some 2019 prospects who have started taking unofficial visits and that brought some top-50 talent to Norman. The first was 4-star running back Noah Cain (IMG Academy). The longtime offer was on campus for the first practice of the spring. Cain, who is a native of Denton, Texas, came to a game last season as well. He is the No. 31 overall player in the 2019 247Sports composite rankings and the No. 2 running back.
On Thursday, 5-star defensive tackle Faatui Tuitele (St. Louis School, Honolulu) arrived for an unofficial visit. The No. 23 player in the country and No. 2 at defensive tackle worked in a trip to Oklahoma after starting the week at LSU.
Norman, Oklahoma… WE HERE! Boomer Sooner! ⚪️
— FAATUI TUITELE (@tuitele87) March 15, 2018
Reported offers: 140
5-star offers: 17
4-star offers: 104
In-state recruits offered: 3
Texas recruits offered: 37
Florida recruits offered: 24
Georgia recruits offered: 14
California recruits offered: 14
QB Spencer Rattler, 4 stars, Pinnacle (Phoenix)
TE Austin Stogner, 4 stars, Prestonwood Christian (Plano, Texas)
WR Trejan Bridges, 4 stars, Hebron (Carrollton, Texas)
RB Isaiah Spiller, 4 stars, Klein Collins (Spring, Texas)
DE Kori Roberson, 3 stars, Manvel (Texas)
Top 5 uncommitted targets
5-star S Daxton Hill, Washington (Tulsa, Okla.)
The Sooners have offers out to 15 safeties, but Daxton Hill remains atop the wish list. The No. 27 overall player in the 247Sports composite rankings is the best player in Oklahoma and an elite prospect at a position of need. Defensive backs with his range don’t come along often, much less in-state. Hill hasn’t given many indications where he’s leaning. He’s picked up 22 offers and that total will keep going up. The Sooners are clearly in the running as the spring recruiting season begins.
5-star OT Kenyon Green, Atascocita (Humble, Texas)
Oklahoma is in the mix for the No. 1 player in Texas, according to the 247Sports composite, and is the top offensive lineman on the Sooners’ board. Kenyon Green came to Norman for Oklahoma’s junior day and seems likely to return this spring. It will be tough to pull Green past Texas and Texas A&M, but the former LSU commit’s interest in Oklahoma is firm.
4-star WR Theo Wease, Allen (Texas)
The top receiver on Oklahoma’s 2019 wish list is also the one in its top 5 that it should feel best about. The No. 30 player in the 247Sports composite has been a constant presence in Norman since the beginning of last season. He’s expected to take his official visit for the spring game on April 14. The Sooners could seal the deal with Theo Wease then, and hope he becomes one of the leaders of the class. There’s a feeling he will have an influence on the decision of receiver Arjei Henderson. Both were once committed to Oklahoma. If the Sooners land Wease, both could be again.
5-star CB Chris Steele, St. John Bosco (Bellflower, Calif.)
The Sooners always seem to grab at least one elite player out of California. Chris Steele, the No. 29 player in the country, is 2019’s top target. He has a strong relationship with Brendan Radley-Hiles, the elite defensive back and California member of the 2018 class. Steele is set to make his official for the spring game, which is a month away. If Oklahoma can land him, this would have all the makings of a huge class.
4-star CB Erick Young, Fort Bend (Richmond, Texas)
Erick Young is the top cornerback in Texas and No. 97 player in the country. He has elite size for the position (6-foot-1, 195 pounds) and could offer tremendous versatility to any secondary. Young seemed impressed with his unofficial visit in February and is likely to return in the spring. One interesting note is that Young could be part of a package deal with 4-star cornerback Bobby Wolfe. The Sooners have targeted him as well. Wolfe de-committed from Texas A&M last week. Of course, the Sooners cast an enormous net for cornerbacks in this class. They’ve sent out 21 offers and there’s still nine months to go until the early signing period begins.
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 (Rattler)
RB: 1/2 (Spiller)
WR: 1/5 (Bridges)
TE: 1/1 (Stogner)
DL: 2/4 (Roberson)
Here’s a breakdown of Oklahoma commits by state:
Texas: 4 (Stogner, Bridges, Spiller, Roberson)
Arizona: 1 (Rattler)
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