Oklahoma recruiting: Sooners are always targeting versatile tackles

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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 the importance of offensive linemen in the 2019 class.

Tackles offer the first most versatility for Oklahoma

A potential critical piece of Oklahoma’s 2019 recruiting class is tackle Kenyon Green. The No. 12 player overall in the 2019 247Sports composite rankings released his top 10 on Saturday, and Green had the Sooners in there.

It isn’t a shock. Green visited along with his family for Oklahoma’s junior day in February and the 5-star prospect from Humble, Texas, is a major target for the Sooners and just about everyone else.

But when it comes to Oklahoma’s offers, odds are they are going to tackles. Offensive line coach Bill Bedenbaugh sent offers to 29 linemen in the 2019 class. Only seven are either guards or centers.

Why is that?

It highlights the way Oklahoma evaluates players. Tackles tend to be more athletic than guards or centers. It is easier to move them to guard or center than vice versa.

That showed in the 2018 class. All three of the Sooners offensive line signees — 5-star Brey Walker, 4-star Darrell Simpson and 4-star junior college prospect Tramonda Moore — are projected at tackle. But don’t be surprised if at least two of them are working at guard no later than 2019 season.

“I feel like between Tramonda and Darrell and all those guys, that we may have some guys that can play both,” Oklahoma coach Lincoln Riley said. “I think in a perfect world that’s how Coach Bedenbaugh and all of us would want it.”

QB commit Spencer Rattler receives Elite 11 invite

Oklahoma’s 2019 quarterback commitment, 4-star pro-style passer Spencer Rattler, received an invite to Nike’s Elite 11 camp.

Rattler, who is the No. 1 pro-style quarterback in the 2019 247Sports composite rankings and the No. 33 overall prospect, would be the ninth Oklahoma quarterback to be invited. Current quarterback Kyler Murray was a participant in 2015.

While the event is for the best quarterbacks in the country, it hasn’t guaranteed success at Oklahoma. Among the invited Oklahoma quarterbacks, only two of those — Landry Jones (2007) and Blake Bell (2009) — started and finished their careers with the Sooners.

Murray transferred to Oklahoma from Texas A&M. Tommy Grady (2002), Rhett Bomar (2003), Keith Nichol (2006), Kendal Thompson (2010) and Chris Robison (2016) left the Sooners as transfers. Bomar was the only one of that group to start a game.

Oklahoma officially offers Faatui Tuitele

The Sooners had a big unofficial visit late last week with 5-star defensive tackle Faatui Tuitele coming in on Thursday.

After meeting with the coaching staff, the 5-star prospect from St. Louis School in Honolulu announced he did pick up an offer from the Sooners.

Accumulating offers isn’t a problem for the No. 23 player in the 247Sports composite rankings. He currently has 35 of them. Tuitele also visited LSU last week and plans to take an unofficial visit to Ohio State in early April.

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