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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 a critical decision that will come this weekend and the rest of the week.

Where Oklahoma’s class ranks

The Sooners held firm with five commitments in the 2019 class but dropped one spot in the 247Sports composite rankings to No. 8 this week. The Sooners still have the Big 12 Conference’s top class. Four of the commitments carry a 4-star ranking.

The latest news

Spring practice begins on Saturday. Oklahoma hopes it will add a short-term piece to the 2018 class. Rice graduate transfer Calvin Anderson will announce his decision from among the Sooners, Texas, Michigan and Auburn on Saturday.

… Saturday

— Calvin Anderson (@THE_CONDA25) March 8, 2018

The Sooners have an opening at tackle with the departure of All-American Orlando Brown to the NFL. Anderson seems like a plug-and-play option at either tackle spot if he picks Oklahoma.

Anderson’s final official visit to Norman was on Feb. 16-18, and it was his last trip. Anderson said following the visit that he didn’t have a leader. Obviously, he’s made a decision.

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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

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 ones. Hill hasn’t given many indications where he’s leaning, but 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 rankings, and the top offensive lineman on the Sooners board. Kenyon Green came up 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 the Sooners’ top 5 that it should feel best about. The No. 30 player in the 247Sports composite rankings 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, an elite defensive back and a California member of the 2018 class. Steele is set to make his official for the spring game. 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 packaged deal with 4-star cornerback Bobby Wolfe. The Sooners have targeted him as well. Wolfe de-committed from Texas A&M this week.

Position breakdown

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)
OL: 0/4
WR: 1/5 (Bridges)
TE: 1/1 (Stogner)
DL: 2/4 (Roberson)
ILB: 0/1
OLB: 0/2
CB: 0/3
S: 0/4

Geographical breakdown

Here’s a breakdown of Oklahoma commits by state:

Texas: 3 (Stogner, Bridges, Spiller, Roberson)
Arizona: 1 (Rattler)

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