Oklahoma recruiting: Sooners get critical visitors, but no new commitments

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 Friday edition, we look back on the week in recruiting, which included a big weekend of official visits leading up to the Red River Showdown.

Here’s an early glance at where things stand for the 2018 class.

Where Oklahoma’s class ranks

Oklahoma’s 2018 class is No. 10 in the 247Sports composite ranking and No. 2 in the Big 12 Conference behind Texas. The reason for the one-spot drop in the national ranking is Notre Dame moved ahead of the Sooners. One of the Oklahoma commits is a 5-star recruit and five are 4-star prospects.

The latest news

The Sooners haven’t picked up a commitment for the 2018 or 2019 class since landing 3-star linebacker Brian Asamoah on Sept. 7. They have their biggest recruiting weekend thus far coming up, however.

The biggest news of the week is 4-star safety Josh Proctor (Owasso, Okla.) took an official visit for last weekend’s game against Iowa State. Proctor committed to Ohio State in the spring and hasn’t changed his pledge. But the visit showed the Sooners are making inroads with the No. 98 player in the country.

The Sooners also hosted 4-star linebacker Nik Bonitto, 4-star safety C.J. Smith and 3-star cornerback Keidron Smith for the Iowa State game. All three uncommitted players are from Florida. The Sooners will surround them with three players they’ve had committed for months as 4-star defensive end Ron Tatum, 4-star offensive tackle Darrell Simpson and 3-star receiver Treveon Johnson are scheduled to visit.

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Offers by the numbers

Reported offers: 187
5-star offers: 16
4-star offers: 115
In-state recruits offered: 9
Texas recruits offered: 48
Georgia recruits offered: 15
Florida recruits offered: 37
California recruits offered: 16

Commits

OL Brey Walker, 5 stars, Westmoore (Moore, Okla.)
RB T.J. Pledger, 4 stars, IMG Academy (Bradenton, Fla.)
DE Ron Tatum, 4 stars, Putnam City (Oklahoma City)
WR Jacquelyn Crawford, 4 stars, Rockdale (Texas)
OT Darrell Simpson, 4 stars, Northwest (Justin, Texas)
DE Jalen Redmond, 4 stars, Midwest City (Okla.)
RB Tavion Thomas, 3 stars, Dayton Dunbar (Ohio)
QB Tanner Mordecai, 3 stars, Waco Midway (Texas)
OL Tramonda Moore, 3 stars, Independence (Kan.) Community College
CB Miguel Edwards, 3 stars, Deerfield Beach (Fla.)
WR Jaylon Robinson, 3 stars, All Saints Episcopal (Fort Worth, Texas)
LB Brian Asamoah, 3 stars, St. Francis DeSales (Columbus, Ohio)
WR Kundarrius Taylor, 3 stars, Ridgeway (Memphis, Tenn.)
CB Starrland Baldwin, 3 stars, Cy Falls (Houston)
DT Jordan Kelley, 3 stars, Tulsa Union (Okla.)
S Patrick Fields, 3 stars, Tulsa Union (Okla.)
CB Jordon Austin, 3 stars, Lancaster (Texas)
WR Treveon Johnson, 3 stars, Brenham (Texas)
S Dellarin Turner-Yell, 3 stars, Hempstead (Texas)

5 top uncommitted targets

4-star DE Ronnie Perkins, Lutheran North (St. Louis)
Ronnie Perkins (6-foot-3, 256 pounds) made an unofficial visit to Texas three weeks ago, but Oklahoma has seemed like the leader to get him. Over the years, Oklahoma has enjoyed great success plucking players out of the St. Louis area. The Sooners are firmly in his top 5, joining LSU, Michigan, Missouri and Nebraska.

Perkins has said he will visit Oklahoma during the season. He hasn’t set a date for the trip. He has set a trip to Michigan for the second weekend in December.

4-star OL Reuben Unije, IMG Academy (Bradenton, Fla.)
The Sooners seem to be in a great position with the No. 248 overall player. Reuben Unije received the official offer on Aug. 1. Landing him likely would wrap up the offensive line recruiting for the class.

Oklahoma is getting some in-class help with Unije. IMG Academy running back T.J. Pledger committed to the Sooners in March. Clearly, he wants his prep school left tackle to follow him to Oklahoma.

Unije made an official visit to Florida four weeks ago and is scheduled to make his official visit to Oklahoma for the Texas Tech game on Oct. 28. That trip is the last one Unije has scheduled.

4-star OLB Merlin Robertson, Junipero Serra (Gardena, Calif.)
The Sooners have had great success recruiting the state of California in the last seven years. Merlin Robertson (6-3, 241) would be a great addition. He made his official visit to Oklahoma for the Tulane game.

Oklahoma seems to be the only school he’s interested in that is east of the Rocky Mountains and seems to be in the lead. Robertson has not yet scheduled more official visits. He lives close to USC, so that one could come at any time. The Trojans are Oklahoma’s main competition.

4-star DT Bobby Brown, Lamar (Arlington, Texas)
Bobby Brown picked up an offer from Oklahoma well over a year ago. The coveted defensive lineman has shown interest. Brown’s official visit for the Tulane game seemed to be a hit.

Brown is expected to announce his commitment on Nov. 2. The Sooners clearly made a good impression. Brown announced this week six schools made his final cut. The defensive lineman will be very busy in October. He’s set to visit Florida State this weekend. He’ll visit Alabama on Oct. 20. Brown decided Texas A&M will get his fourth official the last weekend in October.

4-star DaShaun White, Richland (North Richland Hills, Texas)
DaShaun White, who was recently upgraded to a 4-star prospect in the 247Sports composite ranking, is committed to Texas A&M, but that didn’t stop him from making a trip to Norman for the Tulane game. He also has scheduled an official visit to Oklahoma at the end of October.

His commitment to the Aggies hangs on the status of coach Kevin Sumlin. If a coaching change is made, expect White to quickly jump on board with the Sooners. The lines of communication were never severed between him and Oklahoma’s coaching staff.

White’s popularity is increasing. He announced an offer from Texas this week and is expected to attend Saturday’s game at the Cotton Bowl as a guest of the Longhorns.

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 (Mordecai)
RB: 2/2 (Pledger, Thomas)
OL: 3/4 (Walker, Moore, Simpson)
WR: 4/5 (Crawford, Johnson, Taylor, Johnson)
DL: 3/5 (Redmond, Tatum, Kelly)
ILB: 0/2
OLB: 1/2 (Asamoah)
CB: 2/2 (Austin, Baldwin)
S: 3/4 (Fields, Edwards, Turner-Yell)

Geographical breakdown

Here’s a breakdown of Oklahoma commits by state:
Texas: 8 (Crawford, Mordecai, Robinson, Baldwin, Austin, Johnson, Simpson, Turner-Yell)
Oklahoma: 5 (Walker, Tatum, Redmond, Kelly, Fields)
Florida: 2 (Pledger, Edwards)
Ohio: 2 (Asamoah, Thomas)
Tennessee: 1 (Taylor)
Kansas: 1 (Moore)

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