Oklahoma recruiting: Sooners rise in rankings as momentum builds

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.

Where Oklahoma’s class ranks

The Sooners currently have six commitments in the 2019 class. The addition of 3-star defensive Kori Roberson propelled Oklahoma to the No. 4 class in the 2019 247Sports composite ranking and the No. 1 class in the Big 12. Four of the commits are 4-star prospects.

The latest news

Roberson, from Manvel (Texas) High School, committed about 24 hours after departing Oklahoma’s junior day on Feb. 17. The gathering brought in some of the best 2019 and 2020 prospects in the region.

It came at a critical time. It seems with the 2019 class, a popular decision timetable will be to take official visits in the spring and make commitments prior to their senior season of high school.

The Sooners got some good news on that front this week. Four-star wide receiver Arjei Henderson (Richmond, Texas) announced his finalists this week. The Sooners joined Alabama and Texas A&M in that group.

The also heard that 5-star prospects defensive tackle Faatui Tuitele (Honolulu) and athlete Bru McCoy (Santa Ana, Calif.) are planning spring visits.

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Reported offers: 136
5-star offers: 17
4-star offers: 102
In-state recruits offered: 3
Texas recruits offered: 36
Florida recruits offered: 24
Georgia recruits offered: 14
California recruits offered: 13


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)

DT Derek Green, 3 stars, Southwest (Jacksonville, N.C.)

Top 5 uncommitted targets

5-star S Daxton Hill, Washington (Tulsa, Okla.)

The No. 1 players in Oklahoma is piling up offers. Hill is exactly what you want in a deep safety. He’s long with tremendous closing speed.

Hill also plays a position of need for Oklahoma’s defense. The Sooners missed out on potential starters Josh Proctor (Ohio State) and Leon O’Neal Jr. (Texas A&M) in the 2018 class. Hill could make that misery go away.

Oklahoma doesn’t produce a lot of 5-star recruits from the prep ranks. When it does, they usually find their way to Norman. The Sooners need to make sure that remains the case.

5-star T Kenyon Green, Atascocita (Humble, Texas)

There isn’t a college football program on a better run producing and developing tackles than Oklahoma. Green could be another great one in that run. He might be the best in the 2019 class.

The Sooners made an early pitch last weekend. Offensive line coach Bill Bedenbaugh would love to be able to lock up an official visit from the former LSU commit.

4-star WR Theo Wease, Allen (Texas)

The Sooners have always seemed to be the school to beat for one of the top receivers in Texas. Wease is the outside receiver with the size to catch the ball over the middle and the speed to get behind defenses.

Wease committed to Oklahoma about a year ago but changed his mind a few months later. The Sooners are still in the mix. He was a junior day visitor, which seemed to put Oklahoma in a strong position with the potential 5-star receiver. Wease is likely to return to Norman several times this spring.

4-star T Tyler Johnson, Oak Ridge (Conroe, Texas)

Another elite tackle who could fight for playing time immediately. Johnson is fluid in ways most 300-plus pound men are not.

He visited Oklahoma last weekend. Expect the Sooners to push hard for this elite tackle. Johnson hasn’t established a recruiting timetable, but expect the Sooners to get an official visit in the spring or early in the fall.

4-star CB Erick Young, Fort Bend (Richmond, Texas)

The Sooners made a strong impression on the cornerback during his junior day visit. He put out his top 10 a few days after returning home and the Sooners were in the mix.

Young is another highly versatile defensive back. He could easily play cornerback or safety because of his size (6-foot-1). Young is long and lanky and capable of running with outside receivers or covering a lot of space as a deep safety.

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 (Green, 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)
North Carolina: 1 (Green)

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