It’s another 10 months until members of the 2019 class can sign a national letter of intent. Oklahoma already has its targets identified. They’ve sent out more than 100 offers for the class and will send out more by the end of the spring.
All signs point toward the Sooners signing at least 25 players in their next class. It wouldn’t be a surprise if they bring in a couple over that mark.
Here is an early top 10 of the most important targeted Oklahoma prospects for the 2019 class.
* Has verbally committed to Oklahoma
*4-star QB Spencer Rattler, Pinnacle (Phoenix)
One of the reasons the Sooners got off to such a strong start with the 2019 class was Spencer Rattler committing so early. He’s been in the fold for nearly eight months.
The dual-threat quarterback could be the Sooners’ first 5-star quarterback since Rhett Bomar in 2004. Elite classes tend to begin with elite quarterbacks. Rattler is special. He’s reminiscent of former quarterback Baker Mayfield and current quarterback Kyler Murray, who was a 5-star prospect when he signed with Texas A&M in 2015.
5-star S Daxton Hill, Washington (Tulsa, Okla.)
The state of Oklahoma doesn’t mint 5-star recruits. They come along a little more than once a decade. The Sooners were lucky to secure 2018 5-star tackle Brey Walker before his junior year in high school. Daxton Hill will require more work.
What makes Hill so important is he’s more than a uniquely talented in-state prospect. He also plays a position Oklahoma has struggled to fill. Hill has enough range to become an immediate starter for the Sooners. Land him and Oklahoma can forget the sorrow from missing out on 4-star safeties Josh Proctor and Leon O’Neal Jr.
4-star WR Theo Wease, Allen (Texas)
The Sooners have already offered 11 receivers in the 2019 class and are likely to take four. Theo Wease is the No. 1 target. He’ll likely be a 5-star prospect by the time his senior season rolls around. Oklahoma hopes he’s committed by then.
Wease is the big-body receiver with soft hands that Oklahoma rarely lands. He can be a possession receiver or a big-play threat.
*4-star TE Austin Stogner, Prestonwood Christian (Plano, Texas)
The tight end position is getting more emphasis from the Sooners. It’s gone from a spot Oklahoma recruited every other year to must-fill in every class.
The Sooners locked up Austin Stogner early and it should be a great match. Stogner has prototypical size for the spot with the skills of a slot receiver. He’ll quickly become a favorite target of any Oklahoma quarterback.
5-star T Kenyon Green, Atascocita (Humble, Texas)
An elite tackle is a great addition to any class. Kenyon Green, a former LSU commit, is the top offensive lineman in the region and could be the best in the country.
The Sooners just brought in three highly touted offensive linemen in 2019. But Green has the size and the agility to vie for playing time in 2019.
4-star S Jalen Catalon, Legacy (Mansfield, Texas)
The Sooners need safeties and Jalen Catalon is one of the best in the Dallas/Fort Worth area. He doesn’t have towering size, but his range is impressive. More importantly, he finds the football.
The Sooners sent out a wide net for 2019 safeties. They’ve already offered 15 for the class. Catalon, however, is higher on Oklahoma’s list than most.
4-star T Tyler Johnson, Oak Ridge (Conroe, Texas)
Another elite offensive tackle with the size to play early. Tyler Johnson has the agility to be an elite left tackle. He shows surprising quickness when he pulls on counters and screens.
Johnson could easily be a bookend on Oklahoma’s offensive line for at least three seasons.
5-star CB Chris Steele, St. John Bosco (Bellflower, Calif.)
The Sooners’ cornerback numbers are back to where they need to be, but landing one of the best in the 2019 class would do wonders for the class.
Chris Steele, who announced he will take an official visit to Norman for the Sooners’ spring game, already has 42 offers. He might be the most highly recruited defensive back in the country because he’s shown an interest in leaving Southern California.
*4-star WR Trejan Bridges, Hebron (Carrollton, Texas)
The Sooners locked up Trejan Bridges early and there were two benefits in doing that. Bridges is a riser in the recruiting rankings, picking up offers from Alabama and Ohio State recently.
But Bridges is one of the best recruiters in Oklahoma’s class. Guys want to be around him and play with him. It’s a big year in the Dallas-Fort Worth Area and Bridges’ willingness to help Oklahoma recruit helps. Oh, yeah, he also has the potential to be an immediate-impact outside receiver.
5-star RB Noah Cain, IMG Academy (Bradenton, Fla.)
The Sooners are going to get running backs. They’ve consistently done it over the years and their standouts dot NFL rosters. Noah Cain is Oklahoma’s top running back target. He’s just about everybody’s top running back target.
Cain is from Denton, Texas, which is just 2 hours away from Norman. There’s a geographical advantage the Sooners need to take advantage of.
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