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 Monday edition, we look at Midwest City, Okla., defensive end and Oklahoma commit Jalen Redmond. We also detail the massive recruiting weekend that’s taking shape around the Oklahoma game against Texas Tech on Saturday.
There was a battle between 4-star defensive ends and Oklahoma commits last Thursday at Putnam City High School in Oklahoma City. Midwest City’s Jalen Redmond and the Pirates’ Ron Tatum went against each other for the last time as rivals. Both 2018 recruits are committed to Oklahoma.
For now, Tatum is the highest-ranked defensive lineman in Oklahoma. That might change before the season is over. Redmond dominated in the Bombers’ 32-14 victory over the Pirates.
Redmond was a constant presence in the backfield and scored a touchdown on a screen pass.
“There was a lot of energy going on, especially with Ron on the other side,” Redmond said.
But it was Redmond’s energy that was apparent throughout the game. It’s been that kind of season. He’s been the most dominant defensive player in the state and continues to climb the recruiting ranks. He rose to a 4-star prospect in the 247Sports composite ranking in late September. He’ll likely rise in the DieHards Oklahoma Top 20 in November.
“I’m still trying to get better,” Redmond said. “I keep up my stats and pay attention to the sacks. I have a goal to get 20.”
He’s likely going to get there this season. It’s also likely Redmond will figure into Oklahoma’s defense as a pass-rushing presence as early as 2018. You can’t have enough of guys who can pressure quarterbacks. No one is doing it better in Oklahoma than Redmond.
Sooners will get visit from 5-star defensive end
Redmond already took his official visit in September, but he said he would be in Norman for the Texas Tech game Saturday. Redmond won’t be alone.
The most significant recruiting weekend of the season is taking shape. News broke last week that 5-star defensive end Micah Parsons, who is from Harrisburg, Pa., will make an official visit to Oklahoma this weekend.
“I’ve never been out to Oklahoma,” Parsons told Rivals.com “I just want to see the people, the campus, the fans, the academics. There’s a lot of things I need to look into with Oklahoma.”
This will mark the second time Parsons has seen the Sooners in person. He took an official visit to Ohio State for its meeting with the Sooners in September.
The Buckeyes and Penn State also are heavily involved for the No. 5 player in the 2018 247Sports composite ranking.
Big-name players planning trips for Texas Tech game
The Sooners also will get a visit from 4-star defensive end Ronnie Perkins, who is the No. 112 player in the country. The St. Louis player took an unofficial visit to Norman in May.
Four-star linebacker DaShaun White, who is a Texas A&M commit, also will make the trip from North Richland Hills, Texas. This will be White’s third trip to Norman since July. He took an unofficial visit in July and attended the Oklahoma game against Tulane in September.
The Sooners also expect a visit from 4-star offensive tackle Reuben Unije, which has been in the works for more than a month. The left tackle from IMG Academy in Bradenton, Fla., has been high on Oklahoma’s target list for nearly a year. The Sooners are hoping he gives a verbal commitment before leaving for home. If Unije does commit, that likely completes the offensive players for the 2018 class.
Don’t be surprised if many of the Sooners’ 19 commits are on hand Saturday. Three-star cornerback Starrland Baldwin and 3-star receiver Jaylon Robinson announced they’ll take official trips this weekend.
Don’t be surprised if Unije’s teammate and 4-star running back T.J. Pledger, who committed to Oklahoma in March, also makes the trip to Norman this weekend.
Miss a previous edition of Wagon Wheels? Get caught up here.
The post Oklahoma recruiting: 4-star commit Jalen Redmond rounds into form appeared first on Diehards.