Oklahoma recruiting: Heavy defensive presence for 2018 visitors at TCU game

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Stay up to date with Oklahoma football recruiting with the latest news, notes and analysis in the daily edition of DieHards’ Wagon Wheels. Today, we look at the growing list of visitors for the TCU game and the importance of defense in the 2018 class.

Defense takes center stage for TCU game

The list of official visitors for Oklahoma’s showdown with TCU on Saturday swells daily. Three-star cornerback and Oklahoma commit Miguel Edwards announced he would make his official visit this weekend, joining 3-star safety Delarrin Turner-Yell and a short list of official visitors for the Sooners’ biggest home game of the season.

What’s interesting is the trend in Oklahoma’s 2018 recruiting. It looks like most, if not all, of the Sooners’ 2018 visitors this weekend are defensive players. Defensive end Abdul-Malik McClain, a 4-star recruit from San Juan Capistrano, Calif., has scheduled a visit.

The Sooners will wrap six of their current commits around him during the game Saturday. Three-star safety Patrick Fields, 3-star defensive tackle Jordan Kelly, and 4-star defensive end Ron Tatum have announced they will attend.

The remaining holes in the 2018 class are on defense. The Sooners still have openings at defensive line, linebacker and secondary.

2019 early focus on offense

The four commitments the Sooners have gathered for the 2019 class are all from offensive skill players. It seems that’s where the interest is strongest for Oklahoma heading into the next recruiting cycle.

There are seven high school juniors scheduled to attend the TCU game. The overwhelming majority are receivers and running backs.

Another big name to join that list is Cuero, Texas, athlete Jordan Whittington.

The 5-star prospect joins fellow 2019 5-star recruits Theo Wease and Arjei Henderson in Norman on Saturday. Expect 4-star wide receiver and Oklahoma commit Trejan Bridges to spend the game working on all three.

The massive push for receivers in the 2019 class shows the Sooners’ efforts to wrangle top playmakers early for the class. They had a big receiver haul in 2017 with freshman CeeDee Lamb and junior college transfer Marquise Brown leading the group.

Oklahoma’s 2018 class includes four receivers, but only Jaquayln Crawford ranks as a 4-star prospect in the 247Sports composite.

Nik Bonitto will stay home this weekend

Oklahoma’s pursuit of 4-star linebacker Nik Bonitto started in the summer. The hope was to get him to come up from Fort Lauderdale, Fla., for a game this season. A scheduled trip to Norman for the Iowa State game fell through when the kickoff was set for 11 a.m.

Bonitto decided to stay home this weekend for the Miami-Notre Dame game.

There’s a chance the Sooners could get the high school senior on campus for the West Virginia game on Nov. 25.

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