Stay up to date with Oklahoma football recruiting with the latest news and notes and analysis in the daily edition of DieHards’ Wagon Wheels. Today, we look back on an interesting week for the Sooners’ future.
Where Oklahoma’s class ranks
The Sooners remained at No. 8 in the 2018 247Sports composite rankings. They have the No. 2 class in the Big 12 Conference behind Texas. The Sooners hold 20 commitments. One of the Oklahoma commits is a 5-star recruit and six are 4-star prospects.
The latest news
The Sooners didn’t land a commitment. The last player to join Oklahoma’s 2018 class is 4-star defensive Ronnie Perkins. The other big news of the week is the long list of official and unofficial visitors gathering for the game against TCU on Saturday. The Sooners sideline should be packed with a number of 4-star 2018 recruits and 5-star 2019 prospects.
Also, Oklahoma announced on Thursday it will be a Jordan Brand school beginning in the 2018 season. The Sooners’ current commitments seemed to like the idea of wearing the Jumpman logo in the future.
Offers by the numbers
Reported offers: 188
5-star offers: 16
4-star offers: 116
In-state recruits offered: 9
Texas recruits offered: 48
Georgia recruits offered: 15
Florida recruits offered: 37
California recruits offered: 16
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)
DE Ronnie Perkins, 4 stars, Lutheran North (St. Louis)
WR JaQuayln 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 Delarrin Turner-Yell, 3 stars, Hempstead (Texas)
5 top uncommitted targets
5-star Micah Parsons, Harrisburg High School (Harrisburg, Pa.)
Just landing the visit from the No. 5 player in the country and No. 1 defensive lineman was a coup for the Sooners. By all accounts, Parsons left with a favorable impression.
Landing him alone would likely give Oklahoma its highest-ranked recruiting class since 2009. That was the last recruiting cycle where it landed multiple 5-star players.
Parsons previously visited Ohio State and Nebraska. He once committed to Penn State and the Nittany Lions seem to be the leader for Pennsylvania’s No. 1 player. But if Parsons gets the urge to leave home for college, Oklahoma is in a great position.
4-star CB Brendan Radley-Hiles, IMG Academy (Bradenton, Fla.)
A few weeks ago, Radley-Hiles was firmly committed to Nebraska. About 48 hours after leaving his official visit to Oklahoma, he dropped Nebraska. The Sooners took the lead position in landing the No. 49 overall player in the country.
Radley-Hiles (5-10, 183) lacks ideal height, but he might be the most physical cornerback in the 2018 class. He has the size and the speed to play anywhere in the secondary. If the Sooners land him, they’ll have an instant impact player.
However, Radley-Hiles is still looking at other schools. He took an unofficial visit to Alabama last week and will take an official visit to Clemson on Nov. 18. The cornerback announced he’ll publicly make his choice known at the U.S. Army All-American Bowl on Jan. 6 in San Antonio.
4-star OL Reuben Unije, IMG Academy (Bradenton, Fla.)
The Sooners have been in a strong position with the No. 248 player in the country for nearly a year. Offensive line coach Bill Bedenbaugh built a strong relationship early. Unije’s official visit for the Texas Tech game did not yield a commitment. However, he’s set to make his decision on Nov. 19.
Unije is the last piece of 2018’s offensive puzzle. Getting him means the Sooners have a phenomenal haul as he joins 5-star Brey Walker, 4-star Darrell Simpson and 3-star JUCO guard Tramonda Moore.
4-star OLB Merlin Robertson, Junipero Serra (Gardena, Calif.)
The Sooners have had great success recruiting the state in the last seven years. Robertson made his official visit to the Oklahoma in September.
Robertson told 247Sports.com this week that Oklahoma remains his leader. However, the linebacker scheduled a visit to LSU for its game against Texas A&M on Nov. 25.
4-star DE Jeremiah Martin, Cajon (San Bernardino, Calif.)
The offer from the Sooners didn’t come until October, but there’s clearly interest. Martin made the trip to Norman last weekend. It will likely be the 6-5, 240-pound lineman’s last out of the Pac-12 footprint.
Martin’s size makes him ideal for the Sooners’ multiple schemes. He could play anywhere other than nose guard. His long frame means he could play on the edge or inside.
The wait for Martin will be a long one. He has scheduled a visit to Washington for January. That means he’s not going to sign in the December period.
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: 4/5 (Perkins, Redmond, Tatum, Kelly)
OLB: 1/2 (Asamoah)
CB: 2/2 (Austin, Baldwin)
S: 3/4 (Fields, Edwards, Turner-Yell)
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)
Missouri: 1 (Perkins)
Tennessee: 1 (Taylor)
Kansas: 1 (Moore)
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