Oklahoma recruiting: Lincoln Riley won’t turn down a chance to wow prospects

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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 at the emphasis Oklahoma coach Lincoln Riley puts on recruiting on game weekends.

Bigger the game, bigger the recruiting opportunities

It would be easy for Oklahoma’s coaching staff to tell recruits to stay home this weekend. The fifth-ranked Sooners are about to face No. 6 TCU on Saturday at Gaylord Family Oklahoma Memorial Stadium.

There’s the thought the coaching staff should spend all of Saturday focusing on the Horned Frogs. But Lincoln Riley and his staff will be at the Switzer Center early Saturday afternoon.

They’ve put together another massive recruiting surrounding the TCU game. Riley doesn’t want to waste an opportunity.

“You want them to see us at our best,” Riley said.

The list of official and unofficial visitors for this weekend continues to swell. On Wednesday, Oklahoma’s most recent commit, 4-star defensive end Ronnie Perkins, announced he was coming from St. Louis for his second trip to Norman in three weeks.

Part of being a college football coach is managing the time on home game weekends.

“That’s part of it, being able to balance it. Some of the things that we’ve done staff-wise here, especially on the recruiting side of it, has allowed us to balance it a little bit more,” Riley said on Wednesday. “Our crew’s done a tremendous job.”

The Sooners had 17 official visitors in for the Texas Tech game. That weekend led to a commitment from Perkins.

“The Tech game was a huge game a couple of weeks ago. You don’t win that one; it’s a big game. They’ve all been big. This one is big, too,” Riley said. “But I think our recruits will get to see a great atmosphere. We’ll have another great group in.”

4-star Florida defensive end will visit Oklahoma

Former Ohio State commit Andrew Chatfield is expected to be in the Norman for an official visit this weekend. The 4-star defensive end from Fort Lauderdale, Fla., picked up an offer from the Sooners in August. Since then he’s taken an official visit to Florida (before the Gators fired coach Jim McElwain) and took an unofficial visit to Miami last weekend.

Chatfield is one of two 2018 4-star defensive ends scheduled to be at the TCU game. The Sooners also have Abdul-Malik McClain slated to visit.

Visitors expected for the TCU game

Official visitors

• 4-star CB Miguel Edwards, Oklahoma commit

• 3-star S Delarrin Turner-Yell, Oklahoma commit

• 4-star DE Abdul-Malik McClain, UCLA commit

• 4-star DE Andrew Chatfield, uncommitted

Unofficial 2018 visitors

• 4-star DE Ron Tatum, Oklahoma commit

• 4-star DE Jalen Redmond, Oklahoma commit

• 3-star DT Jordan Kelly, Oklahoma Commit.

• 3-star S Patrick Fields, Oklahoma commit.

• 3-star WR Jaylon Robinson, Oklahoma commit.

2019 unofficial visitors

• 4-star TE Austin Stogner, Oklahoma commit

• 4-star WR Trejan Bridges, Oklahoma commit

• 5-star WR Theo Wease, uncommitted

• 5-star WR Arjei Henderson, Oregon commit

• 5-star WR Jordan Whittington, uncommitted

• 4-star RB Isaiah Spiller, uncommitted

• 4-star OL EJ Ndoma-Ogar, uncommitted

2020 unofficial visitors

• 5-star RB Jase McClellan, Oklahoma commit

4-star guard Jamal Bieniemy accepts hoops scholarship

Oklahoma’s basketball squad doesn’t have many scholarships to offer in this cycle. But the Sooners added 4-star guard Jamal Bieniemy for the 2018-19 season on Wednesday.

“Jamal is a terrific young guy who has the classic team-first attitude,” Oklahoma coach Lon Kruger said. “His versatility as a combo guard allows him to be on the floor in a lot of different capacities and he’s a solid defensive player as well.”

Bieniemy, who is from Tompkins High School in Katy, Texas, joined a growing list of Houston-area recruits the Sooners have landed in the last four seasons. That group includes current guard Christian James (Houston), center Khadeem Lattin (Houston) and guard Kameron McGusty (Katy).

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