Oklahoma recruiting: Sooners’ in-state roll continues with Andrew Raym pledge

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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 importance of the commitment by 2020 offensive tackle Andrew Raym.

Oklahoma’s in-state dominance continues

5-star recruits don’t come up in Oklahoma often. Brey Walker, who headlines the Sooners’ 2018 class, is the state’s first since Gerald McCoy in 2006.

While Andrew Raym is not a 5-star prospect (yet?), just like Walker as the centerpiece of the 2018 class, Raym’s decision on Saturday night is huge for the Sooners going forward.

The 247Sports Class of 2020 rankings puts the tackle from Broken Arrow, Okla., at No. 16 in the class and No. 3 among all 2020 offensive linemen. Now, these are high school sophomores, and the ranking will change after two more summers of camps and two more football seasons.

When such a big-time prospect pops up in the state, securing him early is essential. Raym’s commitment shows Oklahoma is a place offensive linemen want to play.

Offensive line coach Bill Bedenbaugh has a knack for turning projects such as Orlando Brown into All-Americans and NFL players. Brown, who will likely enter the NFL draft following this season, is about to start a strong run for the Sooners in the draft.

Recruits notice those things. The Sooners’ credibility has always been enticing. But championships are always won in the trenches. Oklahoma is attracting a lot of high-end talent for the future. As Raym wrote in his commitment post, Oklahoma is the dream school.

One Oklahoma coach hit the recruiting road

College football coaches started hitting the road on Sunday for the contact period. Offices throughout the country emptied.

For Oklahoma, the travel contingent was light. Defensive ends coach Calvin Thibodeaux was a busy man. He made in-home visits to Oklahoma commit and 4-star defensive end Ronnie Perkins in St. Louis.

He also ventured down to Arlington, Texas, to see 4-star defensive lineman and current Texas A&M commit Bobby Brown.

The rest of Oklahoma’s staff stayed at home on Sunday and is not expected to hit the road until after the Sooners face TCU in the Big 12 Championship Game on Saturday.

Perkins committed to Oklahoma a month ago and is strongly in the fold; Brown, however, is different story. Two days before Perkins gave his pledge to the Sooners, Brown committed to the Aggies.

Thibodeaux will be back in Norman on Monday for practice.

Fallout for Texas A&M coaching change could benefit the Sooners

Thus far, reactions to Texas A&M firing coach Kevin Sumlin on Sunday has been subdued. Brown, 4-star linebacker DaShaun White and 4-star safety Leon O’Neal Jr. sent out Tweets for appreciation for the coach Sunday.

All three are major Oklahoma targets and took official visits to Norman in September (Brown) or October (White and O’Neal). It’s a safe bet that any changes to their recruiting status begin with a de-commitment from Texas A&M. Thus far, that hasn’t happened.

But don’t be surprised if Oklahoma gets an in-home visit with all three in the coming weeks.

Oklahoma makes 2019 4-star offensive tackle’s top 6

The Sooners still have some recruiting power in the South. 4-star 2019 offensive tackle Wanya Morris (Loganville, Ga.) announced Sunday that he has dropped his commitment to Florida State and opened the recruiting process.

The Seminoles remain in the hunt for the No. 5 offensive tackle in the 2019 class per the 247Sports composite rating. He also listed Florida, LSU, Auburn and Georgia among his favorites heading into the spring.

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