Oklahoma recruiting: What did the Sooners accomplish in November?

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 edition, we look at the Sooners’ recruiting to-do list for November.

Did Oklahoma accomplish its November recruiting goals?

The Sooners’ main tasks were for November ranged from locking in the 2018 class with three weeks to spare before the December signing period begins to utilizing the recruiting platform the Nov. 11 showdown with Texas Tech provided.

1. Get some flips

This seemed like a relatively easy one entering November. The Sooners ended October with a huge recruiting weekend that featured official visits from 4-star cornerback Brendan Radley-Hiles (then Nebraska), 4-star linebacker DaShaun White (Texas A&M), 4-star linebacker Ayodele Adeoye (Texas) and 4-star safety Leon O’Neal Jr. (Texas A&M) all taking official visits to Norman.

Thus far, the only obvious movement came from Radley-Hiles. He dropped his commitment to Nebraska a few days after the trip to Norman. But the Sooners did not pick up a flip during the month.

In fact, Radley-Hiles visited Clemson and UCLA during November and won’t announce his pledge until January. Adeoye’s bond to the Longhorns seems to have strengthened. White and O’Neal remain committed to Texas A&M despite it making a coaching change this week.

The Sooners still feel good about where they are with White and Radley-Hiles. But a month has passed since that huge weekend of official visits. The Sooners are still waiting on the flips.

2. Get 4-star tackle Reuben Unije

This seemed like the easiest one of the month. The Sooners recruited the IMG tackle for over a year. He came to Norman for an official visit at the end of October and set Nov. 17 as his commitment date.

Then, the Sooners started looking at other offensive linemen for the 2018 class. Seems like a waste of time now. The rationale for the change isn’t publicly known. They seem to be looking at an interior offensive lineman to join 5-star tackle Brey Walker, 4-star tackle Darrell Simpson and 3-star JUCO offensive lineman Tramonda Moore, who could play tackle or move inside.

Another reason for the cooling off between Unije and Oklahoma is the Sooners might decide that three offensive linemen is enough in this class. There’s the thought adding more defensive backs to class could be the wiser move.

3. Turn the TCU game into a big recruiting weekend

The Sooners accomplished this one. In fact, TCU coach Gary Patterson thought it was too big.

Oklahoma hosted 4-star defensive end Andrew Chatfield (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.) and 4-star DE Abdul-Malik McClain (San Juan Capistrano, Calif.). Current commits 3-star safety Delarrin Turner-Yell and 3-star safety Miguel Edwards also visited that weekend.

What was most impressive was the 2019 and 2020 offers the Sooners were able to get in Gaylord Family Oklahoma Memorial Stadium. Nine of the top-20 2019 players in the 247Sports composite rankings for Texas were at the game. Five-star wide receivers Theo Wease (Allen), Arjei Henderson (Sugar Land) and Jordan Whittington (Cuero) made the trip up. Four-star running back Isaiah Spiller made the trip and committed a week later.

The Sooners also had 5-star 2020 offensive lineman Andrew Raym (Broken Arrow, Okla.) in the house. Two weeks later he committed. Oklahoma’s top quarterback target for 2020, 4-star Bryce Young, attended.

The Sooners clearly did a ton of legwork for the future in that game. It was one of the most productive recruiting weekends of the season.

How productive was the month?

In terms of the 2018 class goes, the month wasn’t as productive as the Sooners hoped. They missed on two of the three goals. Although not landing that fourth offensive lineman seems like Oklahoma’s decision.

But with OU always looking at least two years down the road, it did a great job with 2019 and 2020 classes. It landed four commitments for those classes. Spiller and 3-star defensive tackle Derek Green (Jacksonville, N.C.) both jumped on the train for 2019. Raym and 4-star athlete Drew Sanders (Colleyville, Texas) claimed spots in the 2020 class.

But it’s the 2018 class where all eyes are pointing. The first signing period begins on Dec. 20 and Oklahoma hopes to have signatures by all 20 of its current commits by then. Everything it did in November keeps that on course.

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