Oklahoma recruiting: While coaches wait to hit the road, Sooners 2018 class rises

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’s edition looks back on the week in Sooners recruiting.

Where Oklahoma’s 2018 class ranks

The Sooners’ 2018 class jumped up one spot to No. 7 in the nation and is No. 2 in the Big 12 in the 247Sports composite ranking. The Sooners trail Texas (No. 2 nationally) for the spot in the league. Oklahoma holds 20 commitments, including one 5-star prospect and eight 4-star prospects.

Some recent re-evaluations created the move. JUCO offensive lineman Tramonda Moore and quarterback Tanner Mordecai were elevated to 4-star recruits this week.

The latest news

With the Sooners preparing for the Big 12 title game against TCU on Saturday, the coaching was limited in how many visits it could take this week.

Defensive ends coach Calvin Thibodeaux hit the road on Sunday to visit 4-star defensive end and Oklahoma commit Ronnie Perkins in St. Louis. He also ventured to Arlington, Texas, to get some face time with 4-star defensive end and Texas A&M commit Bobby Brown.

Offensive line coach Bill Bedenbaugh was in the home of 5-star offensive tackle Brey Walker Thursday night.

Walker also announced this week he will sign his National Letter of Intent on Dec. 20. The Sooners expect most of their 20 commitments will use the early signing period beginning Dec. 20.

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What did the Sooners accomplish in November?

Offers

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

Commits

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)
T Darrell Simpson, 4 stars, Northwest (Justin, Texas)
DE Jalen Redmond, 4 stars, Midwest City (Oklahoma City)
QB Tanner Mordecai, 4 stars, Midway (Waco, Texas)
OL Tramonda Moore, 4 stars, Independence (Kan.) Community College
RB Tavion Thomas, 3 stars, Dunbar (Dayton, Ohio)
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, Union (Tulsa, Okla.)
S Patrick Fields, 3 stars, Union (Tulsa, 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 in 2018

• 5-star DE Micah Parsons, Harrisburg (Pa.) High School

Parsons is the last 5-star recruit on Oklahoma’s recruiting board. His official visit in October went well, but it seems to be down to the Sooners and Penn State for the potential star from Harrisburg, Pa. Obviously, Parsons would be a huge get, but that seems less likely by the day.

Parsons won’t announce his decision until he signs his letter of intent on Dec. 20. He is worth the wait if Oklahoma can land him.

• 4-star CB Brendan Radley-Hiles, IMG Academy (Bradenton, Fla.)

Since Radley-Hiles dropped his commitment to Nebraska following a late October visit to Norman, he’s been the Sooners’ top target since. As this season displayed, there’s always room for an immediate-impact defensive back.

The Sooners have to wait until Jan. 6 to find out if they’ve won the Radley-Hiles sweepstakes. He’ll announce his commitment at the U.S. Army All-American Bowl in San Antonio, Texas. The defensive back made two official visits since he last visited Norman — Clemson and UCLA.

• 4-star OLB Merlin Robertson, Junipero Serra (Gardena, Calif.)

The Sooners have had great success recruiting California in the last seven years. Robertson made his official visit to the Oklahoma in September. Robertson told 247Sports.com last week Oklahoma remains the leader. However, Robertson visited LSU during Thanksgiving weekend.

The Sooners have just one linebacker in the class and two spots remain open. However, expect the pressure to be applied to Robertson to make a choice. The Sooners have some options at the spot.

• 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 for the Sooners’ massive recruiting surrounding the Texas Tech game in late October. It will likely be the 6-foot-5, 240-pound lineman’s last trip 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. Martin’s long frame means he could play on the edge or inside.

The wait for Martin will be a long one. He’s scheduled a visit to Washington for January. That means he’s not going to sign in the December period. Oklahoma is still recruiting several defensive ends who are committed elsewhere. If it gets some flips, the Sooners and Martin could part ways.

• 4-star S C.J. Smith, Oxbridge Academy (West Palm Beach, Fla.)

The Sooners are going to take at least one more safety in the class. Smith may not be their first option, but the others are committed elsewhere. Oklahoma could do a lot worse than the 6-2, 4-star defensive back. He has the length to be an ideal deep safety.

It seems to be down to Louisville, Oklahoma and Florida for him. The coaching change for the Gators will be interesting to watch. Smith still has an official visit remaining.

Position breakdown

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)
ILB: 0/2
OLB: 1/2 (Asamoah)
CB: 2/3 (Austin, Baldwin)
S: 3/4 (Fields, Edwards, Turner-Yell)

Geographical breakdown

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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