Oklahoma mailbag: Safety is critical defensive spot in 2019 class

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Jason Dixon asks, we have offered a lot of safeties what are the odds we get some of them considering we missed on Josh Proctor and Leon O’Neal?

Safety looks like the most important defensive spot in the 2019 class, and Oklahoma has cast a mammoth net. Thus far, Oklahoma has offered scholarship to 15 safeties and 21 cornerbacks. (It’s important to remember that many safeties are converted cornerbacks.)

Missing out on Proctor, who signed with Ohio State, and O’Neal, who picked Texas A&M, did leave a hole in the 2018 recruiting class and did magnify the importance for 2019. I believe the Sooners’ biggest defensive target in 2019 is Daxton Hill (Tulsa Washington High School). The 5-star safety is the No. 1 player in the state and would make an immediate impact in the Sooners secondary. He has the ability to be the center-field-type defender Oklahoma’s secondary always seems to lack.

The Sooners are also pursuing 4-star prospect Jalani Williams from Parkway North High School in St. Louis and Jamal Morris from Fort Bend Bush High School in Richmond, Texas.

Expect the Sooners to take three safeties in this class. The three mentioned above all fit what Oklahoma needs and seem receptive to Oklahoma.

Hill is the most important. He’s the in-state recruit, and the Sooners never want to lose coveted players from Oklahoma. Losing out on Proctor, who is from Owasso, Okla., left a little sour taste in the 2018 class. It would feel the same way if Hill took his talents out of state.

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