Oklahoma recruiting: Sooners accomplished September recruiting tasks

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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. At the beginning of September, we looked what Oklahoma needed to accomplish over the month. With the end of the month upon us, we see how well the Sooners did.


Lock in official visits

The Sooners did a solid job on this one. There weren’t a ton of surprises. In-state commitments 5-star offensive tackle Brey Walker and 4-star defensive end Jalen Redmond made early visits to campus.

The best work came in getting a key target in for the first home game and using the visit to get a commitment from 3-star linebacker Brian Asamoah. He was in Norman for the season-opener against UTEP.

The biggest surprise came for the second home game against Tulane. Oklahoma managed to a trio of out-of-state 4-star prospects on campus. Defensive lineman Bobby Brown, linebacker Merlin Robertson and cornerback Kalon Gervin all made official visits for that game.

The Sooners took the momentum from the Ohio State victory and put it good use on the recruiting. There were many unofficial visitors at that game. Amongst that group, which included three of the four commitments for the 2019 class — 4-star quarterback Spencer Rattler, 4-star tight end Austin Stogner and 4-star receiver Trejan Bridges — was 2019 5-star running back Noah Cain.

Setting up official visits for October also helped. The Sooners have four scheduled. All the prospects are from Florida.

4-star linebacker Nik Bonitto, 4-star safety and 3-star safety Keidron Smith are scheduled for the Oct. 7 game against Iowa State. 4-star offensive tackle Rueben Unije scheduled a visit for Oct. 28 when Oklahoma faces Texas Tech.

Get the first linebacker

It took about a week to accomplish this goal. Asamoah gave his pledge on Sept. 7, which was 4 days after returning home from his official visit.

The Sooners plan to take 3 linebackers in this class. They made a strong impression with Robertson on his official visit. It’s still an uphill climb to get a 4-star linebacker out of the Los Angeles area when USC covets him. Still, the Sooners chances of getting improved this month.

Another player to watch is 3-star linebacker DaShaun White. He picked Texas A&M over Oklahoma in August. But given the shaky future of the Aggies’ coaching staff, he’s remained in touch with the Sooners’ coaching staff. He also made an unofficial visit for the Tulane game.

Look to College Station to see what happens with White. If a coaching change becomes evident, expect White to want to flip. However, he better hope those two spots haven’t filled before then.

Get more legwork done for 2019

The Sooners only have one bye week this season and the coaching staff put more emphasis on evaluating 2019 recruits as it did getting in front of 2018 commits.

The logistics were impressive. On Thursday, Riley was in Phoenix to watch Rattler. On Friday he was in Texas to watch Brown’s game.

All of Oklahoma’s coaching staff went on the road beginning on Thursday. There will be a large contingent in South Florida today to watch IMG Academy play. The Sooners have 4-star running back T.J. Pledger commitment and hope to land Unije. Seeing Cain in person is also a goal.

The 2019 leg work is essential during the fall. The current high school juniors can begin taking official visits in April. The Sooners must be well positioned with all their targets by then.

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