Oklahoma recruiting: Sooners need to close in October

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 needs for October. Find past editions  here.

The Sooners have the No. 9 class in the 247Sports composite rankings and are on pace for a second straight top-10 class. The December signing period is less than three months away, so this is closing time.

To maintain its current position or improve, Oklahoma must accomplish these tasks.

Get that final offensive lineman

This will likely wait until the end of the month. IMG Academy (Bradenton, Fla.) left tackle Reuben Unije is Oklahoma’s final offensive line target and would be a great capstone to the other three — 5-star tackle Brey Walker, 4-star tackle Darrell Simpson and 3-star junior-college guard Tramonda Moore — who have committed to the Sooners.

Unije, who is the No. 245-ranked player in the 2018 class, is scheduled to visit Oklahoma on Oct. 28. It’s reasonable to expect a commitment after that trip to campus. He took an official visit to Florida in mid-September, and no more official visits are scheduled.

Sealing the commitment means the Sooners could wrap up the offensive recruiting for the 2018 class nearly two months before the initial signing period. That would provide the luxury of getting a head start on the 2019 class.

Keep the class together

Luck plays a part in signing a great class. It’s one thing to get 25 well-regarded commits. It’s another to keep them from fleeing once prospects start making official visits.

The Sooners did not lose a commitment in September. October could be tougher. The urge to take official visits grows strongest in this month.

Fortunately, it looks as if the Sooners will use their two home games this month — Iowa State on Saturday and Texas Tech on Oct. 28 — as big recruiting weekends. They’ll try to bring in as many of their current commits as possible for official visits during those games.

Only three of the 19 committed players have used up their official visits: Walker, 4-star defensive end Jalen Redmond and 3-star linebacker Brian Asamoah.

Walker and Redmond both live close to Norman, Okla. They can swing by for any home game. It’s good to keep those players together on the weekend. The positive vibes increase when there are many committed players around.

Increase the defensive campaign

There are at least five spots still open for defensive players in the class. At least two linebackers, two or three defensive linemen and one defensive back, possibly, still can get on board.

The Sooners would like to close some of the class’ holes by the end of the month. Getting an official visit from 4-star defensive end Ronnie Perkins of St. Louis would be ideal for the class. Four-star defensive lineman Bobby Brown of Arlington, Texas, is set to announce his pledge on Nov. 2. Four-star linebacker Merlin Robertson of Gardena, Calif., hasn’t set a timeline. Those players are talented enough that Oklahoma’s coaching staff won’t set a timetable with them.

The interest of 4-star safety Josh Proctor, who is committed to Ohio State, and 4-star linebacker DaShaun White, who is committed to Texas A&M, could change over the next 30 days. It seems unlikely. But the Sooners can hope for the best.

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