It wasn’t that long ago where offensive line was among the biggest concerns for Oklahoma and its recruiting class for 2015.
My how things have changed. OU had one commit going into June. Now offensive line coach Bill Bedenbaugh sees himself with five, with No. 5 coming this last weekend with Scooba (Miss.) East Mississippi Community College offensive lineman Jamal Danley.
Danley is a crucial piece to the OU puzzle. Although OU’s offensive line has looked stout through the first three games, there’s something head coach Bob Stoops is always mentioning.
The Sooners are losing five linemen after this season. In other words, freshmen can earn playing time and juco guys better be ready to come in and contribute.
Danley is definitely in the latter of that equation. After nearly committing in August, Danley didn’t wait to commit while on his official visit.
The timing of his commitment was strange. Because OU played so late in the night, the Sooners didn’t get done with their 34-10 win against Tennessee until around 11 p.m. Danley committed just a few minutes before midnight, telling Bill Bedenbaugh before telling Bob Stoops.
It sort of didn’t get noticed until Sunday that he had indeed pledged to be with the Sooners and will have two years to make the best out of his situation.
Danley was looking at Mississippi State and Florida and had originally set up tentative official visit dates for both schools. But he confirmed Sunday afternoon he was no longer looking to visit anywhere.
Last week Danley said once he knew, he would make the call and not look back. He’s not looking to go back and forth with his commitment. This is a one-time deal, and it’s OU where he wants to go.
Though it’s expected Danley will play at tackle, he was quick to say he can play both positions, guard and tackle and doesn’t really have a preference to either one.
The depth chart was a big concern for him, and he knows he can have the chance to compete with the Sooners.
Danley is the third tweener tackle/guard to commit, which will give Bedenbaugh some options going forward. Pineville (La.) High’s Cody Ford is someone who could be a guard or right tackle. Most believe Danville (Calif.) San Ramon Valley’s Dru Samia will end up at right tackle, while Lancaster (Texas) High’s Dominique Hearne is set at guard/center.
That gives the Sooners one true left tackle in Allen (Texas) High’s Bobby Evans. Where it once looked like OU didn’t have enough options at offensive line, the window is now closing rapidly. Danley saw it, realized it and made the call.